Yellow House offers a safe environment where young people can be themselves and make positive friendships.  It operates as a charity, based in Liverpool, and is open daily.  Yellow House provides a range of support and services, pastoral care and guidance and works with families and young people.  It runs various workshops in the space, as well as community outreach projects where staff and volunteers visit both mainstream and special needs schools providing tailored programmes around bullying, inclusion, diversity and much more. Around 800 young people are supported each year, with approximately 40 attending the core group sessions several times each week.

At the Foundation’s June 2023 meeting, Trustees agreed a two year grant of £5,000 per annum.  This is a contribution towards the charity’s running costs. Over the period of the grant the charity aims to: raise awareness of mental health amongst young people within the wider community; give young people a safe space that they can come to build positive relationships and receive care and guidance; and provide all attendees a healthy nutritious meal.

www.yellowhouse.org.uk

 

City of Sanctuary Leicester was established in 2007 and is a part of the national City of Sanctuary network. Overall it aims to provide welcome to asylum seekers and refugees, and supports them to rebuild their lives, develop their skills, and feel part of the local community.  It employs three part-time staff who work on various aspects of the charity’s focus – providing casework and one-to-one support, and offering practical help as well as advice and guidance.  A weekly drop-in is run and generally around 150 people benefit from the charity’s work each week.

At the June 2023 meeting, Allen Lane trustees agreed funding of £8,000 over two years (£4,000 pa) towards the salary of the project officer.  This post is two days per week, and the person works to support the activities, English conversation classes, and helps with reimbursing bus tickets for the asylum seekers who participate.  Overall outcomes from the work include that participants will feel less isolated and more connected, and have increased confidence and wellbeing.

 https://leicester.cityofsanctuary.org/

 

 

Alliance for Choice Belfast was established in 1996 with the aim of decriminalising abortion in Northern Ireland and ensuring access to free safe legal and local abortion care.  It was pivotal in securing the decriminalisation of abortion in 2019 and continues to work to ensure that women across the region have the information they need to make informed choices about their individual situations.

In June 2023, the charity applied for funding towards its Lucht Cabhrach programme, and specifically, provision to asylum seeking women in Northern Ireland.  The programme provides doula support to women in need of abortion healthcare. This includes giving clear information on abortion provision, access and services; someone to talk with and provide emotional support; practical support such as accompaniment to appointments; as well as care packages and a befriending support.  The Foundation awarded funding of £7,000 over a two-year period towards the pilot programme.  With the grant aid, it is also able to train people who support asylum seeking women in the community.  Benefits and outcomes for the asylum seeking women include that they access relevant information about their rights, and receive non-judgmental and culturally-appropriate support and care.

www.alliance4choice.com

 

 

Bugle Library of Things is a community interest company that was set up to provide a local community resource.  Bugle is a small village in mid-Cornwall, just north of St Austell.  The organisation runs a community share shop which has food, clothing, toys, books and household goods etc free for people who need them. It operates hub sessions where people can come for refreshments, activities and signposting services.

The organisation applied to Allen Lane for funding to further engage with the local population of people living on Minorca Lane – an area just outside the village that includes numbers of Irish Travellers, Gypsies, people who have migrated to the UK including Roma communities, and Cornish people who have been housed there.  At the June 2023 meeting, trustees agreed funding of £xx that will go towards the ‘Community Inclusion Project’.  A mobile hub travels weekly onto the Lane where people can access support and information as well as accessing other services etc.  The project also works to actively bring people from the Lane and the village together and reduce isolation and increase community cohesion.

www.facebook.com/BugleLibraryofThings