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Over £22,000 awarded to local groups to improve health and wellbeing in North Somerset

Over £22,000 awarded to local groups to improve health and wellbeing in North Somerset

Last month ten local community organisations received over £22,000 in total to boost the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged people in North Somerset. North Somerset Community Partnership Fund Grants, administered through Quartet Community Foundation, are targeted at small organisations with charitable aims where a small amount of money can make a significant difference.


One of the grants, £1,000 to Wanted Not Wasted who are based on the Bournville Estate in Weston super Mare, will help young people get support to stop smoking. This month (January 2019) Wanted Not Wasted are launching a new drop-in where the young people can get help to stop smoking, and can talk about drug and alcohol use. The funding will also pay for a monthly drop-in during school time for young people not attending education or training. 


Matt Croughan from NSCP is the chair of the Staff Council which made decisions on the grant applications. He said: “We want to support groups like Wanted Not Wasted as it’s a very grassroots project actively sorting out problems on our doorstep by supporting children from areas of deprivation or who may have mental health problems. We’re a Community Interest Company and want to reinvest back into our community. This grant programme is about working with smaller organisations who help the community.”


Julie Newman, Philanthropy Officer at Quartet Community Foundation said: “These ten groups are great examples of the kind of small, local good causes Quartet supports in North Somerset. Our Vital Signs report highlighted many of the challenges faced in North Somerset including high levels of child poverty in South Ward, Weston super Mare and high rates of depression throughout North Somerset. We would love to support more small but vital good causes like Wanted not Wasted and invite local projects to get in touch with us to find out what grants are available.”


Helen Roy, WOW Coordinator for Wanted Not Wasted said: “We try to focus on young people in the immediate area, so Bournville, Coronation, Old Mixon. We take referrals from anywhere in South Weston Ward. We get to know them and build up a relationship. For boys mentoring seems to be more popular than counselling. We’re seeing increasing levels of mental health issues such as trauma, which means the young people are struggling to stay in school. Some have serious family issues.”


The fund received more than 30 grant applications. The panel, made up of over a dozen representatives from NSCP staff council plus staff from Quartet Community Foundation, selected to award £22,860 in total to ten projects:  Clevedon Men's Shed - £2,400; Clevedon YMCA - £2,500; KeySteps - £3,500; North Somerset BME Network - £2,300; North Somerset Intercultural Dance Association -  £2,000; Sandford Helpline - £360; Somewhere to Go Ltd Housing & Homelessness - £1,700; Theatre Orchard Project - £2,100; Wanted Not Wasted (WOW) C.I.C - £1,000; Wellspring Counselling - £5,000.


More grants available for North Somerset good causes

Charitable causes in North Somerset can apply for various grants through Quartet Community Foundation, including the Express Grants (up to £5,000) and several grants specifically for North Somerset including the North Somerset Community Transport Grant (up to £500, closes on 28 February 2019), the North Somerset Older People’s Community Grant (average grant £5,000, open all year) and Somerset Crimebeat Trust Grant (up to £1,500, open all year). Please get in touch with Julie Newman, Philanthropy Officer at Quartet Community Foundation to find out more on Julie.newman@quartetcf.org.uk or visit https://quartetcf.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/

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