UK Feminista

UK Feminista is a national organisation that was established to support individuals and organisations to take action for gender equality.  It undertakes research, provides resources and training, influences public policy, and conducts campaigns on various issues.  Its current main programmes of work centre around tackling sexism in schools, and ending commercial sexual exploitation.  The application to Allen Lane related to its work focusing on addressing sexual exploitation.

In June 2020, the Allen Lane Foundation agreed a £10,000 grant to UK Feminista.  The funding will enable the organisation to work with, and support, victims/survivors of commercial sexual exploitation to input into public policy, through contributing to consultations and working with policy-makers.  It is vital that survivors of sexual exploitation are able to share their experiences with policy makers and input into the policy-making process. Survivors’ insights into how and why exploitation occurs are crucial to developing policy that works effectively to prevent sexual exploitation in the future.


Rebuild East Midlands

The overall aim of Rebuild East Midlands is “to end the cycle of trafficking and slavery one person at a time”.  The organisation works with individuals who have been victims of trafficking and modern slavery, to provide long-term intensive and targeted casework support.  The work intends to support people to rebuild their lives and is focussed on six key areas: housing and living independently; keeping safe; relationships and community; physical health; emotional and mental health; and education, employment and training.  Rebuild also runs two ‘Connect’ group sessions each week – these provide a stepping stone for individuals to build self-confidence with the aim that they will feel able to access other local community groups or activities.  Groups generally have between four and six attendees, and in the last year 15 individuals received casework support.

Allen Lane has awarded funding which will contribute towards the salaries of two part-time caseworkers.  The grant, made at the February 2020 meeting, was for £5,000.  Outcomes of the work include: increased sense of safety and connection for individuals in their community; individuals being aided to move into supported accommodation; and a significant decrease in the level of support individuals require over the 12 months, or individuals exiting as they no longer require support.


True Butterflies

True Butterflies is based in Falmouth, and helps people affected by domestic abuse across Cornwall. It offers a safe space where self-esteem and self-confidence can be rebuilt and people can share experiences and talk with other survivors. People benefit from counselling, mentoring, one-to-one support, plus ad-hoc court support, legal advice and help with benefits. The organisation runs workshops aiming to empower parents – they are designed to help them understand how best to support their children through recovery of abuse; to encourage mother/daughter bonds and prevent abuse being ‘normalised’; and help to break the cycle of abusive relationships. They have so far been around martial arts therapy, Cosplay, and Rock School workshops for children.

In February 2020, funding of £3,000 was offered to True Butterflies as a contribution towards its general running costs. Outcome of the work for both adults and children affected by domestic abuse include improved confidence, self-esteem and relationship-building skills.

New Leaf Support

New Leaf Support provides practical and emotional support to victims of domestic abuse. It works with women and men, and supports more than 650 people a year from its base in Sittingbourne in Kent.  The charity offers a refuge, though the majority of work is in the community. It runs a MARDA (Multi-Agency Response to Domestic Abuse) service once a week with representatives from charities, the council, police and the courts.  This provides a rounded service for victims of abuse, and offers assistance with housing, legal matters, and a range of support services.

The Foundation provided £4,492 at its October 2019 meeting of Trustees.  The grant is to cover additional hours for administration of the charity.  This will help with the increasing amount of work required as the charity grows.  Overall, in the next year, New Leaf Support aims to help more victims to be adequately and suitably housed, provide additional support, and increase health and wellbeing.


City of Hearts Aberdeen

This charity works with the expertise and support from City Hearts UK, a national organisation that has assisted more than 4,000 victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.  City Hearts Aberdeen works to provide care and support to some of the most vulnerable and exploited women in the north east of Scotland. Key aims are to see the women enter a normal life when they didn’t think it was possible; to start to make dents in the modern slavery industry; and to see people rescued out of very dark situations.  The newly-set up charity expects that around 30 women will benefit in its first year.

At the October 2019 meeting, Allen Lane Foundation Trustees awarded £7,500 towards the salary of a part-time case-worker.  The worker will be provide one-to-one support and mentoring to women both in the community, and those who are accommodated in the charity’s refuge and safe house.

Sophie Hayes Foundation

This charity was established to provide long-term employability support to survivors of human trafficking. It works to prevent the re-trafficking of survivors through providing confidence and employability workshops, one-to-one coaching, work placements and education opportunities enabling long-lasting positive change to rebuild their lives.

The Foundation has offered funding towards expanding the Sophie Hayes Programme in Birmingham. Sophie Hayes partners with local organisations and works closely with referrers, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of participants. Around 80 women are expected to benefit from the work. Outcomes include increased self-confidence and resourcefulness, improved employability, and reduced feelings of loneliness and isolation. £12,000 has been offered in total, split over two years.

Home-Start East Sussex

This charity has been providing support to disadvantaged and vulnerable families for over 20 years from its base in Newhaven. It delivers two main services: a volunteer home visiting services; and a domestic violence service.

In the June 2019 Trustee meeting, the Foundation has offered a grant towards the costs of offering support to women affected by domestic violence. Home-Start East Sussex runs a number of courses in various towns across the area, and is developing the new Lotus programme currently. Outcomes of the work include better understanding of domestic abuse, increased feelings of self-esteem, empowerment and self-confidence, and improved safety. The grant is £3,000 per annum over two years.

Hear Me

This registered charity was established in 2013 as a direct response to a lack of support for people who had been sexually abused.  It is based in Forfar, and covers the largely rural area of Angus on the east of Scotland.  Hear Me states its aims are to ‘provide free and confidential  specialised trauma specific counselling for men, women and children (aged  8+ ) who have experienced (or been affected by) the trauma of sexual  abuse at any time in their lives’.  It works on an outreach basis and is the only specialist support service of its kind across the area.  Support by telephone and counselling outdoors supplements the face-to-face support and last year around 70 people benefitted from support and advocacy.

Hear Me was awarded £6,000 at the February 2019 Trustees’ meeting.  Funding will be put towards volunteer expenses and contribute to the core costs of running the charity.  Outcomes of the work include improved training of volunteers and strengthening the organisation, and improved and quicker access to counselling and support services for beneficiaries.




Beloved is the only organisation offering specialist support to women working in indoors prostitu-tion in Bristol and surrounding areas. It works in collaboration with other charities and statutory bodies in the area to provide a range of advice and support to vulnerable and exploited wom-en. Beloved states its aim is to provide ‘serenity, love, and hope, time to talk, and support to women in various ways through transitional stages of their lives’.Through café meetups and trips out, women can access a wide range of personalised support. As a result, women become less isolated, attain greater confidence and skills and ultimately, the aim is to help them exit from this type of work and to integrate and flourish into society.

At the February 2019 Trustees’ meeting, the Foundation agreed a grant of £8,289 to Beloved. The grant will contribute towards the salary costs of a new full-time post of Operations Lead. The new role will help coordinate and further develop the organisation’s services and capacity to reach and support more women working in indoors prostitution.

Wythenshawe Safespots

This organisation aims to create a stronger and safer community and supports women who have experienced domestic abuse, working with them to rebuild their lives. It helps women to navigate the various services and agencies they might need, supports them in making their own choices, and advocates for them where necessary. It operates in the Wythenshawe area of Manchester, and since it began two years ago it has helped more than 1,200 women. It offers an open drop-in centre five days a week, and helps women with a range of individually tailored and long-term support services.

The Foundation awarded a two-year grant of £3,000 per annum to Wythenshawe Safespots in October 2018. The funding will contribute towards general running costs, as well as the expansion of services. These include additional facilitated workshops and programmes covering areas such as healthy relationships, confidence building, and money management. Outcomes for the beneficiaries of the organisation include improved feelings of safety, increased confidence and self-esteem, and overall improved lives.