Finance Score: -5
Governance Score: 1
Support Score: 10
  • Volatile income & significant deficit in latest year: -5
  • No PartB
  • Only 3 Trustees: -2
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Large volunteers +3
  • Grant maker support: +7
Overall GiG Score: 6 ?

LIVES NOT KNIVES 

Act as a resource for young people (up to 24) living in Croydon, London and the surrounding areas. We provide advice and assistance as well as organise programmes as a means of: a) helping young people by developing their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals; b) advancing education; c) relieving unemployment
Analysis by Giving is Great

Positives:

  • This charity has been successful in attracting volunteers relative to its size
  • 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 3 trustees

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 recently and was significantly lower than spending in the latest year

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£157£353£-196n/an/an/an/an/a80
31/03/22£512£362£150£0£600£33811.21020
31/03/21£484£349£135n/an/an/an/an/a25
31/03/20£461£221£241n/an/an/an/an/a25
31/03/19£244£197£47n/an/an/an/an/a20
31/03/18£165£133£31£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/17*£40£89£-49£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/16*£67£38£29£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/15*£21£10£11£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/14£0£0£0n/an/an/an/an/a0

Highest pay bracket: less than £60,000
Established: 11 years

www.livesnotknives.org

info@livesnotknives.org

02086818244

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UN SDGs
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Listed activities
  • Economic/Community Development/Employment
  • Education/Training
  • The Advancement Of Health Or Saving Of Lives
  • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty
GiG Classification
  • Social youth organisations
How it operates
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides buildings/facilities/open space
  • Provides services
  • Sponsors or undertakes research
Where it operates
  • Throughout London,
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • Other Charities Or Voluntary Bodies

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 Youth Endowment Fund£552,388
BBC Children in Need£50,000
Co-Operative Group£20,947
The Childhood Trust£13,000
National Lottery Community Fund£9,800
The London Community Foundation£5,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
Co-Operative Group - Grant to Lives Not Knives
£5,514 21/10/2023
We would like to continue to feed young people who are dependent on a free school meal, as well as offering enrichment, sporting and fun activities within the LNK unit.
BBC Children in Need - Grant to Lives Not Knives
£50,000 02/09/2022
This grant will empower children and young people in Croydon to deliver Social Action in their community.
The Youth Endowment Fund - Grant to LIVES NOT KNIVES
£27,088 31/08/2022
National Lottery Community Fund - LNK engage
£9,800 28/07/2022
The funding will be used to set up a group of people with lived experience to build much needed resources for young people to be accessible via the organisation's website. The project aims to offer ....more
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Jam.Academy
£-613 01/04/2022
Full Grant details (including summaries) can be found on the Gateway to Research website: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=57079
Co-Operative Group - Grant to Lives Not Knives
£7,193 23/10/2021
We would provide training for mentors supporting vulnerable children post Covid-19. We would also like to provide well-balanced meals for up to 250 young people entering our Out of School programme.
The Youth Endowment Fund - Grant to LIVES NOT KNIVES
£271,650 30/06/2021
Co-Operative Group - Grant to Lives Not Knives
£8,240 24/10/2020
We would like to run fun activities at our after-school 'Drop In / Chill Out' sessions to keep young people safe and off the streets.
The Childhood Trust - Out of School support
£10,000 03/07/2020
Out of School Support for young people whose lives have been impacted by the pandemic. This involves an out of school programme of sport, music and fun activities and providing lunch for approx 60 ....more
The Youth Endowment Fund - Grant to LIVES NOT KNIVES
£253,650 30/06/2020
The London Community Foundation - Grant to Lives Not Knives
£5,000 04/06/2020
The funding requested would provide hot food to vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Hackney. The combination of your funding with our volunteer chefs and delivery assistance, will provide warm and ....more
The Childhood Trust - Summer Give 2019
£3,000 17/06/2019
Summer activities in our community are essential for youth crime reduction. LNK will be organising supervised activities for vulnerable young people, whilst learning valuable life skills, building ....more
Home Office - Knife Crime Community Fund 2019-20
£30,000 01/04/2019
The fund was set up in 2017/18 to support community projects which reduce knife crime and have a positive impact on young people at risk of carrying a knife and committing crime. The fund was open to ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - LNK Educate
£9,800 27/02/2019
12
The project will promote and provide training for an early intervention programme that will benefit young people at risk of gang activity and knife crime. The aim is to reduce violence and enable ....more
The Childhood Trust - Christmas Challenge 2018
£3,750 04/12/2018
Train and mentor young, youth work apprentices, who are passionate about changing the issue of gang and knife culture in the community. Whilst being up-skilled, these young people will work with over ....more
DCMS - Tampon Tax Community Fund
£9,800 05/11/2018
Build Skills and confidence to find and sustain a placement in Education, Employment or Training. Improve Health and Wellbeing by attending Women Only Workshops at the LNK unit Build Social Networks ....more
Home Office - Knife Crime Community Fund 18-19
£30,000 03/09/2018
The fund was set up in 2017/18 to support community projects which reduce knife crime and have a positive impact on young people at risk of carrying a knife and committing crime. The fund was open to ....more
The Childhood Trust - Summer Give 2018
£3,000 15/06/2018
We have been mentoring young people, from Pupil Referral Units & Secondary schools who are at risk of becoming NEET. We would like the funds to deliver work skill workshops and activities over ....more
The Childhood Trust - Lives Not Knives teachers resource package
£2,500 05/12/2017
A DVD to educate young people about knife crime and gang culture by using the experiences from members of the community. Interviews from a mother whose son is in prison for 22yrs for murder, A police ....more
Home Office - Knife Crime Community Fund 17-18
£20,000 01/12/2017
The fund has been set up to support community projects which reduce knife crime and have a positive impact on young people at risk of carrying a knife and committing crime. Bids have been assessed on ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Lives Not Knives School Roadshows
£8,000 29/11/2017
12
This project will run school roadshows for young people, in order to raise awareness of the impact of knife crime, with a view to preventing issues at the earliest possible point and signposting ....more
The Childhood Trust - Christmas Challenge 2015
£2,500 18/12/2015
Train and mentor young, youth work apprentices, who are passionate about changing the issue of gang and knife culture in the community. Whilst being up-skilled, these young people will work with over ....more
The Childhood Trust - Christmas Challenge 2014
£2,500 18/12/2014
To engage young people in Croydon who are not in education, employment or training, to provide them with work and life skills to be able to make better choices post 16, be it into further education ....more
The Childhood Trust - Christmas Challenge 2013
£3,000 18/12/2013
Lives Not Knives are looking to expand our successful mentoring programme to reach a wider audience and build young leaders within the community. The project will train up a variety of mentors from ....more
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (3)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split

Legal constitution
  • Charity registered in England & Wales on 02/09/2013, number: 1153634
Gift Aid
  • NOT 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
  • 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
  • Trustee expenses policy and procedures
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
10 returns made; AR17: 27 days late, AR16: 29 days late, AR15: 25 days late,
Main office

Lives Not Knives
Unit Lsu5
Upper Mall
Centrale Shopping Centre
North End
CROYDON

Objectives

TO ACT AS A RESOURCE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE UP TO THE AGE OF 24 LIVING IN CROYDON, LONDON AND THE SURROUNDING AREA BY PROVIDING ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE AND ORGANISING PROGRAMMES OF PHYSICAL, EDUCATIONAL AND OTHER ASSISTANCE AS A MEANS OF: (A) ADVANCING IN LIFE AND HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE BY DEVELOPING THEIR SKILLS, CAPAPACITIES AND CAPABILITIES TO ENABLE THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN SOCIETY AS INDEPENDENT, MATURE AND RESPONSIBLE INDIVIDUALS; (B) ADVANCING EDUCATION; (C) RELIEVING UNEMPLOYMENT.

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
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