Overall Score: 16 based on 19 data points
Finance: -1
Governance: 5
Support: 12
Poor Liquidity: -1, Pension deficit: -3, Fundraising costs low: +3,
Good trustee age range: +3, Dynamic board: +3, Mainly male board: -1,
Supporters: +12

SENSE, THE NATIONAL DEAFBLIND AND RUBELLA ASSOCIATION 

Sense exists so that no one who is deafblind or has other complex disabilities is isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential. Across the country, we support children and adults to communicate and experience the world. We provide information and advice, offer a wide range of flexible services and campaign for the rights of people with complex disabilities to take part in life.
Analysis by Giving is Great

Positives:

  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • Fundraising costs are 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 well diversified in terms of age and dynamic in terms of composition

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • The Board is predominantly male

Financial issues to consider:

  • Liquidity appears to have been slender at the latest year end
  • There is a pension deficit of £869,000

How you can help

Established: 39 years

www.sense.org.uk

Clare.O'Donovan@sense.org.uk

0300 330 9260

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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
31/03/22£82,519£78,214£4,305£4,858£45,426£10,3381.62,5571,900
31/03/21£75,228£70,333£4,895£4,010£32,550£8,8941.52,5551,400
31/03/20£69,874£69,472£402£16,271£31,663£4,2090.72,4461,800
31/03/19£66,882£64,810£2,072£15,928£34,928£4,4830.82,3042,000
31/03/18£88,472£87,052£1,420£17,785£42,574£8,9341.23,3062,000
31/03/17£88,206£86,348£1,858£16,561£35,031£9,6771.33,3490
31/03/16£84,686£84,052£634£15,996£34,289£4,6020.73,2660
31/03/15£82,965£81,147£1,817£15,224£33,152£4,4620.72,5260
31/03/14£81,808£82,618£-810£16,906£40,426£13,92822,5580
31/03/13£80,007£78,107£1,900£14,844£46,017£38,99363,2230
31/03/12£78,354£75,606£2,749£14,703£41,865£34,0325.43,1300
31/03/11£82,261£78,864£3,397£14,070£35,557£27,8914.23,2640
31/03/10£81,021£77,148£3,874£14,634£22,046£14,3852.23,2330
31/03/09£78,035£74,945£3,091£13,323£28,378£17,0162.72,3610
31/03/08£74,381£69,840£4,542£12,356£28,278£11,3001.92,9660
31/03/07£69,395£65,725£3,671£11,388£20,102£11,9772.22,8940
31/03/06£64,210£61,216£2,993n/an/an/an/an/a0
31/03/05£44,429£42,278£2,150n/an/an/an/an/a0
31/03/04£53,353£52,455£898n/an/an/an/an/a0

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 7.3%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 6.2%
Senior Staff Costs/Total Spending: 2%
Liabilities/Assets: 23%
Liabilities/Income: 17%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 92%
Reserves/Spending: 1.5861094371785 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 3 months
Quick Ratio: 1.8
Asset Split ?
What it does
  • Accommodation/Housing
  • Amateur Sport
  • Arts/Culture/Heritage/Science
  • Disability
  • Education/Training
  • General Charitable Purposes
  • The Advancement Of Health Or Saving Of Lives
Who works here?
  • 2,557 employees
  • 1,900 volunteers
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • Elderly/Old People
  • People With Disabilities
How it operates
  • Other charitable activities
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Northern Ireland, Throughout England And Wales,

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:
Sport England£1,338,449
DCMS£1,020,241

Specific Donations

Amount When
Months
To be used for
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
£17,600 13/02/2023
Towards unrestricted core costs as a Cost of Living Uplift
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
£176,000 22/06/2022
Towards project costs for developing a model of local arts hubs as shared, inclusive places for disabled and non-disabled people to co-create artistic programmes for the whole community
Wolfson Foundation
£75,000 08/06/2022
Creation of a hub in Loughborough supporting people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities
The National Lottery Heritage Fund
£64,420 03/05/2022
Sense & National Trust Partnership : Internal Garden
Pears Foundation
£150,000 25/03/2022
Loughborough Hub
Garfield Weston Foundation
£250,000 03/12/2021
A new Sense Hub at Loughborough
Pears Foundation
£80,000 03/12/2021
Pears DCMS Volunteering Futures Fund
Co-operative Group
£3,762 23/10/2021
We would like to provide an inclusive arts programme to create opportunities and positive role models for people with complex disabilities locally, as well as to change attitudes towards disability.
Co-operative Group
£1,998 23/10/2021
We would like to provide an inclusive arts programme to create opportunities and positive role models for people with complex disabilities locally, as well as to change attitudes towards disability.
Co-operative Group
£843 23/10/2021
We would create an inclusive arts programme providing opportunities and positive role models for people with complex disabilities, and changing attitudes towards disability.
Co-operative Group
£1,835 23/10/2021
We would like to provide an inclusive arts programme to create opportunities and positive role models for people with complex disabilities locally, as well as to change attitudes towards disability.
Wolfson Foundation
£175,000 09/12/2020
WF Covid-19 Support Fund
BBC Children in Need
£28,620 30/11/2020
This project will deliver online events and groups for children with sight or hearing impairments experiencing poor mental health and isolation due to Covid-19. This will result in improved skills ....more
Co-operative Group
£5,629 24/10/2020
We plan to organise and run an activity holiday for deafblind children in the area.
DCMS
£510,361 15/09/2020
"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
Pears Foundation
£260,234 11/09/2020
12
Learning Hub at Disabled Children's Partnership
DCMS
£9,880 07/09/2020
"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
Sport England
£945,486 18/08/2020
35
Funding under Sport England's Funded Partners funding programme for a Revenue project titled Specialist Partner Investment. This project is a Multi Sports project, with a focus on beneficiaries with ....more
Pears Foundation
£55,000 03/08/2020
8
Digital Arts and Wellbeing programme
The National Lottery Community Fund
£99,831 31/07/2020
6
Sense will bring specialist staff off furlough to support adults aged 18+ with complex disabilities. They will increase the number of beneficiaries able to access their day centre in Caerphilly. The ....more
Garfield Weston Foundation
£200,000 03/07/2020
Core Costs
DCMS
£500,000 19/06/2020
Sense will receive œ500,000 to support children and families and adults with complex disabilities. The funding will enable them to expand and scale up their Connect 4 Service which helps disabled ....more
Department of Health and Social Care
£344,781 01/04/2020
funding to selected disabilities charities for support in respect of COVID
Vision Foundation
£15,000 04/03/2020
To pair young blind and partially sighted peole with additional difficulties with a buddy who can help them take part in activities.
Sport England
£392,963 29/11/2019
35
Funding under Sport England's Disability Investment funding programme for a Revenue project titled Specialist Partner Investment. This project is a Multi Sports project, with a focus on beneficiaries ....more
Pears Foundation
£100,000 01/11/2019
24
To develop an inclusive programme of activities at TouchBase Pears
BBC Children in Need
£10,000 21/05/2019
12
This project will offer children and young people, who have deafblindness, a week’s residential offering accessible activities. This activity will allow the beneficiaries to have fun, improve their ....more
Pears Foundation
£60,000 20/02/2019
6
Expanding Sense College at TouchBase Pears, Selly Oak
Sport England
£212,431 18/04/2018
37
Funding under Sport England's Inclusive Sport funding programme for a Revenue project titled Sporting Sense. This project is a Athletics project, with a focus on beneficiaries with a disability.
City Bridge Trust
£154,000 14/03/2018
36
£154,000 over three years (£78,500, £55,500, £20,000) for 50% of the f/t Programme Development Manager in years 1 and 2 towards the running costs of the 'Amaze' programme supporting 105 young ....more
Pears Foundation
£100,000 03/01/2018
24
Community liaison and marketing capacity at TouchBase Pears
The National Lottery Community Fund
£100,000 30/03/2017
12
This project will run a facility where the community interacts with disabled people – supporting and learning from each other. The facility will provide opportunities for people to meet, ....more
Youth Music
£29,858 16/03/2017
Music is a vibration
Sport England
£3,653 24/11/2016
9
Funding under Sport England's Small Grants funding programme for a Revenue project titled Get Active in Cambridge. This project is a Multi Sports project, with a focus on beneficiaries with a ....more
BBC Children in Need
£84,693 11/10/2016
36
This project will provide support for deafblind children and young people. They will increase their ability to communicate, increase their independence, and be better able to express their wishes ....more
Sport England
£424,958 27/05/2016
23
Funding under Sport England's Inclusive Sport funding programme for a Revenue project titled 'Sporting Sense'. This project is a Athletics project, with a focus on beneficiaries with a disability.
Sport England
£424,958 27/05/2016
37
Funding under Sport England's Inclusive Sport funding programme for a Revenue project titled Sporting Sense. This project is a Athletics project, with a focus on beneficiaries with a disability.
Pears Foundation
£35,000 08/04/2016
6
Sense Touchbase Barnet sensory garden
The National Lottery Community Fund
£699,783 16/12/2015
60
‘Touching Lives - Transforming Families’ is a five-year project for families across NI with a child aged 12 or under where the child or a parent is affected by a deafblind or ....more
Pears Foundation
£700,000 23/09/2015
24
New Sense centre in Selly Oak, Birmingham
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
£120,000 11/06/2014
Towards the salary of the head of arts and wellbeing to develop programmes and strategies to increase access to the arts for people who are deafblind.
Sport England
£250,000 07/06/2014
Funding under Sport England's Inclusive Sport funding programme for a Revenue project titled 'Deafblind Active'. This project is a Multi Sports project, with a focus on beneficiaries with a ....more
The National Lottery Community Fund
£414,687 16/04/2013
60
Sense will provide tailored support for 50 deafblind/multi-sensory impaired (MSI) young people aged of 14-25 across South-East Wales. Using peer support, residential programmes, activities and an ....more
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (11)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split
Based on 9/11 persons

Age Range of Trustees: 28-78
  • SAEED AHMED
    Appointed: 2021, Occupation: Business Change Manager
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 26/07/1984, number: 289868
  • Registered at Companies House on 15/06/1984, number: 01825301
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Event History
Other Regulators
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Ofsted (Office For Standards In Education)
  • Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW)
Policies in force
  • Complaints handling
  • Conflicting interests
  • Investment
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Volunteer management
Recent reorganisation events:
  • Asset transfer in from COVENTRY SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND on 08/01/2020
  • Asset transfer in from THE KERTES FOUNDATION on 11/12/2020
  • Asset transfer in from DUNSTABLE AND DISTRICT DISABLED SPORTS on 09/11/2021
Main office

SENSE
101 PENTONVILLE ROAD
LONDON
N1 9LG

Objectives

3 ObjectsThe objects for which the Charity is established (the Objects) are to:3.1 primarily support and promote the interests of persons who are deafblind or have multi-sensory impairments;3.2 and to support persons who, by virtue of having a learning disability or one or more mental or physical impairments, or sensory impairment(s), require care and/or communication support(together, the beneficiaries).

Defined Area of Benefit: NOT DEFINED

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
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