Finance Score: -3
Governance Score: 1
Support Score: 12
  • Volatile income: -3
  • No PartB
  • No volunteer policy: -2
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Large volunteers +5
  • Grant maker support: +7
Overall GiG Score: 10 ?

AKWAABA 

Akwaaba is a Hackney-based social centre for migrants. We offer a space for rest, play, learning and mutual support. Akwaaba seeks to reduce social isolation, to build lasting relationships between new members of the community and old (regardless of age, background or immigration status), and to foster solidarity in an extremely diverse inner London
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Positives:

  • This charity has been very successful in attracting volunteers relative to its size
  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers
  • The Board appears to be dynamic in terms of composition

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • Although this charity works with volunteers it does not have a Volunteer Management policy

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

Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income Spending Surplus/
Deficit
Volun-
teers
31/03/23£75,427£64,212£11,215150
31/03/22£82,663£125,748£-43,085150
31/03/21£243,576£205,442£38,134200
31/03/20£136,742£64,963£71,779200
Highest pay bracket: less than £60,000
Established: 6 years

www.akwaaba.org.uk

hello@akwaaba.org.uk

07794766717

Charity Commission for England and WalesX
UN SDGs
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Listed activities
  • Disability
  • Human Rights/Religious Or Racial Harmony/Equality Or Diversity
  • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty
GiG Classification
  • Social clubs and similar
How it operates
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides buildings/facilities/open space
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Hackney,
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • Elderly/Old People
  • Other Defined Groups
  • People Of A Particular Ethnic Or Racial Origin
  • People With Disabilities

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
Tudor Trust£80,000
DCMS£51,840
National Lottery Community Fund£29,930
Barrow Cadbury Trust£16,675
Thrive LDN£10,000
The Grocers' Charity£5,000
Crisis UK£4,985
City Bridge Trust£4,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
National Lottery Community Fund - Akwaaba Sunday Social Centre
£9,980 15/07/2022
The funding will be used to deliver a safe and welcoming social space for vulnerable people including refugees asylum seekers undocumented migrants and people living with no recourse to public funds. ....more
Tudor Trust - Grant to Akwaaba
£60,000 30/03/2021
24
over two years as unrestricted continuation funding at a charity providing social activities and hardship support to asylum seekers and refugees in London
National Lottery Community Fund - Akwaaba Hardship Programme
£9,990 30/03/2021
6
The organisation will support people who are vulnerable within their community; including people from the BAME community homeless people and people most affected by covid-19 within their community ....more
Tudor Trust - Grant to Akwaaba
£2,000 05/01/2021
as an additional grant to support staff, volunteer and trustee wellbeing, to assist the organisation deliver its charitable purpose more effectively
Barrow Cadbury Trust - COVID-19 - Akwaaba
£16,675 14/10/2020
4
To fund and expand a storytelling project and a children’s project for refugee and migrant families.
DCMS - Coronavirus Community Support Fund
£51,840 02/09/2020
"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
Tudor Trust - Grant to Akwaaba (COVID19 Grant)
£15,000 10/06/2020
6
over six months as additional unrestricted funding to help this charity meet the emergency needs of asylum seekers and refugees in London during the Coronavirus pandemic
City Bridge Trust - Grant to Akwaaba
£4,000 04/05/2020
£4,000 towards phone top-ups, batteries & chargers.
Crisis UK - Grant to Akwaaba
£4,985 27/03/2020
Outreach costs as had to close centre
The Grocers' Charity - 2020 Akwaaba
£5,000 18/03/2020
Improving support for disadvantaged children and young people
Thrive LDN - Akwaaba Volunteer Development Programme
£10,000 16/03/2020
14. What is your project? (400 words) Akwaaba is a volunteer-run, Hackney-based social centre for migrants supporting 150-200 individuals weekly. Every Sunday afternoon we offer a space for rest, ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Volunteer Support Programme
£9,960 04/03/2020
12
The project will use the funding to provide transport and childcare costs for community volunteers, enabling them to support refugees and people seeking refuge to engage in social activities and ....more
Tudor Trust - Grant to Akwaaba
£3,000 25/06/2019
12
as a development grant to facilitate member participation in working groups and conversations about the structure of this charity working with asylum seekers and refugees in Hackney
Tudor Trust - Grant to Akwaaba
£30,000 05/10/2018
24
over two years towards the rent and running costs of a weekly social centre for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Hackney, London
National Lottery Community Fund - Increasing Participation Scheme
£8,615 14/05/2018
12
The funding will be used to host weekly activities to bring together refugees, asylum seekers and migrant communities. The project aims to offer support and build strong community relationships.
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (6)
Current Trustees appointed

Legal constitution
  • Charity registered in England & Wales on 20/12/2018, number: 1181291
Gift Aid
  • NOT registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
  • Complaints policy and procedures
  • Conflicting interests
  • Financial reserves policy and procedures
  • Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
  • Internal risk management policy and procedures
  • 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
Filing Record
4 returns made; all on time
Main office

154 Sandford Road
LONDON
E6 3PX

Objectives

THE OBJECTS OF THE CIO ARE:1. THE PROMOTION OF SOCIAL INCLUSION FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT AMONG PEOPLE WHO ARE MIGRANTS, INCLUDING REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS, AND THEIR DEPENDANTS, AND WHO ARE SOCIALLY EXCLUDED ON THE GROUNDS OF THEIR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC POSITION OR IMMIGRATION STATUS BY PROVIDING A SAFE AND WELCOMING SPACE FOR SOCIAL ACTIVITY WITH OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARTICIPATION IN WORKSHOPS, FORUMS AND CLASSES.2. TO RELIEVE THE NEEDS OF MIGRANTS, INCLUDING REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS, AND THEIR DEPENDANTS, IN PARTICULAR BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY BY THE PROVISION OF FACILITIES FOR RECREATION OR OTHER LEISURE TIME OCCUPATION WITH THE OBJECT OF IMPROVING THE CONDITIONS OF LIFE OF SUCH PEOPLE AND ASSIST THEM TO INTEGRATE INTO SOCIETY.3.TO RELIEVE HARDSHIP AMONG MIGRANTS BY PROVIDING OR FACILITATING ACCESS TO INFORMATION, LEGAL ADVICE, ADVOCACY, EDUCATION, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT OR ANY OTHER APPROPRIATE SUPPORT AS THE TRUSTEES SEE FIT.4.TO PROMOTE EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT BY PROMOTING ACTIVITIES TO FOSTER SOLIDARITY AND BUILD A SHARED COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS.

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
CharityBase
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