Here are some of synopsis of the Trustees report and the financial statements for the year ended 5 April 2014, for detailed report please download the IAHV UK Accounts 2013 – 14 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 2013/ 2014 was one of growth and an upturn in volunteer interest primarily in the successful roll out and development of UK based initiatives particularly in the prisons, peacebuilding and the area of community mental health.
This year IAHV has continued its steady work to promote the excellent and internationally successful PrisonSMART programme. Having completed the pilot project in Thameside prison in SE London through a charity partner, a paid contract with Thameside itself was entered into to run throughout 2014 working mainly with the most demanding offenders. It is hoped to develop upon this to take the project to other prisons. The statistical evaluations of the outcomes and participant responses have been very positive.
BreatheSMART for offenders within the community
This programme was developed and had modest beginnings across the year 13/14, in both the Brighton area and Hackney. It is planned to develop it further. It complements the Prison SMART programme as well as playing a useful role in its own right.
Manage Your Mind
This community Mental Health in the Gillingham area of Kent, has continued to develop very effectively across the year even procuring grants and awards from the Medway council.. 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, partner organisations and word of mouth. The statistical evaluations of the outcomes have been very positive.
Educational programmes in India for school children. Gift A Smile
£19,114 was raised specifically 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, £32,057 was sent for this purpose,. This project continues to be an excellent strong initiative running over 180 schools around India.
This project was formally commenced at the beginning of this year. With its individual based, psycho social, approach it supplies the ‘missing link’ identified within the main stream peace building interventions to enhance the overall effectiveness of the work widely carried out in this field. A lot of good progress was achieved in the early stages of project development, including setting up a website, networking within the international Peacebuilding Industry, creating a video, and seeking and commencing discussion with prospective partners. Considerable interest was shown and it is recognized that the initiative is fully in line with the latest thinking in this field which recognizes the need for psychosocial input for true Peacebuilding to be effective. The work done this year should provide a strong foundation for future development.
The project was essentially funded across the year by a specific private donor with other smaller fundraising contributions.
This is always something close to the hearts of IAHV UK and its volunteers. This year included two major events being the floods in Uttarkhand and the typhoon in the Philippines. £35,517 was raised for Disaster relief. Of this £5000 was sent to the Philippines, and £18000 was sent for the relief efforts in the aftermath of the Uttarkhand floods. A further £10,000 was sent in the first week of the next financial year after a banking glitch caused a short delay.
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, including a Women’s Empowerment programme in Uganda and a school’s library project in India.
The trust’s income was well up on last year, with an increase to £108,480 from £63,924 due to the increasing and active support of keen volunteers around the country. The main annual fundraising event the British 10K was well supported and successful raising over £23,000 clear of expenses.
Across the latter part of the year a new World Peace Meditation project was developed for a launch in Sept 2014 to honour the centenary of World War 1, with a worldwide Peace participation and awareness initiative using mobile app technology.
The Trustees are delighted to report that income for the year was £108,501, up from £63,923 in 2013, allowing the Association to increase its grants from £29,235 to £82,393.
Plans for future periods
The trustees intend to continue with the next phase of development. This includes paying for external consultancy support where necessary for demanding projects requiring more input than is possible and available from volunteers.
IAHV has also been receiving more external grant funding for specific projects. More volunteers have been coming forward however 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. New projects are also being investigated and supported including a Peace Promotion involving mobile app technology targeted for the International Day of peace on 21st September 14. IAHV is generally exploring
ways to adopt new IT and social media technology, for effectiveness, communication and outreach.
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.