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.




Beloved is the only organisation offering specialist support to women working in indoors prostitu-tion in Bristol and surrounding areas. It works in collaboration with other charities and statutory bodies in the area to provide a range of advice and support to vulnerable and exploited wom-en. Beloved states its aim is to provide ‘serenity, love, and hope, time to talk, and support to women in various ways through transitional stages of their lives’.Through café meetups and trips out, women can access a wide range of personalised support. As a result, women become less isolated, attain greater confidence and skills and ultimately, the aim is to help them exit from this type of work and to integrate and flourish into society.

At the February 2019 Trustees’ meeting, the Foundation agreed a grant of £8,289 to Beloved. The grant will contribute towards the salary costs of a new full-time post of Operations Lead. The new role will help coordinate and further develop the organisation’s services and capacity to reach and support more women working in indoors prostitution.