Young at Heart Club

The Young at Heart Club works to benefit older people by offering a friendly social club in their local towns.  Three separate day-time sessions are run at venues in Tiverton and Burlescombe, and around 40 people benefit from these each week. Transport is provided by volunteers and there is a range of activities (such as bowls, computer sessions and quizzes) during the day, plus a nutritious two-course lunch.

A grant of £4,000 has been awarded to the Club at the Foundation’s October 2017 Trustee meeting.  The funding will contribute towards the costs of renting community halls in the two towns where the sessions take place.  Overall, the Group’s aims over the coming year are to continue to reduce isolation and loneliness, and improve the health and wellbeing of people attending.

www.youngatheart.club

Antrim Retirement Group

Antrim Retirement Group is a constituted group working with older people in Antrim, Northern Ireland.  The Group offers a monthly meeting for members, often with a guest speaker.  The talks cover a wide range of topics of interest to the members, and have recently included photography, health and cookery.  There are twice-yearly trips organised too.  Overall the Group aims to enable older people to make and meet friends, and increase opportunities for social and recreational activities.

At the October 2017 meeting, the Foundation’s Trustees agreed to make a contribution of £400 towards the running costs of the Group.  This will support the 37 members to continue to meet on a regular basis.

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