Finance Score: 3
Governance Score: 1
Support Score: 16
  • Low unrestricted reserves: -2
  • Strong growth: +2
  • Fundraising costs low: +3
  • Narrow trustee age band: -2
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +16
Overall GiG Score: 20 ?

SOUTH LONDON REFUGEE ASSOCIATION 

Providing services for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants at risk or in crisis in the South London Area.
Analysis by Giving is Great

Positives:

  • There has been strong growth in spending over the last 5 years
  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • Fundraising costs are unusually low relative to funds raised
  • 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 dynamic in terms of composition

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • This charity is not recognised by HMRC for Gift Aid according to its latest published return
  • The Board has little diversity in terms of age

Financial issues to consider:

  • Unrestricted reserves appear to be dangerously low at the latest year end

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
31/03/23£992£914£78£32£285£2002.61447
31/03/22£599£662£-63£27£207£1612.92055
31/03/21£669£577£92£25£269£1513.11448
31/03/20£438£412£26n/an/an/an/an/a67
31/03/19£366£335£31n/an/an/an/an/a74
31/03/18£281£308£-27£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/17£270£255£15£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/16£234£184£50£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/15£162£148£14£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/14£97£116£-20£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/13£144£123£21£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/12*£125£126£-1£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/11£95£93£3£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/10£80£69£12£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/09£87£84£4£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/08£134£123£11£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/07£97£74£23£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/06£67£59£8£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/05*£82£90£-7£0£0£0n/a00

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 3.2%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 3.5%
Highest pay band: Less than £60,000
Liabilities/Assets: 30%
Liabilities/Income: 12%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 70%
Reserves/Spending: 2.6 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 4 months
Quick Ratio: 3
Asset Split ?
Established: 20 years

www.slr-a.org.uk

admin@slr-a.org.uk

02034903443

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UN SDGs
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Listed activities
  • Education/Training
  • General Charitable Purposes
  • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty
GiG Classification
  • Support for refugees & asylum seekers
How it operates
  • Acts as an umbrella or resource body
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Croydon, Lambeth, Merton, Wandsworth,
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • Elderly/Old People
  • Other Defined Groups
  • People With Disabilities

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
Paul Hamlyn Foundation£421,200
Justice Together Initiative£300,000
Esmee Fairbairn£277,800
Henry Smith Charity£178,800
BBC Children in Need£174,869
Lloyds Bank Foundation£89,632
Greater London Authority£83,975
Access to Justice Foundation£76,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Building capacity for local migrant community organising and policy influencing
£210,000 02/10/2023
South London Refugee Association (SLRA) works alongside refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants, supporting them to achieve settled lives and positive futures. With this grant, SLRA will ....more
BBC Children in Need - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£110,000 07/08/2023
This grant will contribute to the organisation's Youth Services Team, enabling increased capacity to support unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. It will build their confidence through access to ....more
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£19,800 20/02/2023
Towards unrestricted core costs as a Cost of Living Uplift
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Working together: An early intervention project with care leavers who have insecure immigration status
£6,200 18/01/2023
South London Refugee Association (SLRA) is a front line community organisation providing specialist advice and support to refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants who are at risk or in crisis ....more
Lloyds Bank Foundation - One off gift towards cost of living crisis to South London Refugee Association
£2,250 14/12/2022
One off gift to support with the cost of living crisis
Access to Justice Foundation - Community Justice Fund Wave Three
£12,000 22/11/2022
Wave three of the Community Justice Fund aims to support organisations delivering social welfare advice services to people most impacted by the cost-of-living crisis.
Walcot Foundation - Cost of Living Top-Up Grant
£5,000 18/11/2022
Cost of Living Top Up Grant awarded to support small/medium-size organisations with additional costs incurred due to the cost of living crisis.
Sam and Bella Sebba Charitable Foundation - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£7,200 19/10/2022
Towards cost of living crisis
National Lottery Community Fund - Support groups for refugees and asylum seekers in South London
£10,000 15/08/2022
This project will offer peer support groups for refugees. These groups provide a safe and nurturing space for community building enriching activities and peer support. These weekly groups offer ....more
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£198,000 22/06/2022
Towards project costs to work with young people towards systematic resolution of nationality and immigration issues for children and young people in care in England, sharing best practice across the ....more
Quartet Community Foundation - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£500 01/02/2022
As requested by the fund holder towards the organisations work
Justice Together Initiative - Improving routes to settlement for migrant families in South London
£300,000 30/11/2021
Developing established partnership work to improve access to quality immigration advice for the most disadvantaged migrant families, primarily in Lambeth and Southwark. Providing specialist ....more
Guy's and St Thomas' Charity - SLRA Covid Emergency Fund
£62,000 18/10/2021
This is to fund the stability needed to maintain advice and casework to vulnerable migrants who are still substantially impacted by the effects of Covid 19. The increase in demand from Covid still ....more
London Catalyst - South London Refugee Association - 9
£1,500 07/09/2021
Hardship Fund
Trust for London - South London Refugee Association
£7,500 06/09/2021
The funding is for adult and family advice service to provide casework to prevent destitution among this group and work towards settled status and a brighter future as part of the local community.
Access to Justice Foundation - Joint Initiative Flexible COVID-19 Grant
£40,000 09/08/2021
A flexible grant as part of wave 2 of the Community Justice Fund. A pooled fund to support the specialist legal welfare advice sector in its response to COVID74
Walcot Foundation - Lambeth youth club and support for vulnerable young refugees and asylum seekers
£45,000 25/05/2021
This project will provide practical and emotional support to vulnerable young refugees and asylum seekers in Lambeth through regular youth activities, including a weekly youth club based in Lambeth, ....more
Greater London Authority - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£83,975 31/03/2021
Immigration advice for rough sleepers
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£60,000 10/03/2021
12
Towards project costs Towards a project bringing the children’s immigration sector together to coordinate efforts to change local authorities’ practices, ensuring that children’s nationality ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - A better future for refugee and asylum seeking young people in South London
£9,888 11/02/2021
5
The funding will be used to deliver a range of holistic activities for young children from migrant and refugee backgrounds. The project aims to reduce isolation build strong peer relationships ....more
Tudor Trust - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£2,000 11/01/2021
as an additional grant to support staff, volunteer and trustee wellbeing, to assist the organisation deliver its charitable purpose more effectively
Access to Justice Foundation - Joint Initiative Flexible COVID-19 Grant
£24,000 05/10/2020
A flexible grant as part of wave 1 of the Community Justice Fund. A pooled fund to support the specialist legal welfare advice sector in its response to COVID19
BBC Children in Need - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£64,869 09/09/2020
18
COVID19 - This grant will fund casework and counselling support for young refugees and asylum seekers who have been isolated due to Covid-19, this will improve emotional wellbeing, increase safety ....more
DCMS - Coronavirus Community Support Fund
£56,078 02/09/2020
"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
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£178,800 12/08/2020
36
towards three years' running costs of an organisation providing specialist advice and support to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in South London.
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Variation grant to South London Refugee Association
£12,682 23/07/2020
Grant to South London Refugee Association meeting the additional costs of adapting services, premises or implementing other safety measures in response to the Covid pandemic.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Working together: An early intervention project with care leavers who have insecure immigration status
£185,000 13/07/2020
South London Refugee Association (SLRA) is a front line community organisation providing specialist advice and support to refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants who are at risk or in crisis ....more
CAF - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£10,000 30/06/2020
3
Grant to South London Refugee Association to support the organisation through COVID19
The Fore - RAFT COVID-19 response grant to South London Refugee Association
£5,000 22/06/2020
36
Grant from The Fore's RAFT Immediate Response Fund to South London Refugee Association, as part of The Fore's COVID-19 Response programme.
The Wimbledon Foundation - Wellbeing group sessions
£10,000 03/06/2020
Weekly women's group, youth group, ESOL group, children's party group and a new men's group, all currently held online with a few in-person sessions as lockdown lifts.
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£74,700 30/04/2020
36
SLRA is requesting a grant to continue its successful pilot providing in depth casework support to young refugees and asylum seekers aged 17+. Funding is towards youth caseworker salaries and a ....more
City Bridge Trust - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£3,500 24/04/2020
£3,500 towards the items specified in your application with the exception of £1,000 towards a hardship fund.
AB Charitable Trust - A grant to South London Refugee Association
£15,000 23/04/2020
An unrestricted grant of £15,000. South London Refugee Association provides support and advice to refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants in South London to relieve poverty and distress
City Bridge Trust - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£10,200 09/04/2020
A one-off, unrestricted grant of £10,200, equivalent to one regular quarterly payment for the organisation’s current grant. COVID19
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - COVID19 Emergency Funding
£20,000 01/04/2020
3
Support to aid the organisation in dealing with the challenges posed by COVID19.
Walcot Foundation - Stepping Ahead
£25,000 26/11/2019
12
Stepping Ahead
Tudor Trust - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£66,000 19/03/2019
24
over two years as continuation funding towards core salary costs at an organisation supporting refugees and asylum seekers in South London
National Lottery Community Fund - Community Connections
£278,865 01/02/2019
36
Community Connections
City Bridge Trust - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£82,400 31/01/2019
24
£82,400 over two further years (£40,800; £41,600) for a part-time Advice Co-ordinator and associated running costs.
National Lottery Community Fund - Women Together
£10,000 27/07/2018
12
The funding will be used to deliver English language sessions that are designed to support migrant women. The project aims to address issues surrounding social isolation and improve confidence.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Working Together: An Early Intervention Project with Young Migrants
£140,000 09/07/2018
24
South London Refugee Association provides expert advice, specialist services and effective support to refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants in South London. This grant will support the ....more
AB Charitable Trust - A grant to South London Refugee Association
£15,000 03/07/2018
£15,000 towards a Destitution Coordinator role. South London Refugee Association provides asylum seekers & refugees with a place to feel welcome. They run English classes, women's social groups ....more
Walcot Foundation - Step Ahead educational support for young asylum seekers
£24,663 06/03/2018
12
Step Ahead educational support for young asylum seekers
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£74,700 30/03/2017
36
SLRA is requesting a grant to continue its successful pilot providing in depth casework support to young refugees and asylum seekers aged 17+. Funding is towards youth caseworker salaries and a ....more
BBC Children in Need - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£116,588 09/02/2017
36
This project will offer support on an individual basis to young refugees, many of whom have arrived in the UK unaccompanied by parents or carers. Young people will benefit through improved emotional ....more
Tudor Trust - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£60,000 27/01/2017
24
over two years towards salary costs at an organisation in South London working with refugees and asylum seekers
AB Charitable Trust - Positive activities for young unaccompanied asylum-seekers
£10,000 30/06/2016
£10,000 towards support for unaccompanied refugees and asylum seeking young people
City Bridge Trust - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£96,000 18/03/2016
36
£96,000 over 3 years (£31,700; £32,000; £32,300) towards the cost of a part-time Advice Co-ordinator (4 days p/w), and associated running costs.
National Lottery Community Fund - NCC - New Community Connections
£189,962 12/08/2015
36
This is a development of the projects existing activities covering Wandsworth, Merton, Croydon and Lambeth. The aim of the project is to provide Information, Advice and Guidance to refugees, asylum ....more
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£81,000 12/03/2015
36
towards three years' salary of a Family Support Worker at a project working with vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in south London
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to South London Refugee Association
£34,930 29/01/2014
This charity supports refugees and asylum seekers in Merton and Wandsworth with advice, information, practical support and youth activities. It is seeking funding towards the costs of its two weekly ....more
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (7)
Current Trustees appointed

Age Range of Trustees: 42-52
  • ALEX SUTTON Appointed: 2013, Occupation: Deputy Chief Executive
  • LAURA HARRISON (Chair) Appointed: 2023, Occupation: Management Consultant
  • MANDEEP SOOR Appointed: 2016, Occupation: Business Consultant
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 24/03/2004, number: 1102814
  • Registered at Companies House on 22/12/2003, number: 05001950
Gift Aid
  • NOT registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
  • Complaints handling
  • Complaints policy and procedures
  • Conflicting interests
  • Financial reserves policy and procedures
  • Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
  • Internal risk management policy and procedures
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Serious incident reporting policy and procedures
  • Social media policy and procedures
  • Trustee conflicts of interest policy and procedures
  • Trustee expenses policy and procedures
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
19 returns made; AR12: 113 days late, AR05: 10 days late,
Main office

THE WOODLAWNS CENTRE
16 LEIGHAM COURT ROAD
LONDON
SW16 2PJ

Objectives

A) TO RELIEVE POVERTY AND DISTRESS BY ASSISTING AND SUPPORTING REFUGEES, PRIMARILY BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY THOSE LIVING, WORKING OR STUDYING IN SOUTH LONDON WHO ARE OUTSIDE THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN THROUGH FEAR OF PERSECUTION, WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE BEEN GRANTED ASYLUM.

Defined Area of Benefit:

GREATER LONDON

Data Sources

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