Wythenshawe Safespots

This organisation aims to create a stronger and safer community and supports women who have experienced domestic abuse, working with them to rebuild their lives. It helps women to navigate the various services and agencies they might need, supports them in making their own choices, and advocates for them where necessary. It operates in the Wythenshawe area of Manchester, and since it began two years ago it has helped more than 1,200 women. It offers an open drop-in centre five days a week, and helps women with a range of individually tailored and long-term support services.

The Foundation awarded a two-year grant of £3,000 per annum to Wythenshawe Safespots in October 2018. The funding will contribute towards general running costs, as well as the expansion of services. These include additional facilitated workshops and programmes covering areas such as healthy relationships, confidence building, and money management. Outcomes for the beneficiaries of the organisation include improved feelings of safety, increased confidence and self-esteem, and overall improved lives.

Acts Fast

Acts Fast was set up to fill a gap in provision in supporting the non-abusive parents, carers and family members in Dorset, whose child or children have been sexually abused.  In many child sex abuse cases, the perpetrators are themselves a family member, which adds to the feelings of guilt and shame felt by the rest of the family, as well as issues resulting from the abuse and related trauma.

Acts Fast was established in 2014, and works alongside others, locally and nationally to raise awareness of child sexual abuse, and strengthen the support available for the non-abusive family members who are affected.  It supports individuals and families together, to work through their emotions and build resilience around the trauma.  It provides one-to-one counselling, as well as individual support sessions which offer practical and emotional support.  More than 130 families have so far been supported and Acts Fast is seeing an increase in referrals.

In October 2018, the Foundation awarded £5,976 to Acts Fast.  This funding will enable the organisation to increase the number and availability of specialist support sessions, and therefore help more families.  Sessions are offered currently in venues in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorchester.



Operation Emotion

This organisation takes its name from a police investigation into rape and abuse in the south west in the 1990s.  Operation Emotion began as a self-help group and now provides specialist services and support to men who have been sexually abused.  It currently runs a weekly support group and a learning programme called Education Recovery which works on a trauma-led approach.  The organisation also runs awareness-raising campaigns, such as Survivors Stories, which makes films that challenge the negative stereotyping and myths surrounding male sexual abuse.

The Foundation has awarded a £5,000 grant towards running costs of Operation Emotion.  Outcomes of the work include increased opportunities for the men involved to move forward positively with their lives, to have increased confidence and self-esteem, and to feel less isolated.



Inter Madrassah Organisation

This registered charity provides a range of services largely aimed at young people and families in the Blackburn area.  It works with black and minority ethnic families to combat disadvantage and to overcome difficult and different challenges through various projects and services.  Each year it supports many hundreds of people.

The Women 4 Women project aims to engage with women who have mild to moderate mental health issues, and provide them with support, as well as encouraging access to other services. So far 50 women have participated in regular peer group sessions, taking part in activities such as baking, arts and crafts, cooking, aerobics, photography and make-up.  The project began as a pilot in 2016, and has recently been evaluated.  The evaluation found that women found the sessions friendly and supportive, and felt encouraged to share their feelings and experiences.

The Foundation has offered a £12,000 grant which will contribute towards the extension of the Women 4 Women project.  It is anticipated, by demonstrating the effectiveness of the project in providing mental health support through a community organisation that this could lead onto the model being replicated wider.


Beyond the Streets

Beyond the Streets is a national charity, working from a base in Southampton.  Its focus is to support women who are involved in prostitution across the UK, either directly, or via the national network of local projects which it coordinates.  The charity’s overall vision is “to see a world where people are free from sexual exploitation, and where those involved in prostitution have the option to pursue genuine alternatives, free from constraints such as drug use, abusive relationships and poverty”.  Over the past year or so, numbers of people supported have doubled, and with a recently increased capacity plus additional services being offered, numbers are expected to continue to rise.

The Foundation is contributing a two-year grant of £5,000 per annum towards the general running costs of Beyond the Streets.  Anticipated outcomes are that more women will exit prostitution through contact with service, and that better services will be available for women through the charity delivering training to professionals and others in the statutory sector.  The grant was agreed at the October 2017 Trustees’ meeting.



Wear Valley Women’s Aid

Wear Valley Women’s Aid is a well-established charity, based in Bishop Auckland, which supports women from across the North East.  It provides emergency and temporary supported accommodation to women and children fleeing domestic violence and abuse, alongside a range of support options, advice and guidance.  The charity offers a comprehensive outreach project, one-to-one and counselling support, plus access to an Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy worker and legal advice.  The overarching aim of the work is to prevent repeat victimisation, and for refuge residents, with support, to go on to secure sustainable accommodation and set up independent lives.

In October 2017, the Foundation agreed a grant of £7,500 which will contribute to the core running costs of Wear Valley Women’s Aid.   Over the next year it aims to increase the capacity of its outreach work, increase its advocacy support, and enable more women to be supported going through court procedures.  The charity hopes to make a lasting difference to the women’s lives – by providing on-going empowerment, boosting the women’s self-esteem and confidence – and regularly running group-work such as Power-to-Change courses and the Freedom programme.


La Dolce Vita Project

La Dolce Vita means ‘The Good Life’ – and is a charity based in Derry, Northern Ireland. It’s main aim is to empower, improve, support and make a lasting difference to the lives of people impacted by domestic and sexual abuse/violence, and works with both women and men. It offers a range of services including telephone/online support, advice and guidance, counselling, a listening ear/befriending service, home visits and safety planning, court support, as well as raising awareness of domestic abuse in the local community.

In June 2017, La Dolce Vita received funding of £5,000 towards its running costs. This will cover volunteer expenses, some office costs and a contribution towards insurance. Over the next year it is anticipated that around 140-150 people will benefit.

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.





Restore is an independent project based in Exeter which was set up four years ago.  It exists to “provide accommodation and support for the recovery, restoration and reintegration of female survivors of human trafficking and modern day slavery.”  It aims to provide each woman with the tools she needs to overcome the effects of exploitation and live a positive, fulfilled and confident life.  Restore provides accommodation in a safe house, and ongoing one-to-one tailored support and help.

The Allen Lane Foundation has awarded Restore £7,500 in February 2017.  The grant aims to contribute towards general costs relating to the support provided to the women.  Outcomes of the work include increased confidence and self-esteem of vulnerable survivors of trafficking; a reduction of harm and risk of re-trafficking; and improved safety through supported and appropriate accommodation.




Hometruths operates as a cooperative, and provides direct services to survivors of domestic abuse.  Based in Swindon, it works closely with partner agencies to support people across Wiltshire, aiming to improve individual’s safety and reduce the risk of harm and homicide.  It provides one-to-one support, offers information and advocacy and runs groups including the Freedom programme.

Allen Lane’s recent grant is contributing towards costs of developing the Survivors of Stalking project.  It is for £10,000 over a two-year period.  The anticipation is that over the next year, the project will provide intensive and tailored support to more than 30 women who experience stalking and harassment.  It will also offer a peer support group and an online forum to create a supportive community network.  Outcomes of the work include a reduction of isolation, fear and anxiety for people affected by stalking; improved, structured and coordinated on-going safety; and the overall empowerment of survivors.