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.
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 £10,000 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. For information on applying for a grant from February 2016, click here.
Congratulations to all of our successful grant winners for 2015:
Avonmouth Holiday Play scheme
A play and activity focused child care setting that opens 8am – 6pm during the school holidays. It provides structured and free play opportunities for children aged between 4 and 12. Their goal is to support children in a variety of areas whilst they are at the play scheme; they support social skills by providing an environment where children can play with each other and build new friendships; they aim to provide different experiences for children by going on trips and taking part in workshops.
They will be using the grant to fund 2 exciting and innovative workshops with the children at the playscheme. Both workshops will be run by Ape Project and the goal is to run one in the summer half term and one in the October half term.
A community interest company set up by well-established local charity North Bristol Advice Centre to help meet local needs around improved health and wellbeing, employability and economic activity.
Buzz Lockleaze has three areas of work. One is an employability project, another is an enterprise hub offering desk and office space to start up community businesses, and the third project is the Buzz Community Food shop. Located in a disused ground floor retail unit, the food shop creates a positive, welcoming space in Lockleaze where people can access quality food for less and also offers volunteering and training opportunities. It hosts workshops on healthy eating and a food-buying group to help people eat well for less.
The grant will go towards an electronic point of sale for the food shop. This will allow staff and volunteers to scan stock at point of sale and maintain stock control electronically, allowing for a more efficient stock control and sales system, and will reduce staff and volunteer time which can instead be used for community-focused engagement activities.
Chase & Kings Forest Community Project
Offering local services to residents who need support in Kingswood, Staple Hill and Cadbury Heath. Services include: support for people seeking employment, support for vulnerable families and a cooking course for young mums.
They plan to deliver a weekly open access family drop-in called “One World Group” for 20-25 BME families and parents who are white British with BME family members for one year. The group will provide support and peer support to BME families who are seeking to integrate better into the community in the Kingswood area. Families can build relationships and give them a safe place to raise and discuss issues.
Coniston Community Association
Provides opportunities for local residents in sport, art, community, education and a Link Centre which is a place for young people and adults with learning difficulties. Link Centre has a program of life skills, education and varied activities, such as arts and crafts, games, drama, quizzes, cookery, workshops, wood work, film nights, information and support, residential trips, gardening, etc.
They will be using the grant to purchase a laptop & projector to use during life skills education at Link Centre. They provide a programme of life skills and education and need a laptop to play the DVD and use the internet for the course, this will also allow members to improve their IT skills and complete job applications.
Filwood Hope opened in 1996 in response to a growing need in the area for support and advice with regard to managing debt, unemployment, poverty, social issues, housing and literacy challenges. Establishing itself as a welcoming, friendly advice centre that is well respected by the local community, Filwood Hope work in partnership with local agencies to provide accessible advice and support to the local community.
The grant will be spent extending their current services within the drop in centre, to provide a more intentional mentoring service. They have recognised a need in a significant minority of clients when being moved from Employment and Support Allowance to Jobseekers Allowance in that they need one-to-one support in order to meet the conditions of their benefit. The new mentoring programme aims to provide help for clients to maintain being on Jobseekers Allowance, avoid anxiety of loss of benefit, provide literacy support in understanding and letter writing and help them move forward in their preparation for the workplace.
Full Circle is a youth and family project. The charity exists to promote the health and well-being of the community in St Pauls, Bristol. They deliver weekly activities including holiday programmes aimed at raising educational attainment levels & career aspirations, and a number of opportunities for accessing recreational activities that promote well-being and health, raise aspirations, develop life skills and create community cohesion. This in turn provides alternatives to involvement in anti-social behaviour and conflict.
Full Circle has a high number of volunteers, and with all the activities and programmes they are currently and hoping to deliver, there is a need to enhance their staff and volunteers expertise to be able to provide a safe and high quality service – the grant will be used to make this happen.
Full Circle are working towards investment in people status and see a great importance in staff development and volunteer development. These training opportunities would consist of First Aid, Health & Safety, food hygiene, supervision, child protection, Manager training, administration and office finance, finding and youth training courses.
Hartcliffe & Withywood Teenage Parents Project
The Teenage Parents Project runs drop-ins, course and events for young parents aged between the ages of 16-25 and their children, primarily in BS13 out of their premises at the Tenant’s Centre in Hartcliffe. They also have a drop-in centre once a week that welcomes young people from all over the city. Their drop-ins are an opportunities for young parents to meet other people who are in a similar situation to them. Firm friendships are formed, support networks are increased and children have an opportunity to improve developmentally and socialise.
They will be using the grant to organise 2 summer trips for their service users and their families over the summer holiday. They try to give their service users the opportunity to have a family day out outside of the area and a place where, ordinarily, they would not be able to afford to go. This will be an opportunity for families to get out of the house and experience something outside of their local community.
Hop Skip and Jump South West
Hop Skip and Jump provide support for children with any additional need, from complex physical conditions to special educational needs and behavioural problems. HS&J offer thousands of placement every year; care and support children with help and advice for their families. Through targets therapy sessions – after school care, weekend respite, teens and twenties clubs they provide valuable support to the community. Their aim is to prevent family breakdown, allowing parents and carers some time off from responsibilities of full-time care. This valuable time allows parents the opportunity to spend time with their other children, their partner or simply just catching up on lost sleep. For many families they support, caring is a 24 hour a day job.
Hop Skip & Jump occupy an extensive site with large soft play area, sensory rooms and acres of gardens. They will be using their grant to go towards the equipment needed for creating a sensory garden and vegetable patch at their centre so that children, parents and the local community can use to grow plants and vegetables together.
Life Cycle UK
Life Cycle is an energetic and innovative Bristol-based charity that transforms lives through cycling. Their experience is that cycling can be a fantastic agent for positive change: cycling improves physical and mental health, enables people on low incomes to access jobs and services, helps people who are lonely or isolated to engage better with community life and help young people on their journey to independence. They especially support individuals with disabilities, mental health illness, offenders, isolated older people and disadvantage young people.
The grant would fund their remaining volunteer support costs in 2015/16 – allowing them to provide comprehensive mental health and safeguarding training to their new volunteers.
Single Parent Action Network
Single Parent Action Network empowers single parents from all backgrounds through training and education, gives voice and encouragement to single parents from all backgrounds and cultures. They also support the development of user led groups and work to improve policies for lone parents against poverty and isolation.
The grant will purchase 10 All in one waterproof suits for their pre-school children so that they can engage in off-site Forest School activities. The majority of children live in high rise social housing and have no access to outdoor space; forest school experiences. The grant will also purchase 2 fire cots that will transport their very young babies who are cared for in their on-site crèche in the event of an evacuation emergency.
Filton Community Association
The Filton Community centre manage the Filton Community Centre. They maintain the centre and offer the centre for hire to the community on a non-profit basis. There are a number of regular sporting activities for all ages and in addition to these, there are groups for disadvantaged people. The centre is also frequently used by other special interest groups who hold their committee meetings here, they also hire the halls to individuals for parties and other celebratory functions.
They would like to extend their current available provision of information drop-in session for their Domestic Violence project to include a support group for the women, with crèche facilities to enable them to get together and support each other and breakdown the perception that they are alone in their suffering. The grant would be used towards the cost of the room hire.
The Mall hosts a maximum of two charity collections in the centre each month, with the exception of November and December when we have carol singers and other seasonal activities. Due to the number of requests we receive, we ask charities to write to us in the first instance. Preference is given to local charities. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to The Marketing Department, Management Offices, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol BS34 5DG.
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 Mall are proud supporters of The Grand Appeal, which helps patients and families at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
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.
Christmas charity concert
In November 2014 we held a Christmas charity concert starring Union J, where we gave away 10,000 free tickets in exchange for donations to The Grand Appeal.
Shaun in the City
Following the runaway success of Gromit Unleashed, a 'baa-rilliant' public arts trail will be hitting the streets of Bristol in 2015. Shaun in the City will see giant sculptures of Gromit's pal, Shaun the Sheep, popping up in new pastures to raise money for The Grand Appeal. The Mall are proud to be a 'leader of the flock' sponsor for Shaun in the City.
We are very pleased to be sponsoring Bristol's newest football club, Bristol Ladies Union Football Club, by providing them with a brand new kit!
BLUFC, known as The Blues, is the city's first club to offer girls and women the opportunity to play football under the banner of one club. Run entirely by volunteers, the club has seniors, girls and juniors sections and offers some of the best coaching and playing facilities outside the professional clubs.
Players of all abilities from the age of six are welcome to join. The emphasis is on non-competitive play for younger players; as they progress through the club, players move into competitive league football, with the junior teams playing in the Bristol Girls League and the senior team in the premier division of South West Women's Football League.
Maria Crayton, head of marketing at The Mall, says: "Girls’ football is the fastest growing sport in the country and a great way to have fun and keep fit. We know that wearing the right clothes makes you feel confident and so we're delighted to support The Blues with a stylish Mall strip and wish them lots of success."
If you'd like to find out more about the club, visit the club's website at www.blufc.co.uk or contact the club secretary, Darrell Hawkes, on 0791 786 4422.
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.
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.
You can find out more about our proposals at CribbsFuture.com.