Governance

Dear Supporter,

Some of the most important questions currently being asked about not-for-profits concerns how efficiently they are run and if they make the best use of the resources they receive.

I would like to assure you that Sensational Kids is constantly striving to show leadership around efficiency, transparency and accountability.

Sensational Kids was founded in 2009 to address a lack of available services for children with a range of conditions and that remains our primary focus to this day.  We provide affordable and accessible assessment and intervention services for children and young people of all abilities and often those with special needs.  We employ qualified and highly skilled staff to deliver better outcomes and often change lives for the better.

We are an independent charity that relies heavily on fundraising events, public donations and occasional awards and grants – we don’t receive state funding.  We are striving to be a sustainable social enterprise by providing workshops, selling learning aids through our store.

We recognise our responsibility to make the best possible use of the resources we receive from you, whether financial or practical e.g. time volunteered, goods and skills donated.  To help us achieve this, we have put in place comprehensive policies and procedures to turn this responsibility into actions.

We are on the journey to compliance with the Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland, governancecode.ie,  as a Type C organisation.

We are working towards compliance with the ICTR standards in Fundraising, see our Donor Charter here

Our most recent audited accounts are available for review to show you how we manage our affairs – our accounts are externally and independently audited.

We are a registered charity; our revenue charity registration number is CHY 17477  and we are registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority, number 20065133. Sensational Kids is bound by the terms of our Constitution

Our Board and Company Secretary do not receive fees, expenses or payments for their services.

We have strict rules around contact with our service users and have comprehensive policies in place such as a Volunteer Policy  and a Child Protection Policy.  In addition, all of our staff, management and Board are subject to Garda Vetting.

Since our founding, we have seen a dramatic increase in demand for our services and we envisage that this level of demand will continue to rise in the coming years.  We hope to continue to meet the needs of our current and future service users and, in the process, help to reduce public health service waiting lists.  Your generosity makes it possible for us to continue to provide much needed services to children and young people in need of extra support.

I am privileged to run Sensational Kids and can assure you that it’s my aim to make the best use of the resources so generously given to Sensational Kids, without which we could not continue.

If you would like further information or clarification any aspects of the work we do, please contact me karen@sensationalkids.ie.

Kind regards,

Karen Leigh

Chief Executive Officer

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