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PO Box 161, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 9BL Registered Charity number 1123562

Review of the Year 2015-16

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The Brook Trust is an independent grant-giving body that seeks to achieve its objectives by working through other organisations, primarily registered charities. The trust has broadly drafted objectives, and the trustees have the discretion to make any grants for purely charitable causes.

During the period the Brook Trust concentrated the major part of its donations on the following core themes:

(i) Organisations and programmes providing support for women and children victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, including crisis services, after care and rehabilitation programmes

The trust supported national organisations, including Rape Crisis (England & Wales) and Refuge, as well as a number of local or regional charities providing services to victims of abuse and their children. Grants were made in support of core costs and front-line services. While the greater part of our funding goes to support ongoing costs and sustaining existing, effective, interventions, we have been pleased to back some innovation and piloting of new services. The Brook Trust has also funded programmes designed to raise awareness of sexual and domestic abuse among young people and to empower young people to recognise and act on abuse.

(ii) Programmes designed to deliver effective 'early intervention' services to support parents, children and families in breaking cycles of social and economic deprivation and dysfunction.

By “early intervention” the Brook Trust means, primarily, intervention with young children and their families, especially to help children of pre-school and primary school age. Areas of particular interest are programmes that work with parents in need of assistance and mentoring in bringing up children, and those that help younger children whose circumstances mean they need additional support in development and education.

During the period the Brook Trust has made donations to Home Start ad to Place2Be, alongside some other more specialist organisations and projects. Our grants to support early intervention have been directed mainly at the continuation and expansion of existing programmes with proven successful outcomes.

It is frequently the case that families in need of early intervention work with children have also been affected by domestic or sexual abuse, or other complex issues, so there has been, in practice, overlap between these core themes. Furthermore, the incidence of multiple issues affecting families, and the impact this has on child development, has led the trustees to explore the broader theme of the mental health of children and young people. Our future funding priorities will seek to address this issue.

The Brook Trust also provides funding for small grants to community-based organisations in Kent and Medway. These grants are delivered via a donation to the Kent Community Foundation which administers the scheme on behalf of the Trust, handling all applications, though the Trustees take an active role in advising on grants made.

The Brook Trust made certain other donations at the Trustees' discretion, including to the Nepal earthquake appeal and to aid refugees of the Syrian civil war.

During the year the Trust made recived donations of £437,500 and made
donations of £855,817. Investment income exceeded governance costs by
£52,687, and the Trust had £5,116,599 available at the year end.

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