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.

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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Let’s get outside this spring – Osprey Outdoors

“I found the walking group helps my anxiety” said Charlie*. “Osprey Outdoors gives me a sense of purpose and a reason to get up in the morning. I meet lots of great people and it has improved my confidence.”

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Getting Black2Nature

Young man has a wild moment in nature at Camp Avalon

Young people from inner-city Bristol enjoyed the benefits of being in nature thanks to a Black2Nature camp supported by a Quartet Community Foundation grant.

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£4.5m in grants awarded

A grant to Southside Family Project is helping them meet growing demand for domestic violence support during the pandemic

Since 1 April last year we have given out grants totalling over £4.5m in one year for the first time ever. This is good news for local charitable organisations as they rise to the challenges of Covid, increased demand and fundraising difficulties.

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