New Family Social is the UK network for LGBT adoptive and foster families. It provides information and resources to prospective parents and supports those with new families. The charity works nationally from a base near Cambridge.

In February 2016, New Family Social was awarded funding of £7,500 in a single grant towards the costs of a volunteer coordinator. Funding will help the charity to create of a more coordinated volunteering programme; increase the awareness of LGBT adoption and fostering; and help to tackle homophobic discrimination.

Hart Gables works to promote equality and diversity, advance education, eliminate discrimination in relation to LGBT people, and raise awareness of LGBT issues. It provides information, advice, support, one-to-one and group sessions, a hate crime service and a drop-in for people in the Hartlepool area.

The Foundation has offered two years’ funding totalling £4,800 towards costs associated with a sessional worker supporting people who are Transgender. This role is also involved with training and running awareness sessions around Transgender issues and is currently funded for five hours a week.

Music24 uses music therapy to improve people’s health and well-being. It works with some of the most socially isolated and vulnerable groups in Luton, to encourage their creative abilities and increase their interaction with others, thus increasing their self-confidence and self-esteem.

In February 2016, the Foundation’s Trustees awarded a grant of £5,922 which will fund a new/pilot project entitled Music for the Mind. This scheme is specifically aimed at engaging with adults with mental health conditions, with referrals coming from the acute mental health wards and early intervention teams. The group will meet weekly and progress towards new creative projects (perhaps writing songs, making a radio show or a film, or running a talent quest for example), whilst the members will also be supported to working towards their own identified goals. The project will be formally evaluated with the longer-term aim of rolling it out in other areas.

This women’s centre is in Southbank, on the outskirts of Middlesbrough.  It is a pioneering grass roots venture providing a one-stop-shop for women in a non threatening safe environment which helps to support the well being of local women and improve their quality of life.  To do this it offers one to one support, advice & guidance, training and education, employment opportunities, a drop in facility to help tackle social exclusion, and referral to outside agencies when necessary.

The Foundation has made a £5,000 grant towards the general running costs of the Centre in February 2016.  It will contribute towards providing assistance to more than 200 women.

Birmingham Community Hosting Network (known as BIRCH) works to relieve the destitution of asylum seekers in Birmingham, and promote community cohesion in the local area. It has created a network of community hosts and volunteers who offer safe accommodation in their homes, whilst also providing opportunities for people to form friendships and gain vital case-work support.

Allen Lane has contributed £9,342 over a two-year period towards the salary costs of the hosting coordinator. This role is part-time, and the funding will contribute additional paid hours each week from March 2016. With more dedicated time, the coordinator will have the capacity to recruit and train more hosts, manage more matches, and therefore help more asylum seekers move out of destitution.

The Doncaster Conversation Club provides a welcome to new arrivals into Doncaster focussing on asylum seekers and refugees. It aims to provide a sanctuary where clients can escape loneliness and isolation.  For many who have experienced endemic corruption and brutality from the authorities in their homeland it tries to build bridges and grow the trust between them and the officialdom here.

The Club meets once a week and, apart from a friendly welcome, a cup of tea and soup, offers ESOL lessons, access to Migrant Help, internet access, support in filling in forms for claims, benefits or any of the bureaucracy they encounter, informal translation, food parcels, liaison with schools, and help with any other problem they bring.  Volunteers include a retired GP who can focus on the complex health needs of some of the clients.

In support of these aims in February 2016, the Foundation awarded a grant of £1,730 to run the ‘Adapting to Life in the UK’ project.  The project aims to improve attendees’ understanding of British society, equip them with the skills required to help them fit in and integrate as smoothly as possible and is broken down into three areas: work, money, and personal skills.  The intention is that around 70 attendees will, by learning about the day-to-day life in this country, feel less stigmatised, less isolated and more confident to face the challenges of their new life

The Heads Up Group benefits people with lived experience of fragile mental health in Lochgilphead in the mid-Argyll area.  It is relatively new, and meets weekly, operating as a club to provide mutual help and a supportive environment for people to socialise, relax, and learn new skills and activities.

The Foundation’s grant of £2,000 is a contribution towards general running costs.  The club provides opportunities for people to engage in activities that are proven to support positive mental health and well-being and offer valuable peer support to each other.  These include walking football, a creative and upcycling course, as well as arts and crafts.

SHE stands for Supporting, Healing and Educating.  The charity works across Nottinghamshire from an office in Mansfield, with weekly face-to-face services also available in Newark, Worksop and Nottingham.  SHE UK provides therapeutic and practical support to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation.  It aims to provide a comprehensive and holistic service to improve people’s emotional, physical, social and psychological health.

The Foundation has awarded three-year funding of £3,000 pa from February 2016.  The grant will contribute towards salaries of paid staff and enable the charity to have a sound base from which it can provide positive outcomes for survivors of abuse.

This charity works to help people with early to moderate dementia, and to improve their quality of life.  It hopes to enable people with dementia to maintain their independence in the community and support carers.  It provides a range of services from the Community Hospital in Stirling, Scotland; including advice and information services, a twice-weekly Day Club, a weekly coffee club, a monthly friendship group, a befriending service, a cognitive stimulation therapy programme and a rural Day Club in nearby Callander.

In February 2016, the Foundation offered a grant of £6,000 to Town Break.  The funding will go toward the administrator’s post, and effectively double the hours the administrator works.  This will help to improve efficiency of the charity overall, and enable it to meet an increasing demand for its services


Wye Community Farm is owned and run by its members and is set up as a Community Land Trust.  It’s main aim is in demonstrating important new ways for the public to reconnect with where their food comes from and how the countryside is managed.  The Farm manages livestock, farmland and woodlands around the village of Wye, near Ashford in Kent.  Volunteers and visitors come to the Farm to help with the work, learn about farming and rural crafts, and take part in various groups and activities.

The Allen Lane Foundation has offered a £4,000 grant towards the Farm’s Wagons Roll project.  The project will involve around 20 people carrying out their community payback services in partnership with Kent Probation, at the local Brook Agricultural Museum.  Working alongside skilled craftspeople, the attendees will help to restore a bullock cart at the Museum, learning skills such as carpentry, leather work, iron craft and sign-writing.  Acquiring such skills will help attendees improve their employment prospects, and they will also benefit from being part of a team, working with others, seeing their efforts and hard work being valued; and ultimately help to reduce the likelihood of them re-offending.