The Trust delivers its services through the Fifth Trust Centre, located on two sites: Greenhills in Barham village and at the Elham Valley Vineyard.
The Centre relies primarily on the fees paid by the local authority (Kent County Council). But these are insufficient to fund everything that we do, so we seek to improve our income in a number of ways. Our students enjoy horticulture and garden outworking activities, as well as making craft goods, woodwork items and food. At our Elham Valley Vineyard site, we have set up The Vineyard Garden Centre and The Vineyard in the Valley Café, which provide safe, developmental work opportunities for our students as well as selling what they make and grow. All these activities generate revenue to supplement donations from the public, companies and other charitable bodies in support of our work.
In the financial year ending 30 June 2013, total income to the Trust was £736,272, compared with expenditure of £746,674. During the year, the Centre incurred a number of one-off major refurbishments and repairs to its buildings and grounds. When those costs are taken out, the Centre managed to achieve its core financial objective of meeting all operating costs without recourse to Trust funds. However, the Centre does rely upon the Trust to fund major repairs, major alterations and the cost of new or replacement buildings. The rapid expansion of numbers attending the Centre has inevitably created demands for new equipment and produced a sharp increase in annual running costs. The Trustees are aware that it will be a challenge to meet the core objective in the current year.