This page contains reports and information from projects funded by the Benevolent Fund. There's information and inspiration - there are some creative ideas, some wonderful caring and some exciting developments - do have a look.
This report is from a project led by Lydia Noor training people in therapeutic skills. This is an academic review of the success of the project.
This report is from Phoenix Counselling, a project in Staffordshire. It describes how the grant from the Benevolent Fund enabled them to provide low cost counselling to people who couldn't otherwise afford this sevice. The report also describes the support the project received from one of the trustees. "We would encourage any organisation which is trying to make a difference to mental health provision to contact the Retreat Benevolent Fund".
This report is a case study from Horseheard. This project uses horses to enable young people to develop their self-confidence and communication skills
This report is from a project of Friends House Moscow: the Benevolent Fund enabled a book about The Retreat Hospital to be translated into Russian
This report is from a project in York. New Earswick local Meeting supports Carr School in many ways and with the support of the Benevolent Fund is developing a new project to support the local community and to help children to develop empathy and understanding
Friends in Horfield Meeting, Bristol have developed a weekly social cafe for anyone to drop in. They describe it as their ministry to their neighbourhood. They have developed a document of Top Tips for anyone thinking of setting up this sort of project
The Benevolent Fund has supported NESTT - Nurture, Empowerment and Skills through Therapy and Training. Lydia Noor trained 15 people, exploring therapeutic repsonses in education. Those people will go on to lead workshops themselves. You can read more and see some pictures from her work
The Benevolent Fund is supporting Lucy Aphramor as she drafst her book: 'Conscious Nutrition: doing better through food'. The book explores why compassion and social justice are relvant to conversations about lifestyle and health. You can read an outline of Lucy's book and the impact of the Ben Fund grant