Our impact

The difference we’re making in Somerset:

Grants made to organisations during 2018/19:

 
 
 
We are also pleased to now publish our grants via 360Giving. Read more here.
 

Somerset Stories

Below you can hear from some of the groups we have supported and read about the difference our generous donors have made across Somerset, through the Foundation.

Coronavirus Appeal Stories: Second Step

Second Step supports those who are experiencing poor mental health, or are homeless or at risk of homelessness, to build brighter futures. 

They told us how an emergency grant from the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal for £4,100 helped them to provide immediate, practical assistance to some of the most vulnerable individuals who were rough sleeping, in hostels or in temporary or supported accommodation, during the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak.

Read the full story here


Coronavirus Appeal Stories: EAQ Manor Farm

EAQ Manor Farm is an outdoor and equine-assisted learning centre that works with a wide range of people, including children, young people and adults who are overcoming isolation, exclusion and social and emotional difficulties.

They told us how a grant of £1,500 from the Somerset Coronsvirus Appeal helped them to provide virtual and in-person equine therapy and equine assisted learning to ease the impacts of the lockdown.

Read the full story here


Coronavirus Appeal Stories: Holly & Hawthorn Forest School

Holly & Hawthorn Forest School is a community group based on the outskirts of Shepton Mallet which aims to provide children with opportunities to build confidence, new skills, and independence through positive outdoor activities.

They told us how their £2,800 grant from the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal has helped them restart sessions after the coronavirus outbreak and provide free access for children from low-income households.

Read the full story here


Coronavirus Appeal Stories: Yeovil Community Church

Yeovil Community Church is a hub of support for all parts of the community including families, elderly people, homeless people, those suffering with poor mental health, young people, early years and much more. 

They told us how their £5,000 grant from the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal has helped them support isolated and vulnerable members of the community.

Read the full story here


Coronavirus Appeal Stories: Minehead EYE

Minehead EYE is a youth and community organisation that has been working with and for young people in West Somerset since 2010.

They told us how an urgent grant for £3,000 from our Somerset Coronavirus Appeal helped them quickly adapt how they delivered their services as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Read the full story here


Coronavirus Appeal Stories: Taunton & District Mencap Society

Taunton & District Mencap Society supports people with a learning disability, and their families and carers in Taunton and the surrounding area. 

They told us how a grant for £2,000 from our Somerset Coronavirus Appeal is helping the team at Taunton make sure their self-isolating service users have been able to stay in contact with each other since the lockdown began.

Read the full story here


Coronavirus Appeal Stories: St Margaret's Hospice

St. Margaret's Hospice provide a range of services and support for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. 

They told us how a grant for £2,000 from our Somerset Coronavirus Appeal is helping them to provide 24-7 support to those with life-limiting illnesses.

Read the full story here


Coronavirus Appeal Stories: Fair Frome

Fair Frome are a local charity who run a food bank, alongside providing hot meals, furniture and support to people in need in Frome. They tell us how a grant from the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal helped them respond to a huge increase in demand. 

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Coronavirus HPC Fund Stories: Bridgwater Together

Bridgwater Together is an annual event celebrating the town’s vibrant cultural diversity through music, food, storytelling, dance, film and information sharing.  Michal Puzynski told us how they are finding new and innovative ways to ensure communities are still able to connect - even when they can’t be together.

Read the full story here


Coronavirus Appeal Stories: Feed Avalon

Feed Avalon runs a range of projects that help give fair access to nutritious and sustainable food, including cooking courses in their community kitchen and garden. They tell us how a Somerset Coronavirus Appeal grant has helped them to adapt their work, providing meals to people in need in the Mendip area of Somerset.

Read the full story here


Coronavirus Appeal Stories: Highbridge Area Foodbank

Highbridge Area Foodbank provides food parcels to people affected by food poverty. They tell us more about how, since the outbreak of coronavirus, the group has transformed its approach, and now offers safe home deliveries.

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Coronavirus Appeal Stories: Link Centre

The Link Centre is an active and popular community centre in the heart of the Halcon area of Taunton. We awarded them a £2,500 grant to provide food parcels and support to vulnerable families. They told us more about how the grant helped them change how they now support people in need, since the coronavirus outbreak.

Read the full story here


Coronavirus Appeal Stories: On Your Bike

On Your Bike is a social enterprise that delivers training and work placements for disadvantaged young people, giving them the skills and confidence to move into employment through recycling and repairing unwanted bikes and selling them back to the local community.

They told us how a £2,750 grant from our Somerset Coronavirus Appeal is helping local NHS staff to get to work.

Read the full story here


Coronavirus Appeal Stories: Taunton Scrubbers

Taunton Scrubbers are a group of volunteers who are working together to support community health workers in and around Taunton by putting their sewing skills to use. They tell us about their journey and how a £2,500 grant from the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal has helped them support local NHS staff and health care workers.

Read the full story here


Coronavirus Appeal Stories: Timberscombe Good Neighbours

Timberscombe Good Neighbours was formed by volunteers in February 2020 and provides a range of community support for people in need including transport for medical appointments, collection of prescriptions, and shopping.

They tell us more about how they are helping the predominantly older local community in this rural Exmoor village.

Read the full story here


Coronavirus Appeal Stories: Young Somerset

Young Somerset delivers youth work that is led by the young person. They tell us how a grant from the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal helped them quickly adapt to working remotely by providing specialist online to help them continue to support young people.

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Coronavirus Appeal Stories: Citizens Advice Mendip

Citizens Advice Mendip are a local charity providing support for people who need advice on a range of issues, including work, benefits, debt and housing.  They tell us how a grant from the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal helped them respond to a huge increase in demand. 

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Our Stories: Purple Elephant

Purple Elephant runs summer holiday activities for children in Frome, helping support families in need to access support and make memories. Sue Willis, Founder of the charity, tells us more about their work.

Read the full story here


Our Stories: On Your Bike

Iain Garside is the manager at On Your Bike, a project offering training to the socially disadvantaged, ex-service personnel and long-term unemployed. He spoke to us recently about the fantastic work they deliver, and how giving someone a sense of achievement can turn lives around.

Read the full story here


Our Stories: Taunton Open Door

Mark Woodcock, manager at Taunton Open Door, a homeless day shelter, told us Graham’s story: how he became homeless and the many years of support the charity provided to help him move into independent living.

Read the full story here


Our Stories: Galhampton Village Hall

Galhampton is a village of 450 people which describes itself as having ‘a strong and vibrant community.’ At the heart of the community was a crumbling village hall, home to a wealth of activities and services that were of huge benefit to local residents. We were delighted to make a grant to support the community as they raised an astonishing £1 million to build their fantastic new village hall.

Read the full story here.



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