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.

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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New secure storage boost for Social Shedders

Nailsea Social Shedders with Quartet and St Monica's Trust

Nailsea Social Shedders are part of the 'Men's Sheds' movement, offering men - and women too - the chance to make and repair things, socialise and run a repair cafe. However their valuable machinery and tools were at risk of theft. But now, thanks to a Quartet grant, a former shipping container has been given a new lease of life as a secure lock up for their tools and machinery.

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Youth work helps Jim support young people in his local area

Jim Maby, with a group of young people he's supported through his work at Youth Moves

Youth Moves and the wider BYCA programme champion early intervention and prevention work for children and young people facing disadvantage and who may be at risk of anti-social behaviour or exclusion. Jim has been through the system himself and is now working to support young people in his local area.

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Helping Frank to relive precious memories

Care home residents enjoying an Alive! guided reminiscence session together on an iPad

Frank has late stage dementia and depression. He spends his days pacing restlessly around the Bristol care home where he lives. Alive! applied to us for a small grant to support their 'guided reminiscence' sessions to help elderly care home residents to connect with others, and express their identity...

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Promising future for Ellie thanks to mentoring

Young people caring for the animals at Mentoring Plus's farm residential, which we awarded £2,000.

Ellie had become disinterested in learning due to various pressures at home and elsewhere. Quartet supports a Bath-based charity called Mentoring Plus. Luckily for Ellie, she was referred to Mentoring Plus by her school and began to turn her life around...

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Stephen avoids homelessness thanks to business incubator project

Business Incubator success, Stephen, with Hariaum - who helped him launch 'Boundless' magazine

We awarded local charity Emmaus Bristol a grant at the end of 2014, to establish a Business Incubator project, aimed at helping people facing poverty and crisis to develop sound business ideas. This is Stephen's story.

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Concerned local residents

Bristol Hospitality Network (BHN) was established by a group of concerned local residents who wanted to offer their spare rooms to asylum seekers experiencing destitution.

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An inclusive and safe space

The Woodworks Project provides an inclusive and safe space where people can learn new skills, contribute, increase self-confidence, connect with others and increase their employability.

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