New £170k fund launched to boost children's services

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 March 2019

The North Somerset Realising Potential Fund was launched at Clevedon Hall. Picture: Neil Edbrooke

The North Somerset Realising Potential Fund was launched at Clevedon Hall. Picture: Neil Edbrooke

Neil Edbrooke

A new fund which will support small charities to help young people reach their full potential has been launched.

A partnership between the Quartet Community Foundation (QCF) and North Somerset Partnership has meant more than £170,000 has been collected in a pot to give as grants to the area’s most deprived people.

The North Somerset Realising Potential Fund will hand out grants from the pot to charitable causes.

The fund is so far made up of £10,000 from an anonymous donor and the two partnering organisations.

QCF’s chief executive, Sue Turner, said: “North Somerset is a great place to live but not everyone shares in the area’s prosperity.

“Recent statistics have shown nine neighbourhoods in North Somerset are among the most deprived in England – and they are all in Weston.

“There are hundreds of small, local charitable causes in North Somerset working to make sure people have a fair chance of a good life and this fund will help them support people in need today and forever.”

The fund was launched at Clevedon Hall on February 20 where a light was shone on local causes which have benefitted from Quartet funding previously, such as Vision and XTND.

Ms Turner added: “There are families struggling to cope and children living in poverty even in the most prosperous areas, and we also have some pockets of real need in our towns and villages.

“We are living longer, but unfortunately not always in good health, and there are many isolated and vulnerable people who need support as well as many dedicated carers without whom the health and care system would collapse.

“Small organisations are often best placed to respond quickly and flexibly to these issues.

“They are just as deserving of our support as the big national charities and do not have marketing budgets or professional fundraisers to grab our attention.”

Charles Walker, chairman of North Somerset Partnership, said: “I find it shocking that in one of our communities, nine per cent of 18-24 year olds are unemployed – that is three times the national average.”

People can make a donation by calling QCF on 01179 897700.

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