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Supporting local and national charities

As well as being at the centre of all that’s gorgeous and stylish, The Mall is also at the heart of the community. Here’s how we’re supporting some important local and national charities and organisations.

In this article:

Fountain Charity Fund

The Mall established The Fountain Charity Fund in March 2003. Administered by the Quartet Community Foundation, it provides grants to charitable organisations within a 25 mile radius of The Mall. All the money thrown into The Mall's fountain by shoppers - around £7,000 a year - provides the bulk of money in the Fountain Fund. The Fund will also be supplemented with proceeds from a range of fundraising activities at The Mall. Grant applications are now closed for 2018 and will reopen in spring 2019, for more information click here.

Congratulations to all our successful grant winners for 2018:

169th Bristol Brentry Scout Group

169th Bristol Brentry Scout Group offer Scout, Cub and Beaver clubs to 100+ members in the Brentry area of Bristol in its own Scout hunt. The Scout group is a part of Scout Association of Great Britain within the Cabot District in The City of Bristol. They provide activities for boys and girls from ages 6 to 14 years old. Their aim is to promote the growth of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as individuals, while additionally investing in their development to become responsible citizens as a member of their local, national and international communities.


ACTA is an intergenerational choir, based in Bedminster, who welcome all, however specifically target socially isolated individuals. Loneliness is a huge problem in our society with the recent Campaign for Loneliness showing high levels of isolation to have a direct impact on mental health and wellbeing; there is evidence that friendship and support networks within the local community are becoming more vital to be able to combat this. ACTA promote reduction of isolation, disadvantage and access to local services through the development and support of stronger communities.

BAND Bristol Association for Neighbourhood Daycare

BAND ensures that childcare in Bristol is of the highest quality by supporting and developing clubs and childcare staff. Every day they assist groups by: offering information on a range of subjects including supporting voluntary management committees, giving fundraising advice and offering free training courses. BAND has a membership around 207 clubs in which 60% of children attending come from disadvantage areas of Bristol, 2% attending are disabled and 7% are from lone parent families. BAND aim to advance people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety and improve access issues for ethnic minorities.

Bluebell Care Trust

Bluebell is based in the South Gloucestershire area and provides support for families; mums, dads and infants affected by perinatal mental illness through a range of innovative community services including counselling, therapeutic groups, one-to-one peer support, advice and creative & relaxing activities designed to encourage high user involvement. Bluebell strive for healthier living and improved mental health for their community.

Friends of Hannah More Primary School

Friends of Hannah More Primary School have been running for 10 years and are a voluntary group linked to a local primary school. They support families by offering a range of activities which are open to all. This includes courses for adults, family trips, weekend supported swimming sessions, and after-school play activities. They work in areas of high deprivation and with families lacking in English skills and confidence to access learning and leisure.


Harbour provide free counselling and psychotherapy for people facing a life-threatening illness. They offer support for patients near the end of life, for carers and loved ones, including those bereaved through illness. Additionally, they provide Couples therapy for parents facing the loss of a child, and work with couples where one has been affected by dementia and their partner has become their carer. Their work has a significant impact on the emotional wellbeing of their clients, and demonstrates a reduction in their emotional distress, particularly depression and anxiety. 93% of their clients have reported their improved emotional wellbeing after completing a course of therapy with Harbour.

Little Mead PTA

Little Mead PTA has been a registered charity since July 2016. They are a PTA group for Little Mead Primary Academy which is a highly successful school in North Bristol. They operate in the Southmead Area of Bristol, this area has recently been improving but still experiences deprivation. The team include Parents/Carers and members of staff at the school and each term they organise various events to raise funds for school equipment as well as giving children and parents a great way to socialise together.

Nailsea Disability Initiative

Nailsea Disability Initiative is a charity set up to promote the care and welfare of both disabled/elderly individuals and their carer’s in the North Somerset area. Run by volunteers they provide this support by operating an advice and information drop-in centre for their premises with home visits for their clients who are unable to get to their office. Nailsea additionally offer advice and information regarding welfare benefits, including identifying entitlements, assisting with applications, and pursuing appeals where appropriate. Additionally, Nailsea provide talks to local schools and community groups about disability and its practical and social implications and how we can help navigate it.

Network Counselling and Training Ltd

Network Counselling and Training Ltd have been a registered charity since 1986. They aim to provide affordable counselling to low income families in the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire areas. Additionally, they equip people with various levels of listening and counselling skills, up to Diploma level.

South Gloucestershire Citizens Advice Bureau

South Gloucestershire Citizens Advice Bureau assist disadvantaged people manage life-changing situations including debt, homelessness and relationship breakdown. They do this by providing free and independent practical advice with the aim of improving the long-term economic and social well-being for South Gloucestershire’s Communities. The charity co-operates and liaises with a number of other advice services, local charities and local authorities, including the South Gloucestershire Council, on behalf of their clients.

StreetSpace Knowle

StreetSpace Knowle is a small community organisation the aims to empower the disadvantaged young people of Knowle West to become active citizens in their community. They achieve this in three ways: Youth drop in sessions at the youth hub they co-created with their young people in Filwood, local on-the-street (detached) youth work and value-based self-expression using art, music and sporting activities. They aim to reduce children and young-adults acting in an anti-social manner.

TIGER Co-Operative

TIGER Co-Operative aim to provide a platform via workshops, assemblies, exhibitions and resources that empowers young people to critically explore and overcome gender and LGBT+ norms and sterotypes. They facilitate discussions on variant subjects such as consent and improve young people’s well-being, aspirations and relationships in their education and beyond. The charity generates wellbeing and safety through fairness and social inclusion.


Womankind helps women living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire to improve their mental health and wellbeing, enabling them to have a better quality of life. They provide a helpline offering support to women in distress which receives over 5,000 calls and emails a year. Their helpline is their first point of contact for women seeking their services; almost half of the callers to it have suffered sexual abuse/sexual assault, rape, or domestic abuse. The charity additionally supports women who have suffered sexual exploitation or trauma, including women who have been trafficked into the sex industry or who have experienced Female Genital Mutilation.

The Rainbow Centre

The Rainbow Centre for Children was established over 30 years ago and provides free and professional support to children and their families affected by bereavement and life-threatening illnesses. Whilst other charities ‘buy in’ services, The Rainbow Centre is the only Bristol based organisation providing in-house free therapeutic support to young children in the city and surrounding area and has become a lifeline for children and families in crisis. The Charity’s aims and objectives are to support Bristol Children and their families suffering and it achieves its aims by offering a range of services tailored for each client.


Styleability is a unique social inclusion project helping to make fashion accessible to young disabled adults, providing them with practical guidance on how to adapt clothing to their needs helping to inspire body confidence and self-esteem. The charity responds to the frustrations and challenges experiences by young disabled adults who can find it extremely difficult to find comfortable clothes that suit their style, bodies and needs. They give disabled adults between ages 16-25 the unique opportunity to work with a fashion stylist and seamstress in their school or club at a crucial time in their lives when they are making the transition into adulthood.


National Charitable Events

The Mall supports national charitable events such as Red Nose Day, Children in Need and the Poppy Appeal. Many of our retailers actively support these events with their own in-store fund-raising activities.

The Grand Appeal

The Mall are proud supporters of The Grand Appeal, which helps patients and families at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Gromit Unleashed

In 2014 The Mall was a proud sponsor of The Gromit Unleashed campaign and hosted a public auction of specially designed Gromit sculptures, which raised £2.3 million for The Grand Appeal.The Mall is also home to the Gromit Unleashed pop up store, which sells a fantastic range of Wallace & Gromit merchandise, Gromit Unleashed figurines and a cracking selection of gifts and memorabilia. All profits from sales of their merchandise go to Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity.

Shaun in the City

Following the runaway success of Gromit Unleashed, a 'baa-rilliant' public arts trail hit the streets of Bristol in 2015. Shaun in the City saw giant sculptures of Gromit's pal, Shaun the Sheep, popping up in new pastures to raise money for The Grand Appeal. The Mall were proud to be a 'leader of the flock' sponsor for Shaun in the City.

Gromit Unleashed 2

The success of Gromit Unleashed and Shaun in the City continued in 2018 with Gromit Unleashed 2! Gromit is back, and this time he's brought his friend Wallace and arch nemesis, Feathers McGraw, with him! The Mall was proud to sponsor a special sculpture of Wallace as Star Trek's 'Spock' and also hosted two further sculptures, Gromit P. Sullivan and In-Cog-Nito, as part of the sculpture trail. Raising money for the Grand Appeal, the trail ran through summer 2018 and The Mall  then played host to the trail exhibition - 'The Greatest Dog Show On Earth 2' in September 2018. 

Working with schools and colleges

The Mall has formed strong links with local schools and colleges through different initiatives and is proving to be a great venue for students undertaking project work in geography, tourism, and business studies. 

Schools and colleges can visit The Mall and carry out surveys with customers. We can also arrange a presentation of The Mall’s history, customer research, design and marketing strategy for school and college parties.

Please note that school and college visits and presentations must be arranged in advance.
For more information, please contact us on 0117 915 5555. 

The future of Mall Cribbs

When it opened in 1998 Cribbs promised to bring the best in national and international retail to the South West – and it succeeded. Retailing has changed significantly in recent years and we want to invest to enable the centre to develop, so it can continue to deliver on that promise for future generations.