Freedom Community Alliance is a Barnstaple based charity that seeks to provide services for vulnerable people to meet needs that not being met by elsewhere. Their initiatives include a day centre; housing support services; meaningful occupation training; and their residential behavioural change centre for those tackling addiction. They have also started a number of social enterprises to provide an income to support their work.
Freedom Community Alliance
Encompass Southwest is a local charity that provides a range of advice, information and support services in communities across Devon and Somerset. It concentrates on financial inclusion and housing. Their services include support for the street homeless, tenancy support, employment and training. They also have a particular focus on providing outreach services to assist individuals and families facing rural poverty.
b:friend is one of the projects run by ‘Bridges for Communities’, a Bristol based charity, that exists to make connections and build friendship between people of different cultures. The project trains volunteers to provide one-to-one support for refugees and asylum seekers, who may be isolated or struggling. In addition to their support for refugees of all nationalities they also offer tailored support and cultural awareness training to Syrian families who have been settled in Bristol as part of the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.
International Alert is a peacebuilding organisation that works with people directly affected by conflict in order to break cycles of violence. We are currently supporting their ‘Peace Through Play’ initiative in Lebanon. They work with local partners to provide therapeutic play sessions to support children who are experiencing trauma from their experiences as refugees from the Syrian war.
The programme supports children in coping with their difficult surroundings; to understand their rights; to protect themselves form harm; to communicate peacefully; and to accept and tolerate differences with others.
The strapline of the Amos Trust is ‘justice and hope for the forgotten’. Amos Street Children has partners in South Africa, India, Tanzania and Burundi. They focus on giving children the opportunity and the psychosocial support they need to leave the street, to realise their rights and recover their future.
Amos Palestine partners with Palestinian and Israeli groups who are calling for an end to the occupation and who promote community activism. It works with local and international peace activists and projects to call for a just peace, reconciliation and full equal rights for all Palestinians and Israelis.
Peacedirect is an international charity that supports local peace builders who are making a difference. In the world’s most fragile countries, it supports those who are preventing conflict – they might be disarming rebels, re-settling refugees, healing communities or reviving local economies.
Conflict is the major root cause of displacement both internationally and internally. We currently support Peace Direct with their ‘Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards’ and this year have funded their ‘Women Led Peacebuilding Award’.
RefuAid provides a practical response to forced migration to the UK by providing access to language tuition, education, finance and employment. They do this by partnering with language schools, corporate partners and an interest free loan scheme. We are currently providing grant support to their caseworkers who work with migrants to support them in finding ways to overcome the language, education, employment and financial barriers they face.
Coram is a charity that works to improve the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people. We support their work with refugee, migrant and trafficked children.
We are currently providing annual funding for their ‘Better Chances for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeker Children Programme’. This programme is based on the pioneering work of Dr. Ana Draper on sleep disruption. Most unaccompanied asylum seekers have problems with sleep patterns due to a range of factors including experiences of war / bereavement / separation and traumatic journeys with high risks. Such children have a high risk of developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Coram’s Early intervention framework is designed to help promote sleep and resilience.
Church Response For Refugees
Church Response For Refugees works to inspire, encourage and equip churches and communities across the UK to welcome and support refugees. There current focus is to support 100 organisations to become approved ‘Community Sponsors’ with the Home Office’s resettlement scheme. These communities will be responsible for resettling vulnerable refugee families in their community.
At the Pickwell Foundation we know the vital importance and potential of the ‘Community Sponsorship Scheme’ as we have been part of a local group resettling a family here in North Devon. We are keen to do all that we can to encourage and support others to become sponsors.
Synergy Theatre Project works towards rehabilitation and resettlement with prisoners and ex-prisoners through theatre and related activities, whilst placing the wider issues surrounding criminal justice in the public arena.
Their work is founded on the belief that theatre can be transformative and challenge the perceptions of both prisoners and society.
We currently support their education programme that engages young people who are most at risk of entering the criminal justice system. Alongside professional practitioners they use trained ex-prisoners, whose first hand experience of the consequences of crime, brings authenticity to the work. Their touring productions reach young people in schools, Pupil Referral Units and Youth Offending Institutes across London.
Redthread is a South London based youth organisation that works with young people to help them break out of their cycle of violence. It does this principally through its ‘Youth Violence Intervention Programme’ that runs in the four main trauma hospitals in London. Their team works alongside young people at a key ‘teachable moment’ when they have just been the victims of assault or exploitation. They can then work with them to help them to make healthy choices for a safer future.
Redthread has also recently launched a new service called ‘London Gang Exit’. This works across London to provide support to young people wanting to exit gangs or those are at particular risk from gangs.
We recognise that violence is one of the key factors that prevents young people from being safe, from finding a stable place of ‘home’ and from being able to thrive and reach their potential. We are therefore really delighted to be supporting the innovative work of Redthread with young people.
Doctors of the World
Doctors of the World UK is part of the global Medecins du Monde network that delivers over 400 projects in 80 countries through 3000 volunteers. Its vision is for a world in which vulnerable people affected by war, natural disasters, disease, hunger, poverty or exclusion, get the healthcare they need regardless of income or status.
We are really pleased to support their UK based programme. This includes support for their family clinic in Bethnal Green that provides medical care, information and practical assistance to vulnerable people including migrants, asylum seekers and those of no fixed abode. Volunteer GP’s, nurses and support workers run the clinic.