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

Extracts from the Trustees’ Report 2016-17

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

The trustees have adopted a policy of focusing attention on some particular core themes in inviting and making donations. In addition, the trust prefers to prioritise causes which are unpopular or hard to fund, and smaller to medium-sized charities.

During the period the majority of the Brook Trust’s donations were directed to:

(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; and

(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, particularly through addressing early years development and young children’s mental health.

The trust supported some national organisations and a number of local or regional charities. 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.

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, considerable overlap between these core themes.

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 can and does make certain other donations at the Trustees' discretion, which this year included support through Action Aid to victims of the Syrian crisis.

During the year the charity received donations of £1,875,000 and made donations of £900,766. Investment income exceeded governance costs by £80,905 and the charity had funds of £6,599,584 available for future donations at the period end.

The trust intends to continue with its current strategy and areas of focus.

(The above are extracts from the Trustees’ Annual Report. The charity’s Financial Statements, including the full Trustees’ Report, is available by downloading from the Charity Commission website or on request from the charity)
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