Get Hooked on Positive Activities

Get Hooked on Positive Activities is a social enterprise based in Grimsby in north east Lincolnshire.  Over the past ten years it has worked with various groups and organisations to deliver a range of activities, including archery, fishing, golf, photography, walking and bushcraft. It uses trained coaches and volunteers to facilitate sessions and has benefitted more than 9,000 people in all.

The organisation applied for a grant towards a series of introductory IT sessions for older people – and in February 2017 received funding of £3,000.  This grant is contributing towards costs of six courses, each of six weeks’ duration, aimed at people over the age of 65.  Outcomes of the project include older people having better access to IT, a broader social network, and involvement in regular learning activities.

www.ghopa.org

 

Criminal Justice Alliance

The Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA) is a membership coalition currently working with 120 organisations from across the country, up from 70 two years ago. A registered charity founded in 2007, it campaigns for ways of diverting people from crime, delivering fairer justice, reducing reliance on imprisonment and improving rehabilitation. In consultation with its members, it aims to intervene pragmatically, and brings the weight of views from member organisations employing over 12,000 people between them. Two specific current workstreams are ending unfair use of stop-and-search and securing a right to restorative justice.

Allen Lane has offered a grant of £10,000 to the CJA towards its general running costs. Outcomes anticipated include expanding the membership and making considerable impact through the two strands of campaigning work. The Foundation has funded the CJA with a number of grants in recent years and is very supportive of its work.

www.criminaljusticealliance.org.uk

 

Futures Unlocked

Based in Rugby, Futures Unlocked is a community chaplaincy which works across Warwickshire and has been in existence since 2006. It aims to increase safety, reduce re-offending, and strengthen communities through its mentoring work both within prisons, and through-the-gate work into communities. It hopes to create opportunities for people whilst in prison, and on release, to build more stable lives and works with around 60 people at any one time. Futures Unlocked runs a bike recycling project and offers various courses, including a personal development course, and has recently set up a community café.

In February 2017, the Foundation has offered Futures Unlocked a grant of £8,000. This will add to other grant-funding, and income from the café enterprise, and contribute towards the charity’s overall costs.

www.futuresunlocked.org

Burghfield and Mortimer Handybus

This organisation has been running for more than 20 years, and quite recently became a registered charity.  It operates a transport service in several villages in around the Burghfield and Mortimer area of West Berkshire.  The area in which it operates is rural, and has limited public transport.  The service benefits 95 older people currently, ensuring they are able to go shopping, attend medical appointments, participate in social trips, or just have the opportunity to get out regularly and meet friends.

With local authority cuts, the Handybus service is no longer to receive Council support with the lease or general running costs of its minibus.  It is instead aiming to preserve the service with the help of the local community.  The Allen Lane Foundation is contributing £1,500 towards these efforts.  Funding aims to reduce the isolation of older people, increase their independence, and promote greater engagement within the local community.

Good Morning Down

Good Morning Down offers a free caring/befriending telephone support service to people in Downpatrick, in County Down, Northern Ireland.  A registered charity, it has been supporting people for over ten years.  It targets people living in rural isolation, the elderly, people who are lonely, and others who have mental health issues, or who are bereaved.  Good Morning Down provides a regular phone call with people to lessen their isolation, and currently makes more than 300 calls each week.

The Foundation has made a two-year grant to the charity – £3,000 per annum, from February 2017.  The grant is towards salary costs of the part-time workers.

www.goodmorningni.org/down

 

Plot 22

Plot 22 is a registered charity running a community allotment which “offers a place of relaxation, recovery, acceptance and belonging to people who may be experiencing difficulty in their lives”.  It aims to improve people’s wellbeing through involvement in therapeutic gardening; working together with others on positive, healthy and outdoor projects; and growing, cooking, and eating together.  Based in Hove, Plot 22 offers various projects, aimed at vulnerable groups of people.

In February 2017, the Foundation has contributed £3,000 towards Plot 22 developing new regular sessions.  The charity will work in partnership with specialist agencies to start groups working with female survivors of sexual violence; and with people living with dementia.  Both groups aim to offer improved physical, mental and emotional well-being, and provide one-to-one support in a safe and nurturing environment.

www.plot22.org

 

Monmouthshire Self Help & Friendship Group

Formed in 2005, the Monmouthshire Self Help & Friendship Group is a small group set up by people who had come together at a course run by a local Mind organisation.  The group members found it was beneficial to continue to meet and provide peer support on a longer-term basis, and numbers started to increase.  Now meeting weekly, alternating between day-time and evening sessions, there are 17 members.

The Foundation has made a grant of £1,500 to the Group in February 2017.  This will contribute towards general running costs, including room hire and transport to enable members to attend.  The overall outcomes of the Group are to increase access to those in need in remote locations, assist more people to live independently and back into work, and to continue to provide support to people with mental health issues.

www.facebook.com/MSHFG.Page/

Restore

 

Restore is an independent project based in Exeter which was set up four years ago.  It exists to “provide accommodation and support for the recovery, restoration and reintegration of female survivors of human trafficking and modern day slavery.”  It aims to provide each woman with the tools she needs to overcome the effects of exploitation and live a positive, fulfilled and confident life.  Restore provides accommodation in a safe house, and ongoing one-to-one tailored support and help.

The Allen Lane Foundation has awarded Restore £7,500 in February 2017.  The grant aims to contribute towards general costs relating to the support provided to the women.  Outcomes of the work include increased confidence and self-esteem of vulnerable survivors of trafficking; a reduction of harm and risk of re-trafficking; and improved safety through supported and appropriate accommodation.

www.to-restore.org

 

City of Sanctuary Bradford

 

This charity operates as a member of the national network of City of Sanctuary organisations across the UK, aiming to “make the city a place of welcome and belonging for all those seeing sanctuary”.  Set up initially nine years ago, the project encourages and enables sanctuary seekers to participate in local day-to-day like, and works with a range of organisations, groups and initiatives in and around Bradford to help them be more supportive, accessible and useful to sanctuary seekers.

The Foundation has made a grant of £7,000, which is contributing towards the costs of a new part-time paid post of project coordinator.  With only one other part-time worker, specifically funded on the ‘Sanctuary in Schools’ project, this new role will enable the charity to grow.  The aim is to better support and increase the network of groups; help more sanctuary seekers; to initiate more projects; and increase the awareness locally of refugee and asylum issues.

www.bradford.cityofsanctuary.org

 

 

Emerging Communities Network

Emerging Communities Network (EMCONET) was set up ten years ago by a group of new migrants in the West Midlands. It now works from a base in Smethwick, and also in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham. EMCONET provides help to people who have come, in the main, from Eastern Europe, and assists around 250 people a year. It provides information, advice and guidance, and offers mentoring, befriending and support services to help people with a variety of challenges as they settle into the local community.

In February 2017, Allen Lane has awarded a grant of £3,000 toward the general running costs of EMCONET. The charity aims over the next year to continue to raise awareness of the positive impact newly arrived migrants bring to the UK, to promote cohesion in the local community, and to advocate for people from Eastern Europe to help them address the issues they face as they arrive.

www.e-c-n.co.uk