Asylos

Asylos is an international network of volunteer researchers who help asylum seekers worldwide assert their right to asylum. The volunteers research in-country background information to evidence persecution of an asylum seeker. The overall aim is to ensure that the asylum procedure is evidence-based and unbiased – providing access to crucial information for asylum seekers to substantiate their claims. Over 100 volunteers are trained and supported to undertake the research and provide detailed reports – in 2020, 74 (of which 22 across the UK) were produced for use by various charities, groups and legal bodies.

At the February 2021 meeting, Allen Lane trustees agreed a £10,000 grant to Asylos. This will contribute towards the organisation’s UK work.  Over the next year, this is expected to include at least 25 new case-specific country-of-origin research reports for UK asylum seekers; expand the base of beneficiaries in the UK by at least 10%; and increase the number of downloads from Asylos’ website from legal practitioners in the UK by at least 10%.

www.asylos.eu

ACCEPT

ACCEPT is a charity in Leicestershire that was set up to provide support to people with severe and enduring mental health issues.  It established a network of friendship groups across the region, and more recently its focus has been on developing a therapeutic gardening project based in the town of Barwell.  People are referred to ACCEPT, and can take part in various activities including weekly wellbeing gardening days, mindfulness-based courses, bereavement friendship groups and teambuilding workshops.  Around 70 people benefit each year.

The Foundation has agreed a grant of £6,000 at its February 2021 meeting.  This will contribute towards salaries to enable the running of the project over the following year. Anticipated outcomes for people who are supported by ACCEPT include: improved confidence, self-esteem and health with a reduction in symptoms of poor mental health; reduced feelings of isolation through an increase in social contacts; and a reduction in stigma and discrimination through making new connections with the community.

www.acceptu.weebly.com

Millan Centre

The Millan Centre works in the Manningham area of Bradford, and aims to provide education and social activities in a women-only community space.  In general it is available six days a week, and offers a wide range of courses, groups and activities, including ESOL, gardening, IT, sewing, youth groups, self-defence, plus advise sessions, and a popular over-50s group.

At the Allen Lane Foundation February 2021 meeting, Trustees agreed a grant of £3,000 towards the Millan Centre. This is towards the Safer than Ever project – which will provide group and one-to-one mental health support and counselling to older South Asian women who have seen their mental health worsen during the pandemic.  Around 40 women will benefit over the year, through increased confidence, improved mental health and overall wellbeing, and reduced feelings of isolation and depression.

www.millan.org.uk