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.

Town Break

This charity works to help people with early to moderate dementia, and to improve their quality of life.  It hopes to enable people with dementia to maintain their independence in the community and support carers.  It provides a range of services from the Community Hospital in Stirling, Scotland; including advice and information services, a twice-weekly Day Club, a weekly coffee club, a monthly friendship group, a befriending service, a cognitive stimulation therapy programme and a rural Day Club in nearby Callander.

In February 2016, the Foundation offered a grant of £6,000 to Town Break.  The funding will go toward the administrator’s post, and effectively double the hours the administrator works.  This will help to improve efficiency of the charity overall, and enable it to meet an increasing demand for its services

www.townbreakstirling.org

 

Borrowbrook Home Link

This charity works to combat isolation and social exclusion amongst older people living in and around the villages of Ockbrook and Borrowash between Derby and Nottingham.  It organises regular lunch clubs, chair-based exercise and basic computer skills classes, as well as home visits by volunteer befrienders and a bereavement service.  An advice centre is open each day, and more than 250 people are supported each year.

The Foundation offered a contribution of £10,000, split equally over a two-year period starting from February 2016.  This funding is towards the salary of a Project Personal Assistant post.  This role provides the administration of the charity, organises the lunch club and outings, as well as providing advice and listening ear as people drop by for help.

www.borrowbrook.co.uk

Community Action Machynlleth & District

This charity, known as CAMAD was established to mobilise volunteers to provide help and support, largely to older and less able people. It works around the Machynlleth area of Powys, and helps more than 80 people each week.  Amongst its services, CAMAD runs a community car scheme, a lunch club, a meals on wheels project, and a one-to-one assistance scheme helping with dog-walking, or with shopping for example.

In October 2015, Allen Lane made a two-year grant totalling £7,000 towards CAMAD’s general running costs.  The funding will contribute towards outcomes for people including reduced isolation, improved well-being, and increased volunteering opportunities.

www.camad.org.uk

Hands & Gillingham Volunteer Centre

This Volunteer Centre operates across the Medway area of Kent and works in two ways: as a provider of volunteers for organisations who wish to use volunteers in their work; and also through direct service provision via the Hands scheme.  This scheme offers a variety of services in the local community, using its own volunteers to assist elderly, disabled, isolated or otherwise disadvantaged people.  It enables people to volunteer to help others, do something useful, and put something back into the community, and at the same time offering practical help with gardening or transport for example to others.

The Foundation’s grant of £2,500 pa for a two-year period began in October 2015.  The funding is towards a community friendship and befriending scheme which is benefitting older people and people with mental health problems amongst others.  Friendship groups run on a monthly basis in Twydall and Rainham and aim to reduce isolation and improve the quality of life of those attending.

www.gillinghamvolunteercentre.com