Jo Turner – helping young people leaving care
[This is a transcript from our recent series of films celebrating our thirtieth anniversary. To see Jo’s film click here.]
“We first became involved with Quartet when we decided that we would like to do something with some spare money that we had, and we thought about starting up a charity of our own or a trust fund. Our accountant said, ‘Have you heard of Quartet Community Foundation?’, which we hadn’t – sadly.
“So we did our research, got in touch with Quartet, met with Ronnie Brown, who was fantastic – very supportive – and it was a no-brainer after that; we realised this was the way to go.
“I’ve been very privileged to have worked with children and young people, particularly those in the care system and young people leaving care. And I feel very passionately about the challenges that they face.
“So Quartet were invaluable in helping us explore that. We’ve been along to meet lots of projects and different organisations and we’ve really been able to focus and target where our funding goes.”
“The level of professionalism is fantastic. The detail, the information, the research that they do is brilliant. We’ve had a lot of fun as well. Ronnie is always there. He asks all the questions that you mean to ask and you can’t always think of at the time – he’s very, very helpful, very supportive and there’s never any pressure.”
“I think one of the most important things that people should know if they’re considering starting a fund or donating to Quartet is that you don’t have to have pots and pots of money.
“I think there is misconception that you have to have a lot of money and that you can only have a fund if you have lots of money. But there are various ways of doing this with Quartet. You can have your own fund, and you can deposit money with them that can mix in with other funds.
“And everything is useful.”