Finance Score: 3
Governance Score: -2
Support Score: 9
  • Low unrestricted reserves: -2
  • Strong growth: +2
  • Fundraising costs low: +3
  • Narrow trustee age band: -2
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • All female board: -3
  • Grant maker support: +9
Overall GiG Score: 10 ?

GORSE HILL STUDIOS CREATIVE COMMUNITY 

Gorse Hill Studios (GHS) is an independently-run youth arts charity which provides free/low cost, high quality, accessible and responsive creative services to young people between the ages of 8 and 25 who present with a wide range of issues, from mental health to those struggling or facing exclusion from mainstream education.
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
  • 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 dynamic in terms of composition

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • The Board is completely female
  • The Board has little diversity in terms of age

Financial issues to consider:

  • Unrestricted reserves appear to be dangerously low at the latest year end
Established: 7 years

www.gorsehillstudios.co.uk

carolinegleaves@gorsehillstudios.co.uk

01618668356

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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
30/06/23£779£795£-16£16£542£1392.1175
30/06/22£854£722£133£17£558£1452.4225
30/06/21£501£442£59£0£425£1283.52412
30/06/20£486£450£37n/an/an/an/an/a8
30/06/19*£518£392£126£7£330£2327.1811
30/06/18£337£314£23£0£0£0n/a00

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 2.2%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 2%
Highest pay band: Less than £60,000
Liabilities/Assets: 10%
Liabilities/Income: 8%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 26%
Reserves/Spending: 2.1 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 7 months
Quick Ratio: 12.3
Asset Split ?
What it does
  • Arts/Culture/Heritage/Science
  • Other Charitable Purposes
  • Recreation
Who works here?
  • 17 employees
  • 5 volunteers
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • Other Charities Or Voluntary Bodies
  • People With Disabilities
  • The General Public/Mankind
How it operates
  • Other charitable activities
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides buildings/facilities/open space
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Manchester City, Salford City, Trafford,

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
Trafford Housing Trust Social Investment£60,615
Youth Music£43,220
DCMS£16,800
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council£10,990
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council - Voluntary Sector Grant to Gorsehill Studios
£2,000 31/10/2022
Cooking Club – Fun interactive cooking club teaching healthy eating, cooking skills and promoting friendship for local children and young people
Trafford Housing Trust Social Investment - Music Studio
£50,000 19/05/2022
Purchase up-to-date equipment that is more suited to the styles of music our young people want to create and is useable for children with disabilities learning difficulties. Create a larger, more ....more
Youth Music - Recharge Fund
£43,220 28/03/2022
Recharge Fund
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council - VCFSE Digi Grant to Gorsehill Studios
£4,990 15/01/2022
Safe to Click will be a youth led digital safety program designed by care leavers to keep young people safe online.
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council - Voluntary Sector Grant to Gorse Hill studios
£2,000 31/10/2021
Photo project for vulnerable young people
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council - Voluntary Sector Grant to Gorsehill Studios
£2,000 31/01/2021
My World - Monthly youth club session for looked after children
DCMS - Coronavirus Community Support Fund
£9,300 26/09/2020
"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
Trafford Housing Trust Social Investment - Summer Culture Club
£4,430 03/09/2020
We would like to use funding for a Summer Holiday provision Summer Culture Club for 20 young people per day under the age of 18 based at Gorse Hill Studios, for 4 hours (or longer if needed), 4 days ....more
Trafford Housing Trust Social Investment - GorseHill Studios Creative Community response to Covid19
£6,185 19/08/2020
to extend our online mentoring, youth work sessions for those who most vulnerable, and are struggling with the current situation and with poor mental health due to isolation
Virgin Money Foundation - Grant to Gorse Hill Studios
£500 25/03/2020
Grant through the Heart of the Community Fund towards an event celebrating the diverse talents of care leavers who have achieved great things academically, musically or culturally.
DCMS - UK Youth Fund YAF
£5,000 28/02/2020
My World Youth Club
DCMS - UK Youth Fund YAF
£2,500 28/02/2020
My World Youth Club. The wider aim of the scheme is: To deliver onward grants to increase positive activities for young people by delivering extra sessions in youth clubs for the financial year ....more
Trafford Housing Trust Social Investment - ACE Programme Delivery
£48,113 23/04/2018
Employment of 2 staff to deliver alternative creative education to a minimum of 22 young people.
Power to Change - Gorsehill Studios Creative Community
£10,000 19/01/2018
Grant to Gorsehill Studios Creative Community
Trafford Housing Trust Social Investment - Lostock Music Festival
£6,283 15/07/2016
GHS in partnership with LCP, will provide music education/performance opportunities, aimed at YP who don’t have regular access to music provision. Engaging existing/new members on a music project ....more
Trafford Housing Trust Social Investment - Project 7/9
£6,284 02/11/2015
Peer-led youth activity sessions. The work completed within the sessions will be collated into a book which the young people can share with friends and family
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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:
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 17/03/2017, number: 1172118
  • Registered at Companies House on 18/06/2015, number: 09646545
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
  • 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
  • Trustee expenses policy and procedures
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
6 returns made; AR19: 40 days late,
Main office

Gorse Hill Studios
Cavendish Road
Stretford
MANCHESTER
M32 0PR

Objectives

4. THE COMPANY IS ESTABLISHED TO PROMOTE AND ADVANCE INVOLVEMENT, PARTICIPATION AND ACCESS TO THE ARTS FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN GREATER MANCHESTER AND PARTICULARLY GORSE HILL WARD AND NEIGHBOURING AREAS

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
CharityBase
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