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Farewell to Katie

Grants Officer, Katie Owen joined us in June 2016. Her role has involved assessing grants to groups and also individuals READ MORE

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Our Strategic Grants

The Community Foundation has a significant fund available to support strategic projects and is actively seeking applicants. But what do we mean by a strategic project? Kate Peters, our Director of Grants & Impact, explains all… READ MORE

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With Young People * For Young People

Matrix is a vibrant youth charity based in Guildford Borough that works in schools and the community supporting some of the Borough’s most vulnerable young people. This week, we catch up with Chief Executive Misty Bower, to learn just how Matrix Trust is making the ultimate difference. READ MORE

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Supporting Epsom & Ewell

Our Area Funds enable local people to help others in their community in a number of ways. We ask Ambassador and Panel member Liz Lawrence about her involvement with our Epsom and Ewell Community Fund. READ MORE

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Artventure Trust

Artventure Trust is a community-based charity that works alongside adults with varying degrees of learning difficulties, enabling them to be creative, have fun and make new friends in a friendly and supportive environment. READ MORE

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Dorking Community Fridges

Food waste is becoming a widespread global issue. So far, UK Community Fridges have helped thousands connect to their communities, access nutritious food, save money and reduce waste. READ MORE

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We welcome The High Sheriff of Surrey as a Community Foundation Trustee

We’re delighted to have the High Sheriff of Surrey, Jim Glover, join us as a Trustee. We ask Jim about his time in post and learn about his passions in supporting local communities. READ MORE

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Head2Head Theatre

Head2Head Theatre focuses on stimulating interest in the arts throughout the special needs’ community. We ask the charity’s founder and volunteer CEO, just how they do this. READ MORE

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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

This Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we share some examples of fantastic Surrey projects working to help local people take steps to be healthy, by looking after both their bodies and their minds. READ MORE

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Looking at the year ahead

“2019 promises to be another exciting year for the Foundation.” Our Chief Executive, Laura Thurlow, updates on exciting plans for the year ahead. READ MORE

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Streetlight UK

This National Human Trafficking Day 2018, we ask Streetlight UK about their vital work supporting victims of modern day slavery, trafficking and prostitution across Surrey. READ MORE

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Highlights of 2018!

As 2018 draws to a close, we’re delighted to share with you just some of our highlights achieved this year, as of April. READ MORE

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Local Charities Day 2018

Today is all about local charities and we’re delighted to share with you just some of the inspiring local groups that we support, and how their work is making an impact within the local community. READ MORE

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RASASC

We’re delighted to have awarded funding to RASASC Guildford for their Youth Service Development Programme, providing invaluable support to survivors of rape and sexual abuse, aged 13-25. READ MORE

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The Relationship People

Relationship charity Relate West Surrey offer counselling services to local people struggling with a variety of relationship challenges. We’re delighted to have most recently awarded a grant for therapeutic toys and play items to be used within young people’s counselling sessions. READ MORE

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Momentum Children’s Charity

Momentum are a local children’s charity providing invaluable support to children and their families suffering from cancer and other life-limiting conditions. We’re delighted to have awarded over £40,000 to Momentum across a number of grants. READ MORE

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Proudly Supporting Youth Social Action

This #iwillWeek we celebrate the positive impact young people are having on their communities. As part of a national network of UK Community Foundations, we have collectively funded 1,158 projects, resulting in 127,645 beneficiaries having been supported from this national programme. READ MORE

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The Power of Collective Giving

This week, Joe Crome expands further on our inspiring range of Collective Funds and the fantastic opportunities they provide to people wishing to support a particular cause or area. READ MORE

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Poverty can affect anyone

This week, Jonathan Lees, Senior Leader at Generation Church, explains how Epsom and Ewells foodbank is going a long way in supporting those struggling with food poverty across our county. READ MORE

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Every prisoner a learner, every prison a place to learn

Prisoners’ Education Trust, a charity working across 125 prisons in England and Wales to help people in prison to achieve their potential through learning. Anthony Knight, Fundraising Officer, shares why there is a need for this support to not only benefit the lives of prisoners, but the wider community also. READ MORE

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“I want change, not coins.”

Our Grants Officer, Katie, visits the inspiring Amber Foundation’s Art Alive event. Read about her experience here… READ MORE

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World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day. We are proud to have recently launched our Surrey Mental Health Fund, in response to growing mental health issues among children and young people in our county. READ MORE

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Raising awareness about employment issues for the disabled

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a campaign that raises awareness about employment issues for disabled people. We’re proud to support people within Surrey having difficulty finding work due to disability, with our Surrey Supported Employment Fund. READ MORE

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Supporting Carers within Guildford

There are an estimated 129,000 carers within Surrey alone. It is predicted that by 2037, the number of carers across the UK will have risen from 6.5 million to 9 million. We’re proud to support carers within the county through the Carers Support Guildford Fund. READ MORE

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Family Support. Recycled.

Here at the Community Foundation for Surrey, we’re encouraged to spend time volunteering at the charities we support. This week, our Grants Officer Rebecca has spent time at charity Stripey Stork. READ MORE

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Local Giving for Local Need

This week, our Director of Philanthropy Joe Crome reveals how we work with local donors who want to give something back to their communities. READ MORE

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The Pargiter Trust Fund awards over £250k in grants

We’re delighted to announce that The Pargiter Trust Fund has reached over £250k in grant awards for the benefit of disadvantaged, elderly people across Surrey! Read about their work here… READ MORE

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Questions Questions

Our Director of Grants and Impact, Kate, talks about assessing your grant funding applications! READ MORE

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Charles Russell Speechlys Community Fund

In 2016, law firm Charles Russell Speechlys set up a Community Fund with us to target their giving towards grass roots local projects which match the aims and passions of their business. Read more about their fund here… READ MORE

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Into the fresh air

Walton Firs Activity and Education Centre provides a wide range of benefits to young people, with over 30,000 visitor days annually. Andy Harvey, Chief Executive, shares his thoughts on why getting young people outdoors and into the fresh air can only be a positive thing. READ MORE

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Ambassadors

We are fortunate to have a wide network of supporters in the form of Trustees, Vice Presidents, Advisers, Staff, Patrons and Ambassadors. This week we are highlighting the hugely important role of our Ambassadors. READ MORE

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Support against substance abuse

With substance abuse in the UK rapidly on the rise, we’re proud to have recently awarded £16,000 to SDAC for their Telephone Counselling Service, making a vital difference to users struggling within Surrey. READ MORE

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Gatwick Giving

With the Gatwick Foundation Fund this week announcing their most recent grant awards, we share how this corporate philanthropy is positively impacting people in need across East Surrey. READ MORE

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Bringing hope to young lives

Working across a range of schools, east to west, respond to and meet need daily in supporting children, young people and their families through Relational Support Work. We ask Anthony Horton, Chief Executive just how they do this. READ MORE

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The History of Community Foundations

Community Foundations have been in existence for over 100 years. Now a global, philanthropic movement operating in over 1,800 communities worldwide, they are the most identifiable form of structured community philanthropy. Learn more here… READ MORE

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Celebrating 21 years of Oakleaf Enterprise

Oakleaf Enterprise has been supporting people in Surrey with mental ill health return to employment or education since 1997. Last week, HRH The Earl of Wessex wished Oakleaf a happy 21st birthday, in paying them a celebratory visit. READ MORE

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His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex visits local social enterprise, the Guildford Bike Project

Peter Cluff, Chairman of our Guildford Philanthropy Fund reflects on the Royal visit to the Guildford Bike Project, a social enterprise supported by the Fund that helps local, disadvantaged individuals with a passion for all things bike! READ MORE

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Small Charities making a BIG impact

This week it’s all about Small Charities and the opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector. We’re delighted to share with you just some of the inspiring local organisations that we support, making a big impact within Surrey. READ MORE

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The Power of Philanthropy

This week we ask our Chairman, David Frank, about his involvement as a Trustee over the past nine years… READ MORE

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A tribute to volunteers, this Volunteers Week

This Volunteers Week 2018, we want to pay tribute to the dedicated people who give their time to a number of charities that we support. READ MORE

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Supporting women after domestic violence

Charlotte Kneer, CEO at Reigate & Banstead Women’s Aid shares the charity’s vital importance to women across East Surrey that are fleeing from domestic abuse. The Community Foundation for Surrey is proud to have recently awarded a grant to support the refuge that is providing life saving support for vulnerable women and their children. READ MORE

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Our Chief Executive Laura Thurlow, launches our blog

Our Chief Executive Laura Thurlow, launches our new blog! READ MORE

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