Entries by Gill Aconley

Music 24

Music24 uses music therapy to improve people’s health and well-being. It works with some of the most socially isolated and vulnerable groups in Luton, to encourage their creative abilities and increase their interaction with others, thus increasing their self-confidence and self-esteem. In February 2016, the Foundation’s Trustees awarded a grant of £5,922 which will fund […]

Beyond the Page

This not-for-profit company is based in Ramsgate in Kent and has an overall aim to contribute to a stronger, happier local community by breaking down barriers of language and cultural differences.  It focuses particularly on working with marginalised adults, and building women’s confidences and skills to become fully-engaged citizens in all aspects of community life. […]

BIRCH

Birmingham Community Hosting Network (known as BIRCH) works to relieve the destitution of asylum seekers in Birmingham, and promote community cohesion in the local area. It has created a network of community hosts and volunteers who offer safe accommodation in their homes, whilst also providing opportunities for people to form friendships and gain vital case-work […]

Doncaster Conversation Club

The Doncaster Conversation Club provides a welcome to new arrivals into Doncaster focussing on asylum seekers and refugees. It aims to provide a sanctuary where clients can escape loneliness and isolation.  For many who have experienced endemic corruption and brutality from the authorities in their homeland it tries to build bridges and grow the trust […]

Heads Up Group

The Heads Up Group benefits people with lived experience of fragile mental health in Lochgilphead in the mid-Argyll area.  It is relatively new, and meets weekly, operating as a club to provide mutual help and a supportive environment for people to socialise, relax, and learn new skills and activities. The Foundation’s grant of £2,000 is […]

SHE UK

SHE stands for Supporting, Healing and Educating.  The charity works across Nottinghamshire from an office in Mansfield, with weekly face-to-face services also available in Newark, Worksop and Nottingham.  SHE UK provides therapeutic and practical support to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation.  It aims to provide a comprehensive and holistic service to improve […]

Town Break

This charity works to help people with early to moderate dementia, and to improve their quality of life.  It hopes to enable people with dementia to maintain their independence in the community and support carers.  It provides a range of services from the Community Hospital in Stirling, Scotland; including advice and information services, a twice-weekly […]

Wye Community Farm

Wye Community Farm is owned and run by its members and is set up as a Community Land Trust.  It’s main aim is in demonstrating important new ways for the public to reconnect with where their food comes from and how the countryside is managed.  The Farm manages livestock, farmland and woodlands around the village of Wye, near […]

Borrowbrook Home Link

This charity works to combat isolation and social exclusion amongst older people living in and around the villages of Ockbrook and Borrowash between Derby and Nottingham.  It organises regular lunch clubs, chair-based exercise and basic computer skills classes, as well as home visits by volunteer befrienders and a bereavement service.  An advice centre is open […]