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.

Acts Fast

Acts Fast was set up to fill a gap in provision in supporting the non-abusive parents, carers and family members in Dorset, whose child or children have been sexually abused.  In many child sex abuse cases, the perpetrators are themselves a family member, which adds to the feelings of guilt and shame felt by the rest of the family, as well as issues resulting from the abuse and related trauma.

Acts Fast was established in 2014, and works alongside others, locally and nationally to raise awareness of child sexual abuse, and strengthen the support available for the non-abusive family members who are affected.  It supports individuals and families together, to work through their emotions and build resilience around the trauma.  It provides one-to-one counselling, as well as individual support sessions which offer practical and emotional support.  More than 130 families have so far been supported and Acts Fast is seeing an increase in referrals.

In October 2018, the Foundation awarded £5,976 to Acts Fast.  This funding will enable the organisation to increase the number and availability of specialist support sessions, and therefore help more families.  Sessions are offered currently in venues in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorchester.


Operation Emotion

This organisation takes its name from a police investigation into rape and abuse in the south west in the 1990s.  Operation Emotion began as a self-help group and now provides specialist services and support to men who have been sexually abused.  It currently runs a weekly support group and a learning programme called Education Recovery which works on a trauma-led approach.  The organisation also runs awareness-raising campaigns, such as Survivors Stories, which makes films that challenge the negative stereotyping and myths surrounding male sexual abuse.

The Foundation has awarded a £5,000 grant towards running costs of Operation Emotion.  Outcomes of the work include increased opportunities for the men involved to move forward positively with their lives, to have increased confidence and self-esteem, and to feel less isolated.


Inter Madrassah Organisation

This registered charity provides a range of services largely aimed at young people and families in the Blackburn area.  It works with black and minority ethnic families to combat disadvantage and to overcome difficult and different challenges through various projects and services.  Each year it supports many hundreds of people.

The Women 4 Women project aims to engage with women who have mild to moderate mental health issues, and provide them with support, as well as encouraging access to other services. So far 50 women have participated in regular peer group sessions, taking part in activities such as baking, arts and crafts, cooking, aerobics, photography and make-up.  The project began as a pilot in 2016, and has recently been evaluated.  The evaluation found that women found the sessions friendly and supportive, and felt encouraged to share their feelings and experiences.

The Foundation has offered a £12,000 grant which will contribute towards the extension of the Women 4 Women project.  It is anticipated, by demonstrating the effectiveness of the project in providing mental health support through a community organisation that this could lead onto the model being replicated wider.

Beyond the Streets

Beyond the Streets is a national charity, working from a base in Southampton.  Its focus is to support women who are involved in prostitution across the UK, either directly, or via the national network of local projects which it coordinates.  The charity’s overall vision is “to see a world where people are free from sexual exploitation, and where those involved in prostitution have the option to pursue genuine alternatives, free from constraints such as drug use, abusive relationships and poverty”.  Over the past year or so, numbers of people supported have doubled, and with a recently increased capacity plus additional services being offered, numbers are expected to continue to rise.

The Foundation is contributing a two-year grant of £5,000 per annum towards the general running costs of Beyond the Streets.  Anticipated outcomes are that more women will exit prostitution through contact with service, and that better services will be available for women through the charity delivering training to professionals and others in the statutory sector.  The grant was agreed at the October 2017 Trustees’ meeting.