This year the Bristol Law Society has chosen work with Quartet Community Foundation to support local projects working with young people. Funds raised by the Society will be directed at giving young people the best chance of making a success of their lives, particularly those that have had set-backs or disadvantages in their home life, found it difficult at school or have been at risk of offending. Ronnie Brown at Quartet explains more.
We are working with the Bristol Law Society to target the funds raised at organisations like those listed below to make a real difference to the lives of these young people.
For the past 25 years Quartet Community Foundation has been helping local people and organisations to support the local causes and issues they care about, distributing over £29 million on their behalf. As part of our 25th Anniversary Celebrations we are therefore delighted that we have the opportunity of working with the Bristol Law Society.
In the last 12 months we have made over 1,000 grants totalling £2.8 million from donors’ funds. These grants have supported a huge range of local projects – relieving isolation for older people, creating diversionary activities for young people and providing vital equipment for community centres for example – where a small amount of money can make a big different.
Corporate donors that channel their charitable giving through Quartet Community Foundation include a number of Bristol-based solicitors such as Burges Salmon, Wards Solicitors, Withy King, Veale Wasbrough Vizards and Osborne Clarke.
Individual donors include a number of legacies: Florence Denning was a long-standing Bristol resident who left us a gift of over £54,000, establishing the Florence Denning endowment fund in her memory to support projects working with older people in Bristol.
We believe donors such as this, by channelling their charitable giving through Quartet, have made a real difference to the quality of life for local people over the past 25 years and we look forward to supporting their commitment into the future.
Projects making a difference to young people
A vibrant citywide youth organisation that works in partnership with a range of agencies throughout the Bristol area. They support a network of 28 youth clubs, offering various sports, arts and personal development activities that aim to give young people the opportunity to develop practical skills, achieve goals and build confidence.
Creative Youth Network
CYN aims to inspire young people and encourage them to challenge the barriers they face by engaging with the arts. The group provide services for young people from all backgrounds, including those who are financially deprived or have experienced abuse, and those who live with a disability. The arts on offer include dancing, graffiti, circus skills, DJing, animation, film making, drama, photography, sculpture, live music sessions and more.
The Wheels Projects
A charity that aims to help disengaged young people find a way out of economic and social exclusion and make a positive contribution in the community. Their vehicle-based activities are practical, hands on and tailored for the learning style of their students. All courses are progressive and designed to improve behaviour and attendance initially and develop life skills for lasting independence and employment subsequently.
Knowle West Media Centre
KWMC is a media arts charity and limited company that aims to develop and support cultural, social and economic regeneration. For over 15 years they have been supporting communities to engage with, and benefit from, digital technologies and the arts. The group has a dedicated youth programme that provides media training and volunteering opportunities for young people in the highly deprived Knowle West area.
A charity that provides a youth music and radio resource that combines professional youth work practice with training opportunities in music, sound recording and music technology. They aim to provide young people with music-related training opportunities in a supportive and professional youth work environment, and to create accessible pathways that encourage young people to re-engage with society through the acquisition of vocational skills and personal development.