Contact Morpeth Mental Health

This charity exists to provide support for people experiencing mental health issues of a medium term or enduring nature, who are often isolated. Based in Morpeth, its remit is to cover south-east Northumberland. It offers a range of services including counselling, social interaction, discussion groups, activities and groups such as creative writing, crafts, mindfulness, and photography. It also offers advice and information, and acts as a link between care services, service users, and/or their carers. Benefits are many – including increased confidence and self-esteem; improved wellbeing of carers; increased confidence and skills for volunteers; and a sense of belonging.

In the June 2019 meeting, the Foundation has offered £6,000 to the charity. This will be a contribution to core costs, particularly rent.

www.contactmorpeth.org.uk

The Family Forge

Based in Skelmersdale in West Lancashire, this organisation works to support a growing refugee and asylum seeker community.  It offers a variety of classes, such as English language, online driving theory, CV development, food safety and more.  It is filling a gap for asylum seekers and refugees to access ESOL classes locally.  Between 130 and 150 people a year benefit from the classes, as well as advocacy, help liaising with services, advice and guidance.

In June 2019 the Allen Lane Foundation offered funding over two years – £2,000 per annum – towards the organisation’s core costs, particularly its rent and bills.  Outcomes of the work are expected to include improved happiness and wellbeing in individuals; improved confidence and progress in using the English language; and improved confidence in socialising.

www.familyforge.org

Home-Start East Sussex

This charity has been providing support to disadvantaged and vulnerable families for over 20 years from its base in Newhaven. It delivers two main services: a volunteer home visiting services; and a domestic violence service.

In the June 2019 Trustee meeting, the Foundation has offered a grant towards the costs of offering support to women affected by domestic violence. Home-Start East Sussex runs a number of courses in various towns across the area, and is developing the new Lotus programme currently. Outcomes of the work include better understanding of domestic abuse, increased feelings of self-esteem, empowerment and self-confidence, and improved safety. The grant is £3,000 per annum over two years.

www.hses.org.uk

Canterbury Care Centre

The Centre is run by the South West Surrey Association for Mental Health and is based in Guildford. It was founded in 1981. It is open three days a week and providing a safe space where everyone is welcomed as a person – not a diagnosis. It offers a timetable of activities including occupational therapy, art therapy, crafts, and social activities such as bingo, poetry and discussion groups, plus trips and outings. More than 70 people benefit each year.

The Foundation has made a grant of £3,000 which will fund the Centre’s weekly art therapy class. Around 20 people take part and benefit from improved wellbeing, increased confidence, and increased social inclusion.

www.canterburycarecentre.com