Fife Migrants Forum

Based in Kirkcaldy, Fife Migrants Forum was set up in response to the growing number of migrants coming to work and settle across Fife. The charity provides information, advocacy, advice, social cohesion and integration activities, whilst also working with other agencies to influence policy development and campaigning. It supports local community groups, volunteering opportunities, two weekly women’s groups including one for Syrian women, advice clinics, IT provision, and job fairs. The Forum also runs six conversational cafes across the area – two in Kirkcaldy, two is Rosyth, and in Dunfermline and Glenrothes. Around 3,000 people per year benefit from the Forum’s work.

At the February 2020 meeting, Allen Lane Trustees awarded a two-year grant totalling £10,000 to the Forum. This funding will contribute towards the salary of the volunteer coordinator who recruits, trains and manages 130 volunteers currently. A further 20 volunteers over the coming year will be recruited to support outreach clients in parts of West and East Fife. Volunteers are key to the overall work of the organisation – they assist with delivering services, providing administration support, up-dating the website, delivering advice, promoting the organisation and running the conversation cafes.

Horticultural Therapy Trust

Horticultural Therapy Trust is based in Plymouth, working from a large city-centre allotment. It is run by two experienced gardeners who are trained in social and therapeutic horticulture, mindfulness and counselling.  The Trust supports the well-being of people suffering from depression, anxiety, and those recovering from more severe physical or mental illness.  It offers a safe, calm and nurturing environment for beneficiaries to develop their confidence and self-esteem, learn how to socialise, to gain skills in horticulture, or just to take time away from other pressures to work towards improved health.

The Foundation has made a £3,000 grant towards the running costs of Horticultural Therapy Trust at the February 2020 meeting.  This will help with the charity’s aims of increasing numbers of regular participants in the core allotment project; assist with the accommodation of new groups from other local mental health organisations; and contribute to the undertaking of gardening work in the local community.



Storybook Dads

Storybook Dad’s overall aim is to help families deal with the trauma of separation and stay connected, and thereby improving successful reintegration into the family upon release. The scheme operates in more than 100 prisons across the UK from its base in HMP Channings Wood in Devon. The scheme helps imprisoned parents to maintain contact with their families by enabling them to record personalised bedtime stories which are then sent to children on CDs and DVD. This improves prisoners’ self-esteem and perceived value as parents, as well as bringing comfort to the children, reminding them that they are loved and missed.

At the February 2020 meeting, the Allen Lane Foundation offered funding of £10,000, payable in two instalments over two years. The grant will contribute towards general running costs.

Northumberland Community Enterprise

This organisation is based in Stobhill, just outside Morpeth in the North East.  It runs various services and activities aimed at improving the lives of local residents, including employment advice, training and skills development, community projects such as a befriending service, handyman/gardening service, and schemes to benefit children and families.

At the February 2020 meeting, Allen Lane Trustees agreed a £10,000 grant towards an expansion of services specifically for older people. Funding will contribute towards salary costs of the project officer and volunteer coordinator to enable this to happen.  It will include an expansion of the befriending service, continuing existing weekly clubs and initiating additional clubs – a gardening club for over 60’s, a silver suffers IT club, a drop-in cuppa club and a Memory Lane and a reminiscence project.  An ‘in-school’ awareness project called ‘Remember Me’ will involve older people engaging with schoolchildren to promote understanding between the ages.   Around 400 older people are expected to benefit.  The project will improve the quality of life of isolated older people, improve self-esteem, alleviate loneliness and give them an opportunity to feel integrated and valued in the community.


SHARe Knowsley

SHARe (Support and Help for Asylum seekers and Refugees) Knowsley was set up to offer a hand of welcome and friendship to the growing numbers of asylum seekers and refugees being housed in the local area. The metropolitan borough of Knowsley is part of Merseyside, and comprises the towns and districts of Kirkby, Prescot, Huyton, Whiston, Halewood, Cronton and Stockbridge. A weekly drop-in at Prescot Methodist Church has available a selection of foodstuffs, toiletries, nearly new clothing and household items at nominal costs. Volunteers are on hand to help with advice, information and help, and they also support individuals with outreach and advocacy work, accompanying them to appointments at agencies for example. SHARe Knowsley also runs seven English language classes each week, and there are social activities organised throughout the year.

A contribution of £4,000 was offered to the charity at the February 2020 meeting of Trustees. This will help with the provision of English classes, and over the coming year will benefit around 150 asylum seekers and refugees.

During Lockdown SHARe Knowsley have continued to provide support during this difficult time by delivering food parcels as well as toiletry and house hygiene packs. English lessons have continued online and one to one support has still been available.

Plot 22

Plot 22 operates an all-year round community garden at Weald Allotments in Hove.  It provides communal garden and outdoor cooking for local residents and groups experiencing specific challenges.  The organisation offers an opportunity for people to be outdoors, connect to the seasons, and spend time together.  Its work benefits various groups, including pre-school children and their parents, those with mental health issues, women who have suffered abuse or domestic violence, and the elderly, particularly those with dementia.

It is for a project benefiting people with dementia that the Foundation has offered funding. The DIG project offers monthly gardening sessions, where people with dementia and their carers or family members enjoy a relaxing but engaging experience in a friendly and safe outdoor environment. Participants are encouraged to participate in specific garden tasks and can create items they can take home such as making a posy of herbs. Each session is guided by a sessional worker who will support people of any ability, and includes refreshment and a seasonal poem with the support of a local project Story Chaplain. Around 20 people over the year will benefit, alongside 40 family members/carers.  A grant of £2,500 awarded in February 2020 will contribute towards project costs.


Rebuild East Midlands

The overall aim of Rebuild East Midlands is “to end the cycle of trafficking and slavery one person at a time”.  The organisation works with individuals who have been victims of trafficking and modern slavery, to provide long-term intensive and targeted casework support.  The work intends to support people to rebuild their lives and is focussed on six key areas: housing and living independently; keeping safe; relationships and community; physical health; emotional and mental health; and education, employment and training.  Rebuild also runs two ‘Connect’ group sessions each week – these provide a stepping stone for individuals to build self-confidence with the aim that they will feel able to access other local community groups or activities.  Groups generally have between four and six attendees, and in the last year 15 individuals received casework support.

Allen Lane has awarded funding which will contribute towards the salaries of two part-time caseworkers.  The grant, made at the February 2020 meeting, was for £5,000.  Outcomes of the work include: increased sense of safety and connection for individuals in their community; individuals being aided to move into supported accommodation; and a significant decrease in the level of support individuals require over the 12 months, or individuals exiting as they no longer require support.


Triumph Over Phobia

Triumph Over Phobia is a national charity that was established to provide support to people who experience phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related anxiety disorders.  It uses an evidence-based self-help specialised pathway to aid people’s recovery.  A helpline is available six days a week, which offers advice, information and signposting to including individuals, carers and family members, as well as health professionals.  In addition, the charity facilitates a network of self-help groups across the UK.  Currently there are nine, running weekly in Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Plymouth, Southampton, Jersey, Guernsey and Torquay.  There is also a ‘virtual’ group, three affiliated groups, and volunteers are in place to start further groups in other areas.

At the February 2020 Trustee meeting, a grant of £9,000 was agreed – offered as a three-year grant £3,000 per annum.  This funding is provided as Triumph Over Phobia moves the minimum age it can support people from 18 to 16.  This will allow vital continuity of service as young people make the transition from child to adult mental health services.  The grant will help with costs relating to updating resources, additional training for volunteers and management time.  Outcomes for beneficiaries include improved self-worth, confidence and wellbeing; improved mental and physical wellbeing; and improved family and work life, and ultimately a fulfilling role in the community


Newton Heath Youth Project CIC

Newton Heath Youth Project is a community organisation working in the Newton Heath area of Manchester.  Initially set up to work with disadvantaged children and young people, it has expanded to offer various community projects, activities and events to benefit adults, families and older people.

The Foundation has offered a grant of £8,000 towards a specific project working with women from the local Traveller community.  This project began in 2018 with a weekly drop-in and safe place to meet – it was requested by the women themselves as there were no specific services or groups in the area that catered for them.  The group has grown quickly and there are now 20-25 women attending each week.  Activities range from educational art, crafts, cooking and visits to places of interest, many of the women use the time to seek advice and guidance on everyday issues, some unique to the Traveller community.  Support is provided including advocacy and advice around help in dealing with problems at school for the women’s children; or help developing CVs, applying for jobs or accommodation for example.  Overall this work’s outcomes include the women having improved confidence and self-esteem; improved knowledge of, and access to, local services; and better community cohesion in the local area.


Powerfull Beyond all Measure

This organisation is based in Liverpool, in the inner-city area of Everton which has a growing migrant population.  It works on various projects that are aimed at benefitting the local community and improving life for those that live there.  The area has high levels of unemployment, deprivation, and increased levels of tension and hate crime.  It has delivered workshops on schools around diversity, run projects with women mainly from migrant communities, and works to empower families and individuals to make positive changes and overcome barriers in their lives.

At the February 2020 meeting, Trustees agreed a £6,000 grant towards Powerfull Beyond all Measure.  The funding will go towards salary and volunteer costs related to developing a weekly drop-in/play session in a safe environment that will allow people to come together for practical and emotional support. It will also recruit and train a number of volunteer parent peer mentors to establish a cross cultural network of support for families, especially those within the migrant communities. In addition, six workshops will run over the year, with a focus on informing participants about diversity, discrimination and hate crime, and how they can empower themselves and access appropriate support.  Ultimately the project aims to help people feel safe in their community; more connected and supported; and hopefully will result in a decrease in reports of hate crime.