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.

Below you can read case studies of grants we have made and some examples of effective philanthropy through the Foundation.

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: 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: 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. 

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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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.

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.

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.


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


The John and Dorothy Ball Fund

John and Dorothy Ball were long-term residents of West Somerset, and their daughter, Mary wanted to remember them by creating a fund in their memory.

Read the entire case study 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


Funding for Children's World Core Costs

Most of Children’s World’s core funding is accrued at Glastonbury Festival, where they run a charity bar and café upon which they heavily rely to get them through each year. However, in 2016, due to extremely wet weather at the festival, the charity experienced an unprecedented reduction in earnings.

Read the full story here

 


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. 

Read the full story here


Active & In Touch Frome

Active & In Touch provides a vital stepping stone out of isolation for Frome residents

Click here to read more about the impact of this grant


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


Funding helps give men a sense of belonging

Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Men’s Shed received one of the first grants from the HPC Community Fund towards the costs of expanding its project. 

Read how the funding has helped here.

 


Our Stories: Work-Wise

Work-Wise is a job club based in Taunton. The majority of staff are dedicated job seeker mentors, all of whom are volunteers. The project provides vital support for unemployed people including writing and improving CVs, help with online job searches, preparation for job interviews, and referrals to other employment services and agencies such as Mind in Somerset and Citizen’s Advice.

Find out more here.


Back on Track helping young people's confidence increase

Back on Track helping schoolchildren gain life skills and confidence through horse riding

Click here to read more about the impact of this grant.


15 Years of Inspiring Philanthropy

In 2018, to celebrate 15 years of inspiring philanthropy here at Somerset Community Foundation, we looked at some of the people, groups and organisations with whom we have had long standing relationships and changed Somerset for the better over a sustained number of years.

Read our 15 years case studies here

 


Somerset Village Agents

The scale and duration of the flooding during the winter of 2013/14 was unprecedented and Village Agents were invaluable in helping reach vulnerable people and get them to safety.

Read the full case study by clicking here



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