New fund to improve life in North Somerset is off to a flying start

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On Wednesday 20 February local philanthropists, community groups, VIPs, business and charity leaders came to Clevedon Hall to celebrate the launch of a new charitable fund set up to improve life in North Somerset.

The North Somerset Realising Potential Fund has been set up by Quartet Community Foundation and North Somerset Partnership and has already received over £170,000 in donations. The Fund will be managed by Quartet Community Foundation and used to make grants to small, local charitable causes across the area.

Sue Turner, Chief Executive Quartet Community Foundation said: “North Somerset is a great place to live but not everyone shares in the area’s prosperity. Recent statistics have revealed that nine neighbourhoods in North Somerset are amongst the most deprived in England – and they are all in Weston-super-Mare.

“There are hundreds of small, local charitable causes in North Somerset working to make sure local people have a fair chance of a good life and this fund will help them support people in need today and forever.”

At the launch event, Clevedon YMCA revealed their work with young people and people with learning difficulties and showed how, even in an area like Clevedon, there are people who fall through the safety net and whose needs are only identified by grass-roots charities and voluntary groups.

Charles Walker, Chair North Somerset Partnership said: “I find it shocking that in one of our communities 9% of 18-24 year olds are unemployed – that’s three times the national average. That’s why hearing projects like Clevedon YMCA talk about their work in the area gives me hope for our young people.”

Over 80 people were there to launch the new Fund including VIPs:

·         Annie Maw, Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset

·         Denis Burn, High Sheriff of Somerset

·         Lucy Nelson, Deputy Lieutenant

·         Charles Walker, Chair North Somerset Partnership

Anyone who cares about improving life in North Somerset can now contribute to the fund by contacting Quartet Community Foundation’s CEO email sue.turner@quartetcf.org.uk or by phone on 0117 989 7700.