Can you help us meet the growing needs of disadvantaged young people in Surrey?

9th September 2022

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Panel Member for Surrey Young People’s Fund.

Disadvantaged young people in Surrey deserve their opportunity to shine and have a real chance to fulfil their dreams. Surrey Young People’s Fund (SYPF) provides them with just that opportunity – to make the most of themselves and of what society can offer, by gaining access to education, training, apprenticeship, or employment.

The Surrey Young People’s Fund needs an additional Panel Member who can provide a particular focus on fundraising to help us meet that growing need. If you are passionate about increasing the life chances of disadvantaged young people and have some experience of fundraising, then this may be the perfect opportunity.

Since we started our work at the end of 2014, we have received more than 900 applications for grants to help young people improve their life prospects, but there are many more who still require our assistance.

Through the pandemic, and into a major cost of living challenge, SYPF has been here to respond to evolving and increasing needs in our target groups.

We are a Fund within the Community Foundation for Surrey, and operate a model which relies on referring agencies, enthusiastic Volunteer Assessors and Panel Members, and Donors, without whom none of this would be possible.

We are fortunate to have developed strong relationships with our Donors but recognise that we need to give greater emphasis to fundraising so that we can respond to increasing needs as well as secure the financial position of the Fund for the future.

The current Panel Members possess a broad range of skills and experience which we are looking to enhance by recruiting an additional Panel Member with fundraising expertise who can take the lead in developing our Donor network and growing the Fund. It is likely that you will:

  • have some experience of fundraising in the not-for-profit sector
  • be well-networked in and across Surrey
  • have the enthusiasm, skills, and drive to develop our funding network
  • be passionate about supporting disadvantaged young people in Surrey

The time commitment is not onerous. We meet once a month to discuss applications assessed since the last Panel in a format that encourages sharing of experiences in a friendly and supportive way. We don’t envisage that the person fulfilling this role would assess applicants or need to attend every Panel meeting as your focus would be on cultivating Donors, but attendance would be beneficial to participate in the operation of the Fund at first hand.

Discover more about our Surrey Young People’s Fund.

If you would like to discuss further, please do contact Nick Brooks, Chair of SYPF, on, or on 07920 060218.