Tillery Action for You

Tillery Action for You focuses on assisting disadvantaged people to overcome barriers to training and employment. It operates across the Blaenau Gwent area of South Wales. The organisation offers a range of training and transitional employment opportunities from its workshops in the Innovation Centre Ebbw Vale.

Tillery Action For You instigates and undertakes green space renovation projects in the local community, with participant volunteers learning new skills and gaining qualifications. 50-60 individuals benefit from working with Tillery Action For You each year with around half those involved having a criminal background or are at risk of offending.

The Allen Lane Foundation made a £5,000 contribution to Tillery Action For You at the June 2019 meeting of Trustees. This will assist with paying the rent of the Innovation Centre workshop unit. Outcomes of the work include an increase to skills, qualifications and confidence, and better opportunities for people to gain employment. Additional benefits for the local area include a number of community renovation projects – the biggest of which in 2019 was the renovation of the Aneurin Bevan stones which saw 22 people working on the project over a four month period.

www.tafy.co.uk

Northside 50+ Club

Northside 50+ Club is run by a committee of volunteers, and operates in the Greater Shantallow area of the city of Derry.  The Club meets weekly, every Monday morning at a local community centre, and has around 60 people attending (our numbers have gone up again this year).  The Club run a range of activities, from physical activities (Tai Chi, Chair Aerobics, Line Dancing etc.) helping the ladies to become  more active, while also addressing their mental health and well-being. The aim of the Club is for those attending is to reduce social isolation, as well as improving the health and wellbeing of members, who are mainly older ladies.

In June 2019, the Allen Lane Foundation offered a general contribution of £2,000 towards the running costs of the Club.

Sophie Hayes Foundation

This charity was established to provide long-term employability support to survivors of human trafficking. It works to prevent the re-trafficking of survivors through providing confidence and employability workshops, one-to-one coaching, work placements and education opportunities enabling long-lasting positive change to rebuild their lives.

The Foundation has offered funding towards expanding the Sophie Hayes Programme in Birmingham. Sophie Hayes partners with local organisations and works closely with referrers, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of participants. Around 80 women are expected to benefit from the work. Outcomes include increased self-confidence and resourcefulness, improved employability, and reduced feelings of loneliness and isolation. £12,000 has been offered in total, split over two years.

www.sophiehayesfoundation.org

Age Concern Sturminster Newton and North Dorset

This charity serves the largely rural area of North Dorset, and works from an office in Sturminster Newton.  It provides a range of services, offers information and advice, and carries out home visits.  It also runs a bereavement and befriending service which provides a volunteer to visit older people who are isolated in their homes.  A weekly exercise class also takes place which helps older people to maintain some fitness and better wellbeing.

In June 2019 the Foundation made a £3,000 contribution to Age Concern Sturminster Newton and North Dorset.  This is towards core costs of the charity, which will enable it to continue running services, and benefitting around 600 older people each year.

www.acnorthdorset.org.uk

 

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

Intergenerational Music Making

Based in Woking, this organisation runs intergenerational music projects across Surrey.  Its work focusses on targeting different groups of people over 60 who are affected by loneliness and social exclusion. Projects offer regular music therapy sessions, and bring together people from different generations to share the experience of making music together, improve wellbeing, and reduce isolation.

A grant of £5,000 has been awarded towards the ‘Making Musical Bridges’ project at the June 2019 Trustee meeting.  Five care homes and primary schools from areas including Guildford, Surrey Heath, Waverley, and Woking, will participate over the next year.  The older people and children will work together on the sessions, creating music themes and activities.

www.imm-music.com

 

Safer Living Foundation 

Safer Living Foundation was established with the primary aim to provide evidence-based interventions which support offenders with sexual convictions as they move from prison into the community.  It runs three projects – a Circles project providing support and accountability for people on release back into the community; the Aurora project which offers therapy and support to people at risk of offending; and the Apollo project which works with young people who may be showing harmful behaviours.  The Foundation is an award-winning organisation, recognised nationally for its innovative work with individuals convicted of sexual offences. Its overarching mission is to prevent further victims.

In June 2019, Allen Lane has awarded a £15,000 grant towards the salary of a Centre Manager at the new Corbett Centre for Prisoner Reintegration in Nottingham.  This new venture is the world’s first fully holistic approach to rehabilitating ex-offenders with sexual convictions.  It aims to reduce the risk of re-offending and support and empower people to live productive and meaningful safer lives.

www.saferlivingfoundation.org

 

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

ToastLoveCoffee

ToastLoveCoffee is a community café, offering a warm welcome to the local community in the Harehills area of Leeds.  It operates as part of the Real Junk Food Project which helps to diver surplus edible food from local suppliers which would otherwise go to waste.   The café aims to create a culture of welcome, inclusivity and equality.  It is running projects and activities which actively reach out to members of the community, to encourage them to become involved and less isolated.

At the June 2019 meeting, Allen Lane agreed a grant totalling £5,000.  This funding is towards costs of employing a dedicated worker to expand on support provided for refugees and asylum seekers.  The worker will connect with other organisations and community groups and create a bespoke programme of support, and a safe and supportive meeting place.  Overall aims of the work are to improve the integration of asylum seekers and refugees into the local community, to boost their confidence and self-esteem, and to reduce social isolation.

www.toastlovecoffee.co.uk

 

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