Finance Score: 3
Governance Score: 6
Support Score: 12
  • Fundraising costs low: +3
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +12
Overall GiG Score: 21 ?

PRISON RADIO ASSOCIATION 

The Prison Radio Association (PRA) is an award winning charity that runs National Prison Radio (NPR). The world's first and only national radio station for prisoners, NPR supports prisoners through their sentences and aims to reduce re-offending. It also highlights the effects of crime and imprisonment on prisoners, families, victims and societies as a whole.
Analysis by Giving is Great

Positives:

  • Spending has increased over the last 3 years relative to the previous period
  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • Fundraising costs are low relative to funds raised
  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers including the Government and there are significant future grants due to be received
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and gender
Established: 18 years
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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£1,185£1,193£-8£83£695£6296.3260
31/03/22£1,026£1,050£-24£93£703£5876.7220
31/03/21£1,038£900£138£110£727£6939.2180
31/03/20£830£783£47£108£589£4767.3170
31/03/19£819£876£-57£104£541£4436.1170
31/03/18£815£820£-5£97£598£5988.8170
31/03/17£633£697£-63£88£603£60310.4150
31/03/16?£930£762£168£59£666£65710.3150
31/12/14£741£553£188£45£498£46410.1110
31/12/13£617£595£22£4£310£296680
31/12/12£580£480£100£4£288£2676.7100
31/12/11£504£466£38£5£188£1874.880
31/12/10£437£344£93£0£0£0n/a00
31/12/09£248£286£-38£0£0£0n/a00
31/12/08£228£263£-34£0£0£0n/a00
31/12/07£304£125£180£0£0£0n/a00

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 7%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 6.9%
Senior Staff Costs/Total Spending: 26%
Highest pay band: £90,000-£100,000
Liabilities/Assets: 25%
Liabilities/Income: 19%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 90%
Reserves/Spending: 6.3 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 7 months
Quick Ratio: 2.8
Asset Split ?
What it does
  • Economic/Community Development/Employment
  • Education/Training
Who works here?
  • 26 employees
Who it helps
  • Other Charities Or Voluntary Bodies
  • Other Defined Groups
  • The General Public/Mankind
How it operates
  • Acts as an umbrella or resource body
  • Other charitable activities
Where it operates
  • Throughout England And Wales,

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£836,062
Ministry of Justice£600,000
BBC Children in Need£80,525
Triangle Trust 1949 Fund£77,156
AB Charitable Trust£55,000
Sport England£51,916
The Bromley Trust£40,000
Ministry of Defence£35,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
National Lottery Community Fund - Life After Prison
£496,703 29/09/2023
The funding will be used to expand and evolve Prison Radio Association’s (PRA) podcast channel and online community for people affected by the criminal justice system – Life After Prison. The ....more
The Bromley Trust - Restricted grant towards PRA's work with female prisoners
£40,000 03/07/2023
PRA launched the world's first national radio station for people in prison. They aim to rehabilitate, reduce re-offending and support people through their sentences and beyond, through the power of ....more
AB Charitable Trust - A grant to Prison Radio Association
£20,000 06/10/2022
A restricted grant of £20,000 towards UK work (This grant is renewable - year 1 of up to 3 years). Prison Radio Association delivers the National Prison Radio across 113 prisons in England and Wales.
BBC Children in Need - Grant to PRISON RADIO ASSOCIATION
£80,525 03/02/2022
A series of hands-on radio production workshops for small groups of 15-18 year-old boys in Feltham Young Offenders Institution. This will develop life skills, work-related skills and build ....more
Sport England - TGC CF This Girl Can Radio Series
£9,500 14/09/2021
6
The project will develop an innovative and inspirational series of programmes to be broadcast weekly in women's prisons to promote exercise and fitness and motivate prisoners to get involved in ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Prison Radio Podcast Network
£250,418 07/07/2021
The funding will be used by the grant to develop a new podcast network aimed at people who have recently left prison people in the wider criminal justice system and the families of people in prison. ....more
AB Charitable Trust - A grant to The Prison Radio Association
£20,000 22/04/2021
An unrestricted grant of £20,000. Prison Radio Association delivers National Prison Radio in prisons across the UK, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ministry of Justice - National Prison Radio
£300,000 01/04/2021
To provide the National Prison Radio (NPR), which offers speech and music programmes to prisoners. Through NPR, prisoners learn about support services available to them and they are informed of any ....more
Ministry of Defence - Covenant Fund
£35,000 12/02/2021
Address social isolation by targeting specific groups within the Armed Forces community who are traditionally harder to reach.
Sport England - COVID-19 Innovative Solution
£42,416 03/11/2020
6
Funding under Sport England's COVID-19 Innovative Solutions funding programme for a Revenue project titled COVID-19 Innovative Solution. This project lists its main activity as Multi Sports
Youth Music - The Intro
£27,120 30/10/2020
The Intro
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Prison Radio Association
£24,167 05/05/2020
6
towards unrestricted core costs as a COVID-19 fast response grant
National Lottery Community Fund - National Prison Radio
£88,941 04/05/2020
12
This project will safeguard the running of National Prison Radio 24/7 to over 80000 people in 110 prisons in England and Wales. They broadcast directly into prisons to inform educate engage and ....more
The Clothworkers Foundation - Grant to PRISON RADIO ASSOCIATION
£4,920 01/05/2020
COVID19 : To purchase recording equipment for a charity that works with prisoners and former-prisoners Nationally
Ministry of Justice - National Prison Radio
£300,000 01/04/2020
To continue provision of a National Prison 24-hour radio service, 7 days a week in prisons across Engalnd and Wales
Triangle Trust 1949 Fund - PRISON RADIO ASSOCIATION (PRA) - 1
£77,156 19/03/2020
Increase organisational resilience through developing evaluation approach for new and existing services, enabling better communication of impact and increased income generation.
Dulverton Trust - Resettlement support
£32,465 23/10/2019
Resettlement support
The Clothworkers Foundation - Grant to PRISON RADIO ASSOCIATION
£10,000 25/07/2019
purchase of furniture, computers and recording equipment for a charity which works with prisoners in Brixton
Barrow Cadbury Trust - Future Prison podcast
£35,000 13/07/2019
12
The grant will produce six programmes facilitating a dialogue between BAME people, women and young adults with lived experience and policy leads in the Ministry of Justice.
AB Charitable Trust - A grant to Prison Radio Association
£15,000 27/06/2019
An unrestricted grant of £15,000. Prison Radio Association runs the National Prison Radio - a radio station for prisoners, which aims to use the power of radio to communicate with prisoners, engage ....more
Ministry of Justice - HMPPS - National Prison Radio Service
£300,000 01/04/2019
To continue provision of a National Prison 24-hour radio service, 7 days a week in prisons across Engalnd and Wales
Department of Health - Prison Radio
£17,664 01/04/2019
Prison Radio
The Funding Network - Straightline
£5,355 04/07/2018
The PRA is building an online media channel for prison leavers to access content which will support them to remain crime-free after release. This channel is called Straightline.
AB Charitable Trust - A grant to Prison Radio Association
£15,000 24/04/2018
£15,000 towards core costs of National Prison Radio. Prison Radio Association runs the National Prison Radio - a radio station for prisoners, which aims to use the power of radio to communicate with ....more
Ministry of Justice - National Prison Radio
£300,000 01/04/2018
To continue provision of a National Prison 24-hour radio service, 7 days a week in prisons across England and Wales
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Prison Radio Association
£145,000 28/02/2018
36
Towards the development of Straightline, an app and website supporting ex-offenders after release using the National Prison Radio model.
Comic Relief - Sex Talk (radio show, podcast and animation)
£10,000 27/09/2017
9
Understanding of HIV is poor among large parts of the prison population, whilst infection rates are high. With no access to the internet, and limited educational resources available, this project ....more
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Prison Radio Association
£50,000 21/07/2016
24
Revolutionising prisoner communication. The grant will fund the Working Matters project over two years.
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to Prison Radio Association
£120,000 13/06/2013
36
towards three years' continuation funding of the salary of the Director of Radio of a National offender rehabilitation and communications project
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Prison Radio Association
£350,000 15/07/2010
48
Towards Unrestricted core costs Towards core costs to develop a national prison radio service.
National Lottery Community Fund - National Prison Radio Service
£237,278 10/02/2010
36
The Prison Radio Association, an award winning education charity, aims to provide a prison radio service to all HM Prisons in England and Wales. The main aim of the service is to support time in ....more
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How is it governed?

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

Age Range of Trustees: 36-62
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 20/06/2006, number: 1114760
  • Registered at Companies House on 22/09/2005, number: 05571624
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
  • Investment
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Social media policy and procedures
  • Trustee conflicts of interest policy and procedures
  • Trustee expenses policy and procedures
Filing Record
16 returns made; all on time
Main office

Bates Wells Braithwaite
Thames Exchange
10 Queen Street Place
London
EC4R 1BE

Objectives

THE EDUCATION, RELIEF AND REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS IN CUSTODY AND IN THE COMMUNITY

Defined Area of Benefit:

NOT DEFINED. IN PRACTICE NATIONAL

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
CharityBase

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