Memory Tree

Memory Tree is a community interest company based in Shipley near Bradford.  It has been established to provide support and mental stimulation for people with dementia, and at the same time provide respite and support for carers to share their experiences.  The organisation currently runs five fortnightly clubs in Shipley, Idle, Keighley, Kirkgate, and Burley-in-Wharfedale.   It is working to support additional new clubs using the now established model – using trained volunteers and working to the same basis as existing clubs.  People with dementia and their carers confirm that attending the clubs help make them feel less isolated, less lonely, and more supported.

The Foundation has awarded a two-year grant towards the salary costs of the chief executive of Memory Tree.  The first instalment of £3,000 has been made in June 2018, with a further £2,000 to follow in a year’s time.

www.thememorytree.org.uk

English +

English + is a charity working in Norwich which aims to help new communities settle into the local area.  It supports adult refugees, asylum seekers, and other migrant communities, and assists with providing English language classes, informal conversation classes, and an art and craft session, as well as support in any other ways.  This includes help with housing issues, volunteering opportunities, access to services, and signposting to other support agencies.  More than 100 people a week access its services each week, and benefit from better inclusion into the local community and increased opportunities.

In June 2018, English + was offered a grant from the Foundation totalling £4,005.  This will help to contribute towards the part-time coordinator and also help provide bus passes to students to enable them to access classes.

www.englishplus.org.uk

Charles Young Centre

The Charles Young Centre in South Shields has been established for 36 years.  It operates as a thriving community hub, whose core activity is the health and welfare of the elderly and disabled.  It runs daily activities, with lunch and activities, and also hires out the venue to other community projects locally.  Around 600 people use the Centre each week.  Benefits include reduced isolation, increased social activity and more community involvement.

The Foundation awarded a £3,500 grant to the Centre in June 2018.  The grant will contribute towards the costs of providing subsidised transport which enables older people to access the Centre’s sessions, as well as outings.  The Centre uses two vehicles including a wheelchair accessible minibus.

www.charlesyoungcentre.org.uk

Prism Start

Prism Start is a community interest company in Norfolk aiming to help ex-offenders into employment, and therefore reducing the likelihood of reoffending. It assists people on release from prison, engaging with them to provide training and work experience. Staff then aim to match individuals with suitable employment opportunities, through developing links with local employers.

Allen Lane has offered a grant to the organisation of £3,500 at the June 2018 Trustee meeting. This will contribute towards Prism Start’s general core costs.

www.prismstart.org

Alternatives to Violence Britain

This is a charity working nationally to “help people learn how to handle conflict without resorting to, or becoming subject to, violence, in any of its numerous forms”. It runs workshops both in prisons and in the wider community, and a six-week distance learning programme for prisoners.

In June 2018, the Allen Lane Foundation awarded a contribution of £4,211 to the charity.  This will fund approximately a quarter of the annual costs of running ‘Facing Up to Conflict’, the distance learning programme for prisoners.  The course is offered free to every prisoner in Britain, and helps participants to handle conflict more effectively through application of non-violent conflict resolution techniques, reflection on past experiences, and increased self-awareness. The grant will support 100 prisoners to benefit.

www.avpbritain.org.uk

 

Hanseatic Union

Hanseatic Union is a charity in King’s Lynn in Norfolk.  Its main work is to promote community cohesion and support those who are disadvantaged, particularly the area’s growing migrant population.  The charity runs various ESOL classes at community venues in the town, which benefit around 40 people each year.  It also helps people with an employment scheme, and works in partnership with others to deliver advice and guidance.  It aims to build bridges between communities, and engage migrants and people from the local community to work together.

Allen Lane has offered funding over a two-year period towards the cost of running ESOL classes.  The grant totals £6,083, to be spent on a tutor, room hire, and support costs.  It is envisaged that at least 80 people will benefit through gaining vital English and communication skills.

 

 

Operation Emotion

This organisation takes its name from a police investigation into rape and abuse in the south west in the 1990s.  Operation Emotion began as a self-help group and now provides specialist services and support to men who have been sexually abused.  It currently runs a weekly support group and a learning programme called Education Recovery which works on a trauma-led approach.  The organisation also runs awareness-raising campaigns, such as Survivors Stories, which makes films that challenge the negative stereotyping and myths surrounding male sexual abuse.

The Foundation has awarded a £5,000 grant towards running costs of Operation Emotion.  Outcomes of the work include increased opportunities for the men involved to move forward positively with their lives, to have increased confidence and self-esteem, and to feel less isolated.

www.operationemotion.com

 

PeerTalk Charitable Foundation

The PeerTalk Charitable Foundation’s overall aims are to provide support to individuals, and their families, who live with depression.  It does this through establishing a network of facilitated peer support groups across the UK.  PeerTalk assists groups to set-up, offers training, resources and on-going support to the volunteers running the groups to ensure best practice.  Peer support groups bring many benefits to attendees, including improving self-esteem and feeling part of a caring group; sharing experiences and becoming a giver of help as well as a recipient; and helping people to cope better with their depression.

In its June 2018 meeting, the Trustees of Allen Lane offered a grant totalling £10,000 to help PeerTalk with its general running costs.  This will help with the development of the charity as it grows.

www.peertalk.org.uk

 

Age Connects Neath Port Talbot

This charity works to provide community based services for older people in the Neath Port Talbot area of south Wales. Each year on average it supports 8,500 people – helping with the provision of information and advice, and offering various activities, outreach projects and support schemes.  Overall the charity aims to support and enable older people to live independent and fulfilled lives, and to encourage community involvement and participation.

In June 2018, the Foundation awarded a £6,000 grant towards the rental costs of the charity’s ‘One Stop Shop’ centre.  It is envisaged that in the next year, the centre will benefit around 600 older people directly accessing advice and community activities.

www.acnpt.org.uk

Nottingham Rainbow Project

This Project aims to befriend and support asylum seekers and refugees in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.  It operates from a community venue on three days each week, and offers various activities, projects, trips and events, and also helps with food parcels and specific support to people who are destitute.  A befriending scheme works on a one-to-one basis, as well as in groups, and the Project also offers drop-in sessions with English lessons at differing levels.

The Foundation has offered a grant of £3,290 towards its work supporting women.  The Project runs a women’s group which aims to be a welcoming, safe space for the women to connect, share experiences, and make friendships. The work will benefit women by increasing their confidence in having better understanding and knowledge of life in the UK, and through lessening their social isolation and feelings of loneliness. Women will also be able to access English lessons through Access, signposting or befriending.

www.nottinghamrainbowproject.org.uk

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