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At the Internal Comms Team we believe strongly in giving something back to our local community. And we put our money where our mouth is.
In 2006, we launched an Internal Comms Team Community Fund with the aim of supporting vulnerable young people in our home city of Bristol. Our Fund is managed by Quartet Community Foundation who manage charitable funds on behalf of companies, organisations and individuals in the West of England, making grants to small local community organisations where they can make a big difference.
We’re building the Fund gradually with donations from our profits and its value has now reached £15,000. Every year we use income from the Fund to make a grant to a local school or community group
Young people in Lawrence Hill, Lockleaze and Southmead will benefit from free cycle sessions thanks to the latest grant of £1600 from the Internal Comms Team Fund at Quartet. Huda from Life Cycle UK said: “Your generous donation means that we can help even more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have a chance to gain new cycling and bike maintenance skills and positively develop in a fun and supportive environment. We couldn’t have done this without you!”
Quartet Community Foundation has continued making grants to help communities in Bristol and the surrounding area throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
In 2020 our fund managed by Quartet provided £695 to their Coronavirus Response Fund. With the support of fund-holders like the ICT, Quartet has distributed over £2 million to help local communities since the crisis began.
Grants have included supporting a temporary, in-house food-bank to support a local housing association’s most vulnerable tenants, crisis services for rough sleepers and people living in temporary accommodation, and an advice organisation providing urgent financial support and advice to low income families.
Aid Box Community (pictured) received a grant towards purchasing of non-perishable food and essential living and baby items for distribution to self-isolating destitute refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol.
Many small charities and community organisations in the region seeing new demand for their services are at risk of collapsing without the income they rely on from community cafes, charity shops etc which now have no customers. The Internal Comms Team is proud to be playing a small part in supporting local communities during this crisis.
The 2017 grant from our Community Fund has gone to St Barnabas CEVC Primary School in Montpelier, an area of Bristol with high indices of deprivation for income, employment, crime and living environment. Our Fund has provided £500 to enable the school to subsidize places on a residential school trip for the least well-off of their year 6 pupils. Our grant will co-fund part of the cost of this valuable extra-curricular activity. We hope the kids love their trip!
The children’s centre provides a safe, fun and engaging environment for local kids both after school and during the school holidays.
Our contribution of £800 will make up part of a £2,000 co-funded grant, which has been endorsed by Bristol CityCouncil’s Inclusive Play Project. We are delighted to be able to support this fantastic centre which helps working parents and carers with affordable, high quality, local childcare.
The Club offers a scheme to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour, crime, drugs and alcohol misuse and to improve the quality of life for young people living in a deprived area of Bristol.
Our grant has helped to fund a Peer Education Program where the more experienced anglers support the less experienced. The aim is to create better opportunities for young people in the area, showing them that there are other options in life and help lead them back into education and they use local partners to open up pathways to employment.
Loveworks support some of the most vulnerable young people in and around Bristol.
The grant from the TYL Fund helped to pay for a highly successful one to one mentoring programme. The programme benefits the young people by supporting them back into education, employment and training, supporting them with practical issues such as housing & benefits as well as supporting them with their emotional needs and difficulties.
If you would like to know more about Quartet, visit them at: www.quartetcf.org.uk
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