Since establishing the trust we have been involved with a number of projects. Some of these projects are listed below.
We were approached to fund transportation costs for the charity.
This is a small UK based charity which was set by Berni and Dougie Leggett. They live in the UK but also have a property in Bulgaria. It was as they immersed themselves in the local community that they got to know about the Dimcho Debelianov Orphanage.
The plan was to bring goods to the children (clothes, books, toys etc) – what started out as a trailer of goods turned to being a lorry of goods! This started in 2008 and has continued each year since. They now support 21 organisations which includes 9 orphanages as well as 4 disability centres, various poor villagers, a hospital and doctors surgeries.
This charity is not about money it is just about helping children in Bulgaria but it also brings together the community where they live in the UK who help to collect goods and raise the transport costs.
Although this was a one-off contribution we continue to stay in contact with the charity and support ad-hoc campaigns.
Homelessness can happen to anyone, and often it is made worse because there is no support mechanism in place. Emmaus is a national charity which not only offers homeless people the opportunity to help themselves but also others.
The individuals are called companions and are provided with accommodation and work with the primary aim to enable them to move to independent living. More importantly once companions move to independent living they are never alone, the charity is there for them even after they have moved on.
For two years we provided general funding for the charity.
Little has been done in the UK to tackle financial education, from basic budgeting to more complex issues around financial plans and investing.
We believe that this needs to change. Initially we believed we could ‘change the world’ but now realise that small steps can make a big difference.
“Shining Lights” is a free on-line resource to promote financial education but we have also helped individuals and schools.
James House aims to assist those families which have fallen through the cracks and receive no assistance from the government (both locally and nationally).
To date we have funded equipment and currently we are paying for a youth worker.
The charity aims to assist the local community, in the extremely poor Kanamai District of Coastal Kenya, by providing: Free Education, Sanitation, Clean drinking water, Basic Healthcare, and Employment. It has helped to build and fund a school as well developing a farm and basic healthcare.
We don’t support the charity directly with funds but act as a trustee and provide support delivering a new website as well as marketing communication and accounting services.
The founders of the charity actively involve their local community in Portishead in raising money and equipment for the project. A recent example was sending grain to help families who have suffered from heavy rain and unemployment. They also work closely with local schools in Bristol.
In 2014 we part funded students from Bedminster Down School in Bristol to travel to the Little Angels School which the trust supports. The political situation forced the trip to be cancelled however they were able to visit a school in Tanzania. Their project was to convert an old brick making the room into a library and working space for the children.
Bedminster Down School covers a deprived area in Bristol and this experience could be life changing for the students. Early reports back are positive with the students experiencing the extreme poverty of the region, making them appreciate not only what they have but also the free education that they get.
Motivation is an international development charity supporting people with mobility disabilities. Their high quality, low-cost wheelchairs are designed specifically for use in developing economies.
Initially we provided general funding for the charity. More recently we have funded a mini bus for an offshoot of the charity based in Cape Town, South Africa. This vehicle is vital for their work as it enables them to reach out to people living in the townships that have been affected by disability.
We are currently looking at potentially funding a property for up to 10 people to enable them to experience a more independent lifestyle.
Knowle West and the surrounding areas are considered some of the most deprived areas in Bristol. The area suffers from drug related problems and anti-social behaviour. Many young people end up being excluded from school.
The Park, and Youth Moves which operates within the Park, offers a multi facilitated environment providing education for those with special needs and or learning difficulties. It is committed to finding educational alternatives to children who do not cope within the school environment, finding jobs and assisting them through tutoring and mentoring to gain access to courses to gain qualifications.
Although there is a focus on young people the Park also extends to the community and provides a number of facilities including a gym and crèche as well as an annual Christmas party for the elderly residents.
We provide general funding to the Park which has been used towards the Christmas lunch, apprenticeships and one-off events. We are also on the board of both the Park and Youth Moves and actively involved with the management of the projects.