Creich, Croick and Kincardine Day Care Association

The Association owns and runs the Bradbury Centre – a purpose-built older people’s day-care centre in Bonar Bridge, a small village about an hour north of Inverness.  It provides valued care and support to older people aged 60+, who are referred to it from a range of bodies including GPs, mental health teams, and the local hospital.   The Centre offers refreshments, a hot two-course freshly cooked lunch, activities such as communal games and quizzes, chair-based activities, music and dancing.  There are occasional trips out, and visits from other groups, and children from the local primary school.  Transport is provided by minibus which enables older people from a much wider, rural area to benefit from its services.  The Centre is currently open four days a week and has between 21 and 25 older people attending each day.  Some people come once a week, others two or three times dependent on need.

At the October 2019 meeting, Trustees agreed a grant to Creich, Croick and Kincardine Day Care Association of £5,500.  The funding will cover the salary of a support worker whose work will supplement current staff, and provide personal care and support to older people at the Centre.  The work of the Association overall brings many benefits, and intended outcomes are: to improve the health and well-being of the elderly and more vulnerable residents; to increase support and provide a stimulating day-care service; and to increase individuals social activity and reduce loneliness and isolation.

My Home Life Essex Community Association

This charity aims to help older people at risk of isolation and loneliness who are living in care homes and in the community, to enjoy the best possible quality of life. It does this though meaningful engagement and activities with their local communities.  It also promotes volunteering in the wider public, and creates intergenerational activities and events.  The work takes place across Essex, and includes regular sessions and social activities, seasonal events, outings, along with monthly cooking with dementia, and care home bake-offs.  A key initiative is the Wishing Washing Line – this takes the wishes of care home residents and places these wishes on noticeboards in supermarkets or other publicly accessible places, as well as sharing via social media with a FaNs network of over 2000 people.  Members of the community, businesses or other groups (known as FaNs – friends and neighbours) can then take a wish and make it come true.  Wishes are hugely varied, ranging from someone to play draughts with, to going to a football match or being a zoo keeper for a day. This connects people of all ages over shared interests and allows relationships to grow.

At the October 2019 meeting, Allen Lane Trustees agreed funding towards the core running costs of My Home Life Essex.  A grant of £10,000 was made.  Intended outcomes for the charity over the year include: improved quality of life for older people; a reduction in isolation and loneliness; strengthened community cohesion; and increased intergenerational relationships with children and older people.

POW! Thanet

POW! (Power of Women) Thanet is a registered charity, based in Margate, that was established in 2015. POW! Thanet organises and facilitates community projects that aim to celebrate and explore issues around feminism, women and girls. It runs engagement projects with schools, works with local arts and cultural organisations, and empowers women and girls to participate in the arts through workshops, exhibitions, performances and theatre.

The Allen Lane Foundation has awarded a grant of £5,953 to POW! Thanet. The funding will complete the charity’s budget to establish the Community Programmers Group. This will involve 15-20 women from a range of diverse backgrounds coming together in a series of facilitated sessions. It is hoped that the women will work together, discuss and re-examine pre-conceived views that their communities hold of other communities – and help to dispel feelings of ‘them and us’. It is understood that a shift in opinion held by the women will have a ripple effect, helping to change opinions in families and wider communities. Discussions are likely to include issues such as homelessness, Brexit, unemployment, and youth problems for instance. Outcomes of the work include improved social cohesion across local communities, and that the women will be empowered and unified in positive action.