Inter Madrassah Organisation

This registered charity provides a range of services largely aimed at young people and families in the Blackburn area.  It works with black and minority ethnic families to combat disadvantage and to overcome difficult and different challenges through various projects and services.  Each year it supports many hundreds of people.

The Women 4 Women project aims to engage with women who have mild to moderate mental health issues, and provide them with support, as well as encouraging access to other services. So far 50 women have participated in regular peer group sessions, taking part in activities such as baking, arts and crafts, cooking, aerobics, photography and make-up.  The project began as a pilot in 2016, and has recently been evaluated.  The evaluation found that women found the sessions friendly and supportive, and felt encouraged to share their feelings and experiences.

The Foundation has offered a £12,000 grant which will contribute towards the extension of the Women 4 Women project.  It is anticipated, by demonstrating the effectiveness of the project in providing mental health support through a community organisation that this could lead onto the model being replicated wider.

www.inter-madrassah.org

English Language Study Centre

This organisation is based in Liverpool, and supports migrant communities from across Merseyside.  It runs a number of English classes each week, supporting around 300 individuals a year.  The majority of students come to the classes with little or no English, and so many of the classes are aimed at beginners.  The organisation aims to help newly arrived migrants to be able to communicate better in English and therefore increase the chances of them setting well into the local community, accessing employment and other services.  In additional to teaching English, the Centre supports people with practical things such as helping with ICT skills, interview techniques and visiting the GP.

The Centre applied for a grant to extend its current provision, with themed language classes, women-only workshops, and employability and career development workshops.  A contribution to these costs of £3,000 was agreed by Trustees in the October 2017 meeting.

www.englishlanguagestudycentre.com/

Beyond the Streets

Beyond the Streets is a national charity, working from a base in Southampton.  Its focus is to support women who are involved in prostitution across the UK, either directly, or via the national network of local projects which it coordinates.  The charity’s overall vision is “to see a world where people are free from sexual exploitation, and where those involved in prostitution have the option to pursue genuine alternatives, free from constraints such as drug use, abusive relationships and poverty”.  Over the past year or so, numbers of people supported have doubled, and with a recently increased capacity plus additional services being offered, numbers are expected to continue to rise.

The Foundation is contributing a two-year grant of £5,000 per annum towards the general running costs of Beyond the Streets.  Anticipated outcomes are that more women will exit prostitution through contact with service, and that better services will be available for women through the charity delivering training to professionals and others in the statutory sector.  The grant was agreed at the October 2017 Trustees’ meeting.

www.beyondthestreets.org.uk

 

Young at Heart Club

The Young at Heart Club works to benefit older people by offering a friendly social club in their local towns.  Three separate day-time sessions are run at venues in Tiverton and Burlescombe, and around 40 people benefit from these each week. Transport is provided by volunteers and there is a range of activities (such as bowls, computer sessions and quizzes) during the day, plus a nutritious two-course lunch.

A grant of £4,000 has been awarded to the Club at the Foundation’s October 2017 Trustee meeting.  The funding will contribute towards the costs of renting community halls in the two towns where the sessions take place.  Overall, the Group’s aims over the coming year are to continue to reduce isolation and loneliness, and improve the health and wellbeing of people attending.

www.youngatheart.club

Wear Valley Women’s Aid

Wear Valley Women’s Aid is a well-established charity, based in Bishop Auckland, which supports women from across the North East.  It provides emergency and temporary supported accommodation to women and children fleeing domestic violence and abuse, alongside a range of support options, advice and guidance.  The charity offers a comprehensive outreach project, one-to-one and counselling support, plus access to an Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy worker and legal advice.  The overarching aim of the work is to prevent repeat victimisation, and for refuge residents, with support, to go on to secure sustainable accommodation and set up independent lives.

In October 2017, the Foundation agreed a grant of £7,500 which will contribute to the core running costs of Wear Valley Women’s Aid.   Over the next year it aims to increase the capacity of its outreach work, increase its advocacy support, and enable more women to be supported going through court procedures.  The charity hopes to make a lasting difference to the women’s lives – by providing on-going empowerment, boosting the women’s self-esteem and confidence – and regularly running group-work such as Power-to-Change courses and the Freedom programme.

www.wvwa.co.uk

Morton Hall Detainee Visitors Group

This Group operates as a network of trained volunteer visitors who offer emotional and practical support to detainees who are held at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre.  The Centre is located in a remote part of Lincolnshire and can hold up to 392 male detainees.  Many of those who are held are asylum seekers waiting to find out if they will be allowed to stay in the UK or returned to their country of origin.  The Visitors Group make regular visits to the Centre, and last year supported 30 individuals with 88 visits.

In October 2017, the Foundation agreed a grant of £5,000 towards increasing the capacity of the Visitors Group.  The Group had found that it did not have enough trained volunteers to support the increasing numbers of detainees asking for visits.  Funding will contribute towards employing a part-time worker who will recruit and train more volunteer visitors, effectively doubling the numbers of volunteers who are involved.  This will enable the charity to support more people detained at the Centre and also raise its profile in the area and gain additional local support.

www.mortonhallvisitors.org.uk

Antrim Retirement Group

Antrim Retirement Group is a constituted group working with older people in Antrim, Northern Ireland.  The Group offers a monthly meeting for members, often with a guest speaker.  The talks cover a wide range of topics of interest to the members, and have recently included photography, health and cookery.  There are twice-yearly trips organised too.  Overall the Group aims to enable older people to make and meet friends, and increase opportunities for social and recreational activities.

At the October 2017 meeting, the Foundation’s Trustees agreed to make a contribution of £400 towards the running costs of the Group.  This will support the 37 members to continue to meet on a regular basis.

tastelife

tastelife is a national charity which offers information and resources to sufferers and carers of people with eating disorders, and works with professionals to encourage best practice in dealing with the issues.  It publishes free brochures to help sufferers and carers, and offers a useful website with relevant information.  The main thrust of the work is to run specialist community courses for sufferers, friends and family together, which have been accredited by the University of Brighton Health Sciences.  The course uses interactive methods, cognitive behavioural therapy, and motivational methods to encourage self-help and support people to make small steps to a more positive future.  It provides participants with a toolkit of support to help them overcome their eating issues, improve their physical and mental health, and starting enjoying life again.

In its October meeting, the Foundation has offered tastelife a contribution of £5,000 towards the costs of training volunteers to run the courses.  With more volunteers able to run and lead courses in new areas of the UK, tastelife will be able to deliver more courses and assist at least 200 people over the coming year.

www.tastelifeuk.org