Mental Health Advocacy

This charity is based in Hull and is a user-led service with a focus on people with mental health issues.  Overall aims are to provide support, information and assistance, through the provision of a high quality independent advocacy service.  Outcomes of the work are that beneficiaries will become more empowered, with the tools to self-advocate in future, and that they will have increased confidence and reduced isolation.

In June 2017, the Allen Lane Foundation made a grant totalling £3,412 to Mental Health Advocacy.  The funding is towards core costs of the charity – and will specifically fund the office rent, utility bills and cover insurance.

Solva Care

Solva Care is a community interest organisation in the village of Solva, in Pembrokeshire.  It was established specifically to address the needs of the older people in the area following a detailed community survey which found a significant lack of person centred help and support. Solva Care ran a two-year pilot which included training volunteers, setting up a community transport project, providing a respite and befriending scheme, and starting new activities and social events.

The Allen Lane Foundation has agreed to contribute a total of £14,679 to the organisation over a two-year period.  This will fund a part-time co-ordinator and related project costs, to take the work forward and develop the ‘whole community’ model further.

La Dolce Vita Project

La Dolce Vita means ‘The Good Life’ – and is a charity based in Derry, Northern Ireland. It’s main aim is to empower, improve, support and make a lasting difference to the lives of people impacted by domestic and sexual abuse/violence, and works with both women and men. It offers a range of services including telephone/online support, advice and guidance, counselling, a listening ear/befriending service, home visits and safety planning, court support, as well as raising awareness of domestic abuse in the local community.

In June 2017, La Dolce Vita received funding of £5,000 towards its running costs. This will cover volunteer expenses, some office costs and a contribution towards insurance. Over the next year it is anticipated that around 140-150 people will benefit.

The Mediation Service

The Mediation Service is a registered charity which helps with mediating neighbour disputes, and operates across East Kent.  Much of its work is in partnership with prisons, police, schools, probation and local authorities in housing and environmental health.  It works with individuals and also provides training.

The Foundation offered a single grant of £4,871 in June 2017 towards the charity.  This is specifically towards the provision of victim – offender mediation services which will take place at the prison cluster on the Isle of Sheppey.  This includes HMP Swaleside, Elmley and HMP/YOI Standford Hill. The grant will contribute towards a regular mediation service, including training and related expenses.  It is anticipated that over the year, around 20 cases will be supported, plus ten family conferences.

West Wiltshire Multi Faith Forum

The West Wiltshire Multi Faith Forum has three main aims – empowerment, engagement, and education – to allow people of different faiths or no faith to learn about each other and discuss issues which will help to remove perceived misunderstandings and inbuilt prejudices.  It holds a variety of activities and events, provides training, runs groups and gatherings and community projects.

In June 2017, the Allen Lane Foundation awarded funding over a two year period of £2,500 pa to the Forum.  The grant is towards costs of English classes which benefit migrants and refugees in around the Trowbridge area.  The provision of English classes aim to reduce isolation and stigma for individuals, and to improve community cohesion.