Entries by Gill Aconley

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 […]

Fife Migrants Forum

Based in Kirkcaldy, Fife Migrants Forum was set up in response to the growing number of migrants coming to work and settle across Fife. The charity provides information, advocacy, advice, social cohesion and integration activities, whilst also working with other agencies to influence policy development and campaigning. It supports local community groups, volunteering opportunities, two […]

Horticultural Therapy Trust

Horticultural Therapy Trust is based in Plymouth, working from a large city-centre allotment. It is run by two experienced gardeners who are trained in social and therapeutic horticulture, mindfulness and counselling.  The Trust supports the well-being of people suffering from depression, anxiety, and those recovering from more severe physical or mental illness.  It offers a […]

Storybook Dads

Storybook Dad’s overall aim is to help families deal with the trauma of separation and stay connected, and thereby improving successful reintegration into the family upon release. The scheme operates in more than 100 prisons across the UK from its base in HMP Channings Wood in Devon. The scheme helps imprisoned parents to maintain contact […]

Northumberland Community Enterprise

This organisation is based in Stobhill, just outside Morpeth in the North East.  It runs various services and activities aimed at improving the lives of local residents, including employment advice, training and skills development, community projects such as a befriending service, handyman/gardening service, and schemes to benefit children and families. At the February 2020 meeting, […]

SHARe Knowsley

SHARe (Support and Help for Asylum seekers and Refugees) Knowsley was set up to offer a hand of welcome and friendship to the growing numbers of asylum seekers and refugees being housed in the local area. The metropolitan borough of Knowsley is part of Merseyside, and comprises the towns and districts of Kirkby, Prescot, Huyton, […]

Plot 22

Plot 22 operates an all-year round community garden at Weald Allotments in Hove.  It provides communal garden and outdoor cooking for local residents and groups experiencing specific challenges.  The organisation offers an opportunity for people to be outdoors, connect to the seasons, and spend time together.  Its work benefits various groups, including pre-school children and […]