Finance Score: 2
Governance Score: -3
Support Score: 11
  • Strong growth: +2
  • No PartB
  • Only 4 Trustees: -1
  • Narrow trustee age band: -2
  • Grant maker support: +11
Overall GiG Score: 10 ?

SUPPORT U LTD 

To provide a safe place for people to discuss LGBT related issues and to offer opportunities to socialise with LGBT people. We have established our advice and support services through the drop in centre, which is integral to providing a holistic approach to supporting the needs of the Reading and surrounding area's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities
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

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • There are only 4 trustees
  • The Board has little diversity in terms of age
  • Over half the Board have joined recently

Financial issues to consider:

  • A PartB annual return has not been required and so detailed financial information is not available from the online data

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
31/01/23£248£204£44n/an/an/an/an/a7
31/01/22£238£169£70n/an/an/an/an/a15
31/01/21£237£160£77n/an/an/an/an/a20
31/01/20£147£121£26n/an/an/an/an/a25
31/01/19£71£87£-16n/an/an/an/an/a30
31/01/18?£220£209£11£0£0£0n/a00
31/07/16*£92£84£8£0£0£0n/a00
31/07/15£70£83£-13£0£0£0n/a00
31/07/14£52£21£31£0£0£0n/a00
31/07/13£2£10£-7£0£0£0n/a00

Highest pay bracket: less than £60,000
Established: 12 years
Charity Commission for England and WalesCompanies House
UN SDGs
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Listed activities
  • General Charitable Purposes
  • Human Rights/Religious Or Racial Harmony/Equality Or Diversity
GiG Classification
  • Support for specific genders
How it operates
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Wokingham,
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • Elderly/Old People
  • Other Defined Groups
  • The General Public/Mankind

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£212,532
Lloyds Bank Foundation£102,250
National Lottery Heritage Fund£75,900
People's Health Trust£32,920
DCMS£32,219
LGBT Consortium£9,500
Architectural Heritage Fund£8,135
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
Lloyds Bank Foundation - One off gift towards cost of living crisis to Support U Limited
£2,250 14/12/2022
One off gift to support with the cost of living crisis
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Support U Limited
£50,000 07/12/2022
24
Unrestricted grant over two years towards the core costs of Support U Limited
National Lottery Community Fund - LGBT+ PoC
£212,532 15/07/2022
The project is using funding to deliver specialist support and raise awareness for LGBT+ people of colour and asylum seekers in the Thames Valley area. Support will be provided on a one-to-one basis ....more
People's Health Trust - LGBT Direct Outreach and Networking
£32,920 20/01/2021
24
This two-year project continues and expands existing Trust-funded activity offering support, peer to peer networking and socialising groups for people of all ages from the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and ....more
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Recovery grant to Support U Limited
£50,000 03/12/2020
24
Unrestricted grant over two years towards the core costs of Support U Limited, awarded under the Foundation's Mental Health funding stream. Part of the Covid Recovery Fund to support charities to ....more
DCMS - DCMS VSCE CMC Covid Funding
£24,572 03/12/2020
The Community Match Challenge is an £85M fund aimed at supporting the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) in their COVID response. Awards were made to philanthropists, foundations and ....more
LGBT Consortium - Grant to Support U LTD
£9,500 28/10/2020
Two front line officers, providing additonal helpline cover due to increased demand from the covid pandemic, wellbeing sessions, and various other duties.
DCMS - Coronavirus Community Support Fund
£7,647 09/07/2020
"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
Architectural Heritage Fund - Grant to Support U
£8,135 30/04/2020
15 Castle Street
National Lottery Heritage Fund - Grant to Support U Ltd
£75,900 08/10/2019
Broken Futures: finding LGBT lives affected by The Labouchere Amendment
People's Health Trust - LGBT Outreach and Networking
£30,808 07/11/2018
This two-year project focused on the continuation of an LGBT+ networking and outreach programme and built on its success by expanding into more areas outside of Reading into West Berkshire, ....more
National Lottery Heritage Fund - Grant to Support U Ltd
£77,200 08/11/2016
The Wolfenden Report: LGBT+ Heritage Documentary and Education Resources
National Lottery Heritage Fund - Grant to Support U Ltd
£62,500 28/03/2014
Hidden Voices - 2014/2015
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (4)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split

Age Range of Trustees: 41-54
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 09/01/2012, number: 1145334
  • Registered at Companies House on 18/07/2011, number: 07708702
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
  • Campaigns and political activity 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
  • 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
10 returns made; AR16: 119 days late,
Recent reorganisation events:
  • Asset transfer in from HEALTHWATCH READING on 12/07/2023
Main office

9 Greyfriars Road
Reading
RG11NU

Objectives

(1) THE PROMOTION OF EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY PARTICULAR IN RELATION TO LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER PERSONS (IN PARTICULAR BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY THOSE RESIDENT IN READING) FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC BY:(A) THE ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION ON THE GROUNDS OF GENDER OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION;(B) ADVANCING EDUCATION AND RAISING AWARENESS IN EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY;(C) PROMOTING ACTIVITIES TO FOSTER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN PEOPLE FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS;(D) CULTIVATING A SENTIMENT IN FAVOUR OF EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY.(2) TO PROMOTE SOCIAL INCLUSION FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT BY WORKING WITH PEOPLE IN READING WHO ARE SOCIALLY EXCLUDED ON THE GROUNDS OF THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER RE-ASSIGNMENT TO RELIEVE THE NEEDS OF SUCH PEOPLE AND ASSIST THEM TO INTEGRATE INTO SOCIETY. (3) TO RELIEVE THE CHARITABLE NEEDS OF LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER PERSONS (IN PARTICULAR BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY THOSE RESIDENT IN READING) BY THE PROVISION OF A CENTRE TO OFFER ADVICE AND SUPPORT.

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
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