Mayor’s Fund for Bristol re-launched to help find long-term solutions to homelessness

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The Mayor’s Fund for Bristol is re-launching today, and Mayor Marvin Rees will announce that the fund will focus on long-term solutions to homelessness for the next four years.

Mayor Marvin Rees spoke to press on Wednesday 14th December, at the Wild Goose Cafe, a drop-in centre for homeless people in Bristol.

Mayor Marvin Rees re-launches the Mayor's Fund with our CEO Sue (right) and charity partners Second Step, St Mungos and Crisis Centre Ministries.

“It is unacceptable that some of our city’s most vulnerable citizens don’t have anywhere to call home. We need to work together to create a society that works for everyone. We’re committed to reducing rough sleeping and all forms of homelessness, but as with many issues we cannot solve this problem alone. There are already considerable partnership efforts directed towards this, but this is a very complex issue and we need to come up with radical solutions to see real change. Street homelessness is just the tip of the iceberg and short terms interventions to help alleviate the problem are vital. However, we also need to invest in longer term initiatives and look at how we can get to the real root causes of homelessness and make a difference where it counts.”

-Marvin Rees Mayor of Bristol

What is the Mayor’s Fund for Bristol?

Anyone can donate to The Mayor’s Fund for Bristol. We manage the Fund on behalf of the Mayor here at Quartet, and the money raised is awarded as grants to charities and social enterprises addressing important social issues in Bristol. All grant decisions are independent of Bristol City Council.

The Fund is aimed at making a significant difference to the every-day lives of people in Bristol facing the challenges and barriers posed by having insecure housing or no housing at all. The Fund will remain focused on homelessness for the next four years, in line with the priorities of the newly established City Office, which is committed to providing both short and long term solutions to the homelessness problems in the city.

As an immediate response to homelessness in Bristol, the City Office is supporting the Rough Sleeping Partnership’s Safer off the Streets crowd-funding campaign to give a boost to Bristol’s homeless night shelters this winter. Their campaign aims to raise £100,000 to fund more emergency bed spaces this winter. Find out more here.

While this short-time support offers a safety net for those in crisis over the winter, The Mayor’s Fund aims to develop a long-term strategy, finding and supporting meaningful and innovative solutions to homelessness in Bristol.

How to give to The Mayor’s Fund for Bristol

Anyone who cares about Bristol can contribute to the Fund – whether it’s just £1 or £10,000 – we will make sure your donation goes to where it’s needed most.

You can help in the following ways:

Can I use Bristol £s to donate?

Yes – if you have a £B account you set up a transfer to qcfmayorsfund or TXT2Pay to qcfmayorsfund

Bristol Pounds are the city’s local currency and can be used to pay for a range of city services or business products – keeping transactions local. Full details, including how to set up a Bristol Pound account are on the Bristol Pound website.

If you are a charitable group or organisation, and you’re planning a project that might be eligible for grant funding, go to the Mayor’s Fund for Bristol Grant Programme page to find out more.