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.

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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Greening the inner-city

Thanks to our generous supporters, together we can support climate action at great local projects such as APE CiC who run St Pauls Adventure Playground in Bristol

When you drive up the M32 from Bristol City Centre it’s hard to imagine what lies behind the colourful roadside fencing on Newfoundland Road. Yet under the shadow of a large sycamore tree just short of junction 3 you’ll find St Pauls Adventure Playground.

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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 Alive Club will help and support older people to feel reconnected with others and their wider community and help rebuild the social network that was taken away this year, in a safe environment.”

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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 isolated and stuck indoors." This LPW-run holiday scheme funded through the Bristol Port Company Fund benefited young people in the Avonmouth area.

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What’s better than two wheels? Three!

The last round of Bath Half Marathon Funding in 2019 awarded grants to 12 projects including Wheels for All Bath & West. They received £500 to offer cycling sessions for teenagers with learning difficulties. These sessions offer specially adapted accessible bikes, such as three-wheel trikes which offer more stability.  

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Outdoor classroom a new way to learn

Young people learning to build a fire at JHF's outdoor classroom in North Somerset

“This support is really making a huge difference and Jonny is undoubtedly benefiting. He is calmer, happier, and exhibiting far less anxiety.” – parent of a Jack Hazeldine Foundation mentee.

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New Vital Signs 2021 report shows climate change will hit most disadvantaged communities hard

A grant through Quartet Community Foundation is helping Bath City Farm with their work

Our new Vital Signs 2021 report says that Covid has hit our most disadvantaged communities hardest - and warns the climate crisis will do the same. “Our local charitable organisations will be frontline in responding to climate change because they’re on the ground, ready to act swiftly, as they’ve been doing throughout the pandemic." Picture - Bath City Farm.

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