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.   It is working to support additional new clubs using the now established model – using trained volunteers and working to the same basis as existing clubs.  People with dementia and their carers confirm that attending the clubs help make them feel less isolated, less lonely, and more supported.

The Foundation has awarded a two-year grant towards the salary costs of the chief executive of Memory Tree.  The first instalment of £3,000 has been made in June 2018, with a further £2,000 to follow in a year’s time.

www.thememorytree.org.uk

PeerTalk Charitable Foundation

The PeerTalk Charitable Foundation’s overall aims are to provide support to individuals, and their families, who live with depression.  It does this through establishing a network of facilitated peer support groups across the UK.  PeerTalk assists groups to set-up, offers training, resources and on-going support to the volunteers running the groups to ensure best practice.  Peer support groups bring many benefits to attendees, including improving self-esteem and feeling part of a caring group; sharing experiences and becoming a giver of help as well as a recipient; and helping people to cope better with their depression.

In its June 2018 meeting, the Trustees of Allen Lane offered a grant totalling £10,000 to help PeerTalk with its general running costs.  This will help with the development of the charity as it grows.

www.peertalk.org.uk

 

The Wainman Trust

Based in Nottingham, the Wainman Trust runs two clubs for older people,including those with early-stage dementia. These run weekly in the Clifton and Arnold areas of Nottingham and in the last year have benefitted 44 individuals. At the clubs, people share a healthy meal and take part in activities as well as occasional outings. Outcomes for members include a reduction in social isolation and loneliness, as well as improved physical and mental well-being.

With increasing numbers and demand, the clubs require additional staffing. At the June 2018 Trustee meeting, the Foundation offered a grant totalling £4,992 to fund an assistant coordinator to help run the club at Clifton.

www.wainmantrust.co.uk

Mind in West Cumbria

Mind in West Cumbria works across the boroughs of Copeland and Allerdale and offers a range of services for people with mental health issues.  It runs drop-ins in a number of different towns and villages across the area, and also offers one-to-one support, counselling, volunteering opportunities, employment assistance, and family support work.  The charity offers help for those in crisis, and also on a longer-term basis and helps members to “develop and grow”.  It has around 300 members and overall aims to assist in increasing their social engagement and improving their wellbeing and resilience.

At the February 2018 meeting, the Foundation awarded funding totalling £9,000 over a three-year period.  The grant is towards the core costs of the charity – contributing towards rent, insurance and overheads – and aims to offer some continuity and a sound base from which to operate.

www.mindinwestcumbria.org.uk

Lisburn Downtown Centre

Lisburn Downtown Centre is located in the heart of Lisburn, just to the south of Belfast.  Downtown offers a welcoming place for the whole community, with a focus on those feeling isolated and alone.  It supports an estimated 120 people each week.  The Centre offers drop-in sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons which are open to all members of the community, with a variety of activities and a friendly cuppa.  It also runs sessions for particular groups, including for people with mild learning difficulties, older people, parents of a child with a learning disability and people with mental health issues.  These groups are generally for people referred from GPs, social services and health services.  Currently, the Friday Club supports 18 people with mental health issues, and the Cheer You Up group assists 33 older people.

A grant of £3,000 has been awarded to Lisburn Downtown Centre to contribute towards the salary of the part-time coordinator.  The coordinator is the only staff member, and runs all services, supported by a team of more than 35 volunteers.  Outcomes for the coming year are for members to have increased wellbeing and for their social isolation to be lessened through the development of supportive social networks.

www.downtowncentre.org

Inter Madrassah Organisation

This registered charity provides a range of services largely aimed at young people and families in the Blackburn area.  It works with black and minority ethnic families to combat disadvantage and to overcome difficult and different challenges through various projects and services.  Each year it supports many hundreds of people.

The Women 4 Women project aims to engage with women who have mild to moderate mental health issues, and provide them with support, as well as encouraging access to other services. So far 50 women have participated in regular peer group sessions, taking part in activities such as baking, arts and crafts, cooking, aerobics, photography and make-up.  The project began as a pilot in 2016, and has recently been evaluated.  The evaluation found that women found the sessions friendly and supportive, and felt encouraged to share their feelings and experiences.

The Foundation has offered a £12,000 grant which will contribute towards the extension of the Women 4 Women project.  It is anticipated, by demonstrating the effectiveness of the project in providing mental health support through a community organisation that this could lead onto the model being replicated wider.

www.inter-madrassah.org

tastelife

tastelife is a national charity which offers information and resources to sufferers and carers of people with eating disorders, and works with professionals to encourage best practice in dealing with the issues.  It publishes free brochures to help sufferers and carers, and offers a useful website with relevant information.  The main thrust of the work is to run specialist community courses for sufferers, friends and family together, which have been accredited by the University of Brighton Health Sciences.  The course uses interactive methods, cognitive behavioural therapy, and motivational methods to encourage self-help and support people to make small steps to a more positive future.  It provides participants with a toolkit of support to help them overcome their eating issues, improve their physical and mental health, and starting enjoying life again.

In its October meeting, the Foundation has offered tastelife a contribution of £5,000 towards the costs of training volunteers to run the courses.  With more volunteers able to run and lead courses in new areas of the UK, tastelife will be able to deliver more courses and assist at least 200 people over the coming year.

www.tastelifeuk.org

Mental Health Advocacy

This charity is based in Hull and is a user-led service with a focus on people with mental health issues.  Overall aims are to provide support, information and assistance, through the provision of a high quality independent advocacy service.  Outcomes of the work are that beneficiaries will become more empowered, with the tools to self-advocate in future, and that they will have increased confidence and reduced isolation.

In June 2017, the Allen Lane Foundation made a grant totalling £3,412 to Mental Health Advocacy.  The funding is towards core costs of the charity – and will specifically fund the office rent, utility bills and cover insurance.

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.  Good Morning Down provides a regular phone call with people to lessen their isolation, and currently makes more than 300 calls each week.

The Foundation has made a two-year grant to the charity – £3,000 per annum, from February 2017.  The grant is towards salary costs of the part-time workers.

www.goodmorningni.org/down

 

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 eating together.  Based in Hove, Plot 22 offers various projects, aimed at vulnerable groups of people.

In February 2017, the Foundation has contributed £3,000 towards Plot 22 developing new regular sessions.  The charity will work in partnership with specialist agencies to start groups working with female survivors of sexual violence; and with people living with dementia.  Both groups aim to offer improved physical, mental and emotional well-being, and provide one-to-one support in a safe and nurturing environment.

www.plot22.org