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 2007 and opened its doors in May 2008, 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 additionall 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.
Our voluntary committees who report to the board of directors include
- Our voluntary Finance & Audit Committee review and monitor the financial procedures, strategy, activities, controls and budgets of Sensational Kids in an advisory capacity to the board of directors.
- Our voluntary Corporate Governance Committee oversee the implementation of The Governance Code, Board nominations and other processes for Board membership, evaluate the Board’s performance and to ensure orientation for new members, monitor the company’s governance structures and processes, including regulatory filings and adherence to statutory obligations.
- Our voluntary Fundraising Committee oversee the fundraising strategy and support fundraising and is chaired by board member Maureen Bergin.
- Our voluntary Clinical Governance Committee is an advisory Subcommittee reporting to the Board of Directors but may consider issues on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or clinical and operational staff. The purpose of the Subcommittee is to provide advice to the Board, Chief Executive Officer and or clinical and operational staff on issues relating to clinical risk management, clinical effectiveness, child and family centred services, continuous improvement of service and scope of practice for Sensational Kids CLG. This group is chaired by board member Dr Katie Cremin, an award winning Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy at Trinity College Dublin, together with members Sinead Callinan, Clinical Consultant and Helen Gannon, Senior Speech & Language Therapist. Clinical Governance is a tool to support clinical staff in Sensational Kids to deliver quality services and ensure children and families receive quality services. Sensation Kids aims to differentiating the service from other private providers with a demonstrable and robust clinical governance framework.
- 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 have adopted the Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public. View our Donor’s Charter
Our most recent audited accounts are available for review to show you how we manage our affairs – our accounts are externally and independently audited and are produced to SORP Standards (the Statement of Recommended Practice, Accounting and Reporting by Charities).
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 voluntary Board of Directors 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, Child Safeguarding Statement and Guiding Principles & Child Safeguarding Procedures. In addition, all of our staff, volunteers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Executive Officer