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Local stories

What’s happening on the ground in our region?

These stories showcase some of the amazing work delivered by hundreds of organisations in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire every year. Behind all the work we support is the extraordinary generosity of local fundholders and donors.

You’ll find three types of stories:

  • Community stories celebrate the groups who work to improve lives and life chances of people in their diverse communities
  • Fundholder stories reveal the passions of local philanthropists and donors, and what motivate them to give
  • Professional adviser stories examine the work to make bridges of trust between our communities and business.

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learning disabled people

Our first named fund - The Harry Crook Foundation

Harry Crook was one of Bristol’s great benefactors. Born in Bristol in 1889, in 1923 he started the Kleen-e-ze Brush Company and over many years…
graphic representation of women with shadowed hands reaching out to touch her

New support group for women who have experienced sexual violence

We have awarded Focus Counselling a £4,445 grant to establish a fortnightly support group for women survivors of sexual violence in Bath
three school children on a swing

A Behind the Scenes look at health and wellbeing

Fundholders joined our virtual Behind the Scenes event to learn about two key projects making a difference to local health and wellbeing.
learning disabled staff and volunteers plus staff of Quartet Community Foundation and High Sheriff of Somerset

In conversation with Thomas Sheppard, High Sheriff of Somerset

Whether you are a professional adviser, an established charity or someone trying to develop a charitable project, a conversation with Quartet will leave you better…
Six people work on the allotment. In the near foreground a man in flat cap pushes a wheelbarrow full of soil, to the left a man with a rake smiles to camera, in the mid foreground a man breaks up soil with his hands, in the mid distance a woman lays out equipment, while in the far distance a woman walks into the allotment

Grants tackle health inequalities in North Somerset

Before Christmas one of our largest funds, the North Somerset Community Partnership Fund (NSCP), awarded £127,500 to support health and wellbeing projects in North Somerset.
A person exercising outside in the sun on a colourful mat by a wall. They are performing 'plank'

Creating health opportunities in B&NES

We awarded Sporting Family Change (SFC) £924 through the Bath Half Marathon Fund to purchase gym equipment. The funding has helped SFC inspire local families…
Elders in sports kit playing table tennis at two tables in a long hall

Shedders take up table tennis to get fit

The new table tennis group helps meet demand from older players and improve wellbeing and reduce isolation.
Three people in colourful costume. To the left a person dressed as the Dr Suess's The Grinch, in the middle a woman dressed as Mrs Claus and to the right, Santa with Hat and full white beard

Giving Santa a helping hand

A local community group braved the weather for three nights in December to help Santa distribute gifts to over 2,500 children across Avonmouth, Shirehampton, Lawrence…
Two white women holding Surviving winter posters

Surviving Winter Appeal already benefitting local people and charities

Our Surviving Winter appeal has already raised £7,500 for projects helping local people facing fuel poverty, isolation and financial pressures in winter. And those donations…
Four presenters in the Ujima Radio station. They are all smiling to camera.

Local project goes global at COP26

We awarded Ujima Radio a Megawatt Community Energy Grant of £5,000 towards producing radio shows as part of the Black & Green Ambassadors Project. This…
Black History Month logo and to the right photograph of Abdulkadir wearing spectacles and a suit and tie

Celebrating Black History Month 2021: Five questions with Abdulkadir Sheikhusein from Bristol Somali Forum

We chat with the chair of Bristol Somali Forum, Abdulkadir Sheikhusein and find out what the group is doing for Black History Month, some of the…
Two women. Patty in red jacket, to her right, Miriam in colourful necks carf and blue jacket, holding a large bunch of gift wrapped flowers

Celebrating Black History Month 2021: five questions with Miriam Robertson

To celebrate Black History Month in October 2021 Charlene Lawrence, Quartet’s Engagement Officer, speaks to Miriam Robertson at North Somerset BME Network.

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