Overall Score: 14 based on 19 data points
Finance: 3
Governance: 6
Support: 5
Poor Liquidity: -1, Reasonable growth: +1, Fundraising costs low: +3,
Good trustee age range: +3, Dynamic board: +3,
Supporters: +5


HENRY is a national charity that is transforming traditional approaches to health through successful intervention at the start of life. Services address child obesity, oral health, infant feeding, parenting and emotional wellbeing and include training for early years practitioners and evidence-based family programmes to give children a healthy start in life through a whole-family approach.
Analysis by Giving is Great


  • There has been reasonable growth in spending over the last 3 years relative to the previous period
  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • 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 dynamic in terms of composition

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • Over half the Board have joined recently

Financial issues to consider:

  • Liquidity appears to have been slender at the latest year end

How you can help

Established: 14 years




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Financial Data ?

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

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 2.4%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 2.3%
Senior Staff Costs/Total Spending: 3%
Liabilities/Assets: 63%
Liabilities/Income: 39%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 91%
Reserves/Spending: 2.4321194605586 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 3 months
Quick Ratio: 0.5
Asset Split ?
Comment: HENRY has a good mix of income sources that continue to be well spread with new project and contracts secured alongside sales of training and resources. The onset of the pandemic meant a change of programme delivery but they were still able to maintained a strong financial position in 2020.

Source: Giving is Great

What it does
  • Education/Training
  • The Advancement Of Health Or Saving Of Lives
Who works here?
  • 68 employees
  • 35 volunteers
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • The General Public/Mankind
How it operates
  • Provides services
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:
Garfield Weston Foundation£30,000

Specific Donations

Amount When
To be used for
The National Lottery Community Fund
£9,992 15/08/2022
The funding will be used to deliver online support sessions for parents and children. The project aims to help families to improve their wellbeing relationships and skills including addressing the ....more
Garfield Weston Foundation
£30,000 12/08/2022
HENRY - Core Service Provision 2022-23
Oxfordshire Community Foundation
£9,984 07/05/2020
Advice & support - improve family life for the most disadvantaged families with young children.
The National Lottery Community Fund
£10,000 06/09/2018
The organisation will run a programme of family activities to improve the health and lifestyles of families with children under 5 years to improve their health and wellbeing and chances in life.
John Ellerman Foundation
£90,000 20/07/2017
Towards the core costs of their work building healthier and happier families with children under five and their communities.
The National Lottery Community Fund
£455,065 04/04/2016
This project will work with parents of children aged up to five to prevent childhood obesity. It will be delivered in partnership with local authorities in Telford and Leeds, with expansion into ....more
The National Lottery Community Fund
£296,520 14/09/2011
This new project will address rising obesity rates in children. Working in Birmingham and Telford, HENRY (Health, Exercise and Nutrition in the Really Young) will engage families with pre-school age ....more
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How do they operate?

Family Support Services

Objectives: To preserve, protect and promote good health in babies and young children by encouraging families to adopt a healthier lifestyle and advance knowledge through the provision of education and training facilities for those who work with young children and families

Intervention period: Dependant on the needs of those beneficiaries

Beneficiaries: Parents of young children and their families

Location: Regions across the UK

Description: Henry adopts a holistic approach to improving children's lives through services that focus on supporting breastfeeding, improving nutrition, emotional wellbeing, parenting skills, healthy nutrition, oral health and a more active lifestyle. Services include 1-to-1 sessions, speaking development groups, infant feeding support, stand-alone workshops, healthy eating drop-ins, dental outreach sessions and speech and language drop-ins. Focusing on these elements, they reduce the risk of tooth decay, obesity and associated diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, as well as improving school readiness and future life chances. The programme is delivered over eight weekly 2.5 hour sessions. It focuses on parents as the key agents of change for young children.

Comment: Due to the onset of the pandemic, HENRY embarked on an extensive adaptation of all programmes for practitioner training and family support activities, which in some cases have increased engagement with some families, and they are ensuring any face-to-face delivery is COVID-secure. Expanding their digital offer was part of a 5-year strategy to increase their reach and has been accelerated to accommodate pandemic challenges, which has included new staff recruitment.

To ensure the move to online delivery would provide the same positive outcomes for families, they have adapted programmes to include reduced duration of sessions to avoid “Zoom fatigue” and limited groups to no more than 6. HENRY also produced short videos that parents can watch in their own time. They have also moved all evaluations online.

HENRY have developed an interactive digital hub for expectant parents involved in their Preparation for Parenthood course and are supporting them through weekly individual telephone/video calls and online group support.

Source: Giving is Great

How effective are they?
Y/EParents supported through individual or group interventionsEarly years practitioners trained% of Families that say they are leading healthier lifestyles% of Parents that say they have improved emotional wellbeing
Notes: When HENRY moved to an online delivery, there were concerns the same impact would not be seen from programmes. Though this is true in some cases, online delivery has seen increased positive outcomes as well that have included fewer missed sessions, more dads joining sessions, and some ‘hard to reach’ parents who wouldn’t attend an in-person group taking part online.

Commentary: The Early Intervention Foundation completed a study of 60 parents in 2019 in which they found preliminary evidence of improving a child's outcome in preventing obesity and promoting healthy physical development at a lower cost to organisations with similar interventions.

The study was a pre-post study that meant outcomes were assessed before the intervention was delivered, immediately after the intervention was delivered, and at an 8 week follow up.
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HENRY Annual Report 2019-20 Annual report Download Document
HENRY Annual Report 2018-19 Annual report Download Document

Who works here?

    Chief Executive
    Appointed: April 2012
Kim became HENRY’s Chief Executive in April 2012 and has a professional background in parenting, family support and early development in the NHS and voluntary sector. She is the author of Early Learning Matters, a good practice guide, commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families in 2009 and co-author with Professor Mary Rudolf of A Healthy Start; a best practice handbook for health and early years practitioners. Her ....more
    Director of Operations
    Appointed: April 2019
Anne brings a breadth of experience from the NHS, local authority and charity sectors, managing services for children, young people and adults, starting her working life as a children’s Speech and Language Therapist. She has a Masters in Healthcare Leadership and supports the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists in writing professional guidelines. She helps teams to develop and to transform family-centred services, integrating ....more
    Head of Partnerships and Business Development
Tom has 10 years’ experience in strategy and income generation in the voluntary sector having worked across environmental, social welfare, and education charities. He has developed major cross-sector strategic partnerships, as well as securing multi-year grant and individual funding. He joined HENRY in 2013 as a member of the senior management team and leads on developing new service models, partnership development and diversifying and growing ....more
    Head of Service Delivery
Edwina joined HENRY as a Business Development Manager bringing complementary and innovative approaches to securing new business. She has an MA in the Management of Innovation and Change and has worked extensively and strategically within and across all sectors delivering and developing early years and family’s services. She is now leading their direct service delivery, co-designing, implementing and delivering grant-funded projects to ensure ....more
    Head of Finance and Administration
Ian has over 20 years’ experience in finance and administration having worked across the housing, health and charity sectors. He has led in the development of systems and finance teams from their early beginnings to becoming established within organisations. He joined the HENRY team in 2017 initially in a cover role, joining the senior leadership in 2019 now heading up finance, HR, IT, and administration.
Commentary: Staff numbers have expanded to deliver and support new contracts and projects, to an average headcount of 46 in 2019-20 with staff based in 8 different locations. This expansion has brought new specialist expertise into the organisation including marketing, data management, IT, midwifery, teaching (primary and secondary) and special needs. In addition to employed staff team, 12 freelance trainers also deliver HENRY services.

Source: Giving is Great

How is it governed?

Trustees (9)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split

Age Range of Trustees: 39-63
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 07/11/2009, number: 1132581
  • Registered at Companies House on 04/07/2009, number: 06952404
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Complaints handling
  • Conflicting interests
  • Investment
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Volunteer management
Main office

6 Elm Place
Old Witney Road
OX29 4BD


3.1 to preserve, protect and promote good health in babies and young children by encouraging families to adopt a healthier lifestyle, with a particular focus on vulnerable and socially disadvantaged families3.2 to advance education through the provision of education and training facilities for those who work with babies, young children and families.


Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving

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