Wye Community Farm

Wye Community Farm is owned and run by its members and is set up as a Community Land Trust.  It’s main aim is in demonstrating important new ways for the public to reconnect with where their food comes from and how the countryside is managed.  The Farm manages livestock, farmland and woodlands around the village of Wye, near Ashford in Kent.  Volunteers and visitors come to the Farm to help with the work, learn about farming and rural crafts, and take part in various groups and activities.

The Allen Lane Foundation has offered a £4,000 grant towards the Farm’s Wagons Roll project.  The project will involve around 20 people carrying out their community payback services in partnership with Kent Probation, at the local Brook Agricultural Museum.  Working alongside skilled craftspeople, the attendees will help to restore a bullock cart at the Museum, learning skills such as carpentry, leather work, iron craft and sign-writing.  Acquiring such skills will help attendees improve their employment prospects, and they will also benefit from being part of a team, working with others, seeing their efforts and hard work being valued; and ultimately help to reduce the likelihood of them re-offending.

www.wyecommunityfarm.org.uk

Borrowbrook Home Link

This charity works to combat isolation and social exclusion amongst older people living in and around the villages of Ockbrook and Borrowash between Derby and Nottingham.  It organises regular lunch clubs, chair-based exercise and basic computer skills classes, as well as home visits by volunteer befrienders and a bereavement service.  An advice centre is open each day, and more than 250 people are supported each year.

The Foundation offered a contribution of £10,000, split equally over a two-year period starting from February 2016.  This funding is towards the salary of a Project Personal Assistant post.  This role provides the administration of the charity, organises the lunch club and outings, as well as providing advice and listening ear as people drop by for help.

www.borrowbrook.co.uk

Beeston Women’s Group

This self-help group is for women with varying levels of mental health issues to come together with others that understand.  It aims to reduce feelings of isolation, give members something positive to look forward to, and provide a confidential setting to enable them to relax and be themselves.  The Group focuses on aiding recovery and improving the mental health and general well-being of attendees.

In February 2016, the Foundation awarded £2,000, split over two year to contribute towards the Group’s general running costs.  The Group works on the outskirts of Nottingham and has 10-15 women attending each week.