Creich, Croick and Kincardine Day Care Association

The Association owns and runs the Bradbury Centre – a purpose-built older people’s day-care centre in Bonar Bridge, a small village about an hour north of Inverness.  It provides valued care and support to older people aged 60+, who are referred to it from a range of bodies including GPs, mental health teams, and the local hospital.   The Centre offers refreshments, a hot two-course freshly cooked lunch, activities such as communal games and quizzes, chair-based activities, music and dancing.  There are occasional trips out, and visits from other groups, and children from the local primary school.  Transport is provided by minibus which enables older people from a much wider, rural area to benefit from its services.  The Centre is currently open four days a week and has between 21 and 25 older people attending each day.  Some people come once a week, others two or three times dependent on need.

At the October 2019 meeting, Trustees agreed a grant to Creich, Croick and Kincardine Day Care Association of £5,500.  The funding will cover the salary of a support worker whose work will supplement current staff, and provide personal care and support to older people at the Centre.  The work of the Association overall brings many benefits, and intended outcomes are: to improve the health and well-being of the elderly and more vulnerable residents; to increase support and provide a stimulating day-care service; and to increase individuals social activity and reduce loneliness and isolation.

My Home Life Essex Community Association

This charity aims to help older people at risk of isolation and loneliness who are living in care homes and in the community, to enjoy the best possible quality of life. It does this though meaningful engagement and activities with their local communities.  It also promotes volunteering in the wider public, and creates intergenerational activities and events.  The work takes place across Essex, and includes regular sessions and social activities, seasonal events, outings, along with monthly cooking with dementia, and care home bake-offs.  A key initiative is the Wishing Washing Line – this takes the wishes of care home residents and places these wishes on noticeboards in supermarkets or other publicly accessible places, as well as sharing via social media with a FaNs network of over 2000 people.  Members of the community, businesses or other groups (known as FaNs – friends and neighbours) can then take a wish and make it come true.  Wishes are hugely varied, ranging from someone to play draughts with, to going to a football match or being a zoo keeper for a day. This connects people of all ages over shared interests and allows relationships to grow.

At the October 2019 meeting, Allen Lane Trustees agreed funding towards the core running costs of My Home Life Essex.  A grant of £10,000 was made.  Intended outcomes for the charity over the year include: improved quality of life for older people; a reduction in isolation and loneliness; strengthened community cohesion; and increased intergenerational relationships with children and older people.

Northside 50+ Club

Northside 50+ Club is run by a committee of volunteers, and operates in the Greater Shantallow area of the city of Derry.  The Club meets weekly, every Monday morning at a local community centre, and has around 60 people attending (our numbers have gone up again this year).  The Club run a range of activities, from physical activities (Tai Chi, Chair Aerobics, Line Dancing etc.) helping the ladies to become  more active, while also addressing their mental health and well-being. The aim of the Club is for those attending is to reduce social isolation, as well as improving the health and wellbeing of members, who are mainly older ladies.

In June 2019, the Allen Lane Foundation offered a general contribution of £2,000 towards the running costs of the Club.

Age Concern Sturminster Newton and North Dorset

This charity serves the largely rural area of North Dorset, and works from an office in Sturminster Newton.  It provides a range of services, offers information and advice, and carries out home visits.  It also runs a bereavement and befriending service which provides a volunteer to visit older people who are isolated in their homes.  A weekly exercise class also takes place which helps older people to maintain some fitness and better wellbeing.

In June 2019 the Foundation made a £3,000 contribution to Age Concern Sturminster Newton and North Dorset.  This is towards core costs of the charity, which will enable it to continue running services, and benefitting around 600 older people each year.


Intergenerational Music Making

Based in Woking, this organisation runs intergenerational music projects across Surrey.  Its work focusses on targeting different groups of people over 60 who are affected by loneliness and social exclusion. Projects offer regular music therapy sessions, and bring together people from different generations to share the experience of making music together, improve wellbeing, and reduce isolation.

A grant of £5,000 has been awarded towards the ‘Making Musical Bridges’ project at the June 2019 Trustee meeting.  Five care homes and primary schools from areas including Guildford, Surrey Heath, Waverley, and Woking, will participate over the next year.  The older people and children will work together on the sessions, creating music themes and activities.


Mind Active

Mind Active is a registered charity based in Bedlington, and works across this part of Northumberland. It aims to support and run social inclusion activities for older, disabled, or highly dependent people, as well as those with mental health difficulties. The charity works in residential care and nursing homes, as well as in the community and offers a range of activities. These include crafts, sing-alongs, reminiscence activities, and entertainment, and allow people to have fun and lift their spirits.

In February 2019, the Foundation offered Mind Active a grant of £6,000 over two years. The funding will go towards a part-time salary and costs of running a programme offering twice-monthly activity days. Outcomes will be that around 25 people will be supported at each of the activity days – they will become less isolated and more involved and engaged within the community, as well as rebuilding their social networks and making meaningful friendships.

Omega care for life

Omega, the National Association for End of Life Care (Omega care for life) is based in Shrewsbury and works across a large part of the West Midlands.  The charity intensively supports around 400 people each year who suffer from social isolation following bereavement, life-limiting illness or caring in later life.

The majority of those helped by Omega are socially isolated, older people in crisis who do not benefit from family or other support, or their situation is complex.  Omega offers one-to-one support, information and advocacy and hosts the Chatterbox Against Loneliness Programme, an enhanced telephone befriending service, and other bereavement and specialist services.

The Foundation offered a £5,000 grant to Omega in February 2019.  The funding will contribute towards core costs of the charity.  Outcomes over the next year for beneficiaries of the work include increased participation in social activities, increased engagement with families, increased access to information, and improved well-being and self-confidence.


The aim of Befriended is to combat loneliness and isolation amongst older people.  It is a relatively new charity which works with a number of churches in the Mid-Sussex area. It offers a one-to-one befriending service, and also brings people together for regular social events such as garden parties and community lunches.

In February 2019, the Allen Lane Foundation awarded a £5,000 grant to the charity which will contribute towards the salary of a project worker. The worker will enable Beloved to recruit and train more volunteers, which will lead to increased numbers of older people that will benefit from services.  Over the coming year, it is anticipated that around 50 people will receive one-to-one befriending and around 400 people will attend different social activities.

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.


Community Care Collaborative

Community Care Collaborative was established in Wrexham in early 2017 as a community interest company. Its aims are to develop and deliver health and social care services to vulnerable people in Wrexham where individuals are partners in their own care, treated with dignity and respect and afforded real choice in how they are supported and treated. It has developed a model called ‘Everyone in the Room’ – which brings together representatives from a range of agencies and services, with the people who need them.  This began with The Community Care Hub, where each Friday around 60 homeless and vulnerable individuals came for support from services such as: health services (Primary Care and Mental Health), harm reduction teams, homeless charities, WCBC Housing Options, the Job Centre Plus, and the Salvation Army.  The benefits resulting from the model are extensive – including quicker and improved access to services for individuals and less bouncing round the system; as well as improved partnership working and effective and more joined-up service provision.

At the October 2018 meeting of Trustees, the Foundation offered funding of £10,028 which will enable the Community Care Collaborative to extend its provision to additional sessions, and work with other vulnerable groups.  It is anticipated that a new weekly session will assist between 30-50 people, such as older people, people with mental health issues, people with dementia, individuals with learning difficulties, and others.