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

Hands & Gillingham Volunteer Centre

This Volunteer Centre operates across the Medway area of Kent and works in two ways: as a provider of volunteers for organisations who wish to use volunteers in their work; and also through direct service provision via the Hands scheme.  This scheme offers a variety of services in the local community, using its own volunteers to assist elderly, disabled, isolated or otherwise disadvantaged people.  It enables people to volunteer to help others, do something useful, and put something back into the community, and at the same time offering practical help with gardening or transport for example to others.

The Foundation’s grant of £2,500 pa for a two-year period began in October 2015.  The funding is towards a community friendship and befriending scheme which is benefitting older people and people with mental health problems amongst others.  Friendship groups run on a monthly basis in Twydall and Rainham and aim to reduce isolation and improve the quality of life of those attending.

www.gillinghamvolunteercentre.com

 

Cambridge & District Volunteer Centre

The Volunteer Centre matches both individuals and groups interested in volunteering with appropriate opportunities in the local community, and provides on-going support and training to those placements. Last year it matched more than 450 placements.

Allen Lane made a contribution of £5,000 in October 2015 to the charity.

The funding is specifically towards the Supported Volunteering Project which was established in 2012.

This Project provides one-to-one assistance plus a monthly support group for around 70 people with mental health problems who wish to volunteer. Benefits include improved confidence, increased social activity and marked improvements in people’s mental health.

www.volunteercambridge.org

Plymouth Mental Health Network

This group is a member-led network of around 70 active organisations working to improve mental health services in the area and to ensure that mental health and well-being needs are appropriately addressed. It meets monthly and holds an annual regional conference, and offers a central resource and way to share knowledge, expertise and best practice.

The Network responds to requests from members and new ideas and projects. It applied to Allen Lane for £600 to set up a choir/singing group specifically for people with mental health problems following a surge of interest locally. The grant was made in June 2015 to enable to group to begin. It will offer a meaningful and fun social activity and aims to boost the well-being of participants.

www.plymouthmentalhealthnetwork.com

Solas Moyle

This is a charity in Ballycastle on the north-eastern coast of Northern Ireland. It offers one-to-one support, counselling and group-work with the aim of improving people’s mental health and physical and emotional well-being. The goal is to help people to tackle the root causes of their problems, as well as improving confidence and self-esteem. The charity had been set up as a response to the rising suicide rate in the area.

Since inception, Solas Moyle had been run on a voluntary basis and had arrived at a critical point – to adapt further to meet the need. In June 2015 the Foundation contributed £1,200 towards the costs of a consultant who will assist the charity in identifying what is needed to move forward, to strengthen the organisation, and increase its capacity.