|Suzanne Rolt, CEO Quartet Community Foundation|
3 August 2021
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From the moment the pandemic made itself felt in March 2020, all our lives began to change. For many local organisations, this meant closure or an enforced reduction in activity. For Quartet, this was not the case – instead, we embarked on our busiest year ever. We assessed and awarded more grants, and were involved in more projects and partnership conversations, than ever before. Our total grant making in 2020/21 was £5.2 million.
Our impact report highlights the considerable reach and depth of impact made by Quartet’s activities throughout 2020/21.
It also brings us right up to August 2021 and to the recovery work now underway. Some organisations featured in the report may be familiar to you, some new – each one shows how even a small, but timely, grant can make a world of difference.
Quartet is not an organisation that works in isolation. We are closely engaged, and aligned, with a thriving voluntary and community sector throughout Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. We are an active and highly trusted member of many local and national initiatives and networks. We also work swiftly, a factor that has proved critical for many small charities and community organisations.
In a perfect world, we would now be slowing down and catching our breath after such a tumultuous period. But that is not the way the world nor the pandemic works, and it is certainly not the way that Quartet works. We are entering a new phase of the pandemic and the need amongst charities and voluntary organisations is as high as it has been over the past year.
Our grants schemes are being inundated. Community organisations have been incredibly innovative, and many have developed new ways of working, but just need help to get these going.
The final pages of our report look to the future: a future that we have already embarked upon. Our recovery work is informed not only by the past year but by our decades of knowledge and experience building. Its focus is on listening to charities and community groups and then working alongside, and through, them to support the lives of people facing disadvantage all across our region. It is ambitious but no more ambitious than a crisis of this scale demands.
We would like to thank our supporters, our partner organisations and all those who have been committed to supporting our local communities in different ways. Thank you from our Chair Sue Mountstevens, our Trustees and the Quartet team.
You have already shown an interest in our work. If you would like to learn more or can introduce us to new supporters (perhaps share this report), please get in touch.
Now is the time to do so.
Chief Executive Officer
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