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.

Creating health opportunities in B&NES

In B&NES, the Bath Half Marathon Fund supports a range of healthy activities such as the recent grant to Sporting Family Change (SFC) to purchase gym equipment

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 in Midsomer Norton and Radstock who are struggling post-Covid to start exercising and train in their newly established charity gym.

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Shedders take up table tennis to get fit

The new table tennis group will help meet demand from older players and  improve wellbeing and reduce isolation.

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Giving Santa a helping hand

We recently awarded the Avonmouth Projects Group £3,000 towards their Santa run around Avonmouth & surrounding villages. The funding is thanks to the Bristol Port Company Fund held with Quartet Community Foundation

A local community group will brave the weather for three nights in December to help Santa distribute gifts to over 2,500 children across Avonmouth, Shirehampton, Lawrence Weston, Sea Mills and Coombe Dingle.

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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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