Caring in Bristol

One of the first grants made by the Ashfords Foundation under its Preserving Communities programme, has been awarded to homeless charity, Caring in Bristol.

Caring in Bristol deliver projects around homelessness that engage an amazing community of volunteers, bringing people together to make change happen. The charity find gaps in Bristol’s provision for people experiencing homelessness and work together with the community to create innovative projects to fill them. From prevention to emergency support, Caring in Bristol’s projects range from producing free citywide resources empowering the city to act, to investing in youth support, helping influence change from the very start.

The grant of £15,000 over three years will help fund Caring at Breakfast, an innovative and unique breakfast project for those currently experiencing homelessness and staying in emergency accommodation in Bristol. After receiving feedback from clients that Bristol lacked breakfast provisions, Caring in Bristol partnered with local cafes and restaurants to provide a breakfast service in non-institutional spaces where people deserve to be. This fuels self-esteem and empowers people to break the cycle of homelessness quicker.

Marianne Swift, Partner and Development Lead, said: “We are wholly grateful to Ashfords Foundation for funding this gem of a project, as well as helping to feed up to 15 people breakfast every week; they’ll be helping us to destigmatize homelessness in the city by empowering local businesses to think differently about how they can help those in need. It’s amazing that organisations like yourselves are supporting local efforts in the community to help solve homelessness. This project is really important to those who access it so supporting its sustainability has been vital for us. Thank you.”

The Ashfords Foundation has been established with very clearly defined objectives to support smaller charities and community organisations through two grant programmes: Supporting Communities and Preserving Communities. The first offers one off grants of up to £750, while the second supports established charities and not-for-profit organisations develop a solid foundation for the future, helping them build sustainability for the long term with grants of up to £5k. In each case, the project for which funding is sought should be local to one of Ashfords’ offices in Exeter, Bristol, London, Plymouth, Tiverton and Taunton. Further details are on the Foundation’s website:

Rory Suggett, a Trustee of the Foundation said: “The Foundation was very pleased to make this award in support of the Caring at Breakfast programme. It was a real pleasure to meet Marianne, Antonia and Alex and to talk to them about the fantastic work Caring in Bristol is doing.”