The Community Foundation for Surrey is delighted to announce the awarding of 59 grants, totalling £482,160 to voluntary and community organisations in Surrey.
Funded through the generous contribution of our donor funds, the Foundation’s Young People theme helps to combat issues impacting young people, including:
- Coping with and managing mental health issues.
- Obtaining qualifications and developing life skills that will improve their chances of gaining employment.
- Widening horizons – giving children and young people in disadvantaged communities access to opportunity.
- Supporting young people caring for others.
- Mentoring and coaching.
- Enabling young people to access sports, arts and the environment.
There was a wide spread of issues supported through the funding round, but the two dominant themes were Mental health and wellbeing, and Education, skills and employability which accounted for more than half the awards. Mental health alone made up a third of the awards.
We are very excited that one of our donor funds has awarded four, three-year grants for salary costs, thereby providing stability to the charities supported. One of the recipients said:
“A 3 year funding offer is absolutely brilliant and is a massive weight off our trustee-shoulders, knowing that we have security for our ongoing work with our young people. It also enables more strategic, longer-term planning and will encourage other investments of support. Just wonderful all-round.” (Claygate Youth and Community Hub)
Feedback from grant recipients
We have received some fantastic feedback from our grant recipients. Here are a few of their comments:
– Surrey based charity supporting survivors of domestic abuse.
“This generous grant from the Community Foundation will help us to continue our vital work supporting children who are living in our refuges for families fleeing domestic abuse. Our specialist support workers provide a safe place for children to talk, play and heal from their experiences. Thank you.”
Fiamma Pather, Chief Executive Officer, Your Sanctuary
– A mentoring charity for young people to develop skills so that they can thrive in education, relationships and beyond.
“Buddy Up are incredibly grateful for the grant from The Community Foundation for Surrey. This funding means we can continue to provide our much needed mentoring service to the most vulnerable young people in Surrey.”
Andy Reid CEO and Founder Buddy Up
– A local charity providing therapeutic riding sessions for children and adults with disabilities.
“Horsley, Bookham & Leatherhead RDA are delighted to receive Community Foundation for Surrey’s grant towards the purchase of our next horse. This ensures that we can cater for more local children/young adults who want to ride with us and have therapeutic sessions with our horses and ponies each week.”
Joanna Marsh, Trustee, Fundraising
– Campaigns for a safer internet for all children and young people – whether they are gaming, communicating on social media, using apps or taking part in any other internet-based activity.
“Breck Foundation is extremely grateful for the support of Community Foundation for Surrey, with it we can deliver our powerful and potentially lifesaving ‘Online Safety’ sessions in schools all over Surrey; Breck’s Mother believes that had her son seen our ‘Online Safety’ session, he would still be alive today“.
Michael Buraimoh, CEO of Breck Foundation
For more information, please contact our Grants Team at email: email@example.com