Mind Active

Mind Active is a registered charity based in Bedlington, and works across this part of Northumberland. It aims to support and run social inclusion activities for older, disabled, or highly dependent people, as well as those with mental health difficulties. The charity works in residential care and nursing homes, as well as in the community and offers a range of activities. These include crafts, sing-alongs, reminiscence activities, and entertainment, and allow people to have fun and lift their spirits.

In February 2019, the Foundation offered Mind Active a grant of £6,000 over two years. The funding will go towards a part-time salary and costs of running a programme offering twice-monthly activity days. Outcomes will be that around 25 people will be supported at each of the activity days – they will become less isolated and more involved and engaged within the community, as well as rebuilding their social networks and making meaningful friendships.

www.mindactive.org.uk

Omega care for life

Omega, the National Association for End of Life Care (Omega care for life) is based in Shrewsbury and works across a large part of the West Midlands.  The charity intensively supports around 400 people each year who suffer from social isolation following bereavement, life-limiting illness or caring in later life.

The majority of those helped by Omega are socially isolated, older people in crisis who do not benefit from family or other support, or their situation is complex.  Omega offers one-to-one support, information and advocacy and hosts the Chatterbox Against Loneliness Programme, an enhanced telephone befriending service, and other bereavement and specialist services.

The Foundation offered a £5,000 grant to Omega in February 2019.  The funding will contribute towards core costs of the charity.  Outcomes over the next year for beneficiaries of the work include increased participation in social activities, increased engagement with families, increased access to information, and improved well-being and self-confidence.

www.omega.uk.net

Prison Fellowship Northern Ireland

This charity operates across all three of the prisons in Northern Ireland, through a range of services.  It operates a visiting regime, offering practical, mental health and emotional support to prisoners, and runs the Sycamore Tree restorative justice programme involving both prisoners and victims.  It also works with families of prisoners in the community, supporting them whilst the offender is in court, with transport to prisons, and help with donations of food and furniture to try to alleviate poverty.  It also helps prisoners on leaving prison at its centre in Belfast.

The Foundation has awarded Prison Fellowship a £5,000 grant at its February 2019 meeting.  The grant is for the charity’s work with women prisoners held at Hydebank Wood prison.  Anticipated outcomes of the work are that vulnerable women offenders will report feeling better supported, women on leaving prison will better re-integrate into family and community life, women will report improvements in self-esteem and mental health. Overall the aim is that fewer women will reoffend.

www.pfni.org

 

Kintyre Link Club

Kintyre Link Club operates as a mental health drop-in five days a week from a community centre in Campbeltown on the Kintyre Peninsula. It has been running for 20 years, and offers a range of activities and groups. The Club helps to lessen people’s isolation, promote welfare and feelings of wellbeing, and improve people’s self-esteem. It offers a supportive and safe environment and there are currently 36 members.

The Foundation made a two-year grant of £3,000 per annum at its February 2019 meeting of Trustees. The funding will contribute to general running costs of the Club, and enable it to continue and grow.

www.kintyrelinkclub.com

The Night Shelter

The Night Shelter is based in Coventry, and provides emergency overnight shelter, food and other basic necessities for asylum seekers and other migrants with no recourse to public funds.  It also provides practical and emotional support, to help people tackle their problems and move forward in their lives.  Around 75 individuals benefit each year.  They are supported by a large team of active volunteers, many of whom have direct experience themselves of the asylum system, destitution and detention.

At the February 2019 meeting of Trustees, the Foundation agreed a three-year grant to The Night Shelter. The grant is £3,000 per annum towards the charity’s general running costs. Outcomes for the work are increased safety and the relief of hardship for people who are otherwise destitute, and increased opportunities to access relevant advice and re-engage or further engage with the asylum system.

www.coventrynightshelter.my-free.website

 

Millrace Furniture Restoration

This organisation is based within a furniture workshop and office in Chelmsford, Essex and has been running for more than 25 years.  It offers services including the repair and restoration of antique and modern furniture and upholstery, and runs classes and training in these skills.  Millrace also provides a safe, supportive work environment for people who are recovering from severe and enduring mental health problems.  Ten people at any one time can benefit from learning new skills, gain accreditation and qualifications, and have meaningful work experience.

A £3,000 grant was awarded to Millrace Furniture Restoration to contribute towards its general running costs.  The grant was made at the February 2019 meeting of Trustees.  Outcomes from the work will include improved mental health and social well-being, improved feelings of dignity and personal independence, reduced social isolation, as well as opportunities to gain qualifications.

www.millracefurniture.co.uk

 

Amma Birth Companions

Amma Birth Companions is a relatively new constituted voluntary group based in Glasgow.  It was established to support asylum seeker and refugee women through pregnancy, birth, and becoming new mothers.  The group will offer focused one-to-one supported, complemented by an open-ended social, user-led peer support group.  Referrals will come from partner organisations including refugee projects, health bodies, the Red Cross and others.

The Foundation has awarded a grant of £6,438 to Amma Birth Companions at its Trustee meeting in February 2019.  The grant will fund the expenses and costs related to providing pre-natal and at-birth support to 25 women over the coming year, plus supervision and learning for ten birth companion volunteers.  Outcomes of Amma Birth Companions support for the women are that they will have reduced fear and anxiety, increased confidence and reduced isolation.

www.ammabirthcompanions.org

 

A Living Tradition

A Living Tradition is a Community Interest Company (CIC), and has been running for eight years.  The company uses the human rights history of the Northeast of England as an inspiration to encourage the development of the values of solidarity, tolerance and fairness today.  Based in Newcastle and Gateshead, its main focus is on supporting people in the local Roma community.  It has run several events in the local area, has also worked in schools, and has input into issues around hate crime and the experiences of Roma people with policy makers.

At the February 2019 meeting, Trustees awarded a grant of £3,000 to this organisation.  The funding will contribute towards costs of running a weekly drop-in Information Exchange.  Each week anywhere between ten and twenty people attend and benefit from advice and information on a range of issues such as education, housing, health and debt. Advisors from agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau also come to the drop-in to ensure their services are accessible to the Roma community.  Outcomes from the work are that the Roma community will have improved access to local information and services, better integration into society, and a build-up of trust within the local area.

www.alivingtradition.org