Entries by Gill Aconley

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

HACRO

Hertfordshire Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (HACRO) works from offices in St Albans and has been running for 45 years. It provides mentoring and courses that benefit people whilst in prison, and also in the community to aid the rehabilitation of ex-offenders. It works to support offenders’ families and also manages the […]

Medway Volunteer Centre

Medway Volunteer Centre works across the Medway area of Kent from its base in Gillingham.  It works to recruit, register and provide opportunities to people volunteering across the area, and supports organisations to enable volunteers to become involved.   Requests for volunteers are increasing all the time and it runs a training scheme for volunteers with […]

Parental Education Growth Support

Parental Education Growth Support (PEGS) is a relatively new organisation that works from Shrewsbury. It aims to provide therapeutic, practical and emotional support, and run effective programmes and training that raise awareness and understanding about child to parent abuse. PEGS offers one-to-one emotional and practical support to parents, carers and guardians who are living with […]

Hartlepool Asylum Seeker and Refugee Group

This Group is run by volunteers and exists to provide help and support to refugees and people seeking asylum in the town of Hartlepool.  It runs a weekly drop-in support service at a church hall offering advice, friendship and a safe place to meet, with up-to 60 people attending.  Other organisations that are based out […]

Norwich International Youth Project

This charity supports around 150 young asylum seekers and refugees across Norfolk – with a large proportion aged between 18 and 25. Many of the young people arrived as Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and have little family or other support, and some young adults are in shared accommodation that has been made available for asylum […]

South West Community Chaplaincy

This charity is based in Exeter, and works across Cornwall, Devon and West Somerset. It has been working for over ten years to provide support to people leaving prison, aiming to rehabilitate and reintegrate people into their local communities.  Its work benefits around 150 men and women each year.  The main focus is through mentoring […]

HUMEN

HUMEN was established three years ago with the aim of preventing men from suffering in silence and dying too young. It’s work is preventative – encouraging young men to put the same amount of effort into maintaining and improving their mental health as many do to their physical health by exercising and going to the […]