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We are very grateful for the support we receive from individuals and organisations who understand why our work is so important to the families we serve.
Though our families take great joy in caring for their children with disabilities, it can be exhausting for parents, carers and siblings. The short break that our clubs and play schemes provide can help them to cope or even just to get done things like shopping and cleaning.
We rely on the support of local fundraisers and volunteers to help keep our clubs running.
We need £200,000 a year to run our activities. Our income consists of fundraising activities and donations from the public, contracts with the local authority and Worcester’s Special Schools, and grants from charitable foundations and fees for using our clubs.
Our families contribute a portion of our income through fees for using the clubs. The fees we charge are nominal and we have kept these low over the years to ensure nobody is excluded from using our clubs due to financial hardship.
Of everything we spent last year (April 2012 to March 2013) we spent 7% on overhead costs. The remainder was spent directly on running the clubs, including outings, activities and equipment, renting club venues, and paying our dedicated staff team.
For every £1 we spent on fundraising last year, we made £11. This is down to the amazing generosity of all the people that supported our fundraising efforts, from organising events or sponsored activities for us to buying raffle tickets.
Malvern Special Families is managed by a board of trustees who work for us on a voluntary basis. You can view our annual accounts on the Charity Commission website at any time. If you have any questions about fundraising or what we spend our money on, we will be happy to answer them.