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2013-2014 has seen a very unsteady year financially, but the senior members of staff carried out a major review of all financial contracts and office procedures to look at ways of cutting costs and this has been a very successful exercise. The fundraising side still continues to be a struggle and we have continued to look at various other ways of obtaining grants and funds. We have a steady stream of members who are also working very hard on raising awareness and funds for the NGVFA which is very much appreciated.
We have had a busy year with new members, seeing a 50% increase in the number of enquiries to join the Charity, and we have continued to provide a very worthwhile welfare service to our existing and new members, seeing many successful outcomes to benefit claims and war pension appeals.
In May 2013 we sadly lost a very valuable member of the board of Trustees and of the Gulf War 1 veterans' community, Dr Derek Hall. We had changes again to the board in November 2013 with a long standing trustee wishing to resign to concentrate on his health and a further trustee was recruited to replace this open position. Then again at the Annual General Meeting in March 2014 we saw a new trustee appointed making the total number of board members 4 covering a variety of backgrounds.
We have also seen a couple of staff changes with Ryan Green joining us in November 2013 on a 13 week training course and then being offered an apprenticeship scheme with the Charity for a year in February 2014.
We also sadly said goodbye to Diane Bird who finished working for the Charity in March 2014 after just over 2 years with us. Due to personal reasons Diane's career needed to have a change of path. The work she did for the veterans was exceptional and she will be sadly missed by all.
We have continued to highlight the Charity and worked on establishing relationships with other organisations and applied to join COBSEO in June 2013, being accepted in September 2013. We also attended various events throughout the country, including the flagship event for the main Armed Forces Day held in Nottingham in June 2013. This is important to ensure the needs of our members are widely understood.
Other than that, the work of the charity goes on as usual, and we anticipate another busy year working on behalf of veterans and their families.
Our total income for this year was £167,053, split as follows:
|Unrestricted grants and donations||£80,349||48%|
|Specific grants and donations||£57,256||34%|
Our total expenditure for this year was £167,710, split as follows:
|Providing welfare, advocacy and psychological support||£66,912||40%|
|Rent, repairs & insurance||£17,042||10%|
|Fundraising & events costs||£4,309||3%|
|Accountancy & audit||£4,200||3%|
We have worked very hard this year to reduce our overall operating costs, finding cheaper alternatives and effifiencies wherever we can. This has produced an overall decrease of approximately 14%.
|2012-2013||2012-2013 Annual Report (1.3 Mb)|
|2011-2012||2011-2012 Annual Report (2.5 Mb)|
|2010-2011||2010-2011 Annual Report (1.9 Mb)|
|2009-2010||2009-2010 Annual Report (2.1 Mb)|
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