English Language Study Centre

This organisation is based in Liverpool, and supports migrant communities from across Merseyside.  It runs a number of English classes each week, supporting around 300 individuals a year.  The majority of students come to the classes with little or no English, and so many of the classes are aimed at beginners.  The organisation aims to help newly arrived migrants to be able to communicate better in English and therefore increase the chances of them setting well into the local community, accessing employment and other services.  In additional to teaching English, the Centre supports people with practical things such as helping with ICT skills, interview techniques and visiting the GP.

The Centre applied for a grant to extend its current provision, with themed language classes, women-only workshops, and employability and career development workshops.  A contribution to these costs of £3,000 was agreed by Trustees in the October 2017 meeting.


West Wiltshire Multi Faith Forum

The West Wiltshire Multi Faith Forum has three main aims – empowerment, engagement, and education – to allow people of different faiths or no faith to learn about each other and discuss issues which will help to remove perceived misunderstandings and inbuilt prejudices.  It holds a variety of activities and events, provides training, runs groups and gatherings and community projects.

In June 2017, the Allen Lane Foundation awarded funding over a two year period of £2,500 pa to the Forum.  The grant is towards costs of English classes which benefit migrants and refugees in around the Trowbridge area.  The provision of English classes aim to reduce isolation and stigma for individuals, and to improve community cohesion.

Emerging Communities Network

Emerging Communities Network (EMCONET) was set up ten years ago by a group of new migrants in the West Midlands. It now works from a base in Smethwick, and also in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham. EMCONET provides help to people who have come, in the main, from Eastern Europe, and assists around 250 people a year. It provides information, advice and guidance, and offers mentoring, befriending and support services to help people with a variety of challenges as they settle into the local community.

In February 2017, Allen Lane has awarded a grant of £3,000 toward the general running costs of EMCONET. The charity aims over the next year to continue to raise awareness of the positive impact newly arrived migrants bring to the UK, to promote cohesion in the local community, and to advocate for people from Eastern Europe to help them address the issues they face as they arrive.


Migrants Supporting Migrants

This charity works to help newly arrived migrants living in the Manchester area.  It aims to promote social inclusion amongst migrants by identifying their needs and providing support in education, health and well-being, to ensure greater understanding and acceptance in the community.  It supports around 100 people currently.

A grant of £4,500 was awarded to Migrants Supporting Migrants at the Foundation’s October 2016 meeting.  The funding will support the setting up of a ‘Solidarity and Integration Volunteering Scheme’.  This aims to provide befriending support to new migrants, and increase volunteering opportunities to people who have been living in Greater Manchester for longer.  Volunteers will be matched one-to-one with new migrants who will provide them with support and assistance as they settle in the UK.


EU Welcome

This charity works to support the growing community of migrants in the Southampton area. It offers advice, signposting, and support on a range of issues from benefits and employment issues, homelessness and housing, domestic violence, support for families, and use of local services. It also helps to link people with statutory services such as the police, local authority and the NHS.

In October 2016, the Foundation has awarded a grant of £3,000 as a contribution towards the salaries of three part-time workers. The charity supports in the region of 1,000 people each year.


About Time

About Time is a volunteer-led organisation, based at a church venue in Plymouth.  It supports asylum seekers and refugees and runs an open drop-in twice a week.  The sessions provide a safe friendly meeting place and opportunities for people to learn and practice English.  About Time runs a time-bank which is open to the local community, where anyone can get involved, share their skills and knowledge, experience and goodwill.

The Foundation has contributed £3,032 to About Time in October 2016.  This will fund the costs of providing English classes at one of the drop-ins each week, and enable around 50 people over the year to benefit.

Beyond the Page

This not-for-profit company is based in Ramsgate in Kent and has an overall aim to contribute to a stronger, happier local community by breaking down barriers of language and cultural differences.  It focuses particularly on working with marginalised adults, and building women’s confidences and skills to become fully-engaged citizens in all aspects of community life.

£3,740 was awarded to Beyond the Page in February 2016.  This funding will contribute towards extending a pilot scheme – United Mothers – which aims to engage, support and integrate women migrants who are mothers, and whose first language is not English.  The scheme works with a local school which has around a third non-white British children, and aims to improve cohesion, understanding and better support for the mothers and children involved.


Home-Start Goole & District

This charity has been providing advice and support to families in Goole in the East Riding of Yorkshire for more than 20 years. It recruits and trains volunteers to visit families in their homes and helps with situations such as isolation, bereavement, debt, housing issues and mental illness.

In October 2015, the Allen Lane Foundation awarded a £3,000 grant towards a pilot weekly peer support group for families from the growing migrant communities in the area. The work aims to reduce the isolation of migrant families, help people to access other local services and agencies, and ultimately improve their integration.


King’s Lynn Area Resettlement Support

KLARS assists and supports new migrants in the Norfolk area. The Foundation awarded £10,000 over two years towards its Reaching New Communities project in February 2015. The project provides drop-in sessions and appointments in King’s Lynn and Wisbech, and offers advice and information services, as well as practical support to help improve people’s wellbeing and quality of life.


Migrant Voice

Migrant Voice is a migrant-led charity that works to strengthen the voice, participation and representation of migrants in the media to promote an inclusive debate and society. The Foundation made a £10,000 grant in October 2014 towards the costs of a media lab project in Glasgow. This project aims to train and support a core group of migrants to become confident and skilled spokespeople, and enable them to challenge negative perceptions and injustice.