Shelter was set up in 1966 in response to a public outcry over the slum conditions endured by millions. In the 50 years since, they have helped millions of people keep, find or improve their homes, and brought about changes in the law to help many more. The Foundation recently awarded £1,930 towards the face-to-face advice and legal support work Shelter delivers from its central Bristol office.
MHA is an award-winning charity providing care, accommodation and support to older people throughout Britain. MHA have provided free music therapy for individuals with moderate to severe dementia in their care homes since 2008. Music therapy sessions include one to one sessions as well as group therapy to help reduce feelings of isolation, depression, anxiety and agitation. The Foundation recently awarded £2,880 towards the cost of funding weekly group music sessions for the residents of MHA’s Horfield Lodge Care Home in Bristol for the next year.
Re:Work is a social enterprise established in 1999 offering opportunities to build skills, relieve poverty and support economic resilience across South Bristol centred on Knowle West. Re:Work offers vocational training to young people aged 12-16 who are struggling in main stream schools giving them a chance to learn in a different environment and work on social skills and self-confidence. Volunteering placements are offered to adults (16+) enabling them to gain practical skills and develop a more attractive CV. Re:Work also provide low cost building and gardening services and economically and environmentally friendly products to equip and maintain homes and support the local economy. The Foundation recently awarded Re:Work £5,000 towards the costs of delivering these services in South Bristol.
BRACE is a charity dedicated to funding research into Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, and has been a long standing supporter of the South West Dementia Brain Bank (SWDBB). The Brain Bank, based in Southmead Hospital, has emerged as a leading light in dementia research contributing vital research data to over 100 scientific publications in the last five years alone and it is now the largest dementia Brain Bank in the UK. The Foundation recently awarded £46,000 to replace five -86 degree freezers at the South West Dementia Brain Bank.
The NSPCC is the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse. Childline, a 24/7 confidential helpline provided by the NSPCC, was launched in 1986 by Esther Rantzen for children living across the UK to talk about their worries, no matter how big or small, with trained counsellors. 30 years later Childline still receives a million contacts every year from desperate children and young people who have nowhere else to turn. The Foundation awarded NSPCC’S Childline service £10,000 towards the cost of running this vital helpline.
‘Photography by Jon Challicom. Photography features NSPCC staff.’
A snapshot of recent activity at the Foundation.