Break the Silence provides free and confidential support services to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and rape across East and North Ayrshire. It offers one-to-one support, group work and other therapies which are all geared towards helping people deal with complex issues related to the abuse, and move forward.

The Foundation contributed £7,500 towards the charity’s general running costs in June 2014 to support the work as referrals continue to increase.

No Panic Sheffield supports the recovery of people suffering from anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorders. It runs two regular self-help support groups in Sheffield – one on an evening, the other during the daytime – and there are around 100 members.

The Foundation made a grant of £1,725 in June 2014 towards costs of developing a group particularly for women, and also towards training resources. This will enable additional volunteer facilitators to be trained and supported in running the groups.

This charity offers advocacy services to a range of vulnerable groups of people including people in hospital, people with mental health issues, BME groups, and people who are in prisons. Medway & Swale Advocacy Partnership is based in Kent with offices in Strood and Sittingbourne.

Through the provision of advocacy for/with people in prison, the charity recognised that on release, huge barriers and issues remain for individuals which mean they often return to crime. It applied for funding to the Foundation to extend its services to people as they leave prison, and was awarded £7,722 in June 2014 towards setting this up. The anticipation is that through the two-day-a-week post, the service will provide advocacy support and assistance to around 500 people a year.