Finance Score: -5
Governance Score: 9
Support Score: 11
  • Multiple Deficits and declines: -5
  • No PartB
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +11
Overall GiG Score: 15 ?


Footprints uses volunteers who we train as mentors to mentor and support ex-offenders leaving prison and returning to our area.
Analysis by Giving is Great


  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers including the Government and a Community Foundation and there are significant future grants due to be received
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and gender 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 and on several occasions in recent years less than spending
Established: 19 years


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Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
Cost £k
Funds £k
Funds £k
Staff Volun-

Highest pay bracket: less than £60,000
What it does
  • Economic/Community Development/Employment
Who works here?
  • 20 volunteers
Who it helps
  • Other Defined Groups
How it operates
  • Provides human resources
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Bournemouth, Dorset, Hampshire, Poole, Portsmouth City, Southampton City,

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
Henry Smith Charity£170,000
Lloyds Bank Foundation£85,250
The Leathersellers' Company Charitable Fund£40,000
Ministry of Justice£31,141
Co-Operative Group£5,304
Dorset Community Foundation£2,572
Specific Donations
Amount When
To be used for
Dorset Community Foundation - Second Chances
£2,572 06/02/2023
Supportive art groups for vulnerable women referred by probation and police (ex offenders and at risk of offending)
Lloyds Bank Foundation - One off gift towards cost of living crisis to Footprints Project
£2,250 14/12/2022
One off gift to support with the cost of living crisis
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to Footprints Project
£150,000 06/12/2022
towards three years' running costs of a mentoring project providing support for ex-offenders in Dorset and Hampshire.
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Footprints Project
£50,000 08/09/2021
Unrestricted grant over two years towards the core costs of Footprints Project
Ministry of Justice - Women's Community Sector Funding
£31,141 20/01/2021
The womens community sector grants scheme offers £2.5 million in funding for core costs to promote greater financial stability throughout the sector.
DCMS - Coronavirus Community Support Fund
£9,908 07/07/2020
"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
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Footprints Project
£33,000 21/05/2020
One year core funding to support Footprints Project to sustain their work to support work addressing Offending, Prison or Community Service Complex Social Issue (CSI) during COVID19
CAF - Grant to Footprints Project
£3,150 17/04/2020
Grant to Footprints Project to support the organisation through COVID19
Co-Operative Group - Grant to The Footprints Project
£5,304 15/11/2019
We want to support ex-offenders, learning DIY and horticulture, growing food and volunteering to renovate local charity buildings.
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to Footprints Project
£20,000 12/06/2019
towards two years' running costs of a project which provides support and services to those serving a custodial sentence, and to ex-offenders, to resettle into their local communities in Hampshire
The Leathersellers' Company Charitable Fund - Grant to Footprints Project
£40,000 12/06/2019
Main Grant unrestricted core costs
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Footprints Project
£5,131 13/02/2019
To fund development of Lifeworks enterprise providing works experience opportunities and new income stream; piloting new way of working through probation hub to increase initial engagement with ....more
DCMS - Tampon Tax Community Fund
£9,950 07/01/2019
We will enable women to access individualised support to improve health and wellbeing through increased social capacity and capability, directly responding to Tampon Tax ambitions in terms of ....more
DCMS - Tampon Tax Community Fund
£9,450 07/01/2019
We will enable women to access individualised support to improve health and wellbeing through increased social capacity and capability, directly responding to Tampon Tax ambitions in terms of ....more
Somerset Community Foundation - Womens diversionary scheme: bridging the equality gaps
£9,450 18/12/2018
Volunteer mentoring scheme for female ex-offenders.
National Lottery Community Fund - Life Chances and Women Offenders
£10,000 29/11/2018
The funding will be used to support a mentoring programme for women completing time served in prison. The project aims to reduce reoffending rates as well as providing support with anxiety and other ....more
The Clothworkers Foundation - Grant to Footprints Project
£8,000 02/11/2018
purchase of office equipment, building and construction tools for a charity which works with prisoners and ex offenders in Dorset
Somerset Community Foundation - reducing re-offending through community volunteer mentors
£4,680 16/03/2018
Volunteer mentoring programme for ex-offenders
AB Charitable Trust - A grant to The Footprints Project
£10,000 31/10/2017
£10,000 towards core costs. The Footprints Project aims to create an integrated community by providing support to offenders or those at risk of offending and also help to reduce reoffending. ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Increasing Life Chances for Women in Offending
£9,760 17/05/2017
This is a project by a charity based in Dorset, supporting beneficiaries in Hampshire. The organisation will run a programme of rehabilitation activities for women who are ex-offenders and recently ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - TPP2 - Life Works: increasing life chances
£39,573 07/04/2017
The group will provide mentoring and opportunities to develop work skills for ex-offenders and people who have been homeless. The project will provide a dedicated space with a variety of meaningful ....more
Woodward Charitable Trust - Towards the cost of “through the gate” volunteers
£1,500 04/11/2016
Towards the cost of “through the gate” volunteers to reduce the risks of recidivism.
Tudor Trust - Grant to Footprints Project
£50,000 27/11/2015
over two years as continuation funding towards core costs at an offender mentoring organisation covering Dorset and Hampshire
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Footprints Project
£20,000 28/02/2014
Footprints Project provides mentors to support offenders in prison and on release. The aim is to reduce reoffending by helping ex-offenders to resettle into their local community.
Woodward Charitable Trust - Towards a Prison Liaison Co-ordinator’s costs
£1,500 13/07/2012
Towards a Prison Liaison Co-ordinator’s costs.
Woodward Charitable Trust - Mentoring & befriending project
£3,000 24/01/2008
Towards a mentoring and befriending project for ex-offenders in Dorset.
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (8)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split
Based on 7/8 persons

Age Range of Trustees: 34-83
  • LIJA BROKA Appointed: 2023, Occupation: Chartered Accountant
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 17/08/2005, number: 1110916
  • Registered at Companies House on 16/12/2004, number: 05314401
Gift Aid
  • 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
  • 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; all on time
Main office

Oxford Point
19 Oxford Road


2.1 The Charity's objects are specifically restricted, in each case only for the public benefit, to benefit the local community by supporting the rehabilitation and relieving the needs of people who are, or have been, in prison, under supervision, on licence or under investigation by the police, those identified as at risk of offending, their families and also victims of crime, by such means as the Members may from time to time determine.2.2 Nothing in these Articles shall authorise an application of the property of the Charity for purposes which are not charitable in accordance with any statutory provision regarding the meaning of the word charitable or the words charitable purposes in force in any part of the United Kingdom.

Defined Area of Benefit:


Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
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