Bipolar Scotland

Previously known as Manic Depression Fellowship Scotland, this charity is based in Paisley and works across Scotland.  It is a user-led membership organisation, and supports a network of 12 self-help groups, which benefit around 300 people throughout the country.  Bipolar Scotland provides information, advice, support and education to people with bipolar disorder, their friends, relatives, carers and professionals.  It also encourages research into the condition, and helps to reduce stigma by improving knowledge and understanding.

Bipolar Scotland was successful in a request for £2,450 to fund a programme of self-management training courses.  These will be run in different areas across Scotland, and aim to teach people how to recognise personal triggers and signs of episodes, and skills to manage these effectively at an early stage, thereby preventing a more serious escalation.  The funding was awarded in October 2016.

www.bipolarscotland.org.uk

 

PANDAS Foundation

This charity works nationally to increase and improve the range of support available to women suffering from pre- and post-natal depression.  It has developed a network of peer support groups across the UK, and is continually helping new groups to set up and become established.  PANDAS also offers resources and information, including a useful website, telephone helpline, as well as online support groups and forums.  The charity estimates it supports more than 5,000 women each year, and numbers are increasing.

The Allen Lane Foundation awarded £6,000 in October 2016 towards the charity’s general running costs.

www.pandasfoundation.org.uk

Byker Community Centre

This charity offers a multitude of activities and services for people living in the Byker area of Newcastle.  It works with and directly supports a number of the beneficiary groups which the Foundation funds. It offers a weekly lunch club for older people; runs two LGBT groups, one weekly and one monthly; and runs a weekly group in partnership with another organisation for women as part of their parole conditions, or for women at risk of offending.  In addition, the Centre’s activities help asylum seekers and refugees, Gypsies and Travellers, and people with mental health conditions.

In October 2016, the Foundation agreed a £5,000 grant towards the core costs of running the Centre.  Over the year, the charity aims to develop a fortnightly group working with female sex workers, and increase the current lunchtime provision for older people into a full day’s session.


About Time

About Time is a volunteer-led organisation, based at a church venue in Plymouth.  It supports asylum seekers and refugees and runs an open drop-in twice a week.  The sessions provide a safe friendly meeting place and opportunities for people to learn and practice English.  About Time runs a time-bank which is open to the local community, where anyone can get involved, share their skills and knowledge, experience and goodwill.

The Foundation has contributed £3,032 to About Time in October 2016.  This will fund the costs of providing English classes at one of the drop-ins each week, and enable around 50 people over the year to benefit.

Breathing Spaces

This is a not-for-profit organisation in Worthing, Sussex. It works with different groups and projects and uses gardening therapy to bring about positive benefits for participants. It has specialised in working with older people, and people with dementia, and runs regular gardening clubs for different groups in and around Worthing.

In June 2016, the Foundation awarded £7,200 towards Breathing Spaces, to enable it to expand its services and offer four new programmes of work. These include a ‘Friends of the Allotment’ group which will work with residents from a local social housing estate; plus three new weekly gardening sessions working with specific groups (refugees and asylum seekers; people with mental health issues; and women who are victims of domestic abuse). Over the next year or so, the expanded services will benefit more than 30 people – through improving self-esteem and increasing their feelings of belonging and positive connection with others.

www.breathingspaces.co

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 a new/pilot project entitled Music for the Mind. This scheme is specifically aimed at engaging with adults with mental health conditions, with referrals coming from the acute mental health wards and early intervention teams. The group will meet weekly and progress towards new creative projects (perhaps writing songs, making a radio show or a film, or running a talent quest for example), whilst the members will also be supported to working towards their own identified goals. The project will be formally evaluated with the longer-term aim of rolling it out in other areas.

www.music24.org.uk

Tees Valley Women’s Centre

This women’s centre is in Southbank, on the outskirts of Middlesbrough.  It is a pioneering grass roots venture providing a one-stop-shop for women in a non threatening safe environment which helps to support the well being of local women and improve their quality of life.  To do this it offers one to one support, advice & guidance, training and education, employment opportunities, a drop in facility to help tackle social exclusion, and referral to outside agencies when necessary.

The Foundation has made a £5,000 grant towards the general running costs of the Centre in February 2016.  It will contribute towards providing assistance to more than 200 women.

www.teesvalleywomenscentre.co.uk


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 a contribution towards general running costs.  The club provides opportunities for people to engage in activities that are proven to support positive mental health and well-being and offer valuable peer support to each other.  These include walking football, a creative and upcycling course, as well as arts and crafts.

Beeston Women’s Group

This self-help group is for women with varying levels of mental health issues to come together with others that understand.  It aims to reduce feelings of isolation, give members something positive to look forward to, and provide a confidential setting to enable them to relax and be themselves.  The Group focuses on aiding recovery and improving the mental health and general well-being of attendees.

In February 2016, the Foundation awarded £2,000, split over two year to contribute towards the Group’s general running costs.  The Group works on the outskirts of Nottingham and has 10-15 women attending each week.

 

Community Action Machynlleth & District

This charity, known as CAMAD was established to mobilise volunteers to provide help and support, largely to older and less able people. It works around the Machynlleth area of Powys, and helps more than 80 people each week.  Amongst its services, CAMAD runs a community car scheme, a lunch club, a meals on wheels project, and a one-to-one assistance scheme helping with dog-walking, or with shopping for example.

In October 2015, Allen Lane made a two-year grant totalling £7,000 towards CAMAD’s general running costs.  The funding will contribute towards outcomes for people including reduced isolation, improved well-being, and increased volunteering opportunities.

www.camad.org.uk