The Gloucestershire Society

2018 roger headThe President of The Gloucestershire Society 2018

Dear Friend,

The Gloucestershire Society is a special organisation and not just because its roots go back to 1657, making it among the oldest existing charitable organisations in the County. It is also special in that it demonstrably provides a large number of small grants to a large number of people in genuine distress – and actions their calls for help immediately.

The ceremonial County of Gloucestershire (including a large area encompassing Bristol north of the River Avon and South Gloucestershire) is often described as green and pleasant and this is true; yet we know that many families and individuals live in dire poverty and that some young people are highly vulnerable. Often they find that an occasional change in circumstances tips them from ‘managing’ to ‘crisis’.

Often small grants can be a lifeline and in 2015 the Society made grants totalling £56,116 with the average being £100. The number of grants given was 419.  Our administrative and staff costs at 10% were relatively small because those who assess the grants so effectively do so voluntarily.

I should be grateful if you would consider giving a donation to the Society which benefits so many people. Any donation of any size will be appreciated. You can donate by sending a cheque (a Gift Aid form can be downloaded from here) or via Just Giving.

Thank you.

Roger Head

President of The Gloucestershire Society 2018