Coronavirus Response Fund distributes £144,917 in next grant awards

14th April 2020

We are delighted to share that we’ve supported a further 31 local charities and community groups in the next round of grants awarded from our emergency response funding, totalling £144,917. These grants have been made available to help the county’s most vulnerable people during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The fund has been set up to ensure quick and responsive grant-making for the community and voluntary groups assisting in the relief effort, and we’re proud to announce that the total funding awarded from the Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund to date is over £450,000!

Since launching this urgent appeal a few weeks ago, we have raised £950,000.

This figure includes a recent contribution of £100,000 from Surrey County Council, close to £600,000 contributed by local donors, along with £188,100 allocated to us for distribution in Surrey from the National Emergencies Trust Appeal.

Below are just some examples of how these grants will make a difference to the lives of people in Surrey:

Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice provide critical care to local people. They received a grant for essential running costs to increase their capacity and support additional patients and families at this time. This funding will support the costs for 2 additional beds on their In-Patient Unit in Farnham, additional staffing, housekeeping, maintenance and Personal Protective Equipment.

“We are so grateful to Community Foundation for Surrey who have awarded this generous grant for £5,000 to help us respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have been able to reopen all of our beds on our In-Patient Unit, so this money has enabled us to support more people in our local community who need end of life care, which also helps our local NHS hospitals.”

– Sarah Church, Chief Executive of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

Foodwise (TLC) Limited were awarded funding for project costs to provide cooked meals to disadvantaged families, older and isolated people in Guildford. The organisation is working with Stoke Community Support and three local schools to operate kitchens at Emmanuel Church and Burpham Church to feed families during these challenging times. The meals are delivered for free and to those most vulnerable in the community.

Transform Housing & Support provide housing and support for homeless, vulnerable and excluded people, that can face challenges such as mental ill-health, disability, a history of offending or substance abuse. They received funding towards personal protective equipment to carry out their service safely to clients. These clients often have no support network other than their Transform key support worker.

The additional 28 grants can be found here:

  1. Age Concern Epsom and Ewell received funding towards equipment to enable remote working and the recruitment of more volunteers. This grant also supported costs for the charity to extend the opening hours of their service that supports vulnerable older people
  2. Big Leaf Foundation received funding for their project supporting Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children that will involve interactive accessible activities for young people during the lockdown
  3. Caleidoscope CIC received funding to provide support online and by phone for children with Special Educational Needs, autism and co-morbid conditions
  4. Catalyst received funding to support vulnerable local people struggling with addiction
  5. Caterham and Warlingham Citizens Advice Bureau received funds for mobile phones, phone credit for volunteers and support for essential running costs to support their work assisting disadvantaged people
  6. Citizens Advice Runnymede and Spelthorne received funding for a new phone system to continue their service supporting vulnerable local people
  7. Cobham Area Foodbank were awarded funding towards the purchase of food stock for their food bank, to be able to meet the increase in demand for their service at this time
  8. Dramatize Theatre Company received funding towards salary costs that will support their work producing online content for adults with learning disabilities
  9. East Elmbridge Foodbank received emergency relief funding to purchase food and other basic supplies
  10. Eikon received a contribution towards their ongoing work supporting vulnerable young people – Hugely grateful to CFS for coordinating/mobilising/awarding grants so quickly and providing Surrey charities with much needed support. Extremely appreciated by Eikon, thank you.
  11. Epsom & Ewell Citizens Advice Bureau were awarded funding towards extra salary costs and the cost of ensuring their staff can work from home
  12. Generation Church were awarded funding towards a foodbank in Epsom and Ewell, supporting vulnerable local people
  13. Halow Project received funding towards the purchase of equipment to support counselling and learning activities for young people with learning disabilities
  14. Haslewey (Haslemere & District Community Centre) received support for the staff costs at their community centre providing support to vulnerable people of all ages in Haslemere
  15. Home-Start Runnymede and Woking received a contribution to essential running costs for their work supporting disadvantaged families
  16. Jigsaw (South East) received costs to provide remote support to grieving people across Surrey
  17. Merstham Community Cafe CIC received funding towards subsidising meals for vulnerable local people at this time
  18. Mid Surrey Community Fridges received funding for essential running costs to continue their work delivering food parcels to disadvantaged and/or isolating people
  19. North Guildford Food Bank received funding towards the purchase of food stock to meet the increase in demand for the food bank
  20. Personal Independence Support CIC received funding towards their work supporting children and young people suffering from domestic abuse
  21. Possibility People received essential running costs for the continuation of their work supporting people with long-term health issues –Thank you CFS for keeping our Get Set Surrey project going so it can carry on doing it’s brilliant work! A participant said: “I am surrounding myself with the positive affirmation exercises daily in this surreal time of isolation. Thank you for your continued support.”
  22. Reigate & Redhill Live at Home Scheme received a contribution to the costs of continuing to support older people during the pandemic
  23. St Martins Church Camberley received funding to support local people facing hardship
  24. St Mary’s Church, Ash Vale received funding towards the purchase of emergency food provisions to distribute to vulnerable people in the community
  25. Surrey Coalition of Disabled People received funding to purchase electronic tablets for isolated people with disabilities to access community services and support during this time
  26. Surrey Sands received essential running costs to continue their work supporting grieving parents in Surrey effected by the Coronavirus pandemic
  27. The Grange Centre for People with Disabilities received funding for equipment for staff to be able to work from home to continue their work supporting people with disabilities
  28. Woking Age Concern received essential running costs to continue their work supporting isolated older people

We need further support

We are incredibly grateful for all donations that we have received so far, however the needs are huge and growing every day as our community groups continue to respond accordingly.

Our goal is to not just reach more grantees, but to also increase the amount they receive. It is essential that this fund is able to provide repeat funding to the initiatives having the biggest impact for our most vulnerable people.

If you would like to donate to the Fund, you can do so via the secure online Virgin Money Giving page and by direct bank transfer. If you would like to donate via bank transfer, please contact Laura Thurlow on 01483 478086 or email Laura@cfsurrey.org.uk.

If you are interested in applying for Coronavirus Response Funding, we encourage you to read the eligibility guidelines and apply online here. Applications can be made either by filling out a short online form or by selecting a time for a telephone interview with a CFS volunteer. More information on how to do this can be found here.

Coronavirus Response Fund distributes £89,966 in second round of awards

7th April 2020

Carol Franssen, Surrey Heath Age Concern befriender

We are proud to announce that 20 charities and community groups across Surrey have received a total of £89,966 in the second round of grants awarded from our emergency response funding, made available to help the county’s most vulnerable people during the Coronavirus pandemic.

This brings the total funding awarded from the Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund so far to £208,696!

Once more, we have been overcome by the positive response received from local people, families and businesses in continuing to keep the donations coming in! Since launching our urgent appeal on March 26th, we have raised £500,000.

The fund has been set up to ensure quick and responsive grant-making for the community and voluntary groups assisting in the relief effort, and we’re delighted to be announcing these additional grants in quick succession. We will continue to award grants from the Coronavirus Response Funding for as long as we are able and aim to announce additional awards weekly alongside progress updates.

Below are just some examples of how these grants will make a difference to the lives of people in Surrey:

Surrey Heath Age Concern received funds for essential running costs to continue their work tackling the impact of isolation on older people, particularly during this period. The team at the charity are phoning clients regularly to offer support and reassurance to help deplete feelings of anxiety, loneliness, depression and fear of running out of vital supplies.

“This grant will make such a difference to our charity and enable us to carry on making a vital difference to the lives of the isolated elderly people. We are phoning them 2-3 times a week and reminding them to ring any time if they need anything or just want a chat.”

Tracy Hiney – Manager, Age Concern Surrey Heath

Mary Frances Trust received funds for additional IT equipment to expand support services to people suffering from mental ill-health and isolation across Surrey. This equipment will enable the charity to deliver remote support to clients and offer workshops to both individuals and groups during the Covid-19 crisis, helping those coping with an array of issues, such as anxiety, mental ill-health and physical well-being.

yourSanctuary received support towards salary costs, enabling their work helping victims of domestic abuse. Since the lockdown measures ordered by the Government were put in place, the charity has already seen an increase in demand for their free and confidential helpline service, as more victims are forced to stay at home with their abuser. In order to deal with this rise in demand, their helpline advisors are working extra shifts to increase the overall capacity of their vital service.

“This grant will enable us to continue running our vital domestic abuse Surrey-wide helpline and online chat service. These services are often the only way survivors who are in lockdown with their abuser can reach out for support and information – they are a lifeline to those in our community for whom ‘home’ is the most dangerous place they can be.”

Fiamma Pather – Chief Executive, yourSanctuary

The additional 17 grants can be found here:

  1. Action for Carers (Surrey) received funding for IT equipment to allow their staff to work from home, to continue to support carers
  2. Active Prospects received a grant for IT licences and activity packs to address isolation for people with learning disabilities, autism or mental health issues, as well as sensory resources to address emotional ill-health of clients
  3. Age Concern Voluntary Association for the Elderly Merstham, Redhill and Reigate received a grant for essential running costs to continue supporting isolated older people
  4. Cruse Bereavement Care South West Surrey Area received funding towards essential running costs to continue their work supporting the bereaved
  5. Elmbridge Rentstart were awarded funds for IT equipment and essential running costs to continue their work with helping homeless and vulnerable local people
  6. Farnham Maltings Association Ltd received funding towards a helpline and meals-on-wheels delivery services available in Farnham
  7. Freewheelers Theatre and Media Ltd received funds towards the designing and developing of free online courses for clients to take part in interactive music, dance, drama, media and visual arts sessions within the Mole Valley and Elmbridge area
  8. Guildford Action for Community Care received funds towards their essential running costs to continue to support the homeless
  9. Headway Surrey were awarded funds to help provide hardware, software and internet access to people with brain-injuries
  10. Manna Foodbank (St Mary’s and St Peter’s) were awarded funds for a foodbank serving people facing hardship in Spelthorne
  11. Matrix Trust received funds towards the delivery in amended services and essential running costs to continue to support young people
  12. North Surrey Community Counselling Partnership (NSCCP) received funds for hardware and software costs to move to remote working, to continue to support people with mental ill-health
  13. Outline were awarded funding for IT equipment and essential running costs to continue their work supporting LGBT+ people suffering during isolation
  14. Surrey Care Trust were awarded funding to upgrade and implement a number of remote working practices to enable support to be given to vulnerable people across Surrey
  15. The Brigitte Trust received funds towards a Telephone Befriending Service addressing loneliness and isolation
  16. The Children’s Trust received funding for personal protective equipment and cleaning costs to continue their work supporting children with severe brain injuries and vulnerable children safely
  17. York Road Project were awarded funding towards the purchase of equipment and food to support their work in helping to house and feed the homeless

 

There is still great need

We are incredibly grateful for all donations that we have received so far, however there is still great need, with over £800,000 of requests currently in progress. Our team is working endlessly to best distribute donations quickly and efficiently, but without further support, the fund simply won’t survive.

If you would like to donate to the Fund, you can do so via the secure online Virgin Money Giving page and by direct bank transfer. If you would like to donate via bank transfer, please contact Laura Thurlow on 01483 478086 or email Laura@cfsurrey.org.uk.

If you are interested in applying for Coronavirus Response Funding, we encourage you to read the eligibility guidelines and apply online here. Applications can be made either by filling out a short online form or by selecting a time for a telephone interview with a CFS volunteer.

Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund awards £118,730 to support vulnerable local people

1st April 2020

 

Last Thursday 26th March, we launched an urgent appeal for funding towards our Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund, set up to address the many urgent funding requests of local charities and voluntary organisations across the county. We have been overwhelmed with the positive response in donations, and together with the generosity of local donors and funds made available for distribution in Surrey from our first allocation of the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal, we have now raised £400,000.

We are today delighted to announce the first grants awarded from our Coronavirus Response Funding, totalling an incredible £118,730 across 25 grants, that will support the vital groups working hard in the relief effort of this ongoing pandemic.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available now, with priority given to organisations providing support to the most vulnerable and isolated – including older people, those with disabilities and/or mental health needs and families in need.

Below are just some examples of how these grants will make a difference to the lives of people in Surrey:

Brockham Emergency Response Team (BERT)

was set up to respond to local emergencies and help protect the lives of those in distress. Funding was awarded to set up a foodbank in Brockham Church to provide for those in financial hardship during the Coronavirus pandemic, many of which are older and vulnerable people. Working in partnership with Mid-Surrey Community Fridge and Fare Share, BERT source donated supplies from supermarkets and centrally co-ordinate requests from residents received by phone and email, and provide goods based on three levels of need.

Age Concern Mole Valley

supports older people across the district. The charity received funding to support the costs of its Befriending Service which supports older people, especially in times of crisis. The Coronavirus outbreak has affected the charity’s services by stopping all face-to-face service delivery, resulting in a telephone befriending service. The service involves volunteers telephoning clients to reduce isolation and loneliness.

Oakleaf Enterprise

offer work-related training, work experience and wider support to local adults suffering mental ill-health. Funding was awarded for essential running costs for their Client Services Department, so that they can deliver support to vulnerable clients remotely. Whilst face-to-face activities have had to cease, they are able to continue providing invaluable support to Oakleaf clients, most who live isolated lives and are dependent on the charity’s services for social contact. This crisis response offers daily telephone and email support by Client Services staff, remote counselling as well as remote well-being activities.

The additional 22 grants can be found here:

  1. Cherry Trees received funds towards their essential running costs to continue to offer respite care to the parents of children with complex needs
  2. Citizens Advice Elmbridge West received funds for equipment for their team to work remotely in order to continue to offer specialist advice
  3. Disability Initiative received funding to deliver an outreach approach, continuing to support people with severe disabilities
  4. Dyscover Limited received funds for online classes for people who have survived strokes
  5. East to West received funding to continue to support young people
  6. Emerge Advocacy received funds to support vulnerable young people suffering with mental ill-health exacerbated by the outbreak
  7. Emmaus Transformation Trust received funding for supplies, offering school items to children living in poverty
  8. Esher & District CAB received funds for equipment to enable their team to continue providing advice services for free, via remote working
  9. Home-Start Spelthorne received funding for salary costs to enable help and support to be given to families with children under 5 via remote methods
  10. Intergenerational Music Making were awarded funds for a project to bring connection and joy to isolated older people
  11. LinkAble in Woking received funding to support children and adults with learning disabilities
  12. Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity were awarded salary costs for a Family Support Worker, supporting families with terminally-ill children.
  13. Renewed Hope Trust received funding for the compiling and distribution of food parcels to vulnerable people
  14. Stanwell Events received funding for delivery costs to provide 200+ cooked meals per day to vulnerable people
  15. Stanwell Food Bank received a grant for the essential running costs of a foodbank serving Stanwell
  16. Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care were awarded funds towards a Telephone Counselling Service for people suffering from mental-ill health
  17. The Hope Hub Trust received funds towards their essential running costs, to continue to support, house and feed the homeless
  18. The Meath Epilepsy Trust were awarded funds to purchase equipment to keep residents’ mobility and cognitive conditioning up, all for people who have complex epilepsy and severe physical and learning difficulties
  19. The Orpheus Centre Trust received funding for the ongoing running of their centre supporting young disabled adults
  20. The Vine Day Centre were awarded funds to support new telephones and a cook-and-delivery service for vulnerable local people
  21. White Lodge Centre received funding towards a remote physiotherapy service for individuals who suffer with long-term neurological and physical conditions
  22. Woking MIND were awarded funding for equipment offering remote support to people suffering from mental ill-health

The aim of our new local response fund is to provide quick and responsive grant-making to those across the county that need it most. We will continue to award grants from the Coronavirus Response Funding for as long as we are able.

We are incredibly grateful for all donations that we have received so far, but there is still great need, with a further £700,000 of requests currently in progress. If you would like to donate to the Fund, you can do so via the secure online Virgin Money Giving page and by direct bank transfer. If you would like to donate via bank transfer, please contact Laura Thurlow on 01483 478086 or email Laura@cfsurrey.org.uk.

If you are interested in applying for Coronavirus Response Funding, we encourage you to read the eligibility guidelines and apply online here. Applications can be made either by filling out a short online form or by selecting a time for a telephone interview with a CFS volunteer.

Surrey Coronavirus Response Funding campaign backed by SurreyLive

31st March 2020

SurreyLive and its associated newspapers will help spread the word about our emergency fund to reliably inform those who need support and those who want to donate.

Since our urgent appeal launched on 26th March, we have seen the very best of our community come together to raise more than £350,000 in aid of Surrey’s most vulnerable residents. Our most recent support comes from SurreyLive’s backing of the emergency fund. Their support means important updates and progress will be reliably and widely shared in our community.

Charities and organisations in Surrey still face a number of challenges during the unprecedented times that the coronavirus brings. Laura Thurlow, Chief Executive of the Foundation said, “It’s important that, together, we help them through this critical time so they can continue to support Surrey residents. Having the backing of SurreyLive, who is a pivotal player in Surrey’s information sharing, will help ensure that those who need the support know it is there, and that those who want to help know how.”

The more widely information about this emergency funding is shared, the more this fund can grow. Laura added: “We have already seen a rise in donations just over the weekend (£9000) – with the backing of SurreyLive we look forward to keeping everyone up to date on our progress and the positive work being done because of their generous support.”

Richard Duggan, acting brands editor at SurreyLive, said: “SurreyLive’s decision to back the CFS campaign came from our desire to help those in our community who are in desperate need during these very troubling and worrying times.”

Volunteers and community groups play a vital role and are a lifeline to many. Their resolve has been an inspiration and working closely with SurreyLive we will be sure the community shares in our encouraging updates.

Richard added: “We are the county’s leading news publisher and have a responsibility not just to report on local news but to highlight the amazing work being done to help the most vulnerable in our community. Our team live and work in Surrey; we’re invested in the county not just professionally but personally too.”

How can charities and organisations apply for the funding?

Grants are available now with priority given to organisations providing support to the most vulnerable and isolated, including older people, those with disabilities and/or mental health needs and families in need. Charities and organisations in need of support are encouraged to read the eligibility guidelines and apply online here.

Applications can be made either by filling out a short online form or by selecting a time for a telephone interview with a CFS volunteer.

How can I give a donation?

 We are able to receive donations via Virgin Money Giving and by direct bank transfer.

If you would like to donate via bank transfer, please contact Laura Thurlow on 01483 478086 or email Laura@cfsurrey.org.uk.

£300,000 NOW AVAILABLE IN SURREY CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE FUND

With funding continuing to grow as additional donations are received

Surrey, 27 March – Charities and organisations helping Surrey’s most vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply online for monetary relief. The Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS), a philanthropic charity specialising in the community needs of Surrey, has established a fund to address the urgent needs of these organisations.

In addition, this fund will include money raised from the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Public Appeal. Like community foundations across the UK, CFS will be distributing this emergency funding to their local county.

The fund, which continues to grow as more donations are collected, will ensure quick and responsive grant-making for the community and voluntary groups assisting in the relief effort. The aim is to safeguard the organisations who are in crisis and need emergency funding so they can continue delivering vital services.

Community Foundation for Surrey Chief Executive, Laura Thurlow says:

“It is a privilege for the Community Foundation for Surrey to be able to play our role at this time – to give funding support to local community and voluntary organisations that are assisting some of Surrey’s most vulnerable people.

We want to make sure these crucial organisations have the funding they need to cope, and also adapt their services during this crisis.
 
Many of our existing supporters have been exceptionally generous and we have already raised £300,000. We’re exceedingly hopeful we’ll see this fund grow even more over the coming days.”

Grants are available now with priority given to organisations providing support to the most vulnerable and isolated, including older people, those with disabilities and/or mental health needs and families in need. Charities and organisations in need of support are encouraged to apply online here: cfsurrey.org.uk/surreycoronavirusresponsefund/

For those who are eager to help, the Community Foundation for Surrey is able to receive donations via Virgin Money Giving and direct bank transfer – thank you for your support.