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 […]

Safe and Sound Dorset

This charity was established to support women who are isolated or at risk in and around the Bournemouth area.  The majority of the women it helps have been affected by trauma and suffer multiple disadvantages often encountering homelessness as part of their journey. Safe and Sound Dorset offers a trusted and secure support system, including a safe […]

MyCareMatters

MyCareMatters is a community interest company that works across a wide area, largely around the south of England.  Its aims are to improve the experience and outcomes of care in any social setting for people with communication challenges. It aims to empower people with the information, tools and support that they and their families need […]

Vesta – Specialist Family Support

Vesta had previously been known as the Polish Domestic Violence Helpline until 2018 – the name was changed to reflect a wider migrant community that the organisation was increasingly supporting.  It is based in Cheshire, and offers services across England and Wales.  Vesta’s main aims are to empower migrant families in creating a safe and […]

MALS Merseyside

MALS (Mentor, Achieve, Learn and Support) is based in Prescot, Knowsley and works across Merseyside.  It aims to support both young and adult offenders, to change their offending behaviour, enable them to move away from violent crime and gangs, and to be absorbed back into society with the opportunity to establish a crime-free working adult […]

Clean Slate

Clean Slate works across Oxfordshire to provide support for victims of sexual, physical, mental and emotional abuse. It offers long-term counselling, one-to-one emotional support, a helpline, weekly support groups, and regular Freedom programmes. The charity helps both female and male victims of abuse through separate provisions. Around 335 people benefitted from its support last year, […]

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 […]

Rural Coffee Caravan

This charity aims to relieve rural isolation and promote community spirit and is focussed mainly on older people. It provides a free information service that visits rural villages in Suffolk to provide social contact, information and guidance to communities that have difficulties in accessing such assistance due to their geographic location. This includes a mobile […]

Utulivu Women’s Group

Utulivu Women’s Group has been established for over 15 years and is based in Reading.  It works to support women and girls from BAME communities, and also those seeking asylum in the UK and with refugee status.  The Group aims to increase the health and wellbeing of community members, and enable them to engage and […]

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 […]