OK
Finance Score: 1
Governance Score: 6
Support Score: 10
  • Multiple Deficits: -2
  • Fundraising costs low: +3
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +10
Overall GiG Score: 17 ?

SPEAR HOUSING ASSOCIATION LIMITED 

SPEAR exists to enable homeless people in South and West London find secure accommodation. We develop and deliver solutions with community partners. We believe that homelessness isn't just a housing problem, it has a range of causes and is often an experience of isolation, hopelessness or self-doubt. That's why, beyond a roof overhead, we promote community involvement and personal development.
Analysis by Giving is Great

Positives:

  • Fundraising costs are unusually low relative to funds raised
  • 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 gender

Financial issues to consider:

  • On several occasions in recent years income has been less than spending

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£5,249£4,985£264£174£8,003£4,0629.89169
31/03/22£5,407£5,211£196£292£7,739£3,7838.798126
31/03/21*£5,155£4,916£240£240£7,544£3,5508.7101153
31/03/20£4,081£4,593£-512£177£7,304£3,2708.5109154
31/03/19£3,210£3,361£-151£169£7,815£3,76113.461140
31/03/18£2,579£2,493£86£47£575£4692.3640
31/03/17*£1,930£2,123£-193£150£489£4452.5550
31/03/16*£2,011£1,971£41£99£679£6003.7500
31/03/15£1,697£1,796£-99£83£640£5663.8450
31/03/14£1,759£1,715£44£95£740£5944.2430
31/03/13£1,403£1,346£56£90£695£5434.8350
31/03/12£1,381£1,277£104£97£474£4143.9400
31/03/11*£1,064£980£84£59£370£2773.4350
31/03/10£946£999£-52£49£286£2342.8260
31/03/09£1,678£1,340£338£72£338£2542.3270

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 3.3%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 3.5%
Senior Staff Costs/Total Spending: 6%
Highest pay band: £90,000-£100,000
Liabilities/Assets: 13%
Liabilities/Income: 22%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 51%
Reserves/Spending: 9.8 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 16 months
Quick Ratio: 5.7
Asset Split ?
Established: 50 years

www.spearlondon.org

admin@spearlondon.org

02082886506

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UN SDGs
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Listed activities
  • Accommodation/Housing
  • Economic/Community Development/Employment
  • Education/Training
  • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty
GiG Classification
  • Shelter for homeless, vulnerable & excluded people
How it operates
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides services
  • Sponsors or undertakes research
Where it operates
  • Hounslow, Kingston Upon Thames, Merton, Richmond Upon Thames, Sutton, Wandsworth,
Who it helps
  • Other Defined Groups

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£509,427
Comic Relief£159,068
Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government£99,740
City Bridge Trust£76,540
The Berkeley Foundation£73,611
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
The Berkeley Foundation - Match funding payment
£5,216 31/10/2023
Unrestricted match funding payment to October 2023
The Berkeley Foundation - Match funding payment
£5,228 31/07/2023
Unrestricted match funding payment to July 2023
The Berkeley Foundation - Match funding payment
£5,260 30/04/2023
Unrestricted match funding payment to to April 2023
The Berkeley Foundation - Cost of Living Grant
£5,000 26/04/2023
One-off, unrestricted grant
The Berkeley Foundation - One-off grant
£100 20/03/2023
Unrestricted grant - Resilience Fund Panel
The Berkeley Foundation - Match funding payment
£5,276 31/01/2023
Unrestricted match funding payment to to January 2023
National Lottery Community Fund - Homeless Heath Link Service
£499,427 30/11/2022
This project will use funding to empower homeless people to improve their own health and wellbeing through its health gateway service and wraparound support.
The Berkeley Foundation - Match funding payment
£10,285 31/10/2022
Unrestricted match funding payment to October 2022
Co-Operative Group - Grant to SPEAR
£3,857 22/10/2022
We train up SPEAR clients/young people in electrical PAT testing and furniture recycling, giving them better access to employment, utilising donated items to improve SPEAR's homelessness services.
The Berkeley Foundation - Match funding payment
£290 31/07/2022
Unrestricted match funding payment to July 2022
National Lottery Community Fund - Care and Repair Programme
£10,000 24/06/2022
The funding will be used to fund development of a new Care and Repair programme to bring in-house repairs and maintenance of our 190-bed accommodation portfolio for homeless people in South West ....more
The Berkeley Foundation - Match Funding payment
£350 30/04/2022
Unrestricted match funding payment to April 2022
The Berkeley Foundation - Foundation award grants
£1,000 29/03/2022
Unrestricted 2022 Foundation Awards grant
Garfield Weston Foundation - Multi-Year Grant (2 Years) award
£25,000 11/03/2022
Supporting those who are experiencing homelessness in South West London.
The Berkeley Foundation - Match funding payment
£300 31/01/2022
Unrestricted match funding payment to January 2022
City Bridge Trust - Grant to SPEAR Housing Association
£76,540 22/11/2021
£76,540 (£37,890; £38,650) for a Full-time Peer Mentor Worker, including NI and pension; IT, phone, laptop, database, office and on costs.
The Berkeley Foundation - Match funding payment
£20,208 31/10/2021
Unrestricted match funding payment to October 2021
The Wimbledon Foundation - Support services for homeless people
£5,000 10/06/2021
Support services for homeless people.
The Berkeley Foundation - Covid-19 match funding grant
£5,000 20/04/2021
Unrestricted donation to a charity match funding the amount raised by Berkeley Group staff
The Berkeley Foundation - Focus group attendance donation
£100 15/03/2021
Unrestricted donation to a charity in thanks for attending a focus group session
Comic Relief - SPEAR's Springboard Project
£159,068 15/09/2020
36
SPEAR seeks funding to support young people experiencing homelessness with its Springboard programme. Springboard will help 150 young people over three years develop skills to enable them to live ....more
Heathrow Community Trust - Emergency support for Homeless in Richmond
£2,500 22/05/2020
6
funding for personal protective equipment, a remote working system, fund travel costs and new cleaning contracts, and purchase white/ brown goods and food for clients self-isolating in emergency ....more
Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government - MHCLG Homelessness Fund
£99,740 07/05/2020
Organisations supporting homelessness
The Berkeley Foundation - Emergency Covid-19 grant to help mitigate loss of fundraising income
£10,000 28/04/2020
One-off unrestricted, emergency grant to support the Foundation's Designated Charities during the Covid-19 crisis. COVID19 related grant.
Heathrow Community Trust - Support for frontline workers caring for the homeless.
£5,000 10/04/2020
6
Personal Protective Equipment to protect the health of frontline workers and homeless people in the community, either rough sleeping or in accommodation project.
The London Community Foundation - Grant to SPEAR Housing Association Limited (known as SPEAR)
£5,000 08/04/2020
Helping to find and make safe 250 people who are rough sleeping and homeless in South West London. We need: emergency health and safety (PPE) equipment to keep frontline staff and people who are ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Homeless Health Link Service - continuation project
£497,071 01/02/2019
36
A project that recognises homelessness is more than just a housing issue. It supports homeless people to build a positive future through a variety of initiatives including outreach, access to health ....more
City Bridge Trust - Grant to Spear Housing Association Ltd
£92,500 06/07/2018
36
£92,500 over three years (£13,350; £34,150; £45,000) for the salary costs of the part-time Peer Support Worker, plus training, activities, line management and additional costs associated with the ....more
Garfield Weston Foundation - Multi-Year Grant (3 Years) award
£30,000 21/05/2018
SPEAR Skills Development Programme
Greater London Authority - Grant to Spear
£37,000 03/04/2017
SPEAR - Housing First Project
National Lottery Community Fund - Homeless Health Link Service
£318,942 22/02/2017
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This group aims to provide one to one health support for homeless people and rough sleepers. The project will educate them to manage their physical and mental health through sessions with their key ....more
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (11)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split
Based on 10/11 persons

Age Range of Trustees: 28-78
  • ALEX DOIG Appointed: 2018, Occupation: Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • PAUL DOE (Chair) Appointed: 2018, Occupation: Retired
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 08/01/1974, number: 1122206
  • Registered at Companies House on 11/10/2007, number: 06396687
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Event History
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
  • Investing charity funds 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
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
15 returns made; AR21: 18 days late, AR17: 1 days late, AR16: 1 days late, AR11: 10 days late,
Main office

SPEAR
89 HEATH ROAD
TWICKENHAM
TW1 4AW

Objectives

3. THE CHARITY'S OBJECTS (THE OBJECTS) ARE I) THE RELIEF OF PERSONS IN NEED WHO ARE HOMELESS OR AT RISK OF BECOMING HOMELESS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THOSE WITH SUBSTANCE MISUSE PROBLEMS BY PROVIDING ACCOMMODATION, SERVICES AND ADVICE SO AS TO HELP INCREASE THE INDEPENDENCE AND DECREASE THE MARGINALISATION IN SOCIETY OF SUCH PERSONS. II) TO UNDERTAKE RESEARCH INTO HOMELESSNESS FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT.

Defined Area of Benefit:

NOT DEFINED. IN PRACTICE: LOCALLY IN RICHMOND-UPON -THAMES AND SURROUNDING AREAS.

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
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