Our finances

Sense faced great financial pressure in 2015/16, as did all in our sector. However, the dedication of our staff, who are always willing to go that extra mile, combined with the innovation and invention that our inclusive working practices bring, meant that we continued to not only meet this challenge but do even more.




Fundraising & legacies9.64.0
Community Services9.914.6
Arts and wellbeing0.30.4
Holidays and Volunteering-0.5
Campaigning, publicity & awareness-2.2
Quality and development-0.6
Other income0.4-

The total income for England, Wales and Northern Ireland was £61.4m – an increase of £1.5m since 2014/15. Fees and statutory grants, our main source of income, increased marginally from £40.6m last
year to £40.8m.

Our fundraised income increased by £0.4m, so a huge thank you to all who gave their time, effort, commitment and passion to achieve this. Legacy income increased from £1.9m to £2.3m and we are so grateful to those who remembered us in their wills. Overall net fundraising and legacy income increased from £8.8m to £9.6m.

The net income from our shops increased by £0.4m, despite it being hard on the high street generally. Sense’s wonderful team of staff and volunteers in Trading are improving things all the time, so with your help and donations we plan to expand our shop portfolio even further.

We spent £44.8m providing services for children, adults and older people, whilst our investment in campaigning, public awareness and staff development was £2.8m.

The Sense Group

The Sense Group is made up of a number of separate organisations:

  • Sense
  • Sense Scotland
  • Sense International

Each part is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, with its own Board and Memorandum and Articles. Each organisation runs its own activities for supporting and promoting the interests of children and adults who are deafblind or have multi-sensory impairments and associated disabilities. Sense Scotland operates in Scotland, and Sense International supports and develops programmes in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Peru, Romania, Tanzania and Uganda.

First published: Thursday 22 December 2016
Updated: Friday 6 January 2017