Finance Score: 0
Governance Score: 6
Support Score: 11
  • Good reserves management: +3
  • Volatile income: -3
  • No PartB
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +11
Overall GiG Score: 17 ?

THE SPIRES CENTRE 

Spires is a center for homeless and disadvantaged people. We aim to provide options that allow service users to gain stability in their lives. Services include a rough sleeper's space, showers, clothing, food, women's group, drug and alcohol work, adult learning, mental health support, optician, nurse, dentist, chiropodist, resettlement, tenancy support, outreach, advocacy and emotional support.
Analysis by Giving is Great

Positives:

  • Reserves management has been consistently within official guidelines
  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers and there are significant future grants due to be received
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and dynamic in terms of composition

Financial issues to consider:

  • A PartB annual return has not been required and so detailed financial information is not available from the online data
  • Income has been volatile recently

Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
£k
Spending
£k
Surplus/
Deficit
Fundraising
Cost £k
Total
Funds £k
Unrestricted
Funds £k
Mths
Rsrvs
Staff Volun-
teers
30/09/22£457£553£-96n/an/an/an/an/a35
30/09/21£609£584£24£25£379£3136.41230
30/09/20£723£654£69£26£355£3015.51370
30/09/19£661£685£-24£25£286£2193.81475
30/09/18£580£590£-10£32£309£24451460
30/09/17£577£572£4£33£319£2435.1140
30/09/16£574£530£44£22£315£2495.6130
30/09/15£403£493£-90£0£0£0n/a00
30/09/14£354£444£-90£0£0£0n/a00
30/09/13£782£452£330£23£451£260.780
30/09/12£412£475£-62£0£0£0n/a00
30/09/11£451£452£-2£0£0£0n/a00
30/09/10£508£407£101£22£185£1855.4110
30/09/09£394£438£-44£0£0£0n/a00
30/09/08£386£437£-52£0£0£0n/a00
30/09/07£403£454£-51£0£0£0n/a00
30/09/06£422£403£19£0£0£0n/a00
30/09/05£348£358£-10£0£0£0n/a00
30/09/04£344£360£-17£0£0£0n/a00

Highest pay bracket: less than £60,000
Established: 25 years

www.spires.org.uk

info@spires.org.uk

02086960943

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UN SDGs
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Listed activities
  • Economic/Community Development/Employment
  • Education/Training
  • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty
GiG Classification
  • Shelter for homeless, vulnerable & excluded people
How it operates
  • Provides buildings/facilities/open space
  • Provides human resources
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Southwark, Sutton, Wandsworth,
Who it helps
  • Other Defined Groups

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years
National Lottery Community Fund£476,950
City Bridge Trust£210,100
Garfield Weston Foundation£85,000
Lloyds Bank Foundation£62,250
DCMS£20,564
Walcot Foundation£16,100
The London Community Foundation£10,900
The Wimbledon Foundation£5,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
Co-Operative Group - Grant to The Spires Centre
£2,141 21/10/2023
*We are establishing an emergency relief fund that will allow us to allocate small grants to those who are in crisis, preventing them from becoming homeless, while providing support.
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£25,000 11/01/2023
Spires' Housing and Homelessness project
Lloyds Bank Foundation - One off gift towards cost of living crisis to Spires
£2,250 14/12/2022
One off gift to support with the cost of living crisis
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Spires
£50,000 08/12/2021
24
Unrestricted grant over two years towards the core costs of Spires
National Lottery Community Fund - Spires Women's Services
£476,950 04/11/2021
The project is requesting funding towards a holistic programme of support for vulnerable women focusing on sex-workers women who are at risk of falling into sex work and women with current or recent ....more
Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust - The Spires Centre - 07/10/21
£1,500 03/11/2021
Core Funding
The Wimbledon Foundation - Support services for homeless people
£5,000 10/06/2021
Support services for homeless people.
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£30,000 21/05/2021
Spires Women's Services
The London Community Foundation - Grant to The Spires Centre
£6,000 27/11/2020
5
We request funding to help us continue our Covid19 emergency response through the winter months. Funds will cover: food parcels, deep cleanings of the Centre on a regular basis, staff transportation ....more
DCMS - Coronavirus Community Support Fund
£20,564 05/10/2020
"The fund aims to:1) To reduce closures of essential charities that provide essential services to vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 crisis by ensuring they have the financial resources to ....more
City Bridge Trust - Grant to Spires Centre
£210,100 17/09/2020
60
£210,100 over five years (£41,000; £40,400; £41,700; £42,900; £44,100) towards two 0.5 Outreach Workers and associated running costs.
Walcot Foundation - Covid19 - Tenancy Support
£16,100 07/09/2020
12
Spires will employ a Tenancy Support Worker to help previously homeless and vulnerable low income Lambeth residents who are in financial difficulty relating to Covid19. Spires will advertise the ....more
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Variation grant to Spires
£10,000 23/07/2020
Grant to Spires meeting the additional costs of adapting services, premises or implementing other safety measures in response to the Covid pandemic.
CAF - Grant to The Spires Centre
£5,000 12/05/2020
3
Grant to The Spires Centre to support the organisation through COVID19
Crisis UK - Grant to Spires
£5,000 09/04/2020
Funding for food, transport costs, deep cleaning and home working costs
The London Community Foundation - Grant to The Spires Centre
£4,900 03/04/2020
To cover additional costs incurred to pay for taxis for key workers to get to work safely Additional cleaning costs due to Covid19. It is essential that staff remain on site to meet needs of people ....more
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£30,000 07/02/2020
Spires Rough Sleepers Program
Co-Operative Group - Grant to Spires
£8,128 19/11/2018
We plan to run workshops for volunteers and clients to grow vegetables and herbs. Money will be spent on materials and tutor costs.
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Spires
£75,000 03/08/2018
36
supporting volunteers - 50% of whom have been unemployed for 6 months or more - who are gaining employability skills and accreditations whilst providing front line services for the charity. The ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Spires Streetlink
£497,494 10/01/2018
36
This project will improve the lives of sex-workers and vulnerable women, by supporting their physical and mental health and wellbeing, improving skills and enabling them to move forward with their ....more
Co-Operative Group - Grant to The Spires Centre
£3,672 04/08/2017
New materials and equipment will allow us to use art and music to improve the well-being of mentally ill and homeless people.
Comic Relief - Flat-based Sex Work Project
£147,460 27/01/2016
36
It is estimated that 90% of commercial sex workers do not work on the streets: a large number women work from private residences which can be very risky, and it is harder for outreach services to ....more
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Spires
£75,000 09/09/2015
36
supporting volunteers - 50% of whom have been unemployed for 6 months or more - who are gaining employability skills and accreditations whilst providing front line services for the charity. The ....more
Walcot Foundation - Volunteering Training Programme for Employability
£20,000 25/03/2015
12
Volunteering Training Programme for Employability
National Lottery Community Fund - Spires Streetlink
£362,233 14/05/2014
36
Not Available
London Catalyst - The Spires Centre - 1
£8,000 27/11/2013
Streetlink Outreach Worker supporting sex workers to exit prostitution
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (5)
Current Trustees appointed

Age Range of Trustees: 31-53
  • FLEUR SWANEY Appointed: 2022, Occupation: Foreign And Commonwealth Office (Deputy Director)
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 04/08/1999, number: 1076888
  • Registered at Companies House on 09/06/1999, number: 03785409
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Complaints handling
  • Conflicting interests
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
19 returns made; all on time
Main office

Spires
2nd Floor
5 Stockwell Mews
London
SW9 9GX

Objectives

THE RELIEF OF PERSONS IN NEED (IN PARTICULAR IN SOUTH LONDON AND THE SURROUNDING AREA) INCLUDING BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY BY ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING OR ASSISTING IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OR MAINTENANCE OF DAY CENTRES WHERE COUNSELLING, INFORMATION, ADVICE, FOOD, CLOTHING AND OTHER ITEMS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR SUCH PERSONS; AND THROUGH OUTREACH AND BY ANY OTHER CHARITABLE MEANS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE OPERATION OF PROGRAMMES FOR PERSONS WHO ARE VULNERABLE BECAUSE OF THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES.

Defined Area of Benefit:

STREATHAM AND THE SURROUNDING AREA.

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
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