Finance Score: 0
Governance Score: 3
Support Score: 5
    • Gender balanced board: +3
    • Grant maker support: +5
    Overall GiG Score: 8 ?

    THE LOWDOWN 

    The Lowdown is a Mental Health Charity, providing free and confidential support services for 11- 25 year olds in Northamptonshire. Our services include Counselling, Information, Advice & Advocacy, Wellbeing, LGBTQIA, Youth Groups and Sexual Health.
    Analysis by Giving is Great

    Positives:

    • 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
    • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of gender

    Financial issues to consider:

    • This Charity has changed registration and some of the financial and donation history pertains to the previous entity
    • There has been a change of accounting period recently, so trends may be hard to determine

    Financial Data ?

    Income & Spending ?
    N.B. data has been adjusted to reflect year end change
    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?£1,087£878£209£0£642£4125.63517
    31/03/21£419£408£11n/an/an/an/an/a40
    31/03/20£397£384£14n/an/an/an/an/a65
    31/03/19£238£249£-11n/an/an/an/an/a83
    31/03/18£250£198£52£0£0£0n/a067
    31/03/17£213£181£32£0£0£0n/a051
    31/03/16£164£150£14£0£0£0n/a00
    31/03/15£142£119£22£0£0£0n/a00
    31/03/14£115£80£35£0£0£0n/a00
    31/03/13£99£125£-26£0£0£0n/a00
    31/03/12£93£122£-29£0£0£0n/a00
    31/03/11£172£121£51£0£0£0n/a00
    31/03/10£74£124£-51£0£0£0n/a00
    31/03/09*£130£127£4£0£0£0n/a00
    31/03/08*£120£119£1£0£0£0n/a00
    31/03/07£132£120£12£0£0£0n/a00
    31/03/06*£116£103£13£0£0£0n/a00
    31/03/05*£106£90£16£0£0£0n/a00
    31/03/04*£83£98£-15£0£0£0n/a00

    Financial Ratios
    Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 0%
    Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 0%
    Highest pay band: Less than £60,000
    Liabilities/Assets: 32%
    Liabilities/Income: 56%
    Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 64%
    Reserves/Spending: 5.6 months
    Net Current Assets/Spending: 5 months
    Quick Ratio: 2
    Asset Split ?
    Established: 2 years

    https://thelowdown.info/

    info@thelowdownnorthampton.co.uk

    01604634385

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    UN SDGs
    ?
    Listed activities
    • Education/Training
    • General Charitable Purposes
    • Other Charitable Purposes
    • The Advancement Of Health Or Saving Of Lives
    • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty
    GiG Classification
    • Emotional support, counselling or therapy
    How it operates
    • Provides advocacy/advice/information
    • Provides services
    Where it operates
    • Northamptonshire,
    Who it helps
    • Children/Young People

    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
    Northamptonshire Community Foundation£36,975
    National Lottery Community Fund£19,980
    Garfield Weston Foundation£15,000
    DCMS£10,000
    Specific Donations
    Amount When
    Months
    To be used for
    Northamptonshire Community Foundation - Care Packages for young people
    £2,000 30/05/2023
    Care Packages for young people
    Northamptonshire Community Foundation - 19-25 Year Olds Counselling Sessions
    £5,000 02/05/2023
    Grant to The Lowdown
    National Lottery Community Fund - The Lowdown
    £9,990 29/09/2022
    The group will use the funding to provide counselling support sessions for people who are living with a variety of mental health issues. This will improve levels of mental health and wellbeing.
    Northamptonshire Community Foundation - 19-25 year olds Support Sessions
    £4,995 06/05/2022
    one-to-one counselling support sessions
    Northamptonshire Community Foundation - 19-25 Year Old Wellbeing Drop In
    £3,000 07/09/2021
    to provide a free, easily accessible and age-appropriate drop-in for 19-25 year olds to gain face to face support with their emotional health and wellbeing.
    Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
    £15,000 20/08/2021
    19-25 Counselling Support and Core Costs
    Northamptonshire Community Foundation - 19 to 25 years olds Counselling Support
    £19,980 05/05/2021
    19 to 25 years olds Counselling Support
    National Lottery Community Fund - Over 19's Counselling Support
    £9,990 25/03/2021
    6
    The funding will be used to provide remote and face to face counselling to young people aged 19 to 25. The project aims to support vulnerable young people during the pandemic to improve their mental ....more
    Northamptonshire Community Foundation - cleaning costs
    £2,000 09/03/2021
    cleaning costs
    DCMS - Coronavirus Community Support Fund
    £10,000 23/09/2020
    "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
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    Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

    How is it governed?

    Trustees (8)
    Current Trustees appointed
    Gender Split

    Legal constitution
    • Charity registered in England & Wales on 22/12/2021, number: 1197273
    Gift Aid
    • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
    Policies in force
    • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
    • Complaints handling
    • Complaints policy and procedures
    • 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
    19 returns made; AR09: 13 days late, AR08: 131 days late, AR06: 37 days late, AR05: 79 days late, AR04: 430 days late,
    Recent reorganisation events:
    • Asset transfer in from THE LOWDOWN on 18/05/2022
    Main office

    The Lowdown
    3 Kingswell Street
    NORTHAMPTON
    NN1 1PP

    Objectives

    FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT, TO PROMOTE THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH OF YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AREA OF BENEFIT, REGARDLESS OF RACE, RELIGION, OR SOCIO ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES THROUGH:A. PROVIDING A WIDE RANGE OF FREE OF CHARGE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE, ADULTS AND FAMILIES TO SUPPORT YOUNG PEOPLE IN IMPROVING THEIR MENTAL HEALTH AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING. B. PROVIDING COUNSELLING AND SUPPORT SERVICES COVERING WELLBEING, SEXUAL HEALTH AND LGBTQ MATTERS, SIGN POSTING AND PROVISION OF EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION. C. THE PROVISION OF ADVOCACY AND PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY AND OTHER EVENTS TO RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE ISSUES AFFECTING YOUNG PEOPLE AND MARGINALISED/MINORITY GROUPS. D. PROVIDING SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE IN TRAINING VOLUNTEERS AND COUNSELLORS IN ORDER TO ENHANCE PROVISION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

    Data Sources

    Charity Commission for England and Wales
    360 Giving
    CharityBase
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