Here are some of synopsis of the Trustees report and the financial statements for the year ended 5 April 2013, for detailed report please download the IAHV UK Accounts 2012 – 13 Accounts.pdf
Structure, governance and management
There are 5 trustees. Where there is a requirement for a new trustee this person would be identified and appointed by the remaining trustees. The trustees see that any new trustee is made entirely familiar with the work and responsibilities of the trust and the requirements of compliance with the formal obligations as stipulated by the Charity Commission.
Objectives and activities
The Association was set up by means of a trust deed on 13th November 2003 to promote Human Values. Those human values being such values as tolerance, respect, caring, generosity, peacefulness, kindness etc. In summary those positive values that are common to most religions and civilisations. It was envisaged that it would do this through a number of ways being:
- Service projects both in this country and abroad, as a practical application of applied human values. These service projects would be to promote the Charitable purposes of promoting education, providing help for the victims of natural disasters, and the relief of poverty and sickness, amongst such other charitable purposes as the committee think appropriate.
- The promotion and support of courses and projects promulgated by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and the Art of Living Foundation which fulfil the criteria of the charitable purposes and bring individuals to improved wellbeing and a practical appreciation and experience of human values in their personal and everyday lives.
- The creation of an improved awareness of the role human values can play personally and in society generally. Both the initial donation and subsequent donations have been under the terms which allow the trustees to either retain the amounts or spend them as they think fit.
Grant making policy
The trustees identify projects and organisations they wish to support and do not invite or support speculative approaches.
The trust also does not respond to unsolicited correspondence unless it relates to work in hand.
Achievements and performance
The year 2012/ 2013 was comparatively quiet involving consolidation and background activity for the growth and changes that have followed primarily in the successful roll out of UK based initiatives particularly in the prisons and the area of community mental health.
This year IAHV has continued it’s steady work to promote the excellent and internationally successful PrisonSMART programme. We had an interesting introduction into the Thameside prison in SE London and by the end of the year a partnership was agreed with the charity Turning Point to run a pilot programme of 6 courses there, to commence with a staff course in April 13. To facilitate this IAHV engaged a paid consultant to manage the developing programme and lead the courses.
Manage Your Mind
In the early Summer of 2012 IAHV launched a pilot programme for mental health in the Gillingham area of Kent. It proved successful and a local team was put together to build and manage it. It commenced in January 13 and has run very successfully. It is led by a GP member of IAHV UK and is targeted at those with low level anxiety, depression and stress. Referrals come from GPs and word of mouth.
Haiti Earthquake Relief
We continued to support this youth leadership training programme in the aftermath of the earthquake. We raised £5,205 and sent £6,042. This has been a very successful ongoing project specialising in the empowerment of youth to work together to support their local communities. However within the country due to local pressures and conditions the nature of the organisation’s activities there has changed and at least for the time being IAHV UK will be focusing in other areas..
Educational programmes in India for school children.
£21,855 was raised by regular monthly donations, the British 10K sponsored run and individual gifts for the provision of a school education for rural, slum and tribal children in India, who would not otherwise receive an education, through the Gift a Smile programme. £21,022 was sent for this purpose, including a small sum from the previous year . This project continues to be an excellent strong initiative running over 180 schools around India.
In the closing months of the year IAHV UK set up a programme with external sponsorship to engage with the international Peacebuilding Industry, supplying the ‘missing link’ identified in the main stream interventions with our individual based approach to enhance the overall effectiveness of the work done in this area. It commenced in April 13 with the engagement of the services of a consultant with considerable experience in the field, both from the IAHV and industry point of view.
This is always something close to the hearts of IAHV UK and its volunteers. £5,026 was raised for Disaster relief. Of this £1,955 was specifically for the relief efforts in the aftermath of the Assam floods.
The above projects were the main focus of the efforts for IAHV this year, though various other small initiatives were explored and supported, with a view to future development.
The trust’s income was well up on last year, with an increase to £63,924 from £35,804 due to the increasing and active support of keen volunteers around the country including the raising of corporate sponsorship. The main annual fund raising event the British 10K was well supported and successful raising over £21,200 clear of expenses.
As a grant making Charity the trustees have determined that, apart from maintaining sufficient funds to meet day to day expenses, they should like to build and hold a reserve fund and they are working towards this.
Plans for future periods
The trustees intend to continue with the next phase of development. Having now got the organisation established and increasingly known, they are continuing to build a support base in the UK.. The charity is still rather restricted by a lack of active volunteers with skills in a number of key areas such as PR and IT . IAHV is hoping to recruit individuals with those skills. However there are hopeful signs of new enthusiasm in various centres around the country. IAHV UK is also looking to improve its links with other IAHV groups around the world for the sharing of resources and information. Steps are being taken to improve the infrastructure, website and database. Increasing use of online fund raising tools such as the Just Giving Web Pages , and Give As You Live will be adopted. New projects are also being investigated and supported however, including the initiation of women’s empowerment programmes in Uganda, and a school’s library project in India. IAHV will continue to be alert for opportunities to promote Human values as a medium to strengthen society and bring the benefits of the programmes to an ever wider audience.