NACCOM

The No Accommodation Network operates nationally to bring together and support member groups which provide accommodation and other assistance for destitute and vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees. NACCOM aims to raise awareness of their plight through a collective voice and national and local campaigning work. Its vision is to end destitution amongst asylum seekers, refugees and migrants with no recourse to public funds.

In February 2015, the Foundation gave an £8,000 grant towards NACCOM’s general running costs. The aim is to provide some security to the organisation and enable it to move forward, extend the network and develop further.

www.naccom.org.uk

Crime to Christ Charitable Trust

Crime to Christ Charitable Trust is a Northampton-based charity which offers practical and pastoral support to offenders and ex-offenders. It aims to give people support to enable them to turn their lives around, move away from crime, and also to rebuild relationships with families. It runs a number of projects: a resettlement scheme working with offenders prior to release; a mentoring scheme with young offenders and their families; a project working with women receiving community orders; and prevention programmes in local schools.

A £10,450 single grant was made to this charity in February 2015. Funding is towards the Prison Work project, which expects to support 30 offenders and their families in Northamptonshire over the year. The overall aim is to reduce re-offending through offering mentoring and one-to-one support as people leave prison and resettle back into the community.

www.c2ccharitabletrust.com

Pandora Project

Pandora Project is a relatively new project in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. If offers support, advice and information to women who are, or have been, suffering domestic abuse. It aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse, enable women to (re)gain control of their lives, and enable families to live in safety. Pandora Project offers one-to-one support, legal advice and outreach work with local communities.

In February 2015 Allen Lane awarded £7,500 towards the salary of a project manager to enable the Project to develop. The worker aims to recruit, organise and supervise additional volunteers, liaise with agencies, develop and promote the service and support the administration of the work.

www.pandoraproject.org.uk

START

START (Survivors Trauma and Abuse Recovery Trust) aims to help people recover from childhood abuse, and lead healthy lives, both physically and mentally. It works to promote recovery from, and raise awareness of, dissociative disorders, which can be the result of chronic childhood sexual or physical abuse.

The Foundation made a two-year grant £4,000pa grant to START in February 2015. The grant was towards general running costs of the charity, to enable it to continue to provide in-depth and long-term support to survivors and offer information, advice and training for carers and professionals. Around 900 people with dissociative disorders benefit currently.

www.start-online.org.uk

King’s Lynn Area Resettlement Support

KLARS assists and supports new migrants in the Norfolk area. The Foundation awarded £10,000 over two years towards its Reaching New Communities project in February 2015. The project provides drop-in sessions and appointments in King’s Lynn and Wisbech, and offers advice and information services, as well as practical support to help improve people’s wellbeing and quality of life.

www.klars.org

Action on Elder Abuse

This national charity focuses exclusively on issues relating to the abuse of older people and provides support to more than 15,000 elderly victims a year.

In its February 2015 meeting of Trustees, the Foundation awarded a grant of £7,902 towards the salary of a helpline operator. The helpline offers compassion, emotional support, a friendly ear and practical advice and solutions to help empower the older person and keep them safe.

www.elderabuse.org.uk

City of Sanctuary Manchester

This organisation is part of the national City of Sanctuary movement – the general ethos being to make towns and cities more friendly and hospitable to asylum seekers and refugees. Established in Manchester in 2013, it works to encourage local businesses, charities, employers and individuals to pledge their support and do something that makes the city more welcoming. The organisation also organises activities and helps refugees and asylum seekers with opportunities to access local events and activities run by others in the community.

A grant was made for £9,000 split over a three year period towards the general running costs of City Sanctuary Manchester in February 2015. This is contributing towards core costs of an office and a part-time coordinator salary to help the organisation to grow and develop.

www.manchester.cityofsanctuary.org

Transfigurations

Allen Lane awarded £1,000 towards general costs of this group in South Devon. Transfigurations supports transgender or gender variant people before, during, or after transition. It offers a helpline, regular meetings, peer support, and practical as well as emotional support to help people come to terms with their problems, accept who they are, and grow in self-esteem and confidence.

www.transfigurations.co.uk

Mind Llanelli

This Mind group is affiliated to the National Mind, and offers two distinct services: a Befriending Service, and a Welcome Centre. Both benefit people with mental health difficulties and promote their recovery. More than 200 people are assisted with one-to-one and group support each year.

A £4,000 contribution was made in February 2015 towards the charity setting up a self-harm support group which aims to benefit around 20 people in the first year. There had been a gap in service provision for people who self-injure in Carmarthenshire, and a lack of education and information available. The group will explore why people self-harm, recognise triggers and patterns and offer strategies, with the aim of reducing and stopping the practice.

www.llanelli-mind.org.uk

Bright

Bright aims to support the most marginalised, powerless people to express themselves and achieve a decent quality of life. Its main project currently is Star Wards. Star Wards works collaboratively with UK mental health wards to improve the experience of staff and visitors, as well as inpatients’ daily experiences and treatment outcomes.

The Foundation made a three-year grant totalling £15,000 in February 2015 towards salary costs of running the Star Wards initiative. Since it started up ten years ago, more than 650 wards across the UK have signed up to join the scheme, benefitting thousands of people through improved relationships, more therapeutic activities and increased safety.

www.starwards.org.uk