Finance Score: 2
Governance Score: 4
Support Score: 9
  • Strong growth: +2
  • Narrow trustee age band: -2
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +9
Overall GiG Score: 15 ?

REAL CARE LTD 

We are a North East Specialist day College for people aged 16+ with Special Educational Needs. Our primary aim is to provide education, care and support for our learners in a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment. We offer a wide range of innovative and engaging activities to widen and enhance their learning experience. Promoting independence, communication and choice at all times.
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 gender and dynamic in terms of composition

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • The Board has little diversity in terms of age

Financial issues to consider:

  • There has been a change of accounting period recently, so trends may be hard to determine
Established: 18 years

www.learninglife.org.uk

info@learninglife.org.uk

01207 509936

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Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
N.B. data has been adjusted to reflect year end change
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
31/08/23£1,297£1,149£148£0£809£8068.4510
31/08/22?£689£617£72£0£661£66112.8450
31/12/21£999£788£211£0£589£5899420
31/12/20£813£702£111£0£378£3786.5430
31/12/19*£716£672£44£0£267£2674.8418
31/12/18£676£633£43£0£223£2234.2420
31/12/17£667£646£21£0£180£1803.3420
31/12/16£717£700£17£0£159£1592.7450
31/12/15*£600£521£79£7£142£1423.3270
31/12/14£405£420£-15£0£0£0n/a00
31/12/13*£514£449£65£9£79£792.1150
31/12/12£338£399£-61£0£0£0n/a00
31/12/11£273£280£-7£0£0£0n/a00
31/12/10*£237£236£1£0£0£0n/a00
31/12/09*£204£158£46£0£0£0n/a00
31/12/08£166£88£78£0£0£0n/a00
31/12/07£134£137£-3£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: 15%
Liabilities/Income: 11%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 100%
Reserves/Spending: 8.4 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 5 months
Quick Ratio: 3.5
Asset Split ?
Listed activities
  • Amateur Sport
  • Arts/Culture/Heritage/Science
  • Disability
  • Economic/Community Development/Employment
  • Education/Training
  • Recreation
  • The Advancement Of Health Or Saving Of Lives
How it operates
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides buildings/facilities/open space
  • Provides human resources
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne City,
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • Other Charities Or Voluntary Bodies
  • Other Defined Groups
  • People With Disabilities
  • The General Public/Mankind
Who works here?
  • 51 employees

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
Lloyds Bank Foundation£52,250
DCMS£39,000
National Lottery Community Fund£29,350
County Durham Community Foundation£14,373
Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland£13,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
Lloyds Bank Foundation - One off gift towards cost of living crisis to Real Care Ltd
£2,250 14/12/2022
One off gift to support with the cost of living crisis
National Lottery Community Fund - Outdoor Farm Well Being Project
£10,000 18/03/2022
The funding will be used to purchase outdoor furniture to convert a space within Haystax Farm into a wellbeing outdoor nature area for young people with disabilities. The project will provide respite ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Queens Jubilee- Concert @ Haystax Farm
£9,500 18/03/2022
The funding will be used to host a concert to celebrate the Queen' Platinum Jubilee. It will also include a tree planting activity to build on its Queen's Canopy Project. The project aims to bring ....more
County Durham Community Foundation - Volunteers- a gift to the community
£4,450 18/11/2021
To support a volunteer project,
County Durham Community Foundation - Accessible bathroom for all
£5,000 28/10/2021
To install an accessible bathroom.
Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland - A grant to Real Care Ltd Trading as Learning For Life
£10,000 29/07/2021
Installing a bifold concertina door to enable multi use safe spaces in Newcastle base for young people with disabilities
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Renew grant to Real Care Ltd
£50,000 25/05/2021
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Unrestricted grant over two years towards the core costs of Real Care Ltd.
Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland - A grant to Real Care Ltd Trading as Learning For Life
£3,000 15/04/2021
Employability courses and employment opportunities for young people with learning disabilities from County Durham, Gateshead and Newcastle
Co-Operative Group - Grant to Learning for Life
£2,625 24/10/2020
We wish to expand the café we run voluntarily at Citizen's house to teach employability skills for our learners with community volunteers.
DCMS - Coronavirus Community Support Fund
£39,000 19/08/2020
"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
County Durham Community Foundation - Temerature check for good health
£4,923 04/06/2020
Towards temperature check for good health.
National Lottery Community Fund - Community Cafe Volunteer Project
£9,850 10/02/2020
10
The funding will help develop young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) in all aspects of catering and customer service within a community café setting. The activities will ....more
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (6)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split
Based on 5/6 persons

Age Range of Trustees: 55-70
  • ANNE TIMOTHY (Chair) Appointed: 2004, Occupation: Education Manager
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 02/05/2006, number: 1113970
  • Registered at Companies House on 25/11/2004, number: 05296681
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Other Regulators
  • Ofsted (Office For Standards In Education)
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
17 returns made; AR19: 73 days late, AR15: 116 days late, AR13: 349 days late, AR10: 282 days late, AR09: 77 days late,
Main office

Learning For Life
Herbert Street
CONSETT
County Durham
DH8 6AE

Objectives

TO ADVANCE AND SUPPORT THE POST 16 EDUCATION OF PUPILS FROM SPECIAL SCHOOLS WITHIN THE NORTH EAST REGION, THEIR FAMILIES, AND WIDER COMMUNITIES BY:PROVIDING POST-SECONDARY, NON-TERTIARY EDUCATION, AND CARE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH PROFOUND AND MULTIPLE LEARNING DIFFICULTIES;PROVIDING A STIMULATING AND EFFECTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (LEARNING FOR LIFE) FOR ALL YOUNG PEOPLE, INCLUDING THOSE EXPERIENCING MORE PROFOUND AND MULTIPLE LEARNING AND PHYSICAL DIFFICULTIES; PROVIDING A CARE AND SUPPORT FACILITY WHICH PROVIDES A NURTURING ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH MORE PROFOUND DISABILITIES AND INVOLVEMENT IN THE WIDER COMMUNITY; DEVELOPING FURTHER PROVISION AS YOUNG PEOPLE PROGRESS INTO WORK AND INDEPENDENT LIVING.

Defined Area of Benefit:

COUNTY DURHAM

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
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