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

Canterbury Care Centre

The Centre is run by the South West Surrey Association for Mental Health and is based in Guildford. It was founded in 1981. It is open three days a week and providing a safe space where everyone is welcomed as a person – not a diagnosis. It offers a timetable of activities including occupational therapy, art therapy, crafts, and social activities such as bingo, poetry and discussion groups, plus trips and outings. More than 70 people benefit each year.

The Foundation has made a grant of £3,000 which will fund the Centre’s weekly art therapy class. Around 20 people take part and benefit from improved wellbeing, increased confidence, and increased social inclusion.

www.canterburycarecentre.com

Kintyre Link Club

Kintyre Link Club operates as a mental health drop-in five days a week from a community centre in Campbeltown on the Kintyre Peninsula. It has been running for 20 years, and offers a range of activities and groups. The Club helps to lessen people’s isolation, promote welfare and feelings of wellbeing, and improve people’s self-esteem. It offers a supportive and safe environment and there are currently 36 members.

The Foundation made a two-year grant of £3,000 per annum at its February 2019 meeting of Trustees. The funding will contribute to general running costs of the Club, and enable it to continue and grow.

www.kintyrelinkclub.com

Millrace Furniture Restoration

This organisation is based within a furniture workshop and office in Chelmsford, Essex and has been running for more than 25 years.  It offers services including the repair and restoration of antique and modern furniture and upholstery, and runs classes and training in these skills.  Millrace also provides a safe, supportive work environment for people who are recovering from severe and enduring mental health problems.  Ten people at any one time can benefit from learning new skills, gain accreditation and qualifications, and have meaningful work experience.

A £3,000 grant was awarded to Millrace Furniture Restoration to contribute towards its general running costs.  The grant was made at the February 2019 meeting of Trustees.  Outcomes from the work will include improved mental health and social well-being, improved feelings of dignity and personal independence, reduced social isolation, as well as opportunities to gain qualifications.

www.millracefurniture.co.uk

 

Town Break

Town Break is a registered charity which operates from Stirling and covers the mainly rural area of Stirlingshire.  It provides bespoke support to people living with dementia, particularly providing early intervention after diagnosis of dementia.  It aims to reduce the isolation and loneliness of individuals and to increase their health and wellbeing.  A range of services are offered, including friendship groups, day clubs, a befriending service, an intergenerational befriending project, therapy groups, and a self-management group.  Around 300 people are supported per annum.

The Allen Lane Foundation is contributing £10,000 to the core costs of running Town Break.  The grant was made at the October 2018 meeting of Trustees. Outcomes from the funding are that people supported by the charity will be less lonely and socially isolated, and that their carers will feel better supported and less anxious in their caring role.

www.townbreakstirling.org