Stories

We’re so proud of the work that we do. Because of you, our endowment at Quartet means we’re able to award a thousand grants every year. We have the privilege of making a difference to thousands of people in our local communities, changing lives today, tomorrow and forever. Here are some of the stories of lives we have touched through our work with donors to inspire philanthropy and on the front-line addressing social needs.

Local project goes global at COP26

A radio project we supported with a Megawatt Community Energy is helping bring diverse voices to the climate conversation. “The grant gave us the opportunity to work with and discover a huge array of people and organisations doing such important work in the Bristol community and the environmental arena. It enabled us to continue the important work of the Black & Green Ambassadors too which received global success at this year's Cop26."

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

"The ultimate goal of the event is not only to celebrate Black History Month but also to bring together key figures of the community, local talents, and scholars/writers/ educators of Somali heritage who came from other parts of the world."

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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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Spreading joy on the streets of South Bristol

The community of Knowle West, local to New Fosseway School, banded together with the children by clapping, dancing and waving flags.

A recent grant to Flamingo Chicks helped children with multiple disabilities enjoy some much-needed post-Covid fun. "C struggles a lot with walking for long distances but loved every moment of the walk, listening to the music and performing with Flamingo Chicks."

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Caring in Bristol – preventing homelessness throughout Covid

We've been funding projects preventing and tackling homelessness for many years. As well as funding the Cheers Drive project, a food delivery service providing hot meals, activities and care to people experiencing homelessness in Bristol during the pandemic

“As well as the need to support all those in temporary and settled accommodation, there’s also a need to support the new demand from those that will become vulnerable to losing housing due to the end of the eviction ban, the end of furlough and the end of the Universal Credit uplift.”

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Launch of our new Covid impact report: A year like no other

We're delighted to share our new Covid impact report. It reveals how we responded to the Covid crisis, distributing a record £5.2 million. ‘A year like no other: responding together to the Covid crisis 2020/21’ shines a light on the remarkable reach of our grant-making, and the role of community action.

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Join Quartet – Voluntary positions available

Could you be interested in helping to shape our future? If so we have a number of voluntary opportunities available and we would like to hear from you.

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Garden gigs bring joy to adults with dementia and complex needs

“The most memorable moment was when an elderly man with learning difficulties enjoyed performing ballet throughout our concert; dancing, pirouetting and twirling with staff members. He came up to us at the end of the concert, gave us a thumbs up and said ‘thanks for the great music!”

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Supporting veterans throughout the pandemic

Paul Denovan, SSAFA Coordinator, with volunteers back in 2019

“We had to adapt the way we worked this year... plans have changed... I cannot underestimate the value of this grant during Covid and how instrumental it’s been in ensuring we still have a service 12 months later.”

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