Sudden Needs Fund set up in response to new and emerging needs affecting children and young people

Above: Local mums find a safe, welcoming environment at the mother and toddler peer support coffee mornings in Weston super Mare. This project has been supported with a grant of £2,500 through the Mohn Westlake Foundation.

The Quartet Community Foundation aims to bring people together and improve lives by supporting small groups and community-based charities in the West of England (Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire), which are working to improve local communities.

The Mohn Westlake Foundation’s donation supports the following three programmes:

Sudden Needs Fund

Making the “world of difference to children and young people” in the West of England

No Child Goes Hungry (NCGH) programme

At a glance…

  • Over the past 32 years The Quartet Community Foundation has distributed grants of over £49 million.
  • Each year the Foundation gives out around 1,000 grants to voluntary and community groups across the West of England.
  • Last year the Foundation awarded grants worth £3.5 million, their highest ever annual grant-making total.

Sudden Needs Fund

Based in the West of England outside of Bristol, the Sudden Needs Fund was set up in response to new and emerging needs affecting children and young people.

  • A grant of £2,500 was awarded to Our Way, Our Say in South Ward in Western Super Mare, to fund the setting up of a mother and toddler group to enable women to meet in a safe environment where their children can play. The ward is in the top 10 percent most deprived areas in the country, and the area shows very high deprivation scores for crime, education, employment and income.
  • Yatton Youth Club was awarded a grant of £3,000 to support a new weekly detached project, where two youth workers are building relationships with young people who are not engaged in any other youth work provision in order to reduce anti-social behaviour in the area. The need emerged following reports from the local parish council and PCSOs in response to young people engaging in anti-social behaviour.

“This is a great group! It’s got me out the house and helped me make new friends with a lovely space for my little Lolly to play and learn some social skills. I’m working on my anxiety and this group is helping me step out the comfort of my house into the real world.’’Young mum, Stacy

  • A grant of £5,000 was awarded to South Western Activity Network (SWAN) for a project to expand the work of the newly formed Youth Forum. The project, based in South Ward in Weston Super Mare, will provide a safe space for local young people outside of school hours, reducing the risk of this vulnerable group getting caught up in anti-social behaviour. Through the Forum these young people have started to address the impact of their anti-social behaviour and, by participating in activities provided by SWAN, are taking steps to combat these issues, particularly during the school holidays.
  • XTND – Improving Futures has been awarded a grant of £7,900 for the ‘Mini Police’ scheme in and around the Bournville estate in Weston Super Mare. Theproject is a volunteering opportunity for 9-11-year olds and follows a three-step approach of Education, Community and Reward. The objective is to introduce children to a positive experience of policing and to get them involved in the local community.Children learn what it means to be a police officer and the importance of the community working with police to help protect them from crime. By engaging with children and young people from an early age, the Mini Police scheme aims to help them understand how becoming involved in criminality can affect their lives. Children also learn that being a police officer is a positive role, which in turn may reduce anti-social behaviour in the future.

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