Annual Report to the
Trades House of Glasgow by the Manager of the Drapers'
It has been a great privilege to have served as Manager of the
Drapers' Fund during the past year, and I am grateful to our Late
Deacon Convener Keith Brown for having the confidence in me to
allow my appointment.
It is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding positions to hold
within the House . Since the fund was established by James
Inglis in 1918, it has given the Manager the ability to directly
help children in the Glasgow area, where poverty has resulted in a
great and urgent need.
I have been very ably assisted by my two committee members,
Ex-Deacon Laura Lambie and Ex-Deacon Stewart Hamilton, and I am
confident that the future management of the Drapers' Fund is in
My thanks must also be extended to our Clerk John Gilchrist for
his excellent advice, along with committee clerk Katrina Tilston
and her office colleagues who have provided a constant support
throughout the year.
During the year, the committee undertook a review of the 'public
face' of the Drapers' Fund, looking to update and modernise the
online application form and website pages. This is now ready
The year has also seen a great improvement in the quality of
applications to the fund, and this has to an extent been borne out
by the increase in grants made, and an ease of decision-making by
the committee. Consequently, this has allowed a quicker turn
round in making funds available to needy applicants.
Where appropriate, the committee has been supplying some
feedback to unsuccessful social workers where a request has been
refused. I am certain that our social services are now much
more aware that a properly completed application giving all
required details, is much more likely to result in an early award
In the year ending October 2017 , I received 254
applications, requesting £103,000., at an average value of £406.
Of these, 233 grants were sanctioned with a total
value of £80,000, giving an average value of £345.
The average value of grants made is less than the average value
of applications, as a number of requests were met in part.
Our Clerk has been actively examining the KPIs which are within
the remit of the Charities Committee. One of these, which is
monitored by OSCR, is the value of grants awarded as a
percentage of our funds.
Although the Drapers' Fund is not currently at risk of
criticism, I have asked our Clerk if he could examine the Drapers'
rules to see if there is any way in which the Fund can be more
proactive in grant-giving, rather than being simply reactive, by
responding to requests received. Although not a current
priority, I await his findings, with interest.
It is encouraging to now hand over to Ex-Deacon Laura
Lambie, whom I am certain will prove to be an excellent Manager of
Ex-Deacon Gordon Price
Drapers' Fund Manager 2016/17
Any contributions to The
Drapers' Fund would be gratefully received. Please contact the
Trades House office or via firstname.lastname@example.org