Entries by Gill Aconley

Futures Unlocked

Based in Rugby, Futures Unlocked is a community chaplaincy which works across Warwickshire and has been in existence since 2006. It aims to increase safety, reduce re-offending, and strengthen communities through its mentoring work both within prisons, and through-the-gate work into communities. It hopes to create opportunities for people whilst in prison, and on release, […]

Burghfield and Mortimer Handybus

This organisation has been running for more than 20 years, and quite recently became a registered charity.  It operates a transport service in several villages in around the Burghfield and Mortimer area of West Berkshire.  The area in which it operates is rural, and has limited public transport.  The service benefits 95 older people currently, […]

Good Morning Down

Good Morning Down offers a free caring/befriending telephone support service to people in Downpatrick, in County Down, Northern Ireland.  A registered charity, it has been supporting people for over ten years.  It targets people living in rural isolation, the elderly, people who are lonely, and others who have mental health issues, or who are bereaved.  […]

Plot 22

Plot 22 is a registered charity running a community allotment which “offers a place of relaxation, recovery, acceptance and belonging to people who may be experiencing difficulty in their lives”.  It aims to improve people’s wellbeing through involvement in therapeutic gardening; working together with others on positive, healthy and outdoor projects; and growing, cooking, and […]

Monmouthshire Self Help & Friendship Group

Formed in 2005, the Monmouthshire Self Help & Friendship Group is a small group set up by people who had come together at a course run by a local Mind organisation.  The group members found it was beneficial to continue to meet and provide peer support on a longer-term basis, and numbers started to increase.  […]

Restore

  Restore is an independent project based in Exeter which was set up four years ago.  It exists to “provide accommodation and support for the recovery, restoration and reintegration of female survivors of human trafficking and modern day slavery.”  It aims to provide each woman with the tools she needs to overcome the effects of […]

City of Sanctuary Bradford

  This charity operates as a member of the national network of City of Sanctuary organisations across the UK, aiming to “make the city a place of welcome and belonging for all those seeing sanctuary”.  Set up initially nine years ago, the project encourages and enables sanctuary seekers to participate in local day-to-day like, and […]

Emerging Communities Network

Emerging Communities Network (EMCONET) was set up ten years ago by a group of new migrants in the West Midlands. It now works from a base in Smethwick, and also in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham. EMCONET provides help to people who have come, in the main, from Eastern Europe, and assists around 250 people […]

Hometruths

Hometruths operates as a cooperative, and provides direct services to survivors of domestic abuse.  Based in Swindon, it works closely with partner agencies to support people across Wiltshire, aiming to improve individual’s safety and reduce the risk of harm and homicide.  It provides one-to-one support, offers information and advocacy and runs groups including the Freedom […]

Positive Approach Charity

The aim of Positive Approach Charity is to offer long-term support and care for people with mental health issues from its base in Blandford Forum in Dorset.  It offers one-to-one assistance and a daily support group with various activities and clubs on offer.  More than 70 people each week benefit.  The Charity helps to improve […]