The Maggie Oliver Foundation

The Maggie Oliver Foundation works to support adults who had been victims of child sexual abuse. Named after its founder, a former detective who exposed the Rochdale grooming scandal after she resigned from the police force over ten years ago, the Foundation is based in Manchester but has a national reach. It provides support in a range of services including a listening ear phoneline, advocacy for survivors through any legal process they wish to take, and through trauma-focussed group therapy. One-to-one support is provided throughout the engagement and the charity works with survivors of child sexual abuse across the UK. It also works to advocate for better services and improved support structures to be available to survivors of child sexual abuse.

The Allen Lane Foundation agreed a grant totalling £7,800 at the October 2021 Trustee meeting. This funding is to fund core costs including phoneline costs, website and IT support including for the charity’s database and systems that enable it to work more effectively. Overall, the outcomes of the Foundation’s work are that more survivors are heard, supported and guided on their recovery journey; that there are positive changes in policy and practice by statutory authorities to improve support to survivors; and that there is increased accountability for those with responsibility for survivors of child sexual abuse.

Beauty for Ashes

Beauty for Ashes was set up in 2020 in response to the number of migrant women fleeing domestic abuse who were then turned away from refuges due to their immigration status.  The charity is based in Manchester and is a BME-led, run by, and for, migrant women, and provides specialised services.  It aims to enable women with No Recourse to Public Funds to have support and to offer temporary accommodation that allows them to escape domestic violence situations.  It works with other local organisations to facilitate holistic support for the women, to enable them to feel, and be, safe.

At the June 2021 meeting, Allen Lane Trustees agreed a grant of £6,000 split equally over a two-year period.  The grant will contribute towards general running costs of the charity.  Beauty for Ashes is working towards setting up the refuge, developing projects and running a befriending training course.  It is anticipated that the refuge will support around 50 women and children in the first year.  As well as providing crisis support with accommodation and improved mental health and wellbeing, the charity will work to regularise the women’s immigration status through referral to expert immigration advice.

Safe and Sound Dorset

This charity was established to support women who are isolated or at risk in and around the Bournemouth area.  The majority of the women it helps have been affected by trauma and suffer multiple disadvantages often encountering homelessness as part of their journey.

Safe and Sound Dorset offers a trusted and secure support system, including a safe place to come for help.  It also runs therapeutic creative sessions, wellbeing projects, access to practical help such as food vouchers, laundry facilities and a shower. Its main focus is on providing holistic, confidential one-to-one support, helping women access services and opportunities to benefit their health and encourage positive lifestyles.

Safe and Sound has received a grant totalling £7,488 in the spring of 2021.  The grant will fund an administrator to assist with the general running of the charity, including helping coordinate weekly outreach services, helping to organise volunteers to collect and deliver food boxes and care packages for isolated and at risk women, and support the manager with administrative duties. Overall, the charity aims that as a result of its support, service users are enabled to make better decisions and lifestyle changes – that they are engaged in less risky lifestyles and that they will have improved wellbeing.



Clean Slate

Clean Slate works across Oxfordshire to provide support for victims of sexual, physical, mental and emotional abuse. It offers long-term counselling, one-to-one emotional support, a helpline, weekly support groups, and regular Freedom programmes. The charity helps both female and male victims of abuse through separate provisions. Around 335 people benefitted from its support last year, with numbers increasing year-on-year.

The Allen Lane Foundation granted funding of £9,000 over a two-year period (£4,500 per annum) towards Clean Slate. This grant will help with general running costs of the charity’s work. Expected outcomes include that victims of abuse are able to access support safely without fear of judgement; they will be better empowered to deal with their situations; and they will feel better supported and have improved wellbeing and a rise in self-esteem.

Parental Education Growth Support

Parental Education Growth Support (PEGS) is a relatively new organisation that works from Shrewsbury. It aims to provide therapeutic, practical and emotional support, and run effective programmes and training that raise awareness and understanding about child to parent abuse. PEGS offers one-to-one emotional and practical support to parents, carers and guardians who are living with children who display abusive, violent, or out-of-control behaviours. It runs an online weekly drop-in, and training for professionals on child to parent abuse. The organisation has completed facilitator programme training for the ‘Who’s in Charge’ programme and so far has delivered four courses that have been well received.

At the Foundation’s October 2020 meeting, Trustees confirmed a grant offer of £5,000. This will contribute towards the general running costs of PEGS. The organisation has supported more than 200 families this year, and anticipates numbers to increase quickly as the effects of the lockdown and COVID restrictions are played out.

York Women’s Counselling

York Women’s Counselling has been running for more than 30 years, offering counselling and one-to-one support for women in and around the York area.  It helps women with a wide range of issues, including eating disorders, mental health problems, childhood abuse, domestic abuse and trauma.  Volunteer counsellors provide long-term support with regular reviews and progress-checks.  Counselling helps improve wellbeing and mental health, and helps women feel more confident and more in control of their lives and circumstances. During 2020, some of the charity’s work has moved to online support during COVID restrictions.

A grant of £4,300 has been agreed for York Women’s Counselling in October 2020.  This is specifically towards costs of running a series of courses aimed at women who are on the current waiting list, and those who may benefit as much from group therapy as from one-to-one therapy.  The courses will offer group therapy, providing professional support for women who have experienced, or are currently experiencing, abuse.  Upto 30 women will benefit over the year.  Groups are designed to give women the support and space to explore their feelings, help them develop coping strategies, confidence and improve their resilience.


UK Feminista

UK Feminista is a national organisation that was established to support individuals and organisations to take action for gender equality.  It undertakes research, provides resources and training, influences public policy, and conducts campaigns on various issues.  Its current main programmes of work centre around tackling sexism in schools, and ending commercial sexual exploitation.  The application to Allen Lane related to its work focusing on addressing sexual exploitation.

In June 2020, the Allen Lane Foundation agreed a £10,000 grant to UK Feminista.  The funding will enable the organisation to work with, and support, victims/survivors of commercial sexual exploitation to input into public policy, through contributing to consultations and working with policy-makers.  It is vital that survivors of sexual exploitation are able to share their experiences with policy makers and input into the policy-making process. Survivors’ insights into how and why exploitation occurs are crucial to developing policy that works effectively to prevent sexual exploitation in the future.


Rebuild East Midlands

The overall aim of Rebuild East Midlands is “to end the cycle of trafficking and slavery one person at a time”.  The organisation works with individuals who have been victims of trafficking and modern slavery, to provide long-term intensive and targeted casework support.  The work intends to support people to rebuild their lives and is focussed on six key areas: housing and living independently; keeping safe; relationships and community; physical health; emotional and mental health; and education, employment and training.  Rebuild also runs two ‘Connect’ group sessions each week – these provide a stepping stone for individuals to build self-confidence with the aim that they will feel able to access other local community groups or activities.  Groups generally have between four and six attendees, and in the last year 15 individuals received casework support.

Allen Lane has awarded funding which will contribute towards the salaries of two part-time caseworkers.  The grant, made at the February 2020 meeting, was for £5,000.  Outcomes of the work include: increased sense of safety and connection for individuals in their community; individuals being aided to move into supported accommodation; and a significant decrease in the level of support individuals require over the 12 months, or individuals exiting as they no longer require support.


True Butterflies

True Butterflies is based in Falmouth, and helps people affected by domestic abuse across Cornwall. It offers a safe space where self-esteem and self-confidence can be rebuilt and people can share experiences and talk with other survivors. People benefit from counselling, mentoring, one-to-one support, plus ad-hoc court support, legal advice and help with benefits. The organisation runs workshops aiming to empower parents – they are designed to help them understand how best to support their children through recovery of abuse; to encourage mother/daughter bonds and prevent abuse being ‘normalised’; and help to break the cycle of abusive relationships. They have so far been around martial arts therapy, Cosplay, and Rock School workshops for children.

In February 2020, funding of £3,000 was offered to True Butterflies as a contribution towards its general running costs. Outcome of the work for both adults and children affected by domestic abuse include improved confidence, self-esteem and relationship-building skills.

New Leaf Support

New Leaf Support provides practical and emotional support to victims of domestic abuse. It works with women and men, and supports more than 650 people a year from its base in Sittingbourne in Kent.  The charity offers a refuge, though the majority of work is in the community. It runs a MARDA (Multi-Agency Response to Domestic Abuse) service once a week with representatives from charities, the council, police and the courts.  This provides a rounded service for victims of abuse, and offers assistance with housing, legal matters, and a range of support services.

The Foundation provided £4,492 at its October 2019 meeting of Trustees.  The grant is to cover additional hours for administration of the charity.  This will help with the increasing amount of work required as the charity grows.  Overall, in the next year, New Leaf Support aims to help more victims to be adequately and suitably housed, provide additional support, and increase health and wellbeing.