16 Feb 2016

Embargoed Tuesday 16 February 2016, 8pm - Media invite: Mayor attends Mayor’s Fund grant winners seasonal show as he launches the next focus for the charity

Where: The Alma Tavern, 18-20 Alma Vale Rd, Avon, Bristol BS8 2HY

Who: The cast of Cinderella – The Cillit Bang Years! and George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol.

When: Show is due to start at 8pm – will run for around 90 minutes.

Reporters and photographers are invited to come along, take photos and carry out  interviews after the show

On Tuesday 16 February, the Mayor is due to attend local theatre company’s seasonal show, Stepping Out called Cinderella – The Cillit-Bang Years.

Stepping Out is the country’s leading mental health theatre group.  The group helps to support and empower people who use Bristol’s mental health and drug or alcohol services; these people make up most of the cast. 

The show was made possible thanks to a grant that came from the Mayor’s fund. 

Steve Hennessy, Stepping Out Project Coordinator, said: “Thanks to the funding we received from the Bristol Mayor’s Fund we have been able to put on a seasonal show called Cinderella - The Cillit Bang Years! - which will be running at the Alma Tavern between the 16-20 February.  The show is a fun filled twist on a traditional pantomime for people of all ages and we invite everyone to buy a ticket and come on down.

“We are all delighted that the Mayor will be coming to watch our show and promise to give him a great performance as a thank you for his contribution.”

The Mayor’s Fund offers grants of up to £2,000 to local voluntary or community groups which support Bristol residents.  Support from the fund changes each year to respond to a wide range of different local issues.

Now, grants will be focused on organisations which work to encourage and enhance learning outside formal education.

The fund was set up by Bristol’s first elected Mayor, George Ferguson, who donates 20% of his salary to it each month.

Mr Ferguson said: “I am delighted to be able to announce learning as the next theme for the Mayor’s Fund. Both formal and informal learning at any level is an essential part of creating social mobility and can be key to empowering some of the most disadvantaged in the city.

“I have named 2016 as Bristol’s Year of Learning and hope that by raising the profile of education and skills we will be able to encourage people to learn new things and develop to make this city a more equal and fairer place to live.  

“I have been touched by the hundreds of donations that the people of Bristol have already made to this fund. I hope that those who can, and want to, will join me once again in backing this independently managed fund for Bristol which is making a difference to Bristol’s wellbeing and improving the opportunities and quality of life of some of the more disadvantaged amongst us.”

If you would like to contribute to the fund or if you’re part of an organisation that might fit the description for this year’s cause, you can apply for a grant or find out more information on the Quartet Community Foundation’s website.

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Notes to editors

Mayor’s Fund was set up in 2013 and in the first year the grants were used to support work with disadvantaged children and young people in Bristol. Last year charities and organisations who work with those who are homeless, or at risk, have applied for a grant from the Mayor’s Fund for Bristol.

The Quartet Community Foundation provides a wealth of philanthropic services to support local causes throughout the West of England area. For more information visit http://quartetcf.org.uk/

Stepping Out Theatre; Formed in 1997, based in Bristol, and with 57 productions to its credit, Stepping Out Theatre is the country's leading mental health theatre group. You can find out about the group on their website http://www.steppingouttheatre.co.uk/