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

 

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 gym.  It calls this The HUMEN Space: The Gym for Your Mind’. The work includes establishing and facilitating group meetings across different parts of the UK, where men come to talk, listen, and connect with others. During part of 2020 under COVID lockdown restrictions, groups have been meeting in The HUMEN Space Online. Around 2,000 men overall benefitted in that year alone.

At the Trustee meeting in October 2020 a grant of £4,000 per annum was agreed for a two-year period. This funding will contribute towards the costs of running group meetings for men in Manchester and Cardiff, each benefitting 20-25 men a week. Groups offer ongoing and practical support, and overall aim to improve and maintain better mental health and wellbeing.

www.wearehumen.org

Supported – The Community Eating Disorder Charity

The Linda Tremble Foundation, which has recently rebranded as Supported, aims to provide access to community based group support for people with an eating disorder and their families.  It works across different areas of Scotland through running support groups, and is based near the town of Cupar in Fife.  Supported also provides carers with training based on the New Maudsley Approach – designed to equip carers with a similar skill set to that used in a specialist inpatient setting, in order to provide in-home support to family members/friends with an eating disorder.  It also offers information, one-to-one befriending, phone and videoconference support.  Prior to the pandemic, support groups were established in Fife, Forth Valley, Glasgow and Perth and help people feel less isolated, and build their self-confidence and resilience to develop strategies that will aid their recovery.  The Foundation is currently providing access to support for over 50 people with eating disorders and 25 families.

In October 2020, a grant of £7,718 has been agreed towards Supported. This will cover costs of recruiting, training and supporting an additional 20 volunteers over the coming year, and four training sessions. Trained volunteers will deliver support by facilitating new groups, supporting existing ones, and providing one-to-one support to individuals through our Befriending Service. Overall these volunteer led services will  help to reduce isolation, improve support mechanisms for individuals with an eating disorder, and raise awareness.

www.supportedscotland.org

The Bipolar Lift

The Bipolar Lift works in Nottingham, and was established to fill a gap in local services for people with bipolar disorder.  It is user-led, and aims to prevent the social isolation of bipolar sufferers and give them the support they need.  The Bipolar Lift works with referral agencies, and has provided practical and emotional support to more than 100 people.

The Allen Lane Foundation has awarded a grant totalling £4,000 at its June 2020 meeting of Trustees.  The grant will fund a series of workshops and group sessions that will be facilitated and aimed at various topics – such as health, welfare and wellbeing, as well as employment, benefits and debt advice.  Outcome of the work of The Bipolar Lift are to combat isolation, reduce stress levels, and tackle potential triggers before they lead to full-blown episodes.

www.bipolarlift.org

 

The Octopus Foundation

This is a charity that works with vulnerable and marginalised people from areas of multiple deprivation in Medway, Kent.  Based at premises in Rochester, it aims to reduce isolation and improve health and wellbeing. The Octopus Foundation runs a weekly Men’s Shed which benefits mainly older men who are socially isolated, and face challenges such as living with dementia, PTSD, autism and other issues.  The Shed operates via a carpentry workshop, and people make useful items such as bird boxes and garden planters. Attendees benefit from the social aspect of the Shed as well as meaningful activity.

A grant of £4,000 was agreed by Trustees at the June 2020 meeting.  This will contribute towards the mental health and wellbeing project, and enable the charity to expand its operations to two days per week.  The additional day will enable the Octopus Foundation to offer attendance at the Shed to younger and middle-aged men living with mental health problems, those at risk of suicide and self-harm. It has a waiting list of people referred for support.  Outcomes of the work are that the men will feel happier, with improved confidence, skills and wellbeing; they will develop coping mechanisms to help with their mental health; and they will feel less lonely and socially isolated.

www.facebook.com/The-Octopus-Foundation

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.

www.horticultural-therapy-trust.org

 

 

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

www.topuk.org

 

Radiate Arts

Radiate Arts works alongside a range of community groups, schools, charities and organisations in and around Chester.  It runs creative programmes which have a positive impact on reducing social isolation, and aim to inspire and enable individuals to interact, and build a sense of achievement and creativity.  It works with thousands of people each year.

In October 2019, the Foundation awarded funding of £3,931 towards a specific programme working with women affected by perinatal depression.  The Creativity to Wellness programme will run in collaboration with the local NHS Foundation Trust, based within two Children’s Centres.  It will provide an additional support service to combat perinatal depression and offer help and friendship for mums with mental health problems and their babies.  Around 100 women will benefit over the year – resulting in women relating and sharing their experiences of perinatal depression, increased empowerment, and improved mental health.

www.radiatearts.co.uk

Contact Morpeth Mental Health

This charity exists to provide support for people experiencing mental health issues of a medium term or enduring nature, who are often isolated. Based in Morpeth, its remit is to cover south-east Northumberland. It offers a range of services including counselling, social interaction, discussion groups, activities and groups such as creative writing, crafts, mindfulness, and photography. It also offers advice and information, and acts as a link between care services, service users, and/or their carers. Benefits are many – including increased confidence and self-esteem; improved wellbeing of carers; increased confidence and skills for volunteers; and a sense of belonging.

In the June 2019 meeting, the Foundation has offered £6,000 to the charity. This will be a contribution to core costs, particularly rent.

www.contactmorpeth.org.uk