Mind Active

Mind Active is a registered charity based in Bedlington, and works across this part of Northumberland. It aims to support and run social inclusion activities for older, disabled, or highly dependent people, as well as those with mental health difficulties. The charity works in residential care and nursing homes, as well as in the community and offers a range of activities. These include crafts, sing-alongs, reminiscence activities, and entertainment, and allow people to have fun and lift their spirits.

In February 2019, the Foundation offered Mind Active a grant of £6,000 over two years. The funding will go towards a part-time salary and costs of running a programme offering twice-monthly activity days. Outcomes will be that around 25 people will be supported at each of the activity days – they will become less isolated and more involved and engaged within the community, as well as rebuilding their social networks and making meaningful friendships.

www.mindactive.org.uk

Omega care for life

Omega, the National Association for End of Life Care (Omega care for life) is based in Shrewsbury and works across a large part of the West Midlands.  The charity intensively supports around 400 people each year who suffer from social isolation following bereavement, life-limiting illness or caring in later life.

The majority of those helped by Omega are socially isolated, older people in crisis who do not benefit from family or other support, or their situation is complex.  Omega offers one-to-one support, information and advocacy and hosts the Chatterbox Against Loneliness Programme, an enhanced telephone befriending service, and other bereavement and specialist services.

The Foundation offered a £5,000 grant to Omega in February 2019.  The funding will contribute towards core costs of the charity.  Outcomes over the next year for beneficiaries of the work include increased participation in social activities, increased engagement with families, increased access to information, and improved well-being and self-confidence.

www.omega.uk.net

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

 

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

Lawrence Street Pensioners Club

This Club was set up to provide social support to elderly people in the Lawrence Street area of York around 70 years ago.  It meets in a community hall one afternoon each week, where members play bingo, have a chat, tea and cake, plus another day when it provides a three-course meal.  The Club benefits members through reducing their loneliness and isolation, and giving them a regular social activity to be part of.  It has recently secured funding for a part-time development worker to expand the Club’s activities and provision and attract new members.

In October 2018, the Allen Lane Foundation made a grant to the Club of £1,500. This is a general contribution towards running costs including premises costs.  Over the coming year, the Club expects to have an increase in members, as well as some activities on evenings as well as during the daytime.

 

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

Charles Young Centre

The Charles Young Centre in South Shields has been established for 36 years.  It operates as a thriving community hub, whose core activity is the health and welfare of the elderly and disabled.  It runs daily activities, with lunch and activities, and also hires out the venue to other community projects locally.  Around 600 people use the Centre each week.  Benefits include reduced isolation, increased social activity and more community involvement.

The Foundation awarded a £3,500 grant to the Centre in June 2018.  The grant will contribute towards the costs of providing subsidised transport which enables older people to access the Centre’s sessions, as well as outings.  The Centre uses two vehicles including a wheelchair accessible minibus.

www.charlesyoungcentre.org.uk

Age Connects Neath Port Talbot

This charity works to provide community based services for older people in the Neath Port Talbot area of south Wales. Each year on average it supports 8,500 people – helping with the provision of information and advice, and offering various activities, outreach projects and support schemes.  Overall the charity aims to support and enable older people to live independent and fulfilled lives, and to encourage community involvement and participation.

In June 2018, the Foundation awarded a £6,000 grant towards the rental costs of the charity’s ‘One Stop Shop’ centre.  It is envisaged that in the next year, the centre will benefit around 600 older people directly accessing advice and community activities.

www.acnpt.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

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