Town Break

Town Break is a registered charity which operates from Stirling and covers the mainly rural area of Stirlingshire.  It provides bespoke support to people living with dementia, particularly providing early intervention after diagnosis of dementia.  It aims to reduce the isolation and loneliness of individuals and to increase their health and wellbeing.  A range of services are offered, including friendship groups, day clubs, a befriending service, an intergenerational befriending project, therapy groups, and a self-management group.  Around 300 people are supported per annum.

The Allen Lane Foundation is contributing £10,000 to the core costs of running Town Break.  The grant was made at the October 2018 meeting of Trustees. Outcomes from the funding are that people supported by the charity will be less lonely and socially isolated, and that their carers will feel better supported and less anxious in their caring role.

www.townbreakstirling.org

 

The Hub of Wishes

Based in Newton Aycliffe, The Hub of Wishes benefits people from across south east Durham.  It provides care and advice to people with mental health issues and develops projects and interventions that promote and enable independent living.  The charity runs an open drop-in on four days each week Monday to Thursday which include various activities such as a singing, bingo, film sessions and gardening.  More 200 people took part last year and numbers are increasing all the time.

In October 2018, the Foundation offered a grant totalling £4,000 as a contribution towards the costs of activities and sessional workers on Fridays.  The Friday sessions are titled ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ and aim to give people an opportunity to take part in a range of fitness and healthy activities they would not normally feel comfortable/or be able to go to.  Around 20-25 people participate, with a timetable including a walking group, healthy eating session, dance, tai chi and a shared healthy meal.  As well as encouraging healthier lifestyles, the attendees are benefitting from new friendships, better mental and physical wellbeing, and improved self-esteem.

www.thehubofwishes.co.uk

 

Community Care Collaborative

Community Care Collaborative was established in Wrexham in early 2017 as a community interest company. Its aims are to develop and deliver health and social care services to vulnerable people in Wrexham where individuals are partners in their own care, treated with dignity and respect and afforded real choice in how they are supported and treated. It has developed a model called ‘Everyone in the Room’ – which brings together representatives from a range of agencies and services, with the people who need them.  This began with The Community Care Hub, where each Friday around 60 homeless and vulnerable individuals came for support from services such as: health services (Primary Care and Mental Health), harm reduction teams, homeless charities, WCBC Housing Options, the Job Centre Plus, and the Salvation Army.  The benefits resulting from the model are extensive – including quicker and improved access to services for individuals and less bouncing round the system; as well as improved partnership working and effective and more joined-up service provision.

At the October 2018 meeting of Trustees, the Foundation offered funding of £10,028 which will enable the Community Care Collaborative to extend its provision to additional sessions, and work with other vulnerable groups.  It is anticipated that a new weekly session will assist between 30-50 people, such as older people, people with mental health issues, people with dementia, individuals with learning difficulties, and others.

www.ccc-wales.org

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; a home visiting services; counselling; one-to-one support work; and four peer support groups in different areas of the city. Over the past year it has supported more than 280 women.

The Foundation has awarded a grant of £10,000 towards Mothers for Mothers at the October 2018 meeting of Trustees.  This funding will support core costs of the charity.  Outcomes expected for the women who the charity supports include faster recovery from PNI, increased confidence and resilience, improved relationships with children/families, and improved care.

www.mothersformothers.co.uk

 

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