This organisation offers new skills and possible employment opportunities to prisoners within a number of prisons in the north of England.  It also runs projects in local communities for vulnerable people, and for specific groups.  The focus of the work is on renewing and repairing bikes or wheelchairs, which are then either sold in the MCF shop, to generate income for the charity, or donated to partner charities who distribute them to people in need, mainly in developing countries.

A general contribution of £6,000 was offered towards Margaret Carey Foundation’s work at the October 2018 meeting of Trustees.  This will help to maintain the prison-based projects, and provide help in the rehabilitation of offenders.  An average 115 men currently participate in prison workshops which help to build a sound work ethic, develop inter-personal skills and confidence, and give individuals a sense of ‘giving something back’ through helping others.

Town Break is a registered charity which operates from Stirling and covers the mainly rural area of Stirlingshire.  It provides bespoke support to people living with dementia, particularly providing early intervention after diagnosis of dementia.  It aims to reduce the isolation and loneliness of individuals and to increase their health and wellbeing.  A range of services are offered, including friendship groups, day clubs, a befriending service, an intergenerational befriending project, therapy groups, and a self-management group.  Around 300 people are supported per annum.

The Allen Lane Foundation is contributing £10,000 to the core costs of running Town Break.  The grant was made at the October 2018 meeting of Trustees. Outcomes from the funding are that people supported by the charity will be less lonely and socially isolated, and that their carers will feel better supported and less anxious in their caring role.


Based in Newton Aycliffe, The Hub of Wishes benefits people from across south east Durham.  It provides care and advice to people with mental health issues and develops projects and interventions that promote and enable independent living.  The charity runs an open drop-in on four days each week Monday to Thursday which include various activities such as a singing, bingo, film sessions and gardening.  More 200 people took part last year and numbers are increasing all the time.

In October 2018, the Foundation offered a grant totalling £4,000 as a contribution towards the costs of activities and sessional workers on Fridays.  The Friday sessions are titled ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ and aim to give people an opportunity to take part in a range of fitness and healthy activities they would not normally feel comfortable/or be able to go to.  Around 20-25 people participate, with a timetable including a walking group, healthy eating session, dance, tai chi and a shared healthy meal.  As well as encouraging healthier lifestyles, the attendees are benefitting from new friendships, better mental and physical wellbeing, and improved self-esteem.


Avenue Multicultural Centre was created through a partnership of four organisations that all work to provide support and aid to refugees and asylum seekers.  Based in Southampton, the Centre acts as a weekly drop-in session where partner organisations and others offer services. Assistance includes advice, access to legal or health services for example, as well as practical help with navigating the asylum system, attending English classes, and finding accommodation, food or funds if people are destitute.  The Centre provides a friendly and welcoming space for people to make and meet friends, have some social interaction, and take part in a range of activities.

The Foundation has awarded funding in October 2018 over three years (£2,000 per annum) which is contributing towards the costs of the church venue hire for the drop-in.  Around 70 individuals attend each week, and benefit by having better access to services, improved confidence and feelings of being part of a supportive community.

This charity aims to provide care and support to women in prison, and help to equip and empower them to address the reasons for their crime, and go on to lead different lives upon release.  It currently operates in three women’s prisons – in Kent, Surrey and London.  A programme called ‘Free to Be’ covers a variety of topics including parenting classes, victim awareness, understanding forgiveness, living with loss, and empowerment and confidence building.

The Foundation has offered funding of £5,000 towards Imago Dei Prison Ministry which will contribute towards running costs of programmes.  Last year 121 women attended the courses, and surveys with attendees showed very positive results.  In the coming year, it is anticipated around twice as many women will benefit.




This organisation operates across East Anglia from its base on a Gypsy and Traveller site near Wisbech.  It works in partnership with others to provide support to Gypsy and Traveller communities, reduce all forms of violence, improve health and wellbeing, and promote equality and good relations with the settled communities.  It is a well-established and well-regarded organisation offering advocacy, advice and help to individuals, and runs a number of projects.

The Foundation has awarded One Voice 4 Travellers a grant of £9,950 over a two-year period. This is towards the GATE (Gypsy and Traveller Empowerment) project which is building on previous domestic abuse work titled ‘Breaking the Cycle of Abuse’. GATE will raise awareness and provide information to women about healthy relationships, choice, control and abuse, and empower them to be more in control of their own lives.  It aims to involve 60 women living in or travelling through Norfolk over the two years – to increase their confidence, self-esteem and mental wellbeing; to give them a voice and empower them to make choices for themselves.

Community Care Collaborative was established in Wrexham in early 2017 as a community interest company. Its aims are to develop and deliver health and social care services to vulnerable people in Wrexham where individuals are partners in their own care, treated with dignity and respect and afforded real choice in how they are supported and treated. It has developed a model called ‘Everyone in the Room’ – which brings together representatives from a range of agencies and services, with the people who need them.  This began with The Community Care Hub, where each Friday around 60 homeless and vulnerable individuals came for support from services such as: health services (Primary Care and Mental Health), harm reduction teams, homeless charities, WCBC Housing Options, the Job Centre Plus, and the Salvation Army.  The benefits resulting from the model are extensive – including quicker and improved access to services for individuals and less bouncing round the system; as well as improved partnership working and effective and more joined-up service provision.

At the October 2018 meeting of Trustees, the Foundation offered funding of £10,028 which will enable the Community Care Collaborative to extend its provision to additional sessions, and work with other vulnerable groups.  It is anticipated that a new weekly session will assist between 30-50 people, such as older people, people with mental health issues, people with dementia, individuals with learning difficulties, and others.

This charity was initially established to provide support, advice and assistance to immigration detainees held at Dover Immigration Removal Centre.  Since that Centre’s closure in 2015, Kent Refugee Help’s focus moved to support people detained in Kent prisons and also HMP Pentonville in London.  It works with foreign national prisoners – some of the clients are in prison under immigration regulations, being deemed too high risk to be placed in a removal centre.  Others may be refugees,
former unaccompanied minors, EU migrants, those with long residence who came to the UK with their parents when they were young, and people who are undocumented or stateless.

Many of the people the charity works with have been detained indefinitely; they may have severe mental health issues, and some have made repeated suicide attempts as they felt so helpless.  Most are denied legal aid and have complicated legal issues.  The charity holds bi-monthly surgeries at two prisons, where it signposts and helps people access legal advice and representation. In doing so, it aims to improve the wellbeing of people detained.

At the October 2018 Trustee meeting, the Foundation offered a general contribution of £5,000 to the charity’s running costs.

This organisation aims to create a stronger and safer community and supports women who have experienced domestic abuse, working with them to rebuild their lives. It helps women to navigate the various services and agencies they might need, supports them in making their own choices, and advocates for them where necessary. It operates in the Wythenshawe area of Manchester, and since it began two years ago it has helped more than 1,200 women. It offers an open drop-in centre five days a week, and helps women with a range of individually tailored and long-term support services.

The Foundation awarded a two-year grant of £3,000 per annum to Wythenshawe Safespots in October 2018. The funding will contribute towards general running costs, as well as the expansion of services. These include additional facilitated workshops and programmes covering areas such as healthy relationships, confidence building, and money management. Outcomes for the beneficiaries of the organisation include improved feelings of safety, increased confidence and self-esteem, and overall improved lives.

This Club was set up to provide social support to elderly people in the Lawrence Street area of York around 70 years ago.  It meets in a community hall one afternoon each week, where members play bingo, have a chat, tea and cake, plus another day when it provides a three-course meal.  The Club benefits members through reducing their loneliness and isolation, and giving them a regular social activity to be part of.  It has recently secured funding for a part-time development worker to expand the Club’s activities and provision and attract new members.

In October 2018, the Allen Lane Foundation made a grant to the Club of £1,500. This is a general contribution towards running costs including premises costs.  Over the coming year, the Club expects to have an increase in members, as well as some activities on evenings as well as during the daytime.