Finance Score: 2
Governance Score: 6
Support Score: 14
  • Strong growth: +2
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +14
Overall GiG Score: 22 ?

WOMEN CONNECT FIRST 

The principal activities of Women Connect First during the year continued to be the education, training for employment and relief from poverty and distress of members of the public from the black and ethnic minority and white communities and helping them to fully integrate within British society, whilst promoting equality and diversity.
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
  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers including the Government
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and dynamic in terms of composition
  • This charity is based in an area of high deprivation

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • One or more trustees receive payments or benefits from the charity for providing services to the charity
  • Over half the Board have joined recently
Established: 19 years
(21 years as a company)

www.womenconnectfirst.org.uk

admin@womenconnectfirst.org.uk

02920343154

Charity Commission for England and WalesCompanies House
UN SDGs
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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*£611£640£-29£0£619£3165.91430
31/03/22£672£527£146£0£648£2595.91130
31/03/21*£631£571£60£0£503£2304.81910
31/03/20*£372£311£62n/an/an/an/an/a30
31/03/19£199£182£17n/an/an/an/an/a40
31/03/18*£90£215£-125£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/17£379£331£48£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/16£346£358£-11£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/15£359£341£18£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/14£381£369£12£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/13£345£289£56£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/12£312£254£58£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/11£259£241£18£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/10£228£236£-8£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/09£228£217£11£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/08£209£169£39£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/07*£75£89£-14£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/06£179£151£28£0£0£0n/a00

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 0%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 0%
Highest pay band: Less than £60,000
Liabilities/Assets: 7%
Liabilities/Income: 8%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 51%
Reserves/Spending: 5.9 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 6 months
Quick Ratio: 5.6
Asset Split ?
What it does
  • Amateur Sport
  • Arts/Culture/Heritage/Science
  • Economic/Community Development/Employment
  • Education/Training
  • Environment/Conservation/Heritage
  • General Charitable Purposes
  • Human Rights/Religious Or Racial Harmony/Equality Or Diversity
  • Other Charitable Purposes
  • Religious Activities
  • The Advancement Of Health Or Saving Of Lives
  • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty
Who works here?
  • 14 employees
  • 30 volunteers
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • Elderly/Old People
  • Other Charities Or Voluntary Bodies
  • Other Defined Groups
  • People Of A Particular Ethnic Or Racial Origin
  • People With Disabilities
How it operates
  • Other charitable activities
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides buildings/facilities/open space
  • Provides human resources
  • Provides services
  • Sponsors or undertakes research
Where it operates
  • Caerphilly, Cardiff, Vale Of Glamorgan,
  • This charity is based in an area of high deprivation

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£164,700
Tudor Trust£135,800
Lloyds Bank Foundation£129,987
Rosa UK£55,052
Smallwood Trust£48,052
BBC Children in Need£32,178
National Lottery Community Fund£23,436
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Different Voice, Different View
£4,700 18/01/2023
Women Connect First support Black, Asian and minoritised women and communities experiencing disadvantage in South Wales to help them realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to ....more
Rosa UK - VftF R5-WOMCON-2022
£7,000 15/12/2022
£7,000 has been awarded to Women Connect First to address the lack of Black and minoritised women represented among decision makers in Wales. The project will train girls in activism e.g. online ....more
Lloyds Bank Foundation - One off gift towards cost of living crisis to Women Connect First
£2,250 14/12/2022
One off gift to support with the cost of living crisis
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Women Connect First
£50,000 14/09/2022
24
Unrestricted grant over two years towards the core costs of Women Connect First
BBC Children in Need - Grant to Women Connect First
£28,911 31/01/2022
This project will fund an afterschool club for children from ethnic minority communities. They will have improved mental wellbeing, better social skills, and have more fun.
Tudor Trust - Grant to Women Connect First
£120,000 05/11/2021
36
over three years as continuation funding towards core salaries and running costs at a charity in Cardiff supporting Black and Minority Ethnic Women
Co-Operative Group - Grant to Women Connect First
£3,002 23/10/2021
The project aims to develop a meals-on-wheels cafe to cater culturally appropriate menus to the community - mainly those with prolonged isolation due to health or caring responsibilities.
Smallwood Trust - Improving the financial resilience, mental health and wellbeing of women 18+.
£48,052 12/07/2021
£48,052 has been awarded to Women Connect First for its ‘Champions project’ which supports Black and minoritised women with sports and exercise as well as mental health support. The proposed ....more
Rosa UK - WTF-WOMCON-2021
£48,052 12/07/2021
£48,052 has been awarded to Women Connect First for its ‘Champions project’ which supports Black and minoritised women with sports and exercise as well as mental health support. The proposed ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - COVID 19 - After School Outdoor Fun
£8,499 08/07/2021
Women Connect First in Cardiff will use £8499 to run a programme of summer events and activities for children and young people from Black Asian and other ethnic backgrounds who have been adversely ....more
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Different Voice, Different View
£140,000 17/05/2021
Women Connect First support Black, Asian and minoritised women and communities experiencing disadvantage in South Wales to help them realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to ....more
Tudor Trust - Grant to Women Connect First
£2,000 26/02/2021
as an additional grant to support staff, volunteer and trustee wellbeing, to assist the organisation deliver its charitable purpose more effectively
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Variation grant to Women Connect First
£5,500 28/07/2020
Grant to Women Connect First meeting the additional costs of adapting services, premises or implementing other safety measures in response to the Covid pandemic.
Tudor Trust - Grant to Women Connect First (COVID19 Grant)
£11,800 16/07/2020
6
over six months as additional funding towards a policy and research project to collate information about the inequalities experienced by BAME women in Wales, to inform Government plans for action
Tudor Trust - Grant to Women Connect First (COVID19 Grant)
£2,000 18/06/2020
as emergency funding to support families with pre-school children and older people in Cardiff to access on-line activities during the Coronavirus crisis
BBC Children in Need - Grant to Women Connect First
£3,267 17/06/2020
6
COVID19 - This grant will fund weekly online sessions for BAME children and young people who are isolated at home due to Covid-19,as well as outdoor play sessions for families. The project aims to ....more
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - COVID19 Emergency Funding
£20,000 10/06/2020
3
Support to aid the organisation in dealing with the challenges posed by COVID19.
National Lottery Community Fund - COVID-19 - Women Connect After School Clubs Online
£9,937 12/05/2020
6
Women Connect First in Cardiff will use £9937 to provide online home education activities for black Asian and minority ethnic children and support with health and wellbeing for their parents during ....more
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Women Connect First
£72,237 10/09/2019
36
Continuation and development of the `Golden Years` service supporting older BAME women in the Cardiff area with the aim of removing barriers that prevent them from living independently and ....more
Virgin Money Foundation - Grant to Women Connect First
£500 28/08/2019
Women Connect First work with ethnic minority women and their families in Riverside and across Cardiff. Their work addresses many complex barriers that prevent women from living independently and ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Wales World Cafe
£5,000 30/04/2019
12
Wales World Cafe
DCMS - Tampon Tax Community Fund
£10,425 01/02/2019
1. BME Women in Cardiff will have increased confidence to access a range of services 2. BME Women in Cardiff will have increased capacity/networks/skills through which to create and find support 3. ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Intergr8
£10,000 19/12/2018
12
Project Summary :_x000D_ Women Connect First in Cardiff will support women aged 50 plus from BAME communities to learn new skills and overcome socio-cultural barriers that cause isolation and ....more
Tudor Trust - Grant to Women Connect First
£90,000 31/08/2018
36
over three years towards core salaries and running costs at a BAME women's centre in Cardiff
BBC Children in Need - Grant to Women Connect First
£22,504 30/07/2018
36
This project will fund an afterschool club for children from ethnic minority communities. They will have greater confidence, be better able to communicate with other children, and have more fun.
National Lottery Community Fund - Women's Health First
£99,471 17/01/2018
24
Women Connect First will run an 18 month holistic health and wellbeing course for BAME women and families to improve their lives. There will be seminars/workshops run with key partners on various ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - C4C/ Motiv8
£4,996 05/09/2017
12
C4C/ Motiv8
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Women Connect First
£72,237 20/07/2016
36
Continuation and development of the `Golden Years` service supporting older BAME women in the Cardiff area with the aim of removing barriers that prevent them from living independently and ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Youth Connect - Cyswllt Ieuenctid
£977,546 16/04/2013
48
With a focus on those from black and ethnic minorities, Women Connect First (WCF) will improve the lives of 2,300 young parents aged 14-25 in Cardiff and the surrounding area. The project will use a ....more
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Women Connect First
£20,000 28/02/2013
Costs of delivering ESOL classes tailored for BME young parents and parents to be in Cardiff and the surrounding areas. The grant will cover the cost for the tutors, childcare facilities and teaching ....more
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Women Connect First
£148,900 07/12/2012
Golden Years aims to get older BME women in the Cardiff area out of their isolation, marginalisation and poverty
National Lottery Community Fund - Empower Women Too - Prosiect 'Rhoi'r Grym i Ferched Hefyd'
£499,959 25/05/2010
36
The project is a continuation and extension of the organisation's BIG funded Empower Women Project. Information and Communication Technology, English for Speakers of Other Languages and basic ....more
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (6)
Current Trustees appointed

Age Range of Trustees: 23-48
  • LYAN HASSAN Appointed: 2024, Occupation: Hr People Advisor
  • SAROOP KAUR Appointed: 2024, Occupation: Tenant Engagement Officer
  • SUMAYA KHAN Appointed: 2024, Occupation: Marketing And Engagement Officer
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 11/08/2005, number: 1110834
  • Registered at Companies House on 28/03/2003, number: 04715832
Gift Aid
  • NOT registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Other Regulators
  • Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW)
Policies in force
  • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
  • Campaigns and political activity 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
  • Investing charity funds policy and procedures
  • Investment
  • 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
18 returns made; AR23: 7 days late, AR21: 2 days late, AR20: 5 days late, AR18: 1 days late, AR07: 118 days late,
Main office

7 NEVILLE STREET
CARDIFF
CF11 6LP

Objectives

1. TO ADVANCE EDUCATION AMONGST WOMEN MEMBERS OF THE ETHNIC MINORITY COMMUNITIES;2. TO RELIEVE POVERTY AND DISTRESS ARISING FROM FINANCIAL HARDSHIP AND/OR PHYSICAL AND/OR MENTAL SUFFERING AMONGST WOMEN MEMBERS OF THE ETHNIC MINORITY COMMUNITIES;3. THE PROMOTION OF EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT, IN PARTICULAR BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY IN WALES, BY (I) DEVELOPING THE CAPACITY AND SKILLS OF WOMEN MEMBERS OF ETHNIC MINORITY COMMUNITIES IN SUCH A WAY THAT THEY ARE BETTER ABLE TO IDENTIFY, AND HELP MEET THEIR NEEDS AND PARTICIPATE MORE FULLY IN SOCIETY;(II) RAISING AWARENESS OF THE SOCIAL AND RELIGIOUS NEEDS OF MEMBERS OF ETHNIC MINORITY COMMUNITIES.

Defined Area of Benefit:

WALES

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
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