Restore

 

Restore is an independent project based in Exeter which was set up four years ago.  It exists to “provide accommodation and support for the recovery, restoration and reintegration of female survivors of human trafficking and modern day slavery.”  It aims to provide each woman with the tools she needs to overcome the effects of exploitation and live a positive, fulfilled and confident life.  Restore provides accommodation in a safe house, and ongoing one-to-one tailored support and help.

The Allen Lane Foundation has awarded Restore £7,500 in February 2017.  The grant aims to contribute towards general costs relating to the support provided to the women.  Outcomes of the work include increased confidence and self-esteem of vulnerable survivors of trafficking; a reduction of harm and risk of re-trafficking; and improved safety through supported and appropriate accommodation.

www.to-restore.org

 

Hometruths

Hometruths operates as a cooperative, and provides direct services to survivors of domestic abuse.  Based in Swindon, it works closely with partner agencies to support people across Wiltshire, aiming to improve individual’s safety and reduce the risk of harm and homicide.  It provides one-to-one support, offers information and advocacy and runs groups including the Freedom programme.

Allen Lane’s recent grant is contributing towards costs of developing the Survivors of Stalking project.  It is for £10,000 over a two-year period.  The anticipation is that over the next year, the project will provide intensive and tailored support to more than 30 women who experience stalking and harassment.  It will also offer a peer support group and an online forum to create a supportive community network.  Outcomes of the work include a reduction of isolation, fear and anxiety for people affected by stalking; improved, structured and coordinated on-going safety; and the overall empowerment of survivors.

www.hometruths.coop

Byker Community Centre

This charity offers a multitude of activities and services for people living in the Byker area of Newcastle.  It works with and directly supports a number of the beneficiary groups which the Foundation funds. It offers a weekly lunch club for older people; runs two LGBT groups, one weekly and one monthly; and runs a weekly group in partnership with another organisation for women as part of their parole conditions, or for women at risk of offending.  In addition, the Centre’s activities help asylum seekers and refugees, Gypsies and Travellers, and people with mental health conditions.

In October 2016, the Foundation agreed a £5,000 grant towards the core costs of running the Centre.  Over the year, the charity aims to develop a fortnightly group working with female sex workers, and increase the current lunchtime provision for older people into a full day’s session.


Hull Lighthouse

Hull Lighthouse’s aims are to offer friendship, advice and the opportunity to change, to women working in prostitution, and other vulnerable women, with an ultimate goal of seeing them leave this lifestyle and healed of their spiritual, emotional and physical hurts.
The charity supports around 100 vulnerable women each year. It is the only holistic outreach service in Hull specifically targeting street-based prostitution and supports 90% of the women on the streets.

The Allen Lane Foundation has awarded a grant of £6,000 towards the core costs of running Hull Lighthouse. The grant has been made in October 2016, and will enable the charity to work towards ongoing sustainability.

www.hulllighthouse.co.uk

Breathing Spaces

This is a not-for-profit organisation in Worthing, Sussex. It works with different groups and projects and uses gardening therapy to bring about positive benefits for participants. It has specialised in working with older people, and people with dementia, and runs regular gardening clubs for different groups in and around Worthing.

In June 2016, the Foundation awarded £7,200 towards Breathing Spaces, to enable it to expand its services and offer four new programmes of work. These include a ‘Friends of the Allotment’ group which will work with residents from a local social housing estate; plus three new weekly gardening sessions working with specific groups (refugees and asylum seekers; people with mental health issues; and women who are victims of domestic abuse). Over the next year or so, the expanded services will benefit more than 30 people – through improving self-esteem and increasing their feelings of belonging and positive connection with others.

www.breathingspaces.co

Invisible Traffick GB

This is a relatively new organisation, based in West Yorkshire, which aims to help victims of human trafficking.  It works in partnership with other organisations to raise awareness of, and provide support to, people who have been trafficked.

The Foundation has made a two-year grant of £5,200 pa at the June 2016 meeting of Trustees.  The grant will contribute towards running costs of the organisation, including costs relating to running a House of Safety for victims.

www.invisibletraffick-gb.org

Citizens Advice Bureau Fylde

This CAB is based in Kirkham in Lancashire and benefits people living in and around the Bor-ough of Fylde. It provides advice and information across a whole range of areas, similar to many other CABs across the UK.

In June 2016, Allen Lane made a grant of £7,075 towards developing new work around support-ing victims of domestic abuse – ‘The Rosemary Project’. The funding will allow for around half the budget of the project, and enable the Bureau to employ a dedicated caseworker, training, and related costs of the additional service. It is envisaged that around 25 people a year will receive complex casework support, and another 75 will benefit from additional help and support around issues with domestic abuse.

www.fyldecab.org.uk

Tees Valley Women’s Centre

This women’s centre is in Southbank, on the outskirts of Middlesbrough.  It is a pioneering grass roots venture providing a one-stop-shop for women in a non threatening safe environment which helps to support the well being of local women and improve their quality of life.  To do this it offers one to one support, advice & guidance, training and education, employment opportunities, a drop in facility to help tackle social exclusion, and referral to outside agencies when necessary.

The Foundation has made a £5,000 grant towards the general running costs of the Centre in February 2016.  It will contribute towards providing assistance to more than 200 women.

www.teesvalleywomenscentre.co.uk


SHE UK

SHE stands for Supporting, Healing and Educating.  The charity works across Nottinghamshire from an office in Mansfield, with weekly face-to-face services also available in Newark, Worksop and Nottingham.  SHE UK provides therapeutic and practical support to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation.  It aims to provide a comprehensive and holistic service to improve people’s emotional, physical, social and psychological health.

The Foundation has awarded three-year funding of £3,000 pa from February 2016.  The grant will contribute towards salaries of paid staff and enable the charity to have a sound base from which it can provide positive outcomes for survivors of abuse.

www.she-uk.org.uk

West Cumbria Domestic Violence Support

The overarching aim of this charity is to break the repeat cycle of domestic abuse in all its forms, and to help make positive changes in people’s well-being.  West Cumbria Domestic Violence Support works across a large rural area, and offers a range of services including the provision of advice, information, guidance as well as one-to-one and group support.

The Foundation has made a two-year grant of £3,000 pa from October 2015 – this is to contribute towards paying expenses for volunteers who help run the various services.

www.freedom-project-west-cumbria.org.uk