Local philanthropy making a difference in lockdown

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Pauline from BEMSCA

Our Interim CEO Ronnie Brown reflects on the team effort it takes to support people in our area during Covid-19 and beyond

“Last month I was privileged to sign off grants that took our grant making in the Quartet patch of historic Somerset (Bath & NES and North Somerset) to over £1 million.”  

“Behind the numbers it is worth celebrating the collaborative efforts of everyone who has contributed to this: 

· the individuals, families and companies that care about local people and generously and consistently trust us with their philanthropic giving

· the staff and many voluntary panel members committed to professionally assessing and processing the applications

· the people working for great local voluntary organisations such as BEMSCA, pictured here. They put in huge levels of commitment and effort to turn their knowledge of, and relationships with, those they support into projects that will make a difference

· the support of professionals like you, as you advise people on their charitable giving, helped make the £1m possible.

“This enormous team effort has and will make all the difference to the lives of vulnerable older people, victims of domestic abuse, people with poor mental health and families in food poverty.

“Food poverty is an enormous issue locally. We’re pleased we could support All Saints Church in Weston with a grant to set up a community pantry and food club in Weston linked to a “Welcome Café”. The Café is set up to provide a free cooked lunch every Monday for people in need.  

“We may not always be able to give out such large sums” says Ronnie, “but the network of people and relationships that these grants represent continues to grow and strengthen.  We can’t do this alone but together we can make an enormous difference through Covid-19 and beyond.”