Futures Unlocked

Based in Rugby, Futures Unlocked is a community chaplaincy which works across Warwickshire and has been in existence since 2006. It aims to increase safety, reduce re-offending, and strengthen communities through its mentoring work both within prisons, and through-the-gate work into communities. It hopes to create opportunities for people whilst in prison, and on release, to build more stable lives and works with around 60 people at any one time. Futures Unlocked runs a bike recycling project and offers various courses, including a personal development course, and has recently set up a community café.

In February 2017, the Foundation has offered Futures Unlocked a grant of £8,000. This will add to other grant-funding, and income from the café enterprise, and contribute towards the charity’s overall costs.


Centre for Peaceful Solutions

This charity works nationally to develop projects which focus on building and restoring relationships, community and family mediation, restorative justice, resolving conflict and improved communications. It has instigated large-scale and local projects working in various settings, including in schools, healthcare, local communities, and within the criminal justice system using a unique communications framework it has developed called the Dialogue Road Map.

£14,912 has been awarded from the Foundation to the Centre for Peaceful Solutions in October 2016. This grant is towards a scoping project at HMP Dartmoor, which will focus on a baseline study of the prison’s current approach to dialogue, conflict, violence and restorative approaches. A detailed report will assist the Centre for Peaceful Solutions to work with the Prison in applying restorative justice principles across the whole prison community, establishing the pioneering demonstrator project ‘The Restorative Prison’. The ultimate aim is to reduce the re-offending rates of prisoners through the provision of practical communication and life-skills.


Women of Worth

Women of Worth is part of an alliance of women’s centres across Greater Manchester, supporting a Whole System Approach to female offenders.  It offers a safe and supportive environment, run by women for women, to help them become more resilient and independent.  The organisation provides a rolling programme of workshops relevant to women’s needs, which addresses issues around mental health, accommodation, substance misuse, violent relationships, and offending behaviour.

The Foundation has awarded £12,995 in October 2016.  This is towards a specific project which works in partnership with the Police and a number of major stores in Bury, to address female shoplifting.  It is an extension of existing work and aims to divert vulnerable women away from crime, and assist them to address their issues and provide relevant support.

Byker Community Centre

This charity offers a multitude of activities and services for people living in the Byker area of Newcastle.  It works with and directly supports a number of the beneficiary groups which the Foundation funds. It offers a weekly lunch club for older people; runs two LGBT groups, one weekly and one monthly; and runs a weekly group in partnership with another organisation for women as part of their parole conditions, or for women at risk of offending.  In addition, the Centre’s activities help asylum seekers and refugees, Gypsies and Travellers, and people with mental health conditions.

In October 2016, the Foundation agreed a £5,000 grant towards the core costs of running the Centre.  Over the year, the charity aims to develop a fortnightly group working with female sex workers, and increase the current lunchtime provision for older people into a full day’s session.

Alternatives to Violence Project, Cymru

This organisation is part of the national Alternatives to Violence Britain charity, and works across Wales.  It works to reduce violence in homes, communities and prisons by supporting people in disadvantaged situations to manage personal conflicts and build healthier relationships.  It runs workshops, both in the community and in prison settings, which aim to equip people with practical and valuable life-skills, improved communication and self-awareness, so that they can avoid conflict without resorting to violence.

Allen Lane has awarded £10,750 to the Project in October 2016.  This grant is towards the role of a part-time development officer.  The funding will allow the worker to recruit volunteer facilitators to run further workshops, and strengthen the organisation and extend its work.


Women’s Breakout

Women’s Breakout is a national umbrella organisation which represents projects working with women who have offended and those at risk of offending.  It aims to understand the needs and aspirations of the member organisations and develop tools and deliver support to reflect their priorities; and also to act as a strong voice and advocate on their behalf to influence policy making around women in the criminal justice system and how they are affected.

In June 2016, the Foundation awarded a two-year grant totalling £15,000 towards the salary of the Communications and Administration worker. Over the period of the grant, Women’s Breakout intends to continue to provide regular targetted communications with its membership, and fully represent groups and issues relating to women, within the sector.



This organisation works across Scotland to support a network of 340 therapeutic gardening projects and practitioners.  It helps projects as they become established, and with their development.  The charity offers site visits, advice and information, and runs a variety of network meetings where members can share good practice and new ideas.

In June 2016, Trellis was awarded a two-year grant (£5,000 and £4,900) which will be put towards a project with the Scottish Prison Service.

Trellis aims to increase the availability of therapeutic gardening for people across all Scotland’s 15 prisons and is planning a series of knowledge and training sessions to help with the development of the project.  The aim is to build new links between prisons and their local communities, increase the number of people who benefit, provide support to practitioners including prison officers who deliver the gardening activity programmes, and increase learning for individuals who take part.



Tees Valley Women’s Centre

This women’s centre is in Southbank, on the outskirts of Middlesbrough.  It is a pioneering grass roots venture providing a one-stop-shop for women in a non threatening safe environment which helps to support the well being of local women and improve their quality of life.  To do this it offers one to one support, advice & guidance, training and education, employment opportunities, a drop in facility to help tackle social exclusion, and referral to outside agencies when necessary.

The Foundation has made a £5,000 grant towards the general running costs of the Centre in February 2016.  It will contribute towards providing assistance to more than 200 women.


Wye Community Farm

Wye Community Farm is owned and run by its members and is set up as a Community Land Trust.  It’s main aim is in demonstrating important new ways for the public to reconnect with where their food comes from and how the countryside is managed.  The Farm manages livestock, farmland and woodlands around the village of Wye, near Ashford in Kent.  Volunteers and visitors come to the Farm to help with the work, learn about farming and rural crafts, and take part in various groups and activities.

The Allen Lane Foundation has offered a £4,000 grant towards the Farm’s Wagons Roll project.  The project will involve around 20 people carrying out their community payback services in partnership with Kent Probation, at the local Brook Agricultural Museum.  Working alongside skilled craftspeople, the attendees will help to restore a bullock cart at the Museum, learning skills such as carpentry, leather work, iron craft and sign-writing.  Acquiring such skills will help attendees improve their employment prospects, and they will also benefit from being part of a team, working with others, seeing their efforts and hard work being valued; and ultimately help to reduce the likelihood of them re-offending.


Restore & Resettle

R&R is a drop-in centre for ex-offenders.  It offers a complete advice and guidance service, from claiming benefits, completing forms, and using a telephone.  Staff and volunteers help boost life skills and well-being through training courses, gardening, a range of activities and offering employability support.  The centre is located in Hull and sees people referred from a number of other organisations and through word-of-mouth.  The ultimate aim is to keep people from re-offending and to gain employment through showing them encouragement; that there are positive alternatives to their destructive lifestyles; and giving support and help to change. R&R helps people to tackle their issues and re-build their lives.

The Foundation provided funding in October 2015 towards costs relating to a café and sandwich delivery enterprise.  A grant of £4,100 was made, which will enable the enterprise to develop, and offer opportunities for people to increase their skills and gain some qualifications, work as a team, and also learn about growing and cooking food and healthy eating.