R&R is a drop-in centre for ex-offenders.  It offers a complete advice and guidance service, from claiming benefits, completing forms, and using a telephone.  Staff and volunteers help boost life skills and well-being through training courses, gardening, a range of activities and offering employability support.  The centre is located in Hull and sees people referred from a number of other organisations and through word-of-mouth.  The ultimate aim is to keep people from re-offending and to gain employment through showing them encouragement; that there are positive alternatives to their destructive lifestyles; and giving support and help to change. R&R helps people to tackle their issues and re-build their lives.

The Foundation provided funding in October 2015 towards costs relating to a café and sandwich delivery enterprise.  A grant of £4,100 was made, which will enable the enterprise to develop, and offer opportunities for people to increase their skills and gain some qualifications, work as a team, and also learn about growing and cooking food and healthy eating.


The overarching aim of this charity is to break the repeat cycle of domestic abuse in all its forms, and to help make positive changes in people’s well-being.  West Cumbria Domestic Violence Support works across a large rural area, and offers a range of services including the provision of advice, information, guidance as well as one-to-one and group support.

The Foundation has made a two-year grant of £3,000 pa from October 2015 – this is to contribute towards paying expenses for volunteers who help run the various services.



PHOEBE stands for Promotion of Health, Opportunity, Equality, Benevolence and Empowerment and it works across Suffolk from its centre in Ipswich.  The charity aims to promote greater inclusivity and address domestic violence within immigrant and refugee communities.  If offers specialist advice, information, casework, advocacy and support, and counselling services to more than 300 women each year.

Funding from the Foundation in October 2015 is going towards the costs of running peer support groups.  £3,000 has been awarded.  The intention is that the groups will offer women increased opportunities to develop friendships and build informal support networks.


This charity, known as CAMAD was established to mobilise volunteers to provide help and support, largely to older and less able people. It works around the Machynlleth area of Powys, and helps more than 80 people each week.  Amongst its services, CAMAD runs a community car scheme, a lunch club, a meals on wheels project, and a one-to-one assistance scheme helping with dog-walking, or with shopping for example.

In October 2015, Allen Lane made a two-year grant totalling £7,000 towards CAMAD’s general running costs.  The funding will contribute towards outcomes for people including reduced isolation, improved well-being, and increased volunteering opportunities.


This Volunteer Centre operates across the Medway area of Kent and works in two ways: as a provider of volunteers for organisations who wish to use volunteers in their work; and also through direct service provision via the Hands scheme.  This scheme offers a variety of services in the local community, using its own volunteers to assist elderly, disabled, isolated or otherwise disadvantaged people.  It enables people to volunteer to help others, do something useful, and put something back into the community, and at the same time offering practical help with gardening or transport for example to others.

The Foundation’s grant of £2,500 pa for a two-year period began in October 2015.  The funding is towards a community friendship and befriending scheme which is benefitting older people and people with mental health problems amongst others.  Friendship groups run on a monthly basis in Twydall and Rainham and aim to reduce isolation and improve the quality of life of those attending.



This Centre caters for around 100 members and is open four days each week.  It offers a welcoming, friendly and engaging facility for older people living in and around the town of Annan in Dumfries and Galloway.

Allen Lane made a grant of £2,000 in October 2015 which will support the Centre’s training programme for Trustees, staff and volunteers.  This will cover ten in-house training sessions to increase the skills and capacity of those attending.

This is a volunteer-led group for older people living in Omagh.  It meets once a week at the British Legion Centre and around 40 people benefit.  The group aims to encourage older people to play an active role in the local community by boosting self-esteem and confidence, and creating opportunities to meet people they normally wouldn’t be able to.  It also aims to lessen people’s isolation.  At the Club, they can take part in a variety of different activities and have access to useful information and advice sessions.

In October 2015, the Foundation made a contribution of £2,000 towards the Club’s general running costs.

Global Lifeline runs a refuge in the West Midlands for homeless and vulnerable women, particularly those who have been victims of domestic abuse. It anticipates helping around 25 women at Halfrida House this year. The aim of the refuge is to provide a safe haven, and whilst there, to transform the lives of the women and children who stay. Staff and volunteers work with the women to help them progress to a new life, settled independently in their own homes away from the abusive environment.

The Foundation gave a grant of £8,000 in October 2015 to support the general running costs of the refuge.

The Volunteer Centre matches both individuals and groups interested in volunteering with appropriate opportunities in the local community, and provides on-going support and training to those placements. Last year it matched more than 450 placements.

Allen Lane made a contribution of £5,000 in October 2015 to the charity.

The funding is specifically towards the Supported Volunteering Project which was established in 2012.

This Project provides one-to-one assistance plus a monthly support group for around 70 people with mental health problems who wish to volunteer. Benefits include improved confidence, increased social activity and marked improvements in people’s mental health.