Since the exposé about the Torquay Homeless Charity Humanity Torbay and its CEO Ellie Waugh in this paper one week ago, there have been dozens of members of the public sending messages detailing further areas the Charity Commission and the police should be looking into. These details have been passed to the Charity Commission investigation team who can be contacted directly at the link provided here.
While these details have also been passed to the police, some of the information that has come to light goes back a few years and, worryingly, the Charity Commission have been sitting on these details for far too long. Why Humanity Torbay was not closed down years ago is a mystery.
The new slew of allegations and evidence sent to the Charity Commission is now a public test for the Charity Commission. We all know Humanity Torbay (now called Humanity UK, as if that makes everything better!) is not fit for purpose – is the Charity Commission fit for purpose?
Further questions must be asked of Humanity Torbay’s trustees. They were after all responsible for the charity from its inception. They include some wonderful people who are known to be decent and upstanding individuals. Of the original group that formed Humanity Torbay, and those who were trustees when charitable status was obtained, 8 have resigned in the last 6 months. Resigning was a sensible move but what did these trustees do to stop Waugh during the time they were trustees? Newly appointed trustees knew the history of the charity, so why did they join and what information can they now pass to the authorities that stops the questioning of their good character?
The former trustees and new ones of Humanity Torbay had better be coming forward soon to explain themselves if they haven’t already. Yes these people merit sympathy – setting up a homeless charity is a noble thing. Working alongside a lunatic who, by the looks of things, was pilfering the place – surely that needed police intervention far sooner? Why did they not spill the beans earlier as it was their duty as trustees to do?
The Torbay Tribune has seen one submission to the Charity Commission dating back multiple years. This submission includes some shocking details:
- Of children visiting Humanity Torbay at the same time service users were present including those who are active substance abusers and known paedophiles.
- Outrageous lies about totals of homeless clients housed.
- Serious concerns about Fire Safety.
- Photos, stories and registers of service users regularly posted on the Facebook pages of both Humanity Torbay and the CEO, revealing private client data and putting vulnerable users at risk.
- Daily visitor numbers exaggerated building up misconceptions about what the charity was actually doing.
- Non-existent bookkeeping and accounts.
- Crowdfunding that appeared to be based on lies.
- Bullying by the CEO, Ellie Waugh.
Why wasn’t Humanity Torbay investigated and shut down when the Commission received this intelligence?
The Charity Commission is now being examined closely. Submissions have been passed to the police and to central government figures to ensure that justice is served here. Humanity Torbay should not be allowed to continue to operate.
We are watching you, Charity Commission.
Now serve the good people of Torbay – especially its vulnerable homeless inhabitants – the justice they deserve.