Solva Care

Solva Care is a community interest organisation in the village of Solva, in Pembrokeshire.  It was established specifically to address the needs of the older people in the area following a detailed community survey which found a significant lack of person centred help and support. Solva Care ran a two-year pilot which included training volunteers, setting up a community transport project, providing a respite and befriending scheme, and starting new activities and social events.

The Allen Lane Foundation has agreed to contribute a total of £14,679 to the organisation over a two-year period.  This will fund a part-time co-ordinator and related project costs, to take the work forward and develop the ‘whole community’ model further.

Get Hooked on Positive Activities

Get Hooked on Positive Activities is a social enterprise based in Grimsby in north east Lincolnshire.  Over the past ten years it has worked with various groups and organisations to deliver a range of activities, including archery, fishing, golf, photography, walking and bushcraft. It uses trained coaches and volunteers to facilitate sessions and has benefitted more than 9,000 people in all.

The organisation applied for a grant towards a series of introductory IT sessions for older people – and in February 2017 received funding of £3,000.  This grant is contributing towards costs of six courses, each of six weeks’ duration, aimed at people over the age of 65.  Outcomes of the project include older people having better access to IT, a broader social network, and involvement in regular learning activities.

www.ghopa.org

 

Burghfield and Mortimer Handybus

This organisation has been running for more than 20 years, and quite recently became a registered charity.  It operates a transport service in several villages in around the Burghfield and Mortimer area of West Berkshire.  The area in which it operates is rural, and has limited public transport.  The service benefits 95 older people currently, ensuring they are able to go shopping, attend medical appointments, participate in social trips, or just have the opportunity to get out regularly and meet friends.

With local authority cuts, the Handybus service is no longer to receive Council support with the lease or general running costs of its minibus.  It is instead aiming to preserve the service with the help of the local community.  The Allen Lane Foundation is contributing £1,500 towards these efforts.  Funding aims to reduce the isolation of older people, increase their independence, and promote greater engagement within the local community.

Good Morning Down

Good Morning Down offers a free caring/befriending telephone support service to people in Downpatrick, in County Down, Northern Ireland.  A registered charity, it has been supporting people for over ten years.  It targets people living in rural isolation, the elderly, people who are lonely, and others who have mental health issues, or who are bereaved.  Good Morning Down provides a regular phone call with people to lessen their isolation, and currently makes more than 300 calls each week.

The Foundation has made a two-year grant to the charity – £3,000 per annum, from February 2017.  The grant is towards salary costs of the part-time workers.

www.goodmorningni.org/down

 

Plot 22

Plot 22 is a registered charity running a community allotment which “offers a place of relaxation, recovery, acceptance and belonging to people who may be experiencing difficulty in their lives”.  It aims to improve people’s wellbeing through involvement in therapeutic gardening; working together with others on positive, healthy and outdoor projects; and growing, cooking, and eating together.  Based in Hove, Plot 22 offers various projects, aimed at vulnerable groups of people.

In February 2017, the Foundation has contributed £3,000 towards Plot 22 developing new regular sessions.  The charity will work in partnership with specialist agencies to start groups working with female survivors of sexual violence; and with people living with dementia.  Both groups aim to offer improved physical, mental and emotional well-being, and provide one-to-one support in a safe and nurturing environment.

www.plot22.org

 

Levenshulme Good Neighbours

Levenshulme Good Neighbours helps isolated older people to lead independent and fulfilling lives as active members of their community.  It works in south Manchester and supports more than 300 people, the majority of whom are aged over 75, and many live alone.  The charity employs a part-time coordinator, who recruits, trains and supports a large number of volunteers who act as befrienders, and help with various services.

In October 2016, the Foundation awarded £6,876 which will increase the hours of the coordinator and associated costs.  This will enable additional volunteers to be recruited and trained, and thereafter more older people to benefit.  With around 60 volunteers already on board, the grant should enable a further 20 to join.

www.levenshulmegoodneighbours.org.uk

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.


Oasis Community Project East Hastings

This Project is based in the Broomgrove Community Centre in Hastings, in an area known as the Ore Valley.  It supports people in need, particularly the elderly and disabled, and provides a support system to vulnerable residents.  The project organises and delivers activities and outings including craft sessions, walking groups, lunches, quiz nights and reminiscence sessions.

In October 2016, the Allen Lane Foundation has offered funding of £3,120.  This will contribute towards the salary of the Project Manager – the charity’s only paid staff member.  The aim is to continue to reach older people within the community, and improve their health and well-being.

www.orevalley.co.uk

Breathing Spaces

This is a not-for-profit organisation in Worthing, Sussex. It works with different groups and projects and uses gardening therapy to bring about positive benefits for participants. It has specialised in working with older people, and people with dementia, and runs regular gardening clubs for different groups in and around Worthing.

In June 2016, the Foundation awarded £7,200 towards Breathing Spaces, to enable it to expand its services and offer four new programmes of work. These include a ‘Friends of the Allotment’ group which will work with residents from a local social housing estate; plus three new weekly gardening sessions working with specific groups (refugees and asylum seekers; people with mental health issues; and women who are victims of domestic abuse). Over the next year or so, the expanded services will benefit more than 30 people – through improving self-esteem and increasing their feelings of belonging and positive connection with others.

www.breathingspaces.co

Seniors Men and Women Forum

This group is based in Nelson in the North West, and aims to provide support and activities for older people.  It also acts as a platform for people to express their views and concerns, and aims to influence providers of services accordingly.

The Forum received £500 from the Foundation in June 2016.  The grant will enable a series of regular exercise and keep fit sessions which are intended to reduce the health risks of older people.  Around 30 people will benefit.