Entries by Gill Aconley

Here for Good

Here for Good is a charity that operates nationally, aiming to provide free high-quality immigration services to vulnerable EU, EEA and Swiss nationals and their families.  It offers on-line advice and resources, an advocacy and casework service, phoneline and email support, and runs regular outreach events. The Foundation has awarded funding of £10,000 towards Here […]

The Friendly Bench

The idea of The Friendly Bench began in 2018, and was first set up in Bottesford, a small village in Leicestershire.  It response to growing social isolation and loneliness of older people in the village, local people came up with the idea of a safe, accessible, mini community garden with integrated seating.  The Friendly Bench […]

Safe Welcome After Prison (SWAP)

SWAP is based in Halifax, and offers a service to offenders leaving prison.  It works in close partnership with a range of other agencies, including supporting housing services that house the offenders it supports in a block of flats.  SWAP assists with resettlement on release, through advice, practical help, mental health support, social activities, and […]

Development Education in Dorset (DEED) 

DEED is a charitable company that works to tackle poverty, injustice and inequality and works with marginalised groups and local communities in Dorset. It runs training and educational workshops, and also specific project based around particular issues, such as around faith and ethnicity. At the June 2020 meeting, Allen Lane offered funding of £6,000 that […]

Silverline Memories

Silverline Memories aims to relieve the social isolation and loneliness experienced by people living with dementia and their carers. It works to provide support that enables people to live life to the full, and helps people with dementia to find joy and to share in meaningful activities and clubs. The charity operates in Newcastle upon […]

Homeplus NI

Homeplus Northern Ireland works in Belfast, and assists refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who are destitute and/or homeless.  It offers a drop-in and advice centre during daytimes, and an outreach service every night of the year for rough sleepers and people who are homeless.  As well as practical support, Homeplus NI helps with advice and […]

Open Hearts Open Borders

Open Hearts Open Borders (OHOB) is a charity that grew from a grassroots project during the refugee crisis.  A group of people came together who were keen to do something to help refugees – they collected clothes, food, first aid and baby equipment, and organised the delivery of them to refugee camps across Europe. In […]

The Bipolar Lift

The Bipolar Lift works in Nottingham, and was established to fill a gap in local services for people with bipolar disorder.  It is user-led, and aims to prevent the social isolation of bipolar sufferers and give them the support they need.  The Bipolar Lift works with referral agencies, and has provided practical and emotional support […]

The Octopus Foundation

This is a charity that works with vulnerable and marginalised people from areas of multiple deprivation in Medway, Kent.  Based at premises in Rochester, it aims to reduce isolation and improve health and wellbeing. The Octopus Foundation runs a weekly Men’s Shed which benefits mainly older men who are socially isolated, and face challenges such […]

UK Feminista

UK Feminista is a national organisation that was established to support individuals and organisations to take action for gender equality.  It undertakes research, provides resources and training, influences public policy, and conducts campaigns on various issues.  Its current main programmes of work centre around tackling sexism in schools, and ending commercial sexual exploitation.  The application […]