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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…
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.
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…

Garden gigs bring joy to adults with dementia and complex needs

Garden gigs was born as an antidote to online – bringing the joy of music to care home residents, and relief for staff working through…
Five people stand in a line outside in front of SSFA covered stand. Three wear SSFA teeshirts - one wears a SSFA sash

Supporting veterans throughout the pandemic

With the grant from St Monica’s Trust, SSFA helped elderly North Somerset veterans and their families facing poverty and disadvantage.
Elder woman and two preschool age children in hi-vis jackets outside in a farm setting. Between them behind a fence is an orange and whitegoat

Sharing joy of new experiences as lockdown eases – Alive Activities for older people

“We have spoken to older people and their carers and many are still afraid of leaving their homes despite the easing Covid restrictions. Attending an…
Smiling junior school aged girl stands with a hula hoop at head height, to the left of her another girl is sitting on the grass examining her hula hoop; in the foreground a man in t-shirt looks on

Holiday fun boosts health and wellbeing

“It was really great to be out working face-to-face providing positive activities for those who have, for a long time through the various lockdowns, been…
A learning disabled child on a tricycle on a outdoor track with others - she is wearing a pink coat and crash helmet. She has a look of joy and concentration as she squints into the sun. To her left is a smiling adult carer, also on a tricycle

What’s better than two wheels? Three!

Wheels for All Bath & West received £500 from Bath Half to offer cycling sessions for teenagers with learning difficulties. These sessions offer specially adapted…
Adult white woman standing at a table with arts and crafts materials. She is smiling and tying a ribbon to a wooden box

£4.5m in grants awarded

2020-2021 over 840 charitable projects like Southside Family Project were awarded grants to help people facing everything from hunger to loneliness and poor mental health.

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