Home-Start East Sussex

This charity has been providing support to disadvantaged and vulnerable families for over 20 years from its base in Newhaven. It delivers two main services: a volunteer home visiting services; and a domestic violence service.

In the June 2019 Trustee meeting, the Foundation has offered a grant towards the costs of offering support to women affected by domestic violence. Home-Start East Sussex runs a number of courses in various towns across the area, and is developing the new Lotus programme currently. Outcomes of the work include better understanding of domestic abuse, increased feelings of self-esteem, empowerment and self-confidence, and improved safety. The grant is £3,000 per annum over two years.


Priors Park Neighbourhood Project

This charity runs as a community hub on the Priors Park estate in Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire. It runs a number of regular activities and groups including a job club, careers advice, art groups, ESOL and IT classes, a café, advice sessions, a library facility and also offers room space and venues for other local groups and parties etc.

At the June 2019 meeting, the Allen Lane Foundation agreed a grant of £6,000 over a two-year period to the Project. This will contribute to the salary of the Project Manager. This role is vital in running the community hub, and bringing together a range of marginalised community groups under one roof. Outcomes of the work include reduced isolation; increased employment and volunteering opportunities; better community cohesion; and improved lives for people in the local area.


Canterbury Care Centre

The Centre is run by the South West Surrey Association for Mental Health and is based in Guildford. It was founded in 1981. It is open three days a week and providing a safe space where everyone is welcomed as a person – not a diagnosis. It offers a timetable of activities including occupational therapy, art therapy, crafts, and social activities such as bingo, poetry and discussion groups, plus trips and outings. More than 70 people benefit each year.

The Foundation has made a grant of £3,000 which will fund the Centre’s weekly art therapy class. Around 20 people take part and benefit from improved wellbeing, increased confidence, and increased social inclusion.


Our Way Our Say

This charity works in the largely deprived area of Southward in Weston Super Mare. It was set up in response to the closure of youth clubs in and around the area and the resultant effect that this had on local families as well as the whole community. It established activities for younger children on three days of the week, and set up intergenerational projects to benefit young people alongside older people living both in the community and in care homes.

The Allen Lane Foundation agreed a grant of £8,125 to Our Way Our Say in June 2019. The funding is to run the ‘Finding the Real You’ project – this is an extension of a pilot project for women in the area. It is hoped that up-to 40 women will benefit over the year. Beneficiaries are likely to include women from the Travelling community, women who are victims of domestic violence, and women with other issues such as poor mental health or who are living in poverty. The project will offer a weekly session at the YMCA building – it will include access to the gym, and include a healthy lunch, and aims to help the women with whatever needs and issues arise. This could be assistance with preparing CVs and job applications, providing emotional support, or just providing a safe space for them to talk together and share experiences. The sessions will offer opportunities to learn new skills and the chance to share existing skills and knowledge with each other thereby raising the women’s self-esteem and sense of worth.