Newry Rainbow Community exists to benefit the LGBTQ community in and around Newry in Northern Ireland. It offers a drop-in centre and a variety of services and other activities. The charity aims to provide friendship and support, and aims to lessen the isolation and stigma felt by people in the LGBTQ community.

The Foundation’s grant went towards the rent of its drop-in centre. This was awarded for a two-year period from October 2014, and since then it has moved to more prominent premises in the centre of the town which also have extra space and facilities. Whilst moving, normal services and activities continued to run, and have since been expanded. The charity supported the annual Pride festival and parade in 2015 which has been the biggest yet, and feels that overall “things have really changed for the better in the lives of the local LGBTQ community in Newry compared to even a few years ago”. 

A member-led charity, Crossings works across Newcastle.  It was set up in 2011 by a group of people involved in and/or working with asylum seekers and refugees, to provide opportunities and access to singing, learning and performing music.  Crossings operates as a community of people united by music, and offers a variety of weekly music-based activities.  These include a women and children’s choir, structured music lessons, band practice and a visual arts and crafts group.  It also runs workshops and a training programme in schools and in the local community which raise awareness and understanding about the lives of refugees and asylum seekers.

Funding from the Foundation in October 2014 went towards encouraging participation.  Specifically, a grant of £4,000 is contributing towards travel costs of members over a two-year period, to enable them to attend sessions.  It also covers some general costs including volunteer checks, refreshments etc.

In October 2014 the Foundation awarded £2,500 over two years towards the general running costs of Kushti Bok. This charity works across Dorset to provide support and assistance to Gypsies and Travellers. It helps individuals with accessing services and education, tackling racism and overcoming prejudice, and promoting inclusion in the community.

In October 2014, the Foundation contributed £4,000 towards the part-time coordinator at the Friendship Club. The Club organises daily activities for older people at St Albans Community Centre in Smethwick. These activities include bingo sessions, painting, quizzes and gentle exercise, and aim to provide entertainment, enjoyment and fun for people who are otherwise isolated and lonely.

This charity supports female survivors of any form of sexual violence – rape, assault or child sexual abuse – whether historical, recent or current. It offers befriending, counselling face-to-face or on the phone, telephone support, support when going to the police/court/health appointments/form filling, regular self-help/support group meetings, support to non-abusing friends and family of the survivor, talks, training and support to other organisations.

The Foundation made a £5,000 pa grant for two years from October 2014 towards costs of the Independent Sexual Violence Advice (ISVA) service. The ISVA service offers trained support workers who work with multi-agency partnerships to help victims find the advice, advocacy and assistance they need from different agencies. It is a free, independent and open-ended service aiming to help women move from being victims of abuse, to survivors.