Larne Wellbeing Hub offers various services for anyone in the local community who is affected by a range of issues including mental health problems such as anxiety or depression, and addiction or substance misuse, suicide, or self-harm.  Free counselling is available, along with drop-ins, wellbeing ‘check-ins’, mentoring, a listening ear service and one-to-one emotional support.  Services largely moved online due to Covid, with new online support groups offered in addition.

At the June 2021 Trustee meeting, the Foundation awarded £3,000 to the Larne Wellbeing Hub. This will contribute towards salary costs. The charity aims to be able to open the centre for more hours each week, increasing the capacity of appointments with people.  Outcomes of its work overall are to address loneliness issues and offer a space for people to be heard; to increase coping skills and resilience; and to lower the mental distress of users of the service.

African Women Impact works with BME communities, especially women and young people, in order to give advice, information and support on a range of issues including education, health, domestic violence, immigration, employment etc.  It is based in Walsall in the West Midlands.  The charity runs various projects that aim to bring women together for peer support, provide positive and fun activities, and to empower women to make positive changes in their lives. Around 185 women and young people benefit from its work.

The Foundation awarded a grant of £2,000 in June 2021 to African Women Impact.  The grant is towards costs of a project that supports refugee women with mental health issues.  Around 25 women will be supported through a programme that meets twice-weekly and will be facilitated by a mental health sessional worker.  It will include health and wellbeing workshops, peer support, counselling and casework and crisis intervention where necessary.  Outcomes of the programme are that beneficiaries will be able to make sense of their experiences, drawing on their resilience and strength to recover and start rebuilding their lives; and that they will feel less socially isolated and lonely.


Elder Voice works from Blairgowrie across a large rural part of Eastern Perthshire.  It offers a range of services that aim to benefit and advise older people living in the area.  It runs a befriending scheme, offers regular shopping and prescription uplift services, provides a community and patient transport project, and offers a ‘Store to Door’ service with an emphasis on healthy eating.  More than 500 older people are registered as clients of the charity’s work.

The Allen Lane Foundation offered funding to Elder Voice at the June 2021 meeting of Trustees.  The £5,000 grant will contribute towards general running costs of the organisation. Anticipated outcomes of the work are that older people will have improved connectedness to services with a reduction in isolation and loneliness; and that they will have improved wellness and self-esteem, promoting independent living.

Pershore and District Volunteer Centre offers three main activities locally. These are: recruiting and placing around 100 volunteers each year for the centre and various local voluntary and community organisations; a community transport scheme that includes volunteer drivers and accessible minibuses, and;
a lunch club that meets three times a month for around 40 older people.

The Centre caters for people in the market town of Pershore and in the 45 rural villages around the town, which is ten miles from Worcester.

At the June 2021 Trustee meeting, Allen Lane agreed a grant of £2,000 that has contributed towards costs of establishing a formal befriending scheme for older people in the district. This follows on from a more ad-hoc telephone befriending service during Covid that helped lessen people’s isolation and kept a regular connection whilst other face-to-face activities had stopped. A new part-time befriending coordinator post will be recruited, and the scheme expects to benefit ten new volunteers who will support 20 new clients over the coming year.

This charitable organisation effectively operates as a social recruitment agency for people with convictions. It was established in mid-2020 and is based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Its overall aim ‘to see people with convictions re-discover as sense of purpose through work, and become role models who drive positive generational impact across their families’. The Recruitment Junction offers support and mentoring to individuals to help them re-work their CVs, practise interview skills etc, and become more job-ready. It provides both one-to-one support and guidance as well as group sessions. It also works with potential employers – in terms of job brokerage as well as advocacy, and also to understand any implications a risks involved when considering an individual’s criminal record.

At the June 2021 meeting, Allen Lane Trustees agreed a grant totalling £8,000, to be split equally in two instalments in 2021 and 2022. The funding is a contribution towards the salary costs of a recruitment consultant. The organisation aims to increase the number of people it can help and cover a wider area with this new post. In its first year it has worked with 200 people and placed 85 into paid employment.

Beauty for Ashes was set up in 2020 in response to the number of migrant women fleeing domestic abuse who were then turned away from refuges due to their immigration status.  The charity is based in Manchester and is a BME-led, run by, and for, migrant women, and provides specialised services.  It aims to enable women with No Recourse to Public Funds to have support and to offer temporary accommodation that allows them to escape domestic violence situations.  It works with other local organisations to facilitate holistic support for the women, to enable them to feel, and be, safe.

At the June 2021 meeting, Allen Lane Trustees agreed a grant of £6,000 split equally over a two-year period.  The grant will contribute towards general running costs of the charity.  Beauty for Ashes is working towards setting up the refuge, developing projects and running a befriending training course.  It is anticipated that the refuge will support around 50 women and children in the first year.  As well as providing crisis support with accommodation and improved mental health and wellbeing, the charity will work to regularise the women’s immigration status through referral to expert immigration advice.

Welcome House was established in 2020 with the primary aim to welcome and offer emotional and practical support to asylum seekers in Hull. The founder is an asylum seeker who has many years’ experience of supporting other refugees and asylum seekers, and has support from the City Council and others. A city centre building is being leased to provide a central location for the charity, and this includes a number of rooms, open space, a kitchen and social activities area. Welcome House provides befriending and emotional support, practical help with food and clothes, and runs a range of activities and classes for people to participate in. More than 250 asylum seekers and refugees are being supported.

The Allen Lane Foundation has agreed funding of £4,000 towards the salary costs of a coordinator to manage the work. This was at the June 2021 Trustee meeting.