WYCE, in the UK, is one organisation, both a charity and a company, governed by its Memorandum of Understanding and Articles of Association, dated 8 August 2001. The charity has the following purposes:


  • the advancement of education

  • the relief of poverty

  • the protections and preservation of health

  • the education of the people of The Gambia. 


WYCE in The Gambia is a separate (although very closely linked) legal entity, registered by the Gambian Government as a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO, number A78). WYCE Gambia has its own board and constitution.


UK Trustees


Ian Aspley - Treasurer

Lesley Dunlop - Co-chair

Heather Scott - Co-chair

Penny Darlington-Twibill

Ivor Sperring

Steve Evans

Ian Marshall



Helen Cleaver, in her role of Office Manager, acts as Secretary to the Board, but is not a Trustee. 


As a UK registered charity, we are regulated by The Charity Commission who define the duties of trustees as:


  • Ensuring the charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit

  • Complying with the charity’s governing document and the law

  • Acting in the charity’s best interests

  • Managing the charity’s resources responsibly

  • Acting with reasonable care and skill

  • Ensuring the charity is accountable.


The trustees manage WYCE's activities and finances in the UK based on an annual plan focusing on four key areas of activity:


  • raising awareness and understanding in the UK and overseas of WYCE’s work

  • promoting the visiting volunteer programme

  • raising funds to support work in The Gambia, and bidding for project funding to enhance the services provided there.

  • ensuring that WYCE is compliant with the law and good practice in its Governance, operations and financial management.

WYCE is a small registered charity, and we rely on donations and fundraising to fund our work - providing education, healthcare and sustainable livelihoods in The Gambia.  We always aim to keep our running costs in the UK to a minimum, so that we can maximise the funds that we spend in The Gambia.  The majority of UK running costs are:salary for 1 part time staff member; insurance; and accountancy fees.  A minimum of 80% of our income is spent in The Gambia.

Registered Charity No: 1089167 Gambian NGO A78

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