Finance Score: -5
Governance Score: 6
Support Score: 12
  • Multiple Deficits and declines: -5
  • No PartB
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Large volunteers +3
  • Grant maker support: +9
Overall GiG Score: 13 ?

THE MINISTRY OF STORIES 

The Ministry of Stories is a creative writing and mentoring centre for young people in east London. We use storytelling to inspire young people aged 8-18, in the belief that writing unleashes their imaginations and builds confidence, self-respect and communication.
Analysis by Giving is Great

Positives:

  • This charity has been successful in attracting volunteers relative to its size
  • Spending has increased over the last 3 years relative to the previous period
  • 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

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: 14 years

www.ministryofstories.org

hello@ministryofstories.org

02077294159

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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£376£572£-196n/an/an/an/an/a182
31/03/22£485£480£5n/an/an/an/an/a128
31/03/21£306£437£-131n/an/an/an/an/a94
31/03/20£925£491£434£112£690£55013.410218
31/03/19£446£483£-37n/an/an/an/an/a186
31/03/18£491£367£124£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/17£382£390£-8£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/16£453£505£-52£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/15*£539£565£-26£84£229£93290
31/03/14£500£445£55£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/13£461£382£79£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/12*£210£199£12£0£0£0n/a00

Highest pay bracket: less than £60,000
Listed activities
  • Arts/Culture/Heritage/Science
  • Education/Training
How it operates
  • Provides buildings/facilities/open space
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Hackney, Islington, Tower Hamlets,
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
Who works here?
  • Unknown number of employees
  • 182 volunteers

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
The Charity of Sir Richard Whittington£251,000
Greater London Authority£142,497
DCMS£90,753
Co-Operative Group£5,559
The Grocers' Charity£5,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
The Charity of Sir Richard Whittington - Grant to Ministry of Stories
£45,000 06/07/2023
A creative writing programme for a consortium of Tower Hamlets primary schools.
The Grocers' Charity - 2023 Grant - Ministry of Stories
£5,000 28/04/2023
to support a partnership with Autograph Gallery, a 12-week project during Summer 2023 for up to 120 young people aged 6-15. Working with diverse local professional artists, young people will produce ....more
Co-Operative Group - Grant to Ministry of Stories
£5,559 24/10/2020
We would like to support three weekly writing clubs to improve the writing skills and confidence of young people, aged 8-12, in east London.
The Charity of Sir Richard Whittington - COVID19 Rapid Response Fund Grant to Ministry of Stories
£6,000 02/04/2020
6
To enable Ministry of Stories to deliver its online platform for six months.
DCMS - National portfolio organisation 2018 - 2022
£90,753 01/04/2020
The wider aim of the scheme is: We are the national development agency for creativity and culture. By 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given ....more
The Charity of Sir Richard Whittington - Grant to Ministry of Stories
£200,000 11/02/2020
36
Ministry of Stories will expand and diversify its creative writing offer, partnering with a consortium of Tower Hamlets schools to inspire a love of writing with young people from disadvantaged ....more
Virgin Money Foundation - Grant to Ministry of Stories
£1,000 20/01/2020
Grant through the Heart of the Community Fund to support the running costs in order to help develop new projects.
Greater London Authority - Ministry of Stories
£142,497 01/01/2020
Positive activities for young people involved in crime or at risk of crime or exclusion
DCMS - Youth Investment Fund
£56,833 01/04/2019
.
DCMS - Youth Investment Fund
£56,833 01/04/2019
.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Creative Writing with Children Evaluation Think-and-Do-Tank
£10,100 27/06/2018
18
The Ministry of Stories is a creative writing and mentoring charity for children in East London. They work to build confidence, self-respect and communication skills in our young writers through a ....more
DCMS - National portfolio organisation 2018 - 2022
£89,113 01/04/2018
National portfolio organisation 2018 - 2022
DCMS - National portfolio organisation 2018 - 2022
£22,278 01/04/2018
To support National portfolio organisation 2018 - 2022
DCMS - Youth Investment Fund
£56,833 19/04/2017
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DCMS - Youth Investment Fund
£56,833 19/04/2017
The Youth Investment Fund aims to expand, create and strengthen the sustainability of open-access youth services in six disadvantaged regions in the country. It will also expand the evidence base of ....more
DCMS - Youth Investment Fund
£56,833 19/04/2017
The Youth Investment Fund aims to expand, create and strengthen the sustainability of open-access youth services in six disadvantaged regions in the country. It will also expand the evidence base of ....more
DCMS - Youth Investment Fund
£42,625 19/04/2017
The Youth Investment Fund aims to expand, create and strengthen the sustainability of open-access youth services in six disadvantaged regions in the country. It will also expand the evidence base of ....more
DCMS - Youth Investment Fund
£42,625 19/04/2017
The Youth Investment Fund aims to expand, create and strengthen the sustainability of open-access youth services in six disadvantaged regions in the country. It will also expand the evidence base of ....more
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Story Nation
£60,000 27/02/2017
24
Ministry of Stories is a creative writing and mentoring centre for children and young people based in east London. This support will underpin the role and work of the Ministry's National Producer to ....more
Nesta - ACE0363
£20,000 17/05/2016
8
Accelerator for the Arts programme grant to Ministry of Stories Grant Ref ACE0363
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - A Nation of Storytellers
£96,000 04/03/2015
18
Support to sustain and develop the organisation's work at their base in East London and for the development of a national network.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Workshop Programme Development and Organisational Development
£150,000 07/11/2011
Supporting core costs in order to develop and expand a programme of creative writing workshops for schools and drop-in sessions for children aged 8-18.
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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: 37-56
  • MICHAELA GREENE (Chair) Appointed: 2021, Occupation: Development & Communications Director
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 25/10/2010, number: 1138553
  • Registered at Companies House on 16/07/2010, number: 07317370
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
  • Serious incident reporting policy and procedures
  • Trustee conflicts of interest policy and procedures
  • Trustee expenses policy and procedures
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
12 returns made; AR15: 11 days late, AR12: 7 days late,
Main office

159 HOXTON STREET
LONDON
N1 6PJ

Objectives

4 (1) TO ADVANCE EDUCATION FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT IN WRITING AND READING IN ALLITS FORMS;4 (2) TO ACT AS A RESOURCE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE UP TO THE AGE OF 18 BY PROVIDINGADVICE AND ASSISTANCE, ORGANISING PROGRAMMES OF EDUCATION AND OTHERACTIVITIES AS A MEANS OF:(A) ADVANCING IN LIFE AND HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE BY DEVELOPING THEIRSKILLS, CAPACITIES AND CAPABILITIES TO ENABLE THEM TO PARTICIPATE INSOCIETY AS INDEPENDENT, MATURE AND RESPONSIBLE INDIVIDUALS;(B) ADVANCING EDUCATION;(C) RELIEVING UNEMPLOYMENT; AND4(3) TO PROMOTE SOCIAL INCLUSION FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT BY PREVENTING PEOPLEFROM BECOMING SOCIALLY EXCLUDED, RELIEVING THE NEEDS OF THOSE PEOPLEWHO ARE SOCIALLY EXCLUDED AND ASSISTING THEM TO INTEGRATE INTO SOCIETY.FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE 'SOCIALLY EXCLUDED' MEANS BEING EXCLUDED FROMSOCIETY, OR PARTS OF SOCIETY, AS A RESULT OF ONE OF MORE OF THE FOLLOWING FACTORS:UNEMPLOYMENT; FINANCIAL HARDSHIP; YOUTH OR OLD AGE; ILL HEALTH (PHYSICAL ORMENTAL); SUBSTANCE ABUSE OR DEPENDENCY INCLUDING ALCOHOL AND DRUGS;DISCRIMINATION ON THE GROUNDS OF SEX, RACE, DISABILITY, ETHNIC ORIGIN, RELIGION,BELIEF, CREED, SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER RE-ASSIGNMENT; POOR EDUCATIONAL ORSKILLS ATTAINMENT; RELATIONSHIP AND FAMILY BREAKDOWN; POOR HOUSING (THAT ISHOUSING THAT DOES NOT MEET BASIC HABITABLE STANDARDS; CRIME (EITHER AS AVICTIM OF CRIME OR AS AN OFFENDER REHABILITATING INTO SOCIETY).

Defined Area of Benefit:

UNDEFINED. IN PRACTICE, NATIONAL

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
CharityBase

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