This charity is the national umbrella agency for organisations working with males affected by unwanted sexual experiences.  It has been running for over ten years and has extensive professional experience in the area of sexual abuse and survivor support.  The Partnership is made up of more than 50 member charities and groups that provide support such as therapy, prevention, post-therapy support, and advocacy.  It represents the collective voice for survivor-based organisations, producing research and lobbying the government to improve services for male survivors.

The Allen Lane Foundation awarded a grant of £7,500 to the Partnership in October 2023.  The funding will contribute towards the overall organisation’s running costs.  Anticipated outcomes for the Partnership over the year include more research; further development of the Male Quality Standards; growth of the membership; and work to develop the National Male Survivor Strategy alongside key partners.

www.malesurvivor.co.uk

 

 

Honour Thy Woman was set up by a survivor of domestic abuse who wanted to help other women. The Group is based in Gloucester and works across the county of Gloucestershire.  It supports women and those who identify as women, and also specialises in helping women from asylum seeking communities referred by partner agencies.  The organisation helps to empower women who have been affected by domestic abuse, and helps raise their confidence and self-esteem.  It offers wellbeing activities, peer support groups, advice and guidance and helps reduce isolation as well as giving a new positive focus to the women’s lives. It also acts as an advocate with agencies such as the police, GPs and specialist services.

Funding from the Allen Lane Foundation was requested towards extending the Group’s support more fully into the rural area of the Forest of Dean.  A grant of £5,000 was awarded in the October 2023 meeting.  Funding will contribute to establishing a range of activities and events in the Forest of Dean to raise awareness of the Group and what it can offer. It will support a base to work from in Coleford, and help run outreach activities across the Forest working to engage and support women survivors.  It is anticipated that around 50 women affected by domestic abuse in the area will be reached and assisted.

www.honourthywomangroup.org

 

Beloved was founded ten years ago to provide support for women working in the indoor sex industry who experience disadvantage and generally do not access mainstream services. It works across Bristol and works closely with other charities and agencies to coordinate support. The charity offers casework support and assists the women with a broad range of complex and interconnecting issues. Beloved provides an emotional and practical response to the needs of the women and helps them to move forward into happier, healthier and more positive lives.

At the February 2023 meeting, Allen Lane Trustees agreed a grant of £10,000 split equally over a two-year period to Beloved. The grant will support general running costs. Anticipated outcomes over the period include that the women supported will have reduced isolation and loneliness, improved access to learning and education and better access to alternative employment, volunteering and vocational training.

www.beloved.org.uk

This organisation works to promote and strengthen the voices of survivors of childhood sexual exploitation and abuse (CSE/A), dismantle stereotypes and stigma, and challenge the oppressive structures that allow abuse to thrive. It does this through delivering survivor-led training and consultancy to practitioners and organisations and engaging in activism. REIGN is based in Manchester but works UK wide. It provides skills development, employment, and peer support for survivors of CSE/A and focuses on collective self-empowerment. Eight members are trained to deliver training workshops and consultancy informed by their own lived experiences.

The Allen Lane Foundation agreed a grant of £4,500 to The REIGN Collective in October 2022. The grant will support salary costs at the organisation to allow for additional paid hours. Over the period, the anticipated outcomes include: improved service provision for victims of CSE/A; empowerment and increased self-confidence and skills development for survivors; and increased reach through more workshops and projects.

www.reigncollective.org.uk

Alumah is a community-led organisation that helps support people affected by domestic abuse. It works across Suffolk from its base in the market town of Brandon. The organisation’s vision is to educate and raise awareness of abuse; to provide support and space for people to talk; and to empower and enable people affected by abuse to be able to break free and live better lives. The team at Alumah are people with lived experience of abuse, and are trained as Suffolk Domestic Abuse Champions. More than 210 people benefit from support each year.

At the trustee meeting in June 2002, the Foundation’s trustees are supporting Alumah through a grant of £6,000. The funding will help contribute towards running costs of the service. This includes online and face-to-face work, one-to-one support as well as groups and running the Freedom Programme. Benefits for people supported include they will be able to move forward in their lives with more understanding and more confidence and that they feel they have worth and are valuable.

www.alumah.co.uk

The Survivor Lighthouse was set up to respond to local community need around domestic abuse and violence. It is based within St Mark’s Community Church in Smethwick in the West Midlands and has been running since 2019.  The organisation is open two days a week for people to attend drop-in sessions, or find support or useful resources.  It runs weekly daytime and evening Freedom Programme courses and also offers a weekly social get-together.  Around 30 survivor families are supported each week and referrals continue to increase.  The organisation is run completely by volunteers.

At the June 2022 meeting of Trustees, a grant of £2,500 was agreed. The funding is a contribution to the general running costs of The Survivor Lighthouse.  Outcomes of the work include improved wellbeing, reduced isolation and increased safety for the families the organisation helps to support.

www.survivorlighthouse.com

The Maggie Oliver Foundation works to support adults who had been victims of child sexual abuse. Named after its founder, a former detective who exposed the Rochdale grooming scandal after she resigned from the police force over ten years ago, the Foundation is based in Manchester but has a national reach. It provides support in a range of services including a listening ear phoneline, advocacy for survivors through any legal process they wish to take, and through trauma-focussed group therapy. One-to-one support is provided throughout the engagement and the charity works with survivors of child sexual abuse across the UK. It also works to advocate for better services and improved support structures to be available to survivors of child sexual abuse.

The Allen Lane Foundation agreed a grant totalling £7,800 at the October 2021 Trustee meeting. This funding is to fund core costs including phoneline costs, website and IT support including for the charity’s database and systems that enable it to work more effectively. Overall, the outcomes of the Foundation’s work are that more survivors are heard, supported and guided on their recovery journey; that there are positive changes in policy and practice by statutory authorities to improve support to survivors; and that there is increased accountability for those with responsibility for survivors of child sexual abuse.

www.themaggieoliverfoundation.com

Beauty for Ashes was set up in 2020 in response to the number of migrant women fleeing domestic abuse who were then turned away from refuges due to their immigration status.  The charity is based in Manchester and is a BME-led, run by, and for, migrant women, and provides specialised services.  It aims to enable women with No Recourse to Public Funds to have support and to offer temporary accommodation that allows them to escape domestic violence situations.  It works with other local organisations to facilitate holistic support for the women, to enable them to feel, and be, safe.

At the June 2021 meeting, Allen Lane Trustees agreed a grant of £6,000 split equally over a two-year period.  The grant will contribute towards general running costs of the charity.  Beauty for Ashes is working towards setting up the refuge, developing projects and running a befriending training course.  It is anticipated that the refuge will support around 50 women and children in the first year.  As well as providing crisis support with accommodation and improved mental health and wellbeing, the charity will work to regularise the women’s immigration status through referral to expert immigration advice.

www.beautyforashesrefuges.org

This charity was established to support women who are isolated or at risk in and around the Bournemouth area.  The majority of the women it helps have been affected by trauma and suffer multiple disadvantages often encountering homelessness as part of their journey.

Safe and Sound Dorset offers a trusted and secure support system, including a safe place to come for help.  It also runs therapeutic creative sessions, wellbeing projects, access to practical help such as food vouchers, laundry facilities and a shower. Its main focus is on providing holistic, confidential one-to-one support, helping women access services and opportunities to benefit their health and encourage positive lifestyles.

Safe and Sound has received a grant totalling £7,488 in the spring of 2021.  The grant will fund an administrator to assist with the general running of the charity, including helping coordinate weekly outreach services, helping to organise volunteers to collect and deliver food boxes and care packages for isolated and at risk women, and support the manager with administrative duties. Overall, the charity aims that as a result of its support, service users are enabled to make better decisions and lifestyle changes – that they are engaged in less risky lifestyles and that they will have improved wellbeing.

www.safeandsounddorset.org

 

 

Clean Slate works across Oxfordshire to provide support for victims of sexual, physical, mental and emotional abuse. It offers long-term counselling, one-to-one emotional support, a helpline, weekly support groups, and regular Freedom programmes. The charity helps both female and male victims of abuse through separate provisions. Around 335 people benefitted from its support last year, with numbers increasing year-on-year.

The Allen Lane Foundation granted funding of £9,000 over a two-year period (£4,500 per annum) towards Clean Slate. This grant will help with general running costs of the charity’s work. Expected outcomes include that victims of abuse are able to access support safely without fear of judgement; they will be better empowered to deal with their situations; and they will feel better supported and have improved wellbeing and a rise in self-esteem.

www.cleanslate.org.uk