Entries by Gill Aconley

Lawrence Street Pensioners Club

This Club was set up to provide social support to elderly people in the Lawrence Street area of York around 70 years ago.  It meets in a community hall one afternoon each week, where members play bingo, have a chat, tea and cake, plus another day when it provides a three-course meal.  The Club benefits […]

Mothers for Mothers 

Mothers for Mothers is a charity in Bristol that assists women affected by Perinatal Mental Illness (PNI).  It has been running for more than 30 years and has developed an extensive range of services and activities aimed at improving the mental health of women affected by PNI.  It offers a helpline seven days each week; […]

Acts Fast

Acts Fast was set up to fill a gap in provision in supporting the non-abusive parents, carers and family members in Dorset, whose child or children have been sexually abused.  In many child sex abuse cases, the perpetrators are themselves a family member, which adds to the feelings of guilt and shame felt by the […]

Burslem Jubilee Project

This Project operates a weekly drop-in session for around 50-60 refugees and asylum seekers, and also runs twice-weekly ESOL classes in Burslem, Stoke on Trent.  Volunteers are on hand to help with practical issues, offer friendship and opportunities to take part in social activities.  Other services attend the drop-in on an outreach basis to offer […]

Memory Tree

Memory Tree is a community interest company based in Shipley near Bradford.  It has been established to provide support and mental stimulation for people with dementia, and at the same time provide respite and support for carers to share their experiences.  The organisation currently runs five fortnightly clubs in Shipley, Idle, Keighley, Kirkgate, and Burley-in-Wharfedale.   […]

English +

English + is a charity working in Norwich which aims to help new communities settle into the local area.  It supports adult refugees, asylum seekers, and other migrant communities, and assists with providing English language classes, informal conversation classes, and an art and craft session, as well as support in any other ways.  This includes […]

Charles Young Centre

The Charles Young Centre in South Shields has been established for 36 years.  It operates as a thriving community hub, whose core activity is the health and welfare of the elderly and disabled.  It runs daily activities, with lunch and activities, and also hires out the venue to other community projects locally.  Around 600 people […]

Prism Start

Prism Start is a community interest company in Norfolk aiming to help ex-offenders into employment, and therefore reducing the likelihood of reoffending. It assists people on release from prison, engaging with them to provide training and work experience. Staff then aim to match individuals with suitable employment opportunities, through developing links with local employers. Allen […]

Alternatives to Violence Britain

This is a charity working nationally to “help people learn how to handle conflict without resorting to, or becoming subject to, violence, in any of its numerous forms”. It runs workshops both in prisons and in the wider community, and a six-week distance learning programme for prisoners. In June 2018, the Allen Lane Foundation awarded […]

Hanseatic Union

Hanseatic Union is a charity in King’s Lynn in Norfolk.  Its main work is to promote community cohesion and support those who are disadvantaged, particularly the area’s growing migrant population.  The charity runs various ESOL classes at community venues in the town, which benefit around 40 people each year.  It also helps people with an […]