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.
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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 2019
Mentoring Plus’ vision is a community in which all young people thrive. They inspire communities to support children and young people coping with poverty, family troubles and difficulties in school to stay safe, stay out of trouble and stay engaged with education through positive mentoring activities.
They also provide additional support services for in-school mentoring and higher-risk mentee delivered by our practitioners and a practice training programme for schools and fellow professionals. This means they now provide one-to-one support to 70 mentees at any one time, with 136 working with them over the last 12 months.
Their grant went toward the cost of travel expenses incurred by mentors working with young people in Keynsham, over a six-month period, enabling mentees to build healthy lifestyle habits and create routines to improve their mental health and well-being.
Springboard Opportunity Group
Springboard Opportunity Group aim to provide inclusive opportunities for children aged 0-5 with additional needs and disabilities and their families in North Somerset. They do this by providing positive play and learning experiences while building on children’s individual strengths and interests; empowering families by providing support, information and guidance; contributing to multi-agency partnership working and community involvement in North Somerset; developing and evolving as an innovative organisation; continuing to remove barriers.
Their grant went toward the cost of purchasing and installing a wooden archway that will be a feature in the group's sensory garden, to enhance the group's ongoing work with children who have additional needs.
Flelix Road Adventure Playground
Flelix Road Adventure Playground is a much loved and respected children’s charity supporting some of the most vulnerable children, young people and families in the South West. They run an inner-city outdoor playground with trees, planting and play equipment and a large hall with kitchen, art room and music room. Felix Road is an inspiring oasis of inclusive play. A space where children and families come together, have freedom and space to exercise, let off steam, be themselves and play.
Their grant covered the cost of gardening equipment and resources as part of the group's Playground Kitchen Garden project, providing children an opportunity to learn about healthy food and growing.
Mothers for Mothers
Mothers for Mothers supports mothers and families affected by perinatal mental illness (PNI) across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. They offer support to women during pregnancy and until their youngest child attends school. Their services are delivered by women with lived experience of PNI.
Their helpline offers phone, text and online support five days a week, including weekly support calls at a pre-arranged time. They offer Home Visits for women who are too unwell to access services and activities outside of their home.
Their grant went toward the cost of art materials, books, resources and supervision for student counsellors, as part of the group's Counselling and Art Psychotherapy service, benefiting mothers who have experienced perinatal illness.
Home-Start North Somerset
Home-Start North Somerset provides support to families with at least one child under five, who are going through a challenging time. They recruit, train and support volunteers who visit the family in their own home on a weekly basis, offering support, friendship and practical assistance. They accept referrals from many agencies as well as self-referrals.
Some of the issues include mental health, social isolation, family illness, bereavement, disability or need to learn parenting skills at a vulnerable time. Regular visits by a trained volunteer with parenting experience develop relationships and trust over periods of up to a year, enabling real growth and confidence in parenting, together with links to other community services and initiatives.
Their grant went toward the cost of the training, supervision and travel costs of a family support volunteer to provide early intervention support for families who are having a difficult time, before they reach crisis point.
Southmead Development Trust
Southmead Development Trust aim to reduce inequalities in health, education, work opportunities and access to housing in the Southmead community through an extensive programme of community initiatives delivered by and for the community.
Their grant went toward a set of weekly Arts for Well-being sessions to benefit individuals who are struggling with social isolation, poor mental health, bereavement, poor self-care or low confidence and self-esteem.
Penpole Residents Association
Penpole Residents Association are a lunch club for the elderly and disabled every Tuesday; coffee mornings; bingo; spirit group meetings; general meters and birthday parties.
Their grant went toward the cost of transport to enable members to attend the group's weekly lunch club and coffee mornings.
Ambition Lawrence Weston
Ambition Lawrence Weston are a group that came together to take action after a decline in services and closure of local facilities. In 2012 they formed a Charity reinstituted company limited by guarantee to try and improve living in their area.
Ambition Lawrence Weston aim to reduce economic and social disadvantage experienced by many residents, increase participation in the community life and improve access to opportunities and services that residents need and deserve.
Their grant has been used for coach hire to be able to provide two family day trips as part of the Lawrence Weston Holiday Hunger Programme.
Network Counselling and Training Ltd
Network Counselling and Training Ltd function as a part of local services, supporting mental health and resilience in the local area through education, support groups and projects.
They aim to provide affordable counselling to all, to enable improvement health and functioning. They also equip people in various levels of listening skills and counselling skills, up to Diploma Level.
Their grant went toward the annual cost of the group's affordable counselling service to help people on low incomes affected by mental health issues.
Changes Bristol is a peer led Charity set up by people with lived experience of mental health issues in order to use their expertise and experience to help others with mental ill health.
They have been running mental health peer support meetings in the city of Bristol for adults since 2003, with their expertise helping more and more people each year. The whole idea is to provide a peer support network that helps people to help themselves and make positive changes in their lives.
Their grant went toward the annual cost of running 45 of the group's Barton Hill based peer support group sessions for individuals experiencing mental health problems.
Soundwell Music Therapy Trust
Soundwell Music Therapy Trust is the only specialist adult mental health music therapy charity in the UK. They use music to help people whose lives are seriously affected by mental illness. They also work with unpaid carers in need of support and respite. Services are provided free of any charge to clients.
We work by delivering long-term therapy groups, plus short-term groups and one-off workshops. Participants play music together using a wide range of instruments from around the world. No previous musical skill or knowledge is needed to take part.
Their grant went toward the cost of purchasing a range of musical instruments to be used in the group's Bristol based music therapy services for the benefit of individuals affected by mental health issues.
Aid Box Community
Aid Box Community provides support, supplies and sanctuary to refugees and asylum seekers in wider Bristol. Their vision is a is a world where every refugee and asylum seeker arriving in the city has the opportunity to start a new life, with dignity, respect and warm welcome.
They provide a frontline support service with a safe haven called the Hub, somewhere to relax, seek advice and create friendships, and their Free Shop where customers can choose from a huge variety of donated clothes, household items, furniture and toys. To date they have helped 400 families with 7000 items.
Their grant went toward the cost of setting up a tool library for use by refugees and asylum seekers when seeking to improve their accommodation.
Unseen UK’s vision is a world without slavery. Since 2008, they have been exposing this horrific, often unseen crime, and responding to the fire lack of provision available for survivors. But this isn’t enough. They also want to tackle the root cause of modern slavery. They seek to support with 24-hour safehouses, inform by training over 1,300 frontline professionals from the police and influence by running the UK’s Modern Slavery Helpline.
Their grant went toward the annual cost of services at the group's men's safe-house which caters for men who are victims of modern slavery.
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.
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.
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.
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