Positive Approach Charity

The aim of Positive Approach Charity is to offer long-term support and care for people with mental health issues from its base in Blandford Forum in Dorset.  It offers one-to-one assistance and a daily support group with various activities and clubs on offer.  More than 70 people each week benefit.  The Charity helps to improve wellbeing and mental health recovery.  It reduces people’s isolation by providing a friendly and accepting setting where people can meet, have a cuppa and a chat, and feel part of a positive community.

The Foundation is contributing £3,000 per annum for two years from October 2016.  The grant will go towards the salaries of workers supporting the group.


Migrants Supporting Migrants

This charity works to help newly arrived migrants living in the Manchester area.  It aims to promote social inclusion amongst migrants by identifying their needs and providing support in education, health and well-being, to ensure greater understanding and acceptance in the community.  It supports around 100 people currently.

A grant of £4,500 was awarded to Migrants Supporting Migrants at the Foundation’s October 2016 meeting.  The funding will support the setting up of a ‘Solidarity and Integration Volunteering Scheme’.  This aims to provide befriending support to new migrants, and increase volunteering opportunities to people who have been living in Greater Manchester for longer.  Volunteers will be matched one-to-one with new migrants who will provide them with support and assistance as they settle in the UK.


Music in Detention

Music in Detention works to help immigration detainees cope with the ordeal of detention in Immigration Removal Centres, and improve their emotional wellbeing. It works regularly in four of the UK’s ten Centres. It also aims to raise awareness of Centres within the local communities, and builds supportive relationships between them and the detainees. The charity runs participatory music workshops aimed at building a new sense of hope to detainees, helping to relieve the psychological pressure they face every day, and make lasting improvements to their wellbeing. Around 2,000 detainees benefit each year.

In October 2016, the Foundation has awarded a grant totalling £10,000, to be split over a three-year period. This will contribute towards a new project delivering workshops in and around Morton Hall – a removal centre run by the Prison Service. Morton Hall is in Lincolnshire and has 392 rooms for adult males. The intention is to run 24 workshops in the centre each year, plus a further six in the local community.

The photograph used is of a painting by a former detainee who had participated in workshops at Haslar Immigration Removal Centre.


EU Welcome

This charity works to support the growing community of migrants in the Southampton area. It offers advice, signposting, and support on a range of issues from benefits and employment issues, homelessness and housing, domestic violence, support for families, and use of local services. It also helps to link people with statutory services such as the police, local authority and the NHS.

In October 2016, the Foundation has awarded a grant of £3,000 as a contribution towards the salaries of three part-time workers. The charity supports in the region of 1,000 people each year.


Centre for Peaceful Solutions

This charity works nationally to develop projects which focus on building and restoring relationships, community and family mediation, restorative justice, resolving conflict and improved communications. It has instigated large-scale and local projects working in various settings, including in schools, healthcare, local communities, and within the criminal justice system using a unique communications framework it has developed called the Dialogue Road Map.

£14,912 has been awarded from the Foundation to the Centre for Peaceful Solutions in October 2016. This grant is towards a scoping project at HMP Dartmoor, which will focus on a baseline study of the prison’s current approach to dialogue, conflict, violence and restorative approaches. A detailed report will assist the Centre for Peaceful Solutions to work with the Prison in applying restorative justice principles across the whole prison community, establishing the pioneering demonstrator project ‘The Restorative Prison’. The ultimate aim is to reduce the re-offending rates of prisoners through the provision of practical communication and life-skills.


Women of Worth

Women of Worth is part of an alliance of women’s centres across Greater Manchester, supporting a Whole System Approach to female offenders.  It offers a safe and supportive environment, run by women for women, to help them become more resilient and independent.  The organisation provides a rolling programme of workshops relevant to women’s needs, which addresses issues around mental health, accommodation, substance misuse, violent relationships, and offending behaviour.

The Foundation has awarded £12,995 in October 2016.  This is towards a specific project which works in partnership with the Police and a number of major stores in Bury, to address female shoplifting.  It is an extension of existing work and aims to divert vulnerable women away from crime, and assist them to address their issues and provide relevant support.

Bipolar Scotland

Previously known as Manic Depression Fellowship Scotland, this charity is based in Paisley and works across Scotland.  It is a user-led membership organisation, and supports a network of 12 self-help groups, which benefit around 300 people throughout the country.  Bipolar Scotland provides information, advice, support and education to people with bipolar disorder, their friends, relatives, carers and professionals.  It also encourages research into the condition, and helps to reduce stigma by improving knowledge and understanding.

Bipolar Scotland was successful in a request for £2,450 to fund a programme of self-management training courses.  These will be run in different areas across Scotland, and aim to teach people how to recognise personal triggers and signs of episodes, and skills to manage these effectively at an early stage, thereby preventing a more serious escalation.  The funding was awarded in October 2016.



Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum

This charity works as an umbrella body for Cambridge and district, and aims to provide quality services for individuals and groups, and to bring about racial harmony between diverse communities, regardless of race, nationality or ethnic group.  It supports a network of member organisations, offering resources, advice and advocacy, and helps establish new projects where it sees a particular need.

In October 2016, Allen Lane awarded £5,000 to fund a specific weekly drop-in for asylum seekers and refugees.  The drop-in will offer a dedicated service, helping people to access legal help, asylum support and accommodation, and also with healthcare, education and social support needs.  A team of volunteers will be supported by a part-time worker to run the drop-in service.



PANDAS Foundation

This charity works nationally to increase and improve the range of support available to women suffering from pre- and post-natal depression.  It has developed a network of peer support groups across the UK, and is continually helping new groups to set up and become established.  PANDAS also offers resources and information, including a useful website, telephone helpline, as well as online support groups and forums.  The charity estimates it supports more than 5,000 women each year, and numbers are increasing.

The Allen Lane Foundation awarded £6,000 in October 2016 towards the charity’s general running costs.


Levenshulme Good Neighbours

Levenshulme Good Neighbours helps isolated older people to lead independent and fulfilling lives as active members of their community.  It works in south Manchester and supports more than 300 people, the majority of whom are aged over 75, and many live alone.  The charity employs a part-time coordinator, who recruits, trains and supports a large number of volunteers who act as befrienders, and help with various services.

In October 2016, the Foundation awarded £6,876 which will increase the hours of the coordinator and associated costs.  This will enable additional volunteers to be recruited and trained, and thereafter more older people to benefit.  With around 60 volunteers already on board, the grant should enable a further 20 to join.