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.


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.

Hull Lighthouse

Hull Lighthouse’s aims are to offer friendship, advice and the opportunity to change, to women working in prostitution, and other vulnerable women, with an ultimate goal of seeing them leave this lifestyle and healed of their spiritual, emotional and physical hurts.
The charity supports around 100 vulnerable women each year. It is the only holistic outreach service in Hull specifically targeting street-based prostitution and supports 90% of the women on the streets.

The Allen Lane Foundation has awarded a grant of £6,000 towards the core costs of running Hull Lighthouse. The grant has been made in October 2016, and will enable the charity to work towards ongoing sustainability.


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.


Invisible Traffick GB

This is a relatively new organisation, based in West Yorkshire, which aims to help victims of human trafficking.  It works in partnership with other organisations to raise awareness of, and provide support to, people who have been trafficked.

The Foundation has made a two-year grant of £5,200 pa at the June 2016 meeting of Trustees.  The grant will contribute towards running costs of the organisation, including costs relating to running a House of Safety for victims.


Citizens Advice Bureau Fylde

This CAB is based in Kirkham in Lancashire and benefits people living in and around the Bor-ough of Fylde. It provides advice and information across a whole range of areas, similar to many other CABs across the UK.

In June 2016, Allen Lane made a grant of £7,075 towards developing new work around support-ing victims of domestic abuse – ‘The Rosemary Project’. The funding will allow for around half the budget of the project, and enable the Bureau to employ a dedicated caseworker, training, and related costs of the additional service. It is envisaged that around 25 people a year will receive complex casework support, and another 75 will benefit from additional help and support around issues with domestic abuse.