This Centre caters for around 100 members and is open four days each week.  It offers a welcoming, friendly and engaging facility for older people living in and around the town of Annan in Dumfries and Galloway.

Allen Lane made a grant of £2,000 in October 2015 which will support the Centre’s training programme for Trustees, staff and volunteers.  This will cover ten in-house training sessions to increase the skills and capacity of those attending.

This is a volunteer-led group for older people living in Omagh.  It meets once a week at the British Legion Centre and around 40 people benefit.  The group aims to encourage older people to play an active role in the local community by boosting self-esteem and confidence, and creating opportunities to meet people they normally wouldn’t be able to.  It also aims to lessen people’s isolation.  At the Club, they can take part in a variety of different activities and have access to useful information and advice sessions.

In October 2015, the Foundation made a contribution of £2,000 towards the Club’s general running costs.

This organisation has been running since 2014, and in October 2015 received funding of £8,610 over a two-year period from the Foundation. Dignity in Dementia aims to provide innovative approaches and support for people with dementia and their carers and runs a carers’ programme, group sessions and training. It aims to improve the health and well-being of people with dementia, reduce hospital admissions, and reduce stigma around the condition. It works across Cumbria.

Funding will contribute towards staffing and travel costs to enable the organisation to give in-depth support to 14 families requiring additional help. It aims to create greater understanding of the needs of the individual and the carers, and provide strategies to promote better well-being for both.

This registered charity works to enhance the quality of life of residents of the Glencolin estate in West Belfast. It provides a wide range of services and activities to the whole community including a drop-in, welfare advice and family support service, training courses, community events and various programmes.

The Foundation made a grant of £1,500 in June 2015 towards costs of a specific programme working with older people in the area. The aim is to benefit around 40 older people, and provide activities such as IT courses, armchair aerobics classes, painting classes and a baking club.

This national charity focuses exclusively on issues relating to the abuse of older people and provides support to more than 15,000 elderly victims a year.

In its February 2015 meeting of Trustees, the Foundation awarded a grant of £7,902 towards the salary of a helpline operator. The helpline offers compassion, emotional support, a friendly ear and practical advice and solutions to help empower the older person and keep them safe.

In October 2014, the Foundation contributed £4,000 towards the part-time coordinator at the Friendship Club. The Club organises daily activities for older people at St Albans Community Centre in Smethwick. These activities include bingo sessions, painting, quizzes and gentle exercise, and aim to provide entertainment, enjoyment and fun for people who are otherwise isolated and lonely.

The Foundation offered £2,708 towards costs of Tea and Chat sessions in February 2014. These fortnightly social activities aim to reduce the loneliness and isolation of older people living in the Eastcott area of Swindon, and enable them to meet/make friends.

The grant has covered general costs of the sessions including some special events as well as refreshments, venue and travel costs. It has enabled the community, particularly older people, to get together on a regular basis and participate in activities.