All posts by Joe

Organisational Budget for 2019-2020

We’ve prepared the organisational budget for 2019-2020 (our year starts on September 1st so this blog is less late than it sounds). As part of that process we ran our first proper ‘variance analysis’ (or ‘I compared the budget to the actual spend’) for the last organisational budget and you can see it at  BudgetvsActualsForThisYear.  The variance analysis wasn’t actually complete because the year hadn’t ended and there were various… Read Article →

Long answer to a short funding question

Wrote this because we’ve been asked a simple question in a funding application wanted to put the reasoning somewhere in case we were asked about it in future. We’ve got this question (it’s for Children In Need) Over the duration of your project, how many children and young people in total will benefit from your project? Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Total      We’re applying for funds to… Read Article →

Accounts

Our (companies house) accounts for our 2017-2018 financial year are now viewable on the relevant page.

White Water Writers Wordcounts

Quick post because I found a file in our dropbox that hadn’t been processed properly. I checked how word count changed over time for 20 white water writers camps over a reasonable period. The camps are all (I think) early secondary school: the outliers are groups with particularly difficult circumstances.  This is what the chart looks like: (this is all very rough btw, I crunched the numbers in excel and… Read Article →

Flowers for Turing Report 2019

Note, this post would normally appear on the http://flowersforturing.equalitytime.co.uk/ website, but I’m currently, ahem, locked out of that wordpress installation… So, this is what Alan Turing’s Status looked like on his birthday! You did this, once again you came together and did this, and you raised £2,100.15 for Special Effect. Accounting! Okay, the accounting part: We were again approached by a private donor, who, at our advice, sent £1,000 to… Read Article →

Communication Matters

We’ll be presenting at Communication Matters 2019. Our abstract is: Last year Comic Relief gave us £45,000 to make copyright-free resources for AAC.  We made what we thought would work, interviewed some AAC VIPs and then found out that we’d built the wrong thing.  So we made them again. We repeated that process a couple of times and rewrote The Open Voice Factory (our free open source AAC-software) completely from… Read Article →

Trustee Terms of Reference

One of the projects we ran recently was developing a ‘Terms of Reference’ for eQuality Time’s Trustees. There were two reasons: So that current trustees don’t overwork themselves So that new trustees know what they are getting in for. The project ran in this GitHub issue (like, much of our work, it was done publicly) and the result looks like this:   Equality Time Practical Expectations eQuality Time trustees set… Read Article →

Balance sheet at the start of 2019

As per our previous post, we’re making a big effort to improve our finance systems at eQuality Time.   As part of this, we’ve changed how we look at financial statements internally. We believe in transparency at eQuality Time, so here’s our Current Balance Sheet.  Once we’ve got a few more months of good practice under our belts we’ll move a set of them to our about page.