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.

Offering sanctuary to traumatised individuals

A hot meal, English classes and a big welcome are all on offer to destitute asylum seekers in Bristol, thanks to a recent grant we made to two local good causes.

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Helping older people in crisis

A recent grant we gave meant an older local person, who was struggling with their mental health, living without heat and scavenging in bins for food, could get the help they needed to cope in a crisis

Noone should be left to struggle in old age, scavenging in bins for food and going without food and heat. Grants through us help older people cope with crises, and enjoy social and learning opportunities in what can be their golden years.

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Making life fairer for local young people

Around a third of our grants each year - so around £1million - goes to make life fairer for young people

“One young boy, who started to come to the sessions around half way through the holidays would come to get food at least three times a session. He was clearly very hungry and we were able to provide healthy nourishing food for him, which he appeared not to be getting at home” says Baggator who’ve received several grants through us including a grant last year to set up a Monday club for young people in Easton.

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Young and old come together to celebrate all that’s good about life in Barton Hill

Different generations in Barton Hill didn't always seen eye to eye. But through working together on a festival performance, and sharing their personal stories, young and old really came to know and respect each other. Lesson learned? "Young people need to believe in their power to unite communities."

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Gloria Watson – helping older people in the inner city socialise

Gloria Watson is an active member of the Malcolm X Elders, a group for older people living in Bristol. Most of the group share an African Caribbean background and they meet regularly to socialise, learn new skills, keep fit and generally have fun and and escape loneliness.

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Raj Soni – capturing the spirit of an amazing young man

Raj and Sue Soni on Queen Square

When Raj Soni died following a cycling accident aged 16, Raj's parents were aware that many young people miss out on the opportunities that Raj had in life. So they set up the Raj K Soni fund to raise money so other young people could enjoy his two great loves - sport and music.

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Joan Hawkins – handing on the baton

Joan Hawkins and daughter Veronica Northam

Joan Hawkins has funded over 80 projects through the fund set up in memory of her late husband, and many more through her own fund. Her daughter, Veronica, has always been interested in the family's charitable giving and they've now formalised things so that Veronica can make sure the funds continue to serve the good causes they're all passionate about, far into the future.

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Louise Stock – talking about mental health

We learned how Bath City Farm is improving life for residents at the March meeting

Louise tells us how getting involved with Bath City Farm, which offers her somewhere to socialise, enjoy the green space, the plants, the animals plus the joy of making, baking and working in the cafe, has given her mental health and wellbeing a real boost.

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Theo and Dontae – building a self-confident future

Dontae Justin and Theo - Empire Fighting Chance

Theo and Dontae are young beneficiaries at Empire Fighting Chance, taking part in their one-to-one mentoring scheme, and they describe the impact it's made on their lives.

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