Jubilee +

Jubilee + was formed to “provide leadership, training and resources to inspire and enable the church to address social exclusion issues and impacts”.  Its work is national, and includes producing research and reports on particular topics, delivering training, and addressing issues around inequality and poverty.

At the October 2019 meeting, the Foundation awarded a grant totalling £7,000 towards a specific project titled ‘the Refugee Resource Centre for Churches’.  This project has been established to fill the gap in information and support for churches wanting to reach out to refugees and asylum seekers.  It provides useful resources, ‘How to’ guides, news updates, mapping of local projects and helps build the capacity of churches.  Plans for the coming year include working with refugee organisations to develop and run regional conferences that will garner support; strengthening established partnerships and growing new projects; and the creation of a strong alliance of church networks that actively reach out to refugees and asylum seekers.

www.jubilee-plus.org

Swansea Asylum Seekers Support

This charity offers a twice-weekly drop-in session for asylum seekers in the city centre of Swansea.  The drop-ins help to welcome newcomers to the city, offer useful signposting, translation, advice and referrals to other services.  Around 80 people attend each week, and also benefit from a hot meal and refreshments, informal ESOL, and social activities.

In October 2019, Allen Lane has awarded a three-year grant totalling £11,000 to Swansea Asylum Seekers Support.  The grant will contribute towards the general core and running costs of the service.  Outcomes of the work include sustaining a culture of welcome for asylum seekers and refugees; increasing the chance of individuals’ asylum cases through the provision of casework; and reduced isolation and distress.

www.sass.wales

 

Family & Friends of Prisoners

Family & Friends of Prisoners (FFOPS) is based in Swansea and runs the Family Centre attached to HMP Swansea. Its work involves meeting with families who are visiting their loved ones in prison, providing them with a range of emotional and practical support, and helping them to navigate the prison system. FFOPS provides valued support for individual families including where children are visiting a parent in prison. It also works with families in the community.

The Foundation agreed a two-year grant of £4,000 per annum at the October 2019 Trustee meeting. The funding will contribute towards the salary costs of the volunteer coordinator/outreach worker. Outcomes of the funding include assisting in rebuilding and maintaining family relationships, and working towards offenders re-integrating into the community on release, and therefore reducing the risk of re-offending.

www.ffops.org.uk

Transforming Notts Together

Transforming Notts Together is a joint venture, working with the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham and the Church Urban Fund. It works by developing partnerships between churches, charities, and other local groups to tackle specific issues. One key aim is to tackle poverty and improve the lives of some of the poorest and most marginalised communities across Nottinghamshire.

At the October 2019 meeting, the Allen Lane Foundation agreed a grant of £4,000 split over a two-year period. This funding is to contribute towards the organisation’s Places of Welcome scheme. Places of Welcome are set up to offer weekly spaces within churches, faith groups, or in community settings, where people can access support, free refreshments, and a listening ear. The aim is to reduce loneliness and isolation; to enable people to access support to help overcome their problems; and to encourage people from different communities to mix and improve social cohesion.

www.transformingnottstogether.org.uk

New Leaf Support

New Leaf Support provides practical and emotional support to victims of domestic abuse. It works with women and men, and supports more than 650 people a year from its base in Sittingbourne in Kent.  The charity offers a refuge, though the majority of work is in the community. It runs a MARDA (Multi-Agency Response to Domestic Abuse) service once a week with representatives from charities, the council, police and the courts.  This provides a rounded service for victims of abuse, and offers assistance with housing, legal matters, and a range of support services.

The Foundation provided £4,492 at its October 2019 meeting of Trustees.  The grant is to cover additional hours for administration of the charity.  This will help with the increasing amount of work required as the charity grows.  Overall, in the next year, New Leaf Support aims to help more victims to be adequately and suitably housed, provide additional support, and increase health and wellbeing.

www.newleafsupport.org

 

Radiate Arts

Radiate Arts works alongside a range of community groups, schools, charities and organisations in and around Chester.  It runs creative programmes which have a positive impact on reducing social isolation, and aim to inspire and enable individuals to interact, and build a sense of achievement and creativity.  It works with thousands of people each year.

In October 2019, the Foundation awarded funding of £3,931 towards a specific programme working with women affected by perinatal depression.  The Creativity to Wellness programme will run in collaboration with the local NHS Foundation Trust, based within two Children’s Centres.  It will provide an additional support service to combat perinatal depression and offer help and friendship for mums with mental health problems and their babies.  Around 100 women will benefit over the year – resulting in women relating and sharing their experiences of perinatal depression, increased empowerment, and improved mental health.

www.radiatearts.co.uk

Dewsbury Memories

Dewsbury Memories was set up in early 2019, with the aim of providing support for people with dementia in the Dewsbury area of West Yorkshire.  It aims to set up a network of Memories Clubs which will meet on different days, in different places.  The Clubs offer social interaction and have a focus on sport, particularly rugby league, helping people to relive their younger days supporting their team etc. A pilot project run by the group showed that conversations held at these sessions have been really positive – they help develop links from people’s past to the present, re-awaken positive thoughts and feelings that otherwise might remain hidden.  The group will create a bank of resources such as sporting memorabilia and memory packs that can be used at the Clubs or by volunteers.

The Foundation has offered a grant of £3,000 towards running costs of Dewsbury Memories.  This will help to fund sessional costs to deliver the Clubs.  Intended outcomes are: kicking some of the problems of social isolation into touch; tackling some of the issues caused by memory loss illnesses; and creating a supportive team for families and carers.

City of Hearts Aberdeen

This charity works with the expertise and support from City Hearts UK, a national organisation that has assisted more than 4,000 victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.  City Hearts Aberdeen works to provide care and support to some of the most vulnerable and exploited women in the north east of Scotland. Key aims are to see the women enter a normal life when they didn’t think it was possible; to start to make dents in the modern slavery industry; and to see people rescued out of very dark situations.  The newly-set up charity expects that around 30 women will benefit in its first year.

At the October 2019 meeting, Allen Lane Foundation Trustees awarded £7,500 towards the salary of a part-time case-worker.  The worker will be provide one-to-one support and mentoring to women both in the community, and those who are accommodated in the charity’s refuge and safe house.

www.cityheartsaberdeen.com

GATE Herts

GATE (Gypsy and Traveller Empowerment) works on behalf of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities across Hertfordshire from a base in Ware. It offers advice, information and advocacy on all kinds of issues including education, planning and housing, homelessness, health and employment for example. It works with people on a one-to-one basis, at drop-in sessions, and through outreach at sites. GATE aims to empower members of the community by supporting the development of their capacity and skills, and helping to meet their needs. Overall it works with more than 200 families each year. Outcomes of the work includes improved relations between Gypsy/Traveller and non-Gypsy/Traveller communities; improved skills for individuals; and reduced isolation and discrimination.

At the October 2019 meeting of Trustees, the Allen Lane Foundation approved a grant of £5,000 towards GATE Herts. This will assist with core costs, including the rent of the office premises.

www.gateherts.org.uk

Browns Community Services

Browns Community Services focuses on working with some of the most socially excluded, disadvantaged and vulnerable people in communities across parts of south east England.  It aims to transform lives and build more inclusive and stronger communities.  Various programmes and courses are run, including advocacy work, empowerment and skills-provision, and around 150 people are supported each year.

Funding from Allen Lane has been offered to contribute towards the Rebuild – Roma Family Support Programme.  This work is building on a pilot project in summer 2019 that Browns ran with Slough Youth Offending Services to benefit Roma families where a child is, or may be, at risk of exploitation. A part-time worker will assist with support around accessing employment, housing advice, money and finances advice, parenting skills and family issues, exploitation from criminal gangs, and community inclusion.  The programme aims to work with around 40 Roma families.

www.brownscommunityservices.co.uk