A Living Tradition

A Living Tradition is a Community Interest Company (CIC), and has been running for eight years.  The company uses the human rights history of the Northeast of England as an inspiration to encourage the development of the values of solidarity, tolerance and fairness today.  Based in Newcastle and Gateshead, its main focus is on supporting people in the local Roma community.  It has run several events in the local area, has also worked in schools, and has input into issues around hate crime and the experiences of Roma people with policy makers.

At the February 2019 meeting, Trustees awarded a grant of £3,000 to this organisation.  The funding will contribute towards costs of running a weekly drop-in Information Exchange.  Each week anywhere between ten and twenty people attend and benefit from advice and information on a range of issues such as education, housing, health and debt. Advisors from agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau also come to the drop-in to ensure their services are accessible to the Roma community.  Outcomes from the work are that the Roma community will have improved access to local information and services, better integration into society, and a build-up of trust within the local area.



Compas Charity

Compas Charity provides a range of services to the Roma community in and around the Peterborough area. It runs a Saturday school for children, ESOL classes for adults, a newcomers guide on relevant information, helps organise cultural and traditional events, and gives support to individuals. The Charity’s main aim is to promote social justice and offer newcomers to Peterborough equal opportunities to integrate into society.

In October 2018, the Allen Lane Foundation offered a £5,000 contribution towards the salary of a part-time Centre Coordinator. This role will manage the work of the organisation, support volunteers, and will develop a new community hub offering additional services.


English +

English + is a charity working in Norwich which aims to help new communities settle into the local area.  It supports adult refugees, asylum seekers, and other migrant communities, and assists with providing English language classes, informal conversation classes, and an art and craft session, as well as support in any other ways.  This includes help with housing issues, volunteering opportunities, access to services, and signposting to other support agencies.  More than 100 people a week access its services each week, and benefit from better inclusion into the local community and increased opportunities.

In June 2018, English + was offered a grant from the Foundation totalling £4,005.  This will help to contribute towards the part-time coordinator and also help provide bus passes to students to enable them to access classes.


Hanseatic Union

Hanseatic Union is a charity in King’s Lynn in Norfolk.  Its main work is to promote community cohesion and support those who are disadvantaged, particularly the area’s growing migrant population.  The charity runs various ESOL classes at community venues in the town, which benefit around 40 people each year.  It also helps people with an employment scheme, and works in partnership with others to deliver advice and guidance.  It aims to build bridges between communities, and engage migrants and people from the local community to work together.

Allen Lane has offered funding over a two-year period towards the cost of running ESOL classes.  The grant totals £6,083, to be spent on a tutor, room hire, and support costs.  It is envisaged that at least 80 people will benefit through gaining vital English and communication skills.



Migrant Action

Migrant Action is an Advocacy and Rights based organisation. It operates as an independently constituted organisation under the umbrella of the Leeds Christian Community Trust. Migrant Action’s work is mainly with migrants who do not fit into the ‘neat’ categories of migration including those who have fallen through the cracks of the system or are excluded from mainstream society.

It provides information and guidance, advocacy support, and helps new migrants integrate by facilitating access to services. It offers impartial, non-judgemental and non-directive advice and helps individuals explore their options and make informed choices in a safe and trusted space.  Through these packages of support, Migrant Action empowers and helps steer vulnerable migrants away from exploitation, crime and destitution into mainstream society thereby increasing prospects for integration.

In February 2018, Allen Lane offered funding of £1,500 per annum for two  years. This will contribute towards Migrant Action paying the salary of a part-time advocacy worker and related volunteering costs. Overall outcomes for clients supported include; an end to exploitation; increased access to services; improved access to legal advice and advocacy; reduced isolation and increase social participation; and integration and a sense of belonging.


English Language Study Centre

This organisation is based in Liverpool, and supports migrant communities from across Merseyside.  It runs a number of English classes each week, supporting around 300 individuals a year.  The majority of students come to the classes with little or no English, and so many of the classes are aimed at beginners.  The organisation aims to help newly arrived migrants to be able to communicate better in English and therefore increase the chances of them setting well into the local community, accessing employment and other services.  In additional to teaching English, the Centre supports people with practical things such as helping with ICT skills, interview techniques and visiting the GP.

The Centre applied for a grant to extend its current provision, with themed language classes, women-only workshops, and employability and career development workshops.  A contribution to these costs of £3,000 was agreed by Trustees in the October 2017 meeting.


West Wiltshire Multi Faith Forum

The West Wiltshire Multi Faith Forum has three main aims – empowerment, engagement, and education – to allow people of different faiths or no faith to learn about each other and discuss issues which will help to remove perceived misunderstandings and inbuilt prejudices.  It holds a variety of activities and events, provides training, runs groups and gatherings and community projects.

In June 2017, the Allen Lane Foundation awarded funding over a two year period of £2,500 pa to the Forum.  The grant is towards costs of English classes which benefit migrants and refugees in around the Trowbridge area.  The provision of English classes aim to reduce isolation and stigma for individuals, and to improve community cohesion.

Emerging Communities Network

Emerging Communities Network (EMCONET) was set up ten years ago by a group of new migrants in the West Midlands. It now works from a base in Smethwick, and also in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham. EMCONET provides help to people who have come, in the main, from Eastern Europe, and assists around 250 people a year. It provides information, advice and guidance, and offers mentoring, befriending and support services to help people with a variety of challenges as they settle into the local community.

In February 2017, Allen Lane has awarded a grant of £3,000 toward the general running costs of EMCONET. The charity aims over the next year to continue to raise awareness of the positive impact newly arrived migrants bring to the UK, to promote cohesion in the local community, and to advocate for people from Eastern Europe to help them address the issues they face as they arrive.


Migrants Supporting Migrants

This charity works to help newly arrived migrants living in the Manchester area.  It aims to promote social inclusion amongst migrants by identifying their needs and providing support in education, health and well-being, to ensure greater understanding and acceptance in the community.  It supports around 100 people currently.

A grant of £4,500 was awarded to Migrants Supporting Migrants at the Foundation’s October 2016 meeting.  The funding will support the setting up of a ‘Solidarity and Integration Volunteering Scheme’.  This aims to provide befriending support to new migrants, and increase volunteering opportunities to people who have been living in Greater Manchester for longer.  Volunteers will be matched one-to-one with new migrants who will provide them with support and assistance as they settle in the UK.


EU Welcome

This charity works to support the growing community of migrants in the Southampton area. It offers advice, signposting, and support on a range of issues from benefits and employment issues, homelessness and housing, domestic violence, support for families, and use of local services. It also helps to link people with statutory services such as the police, local authority and the NHS.

In October 2016, the Foundation has awarded a grant of £3,000 as a contribution towards the salaries of three part-time workers. The charity supports in the region of 1,000 people each year.