Epsom & Ewell Community Fund

26th April 2016

We urgently need more donations to support our local voluntary organisations in Epsom & Ewell

The Fund enables and encourages local giving to support local communities to develop and thrive by supporting voluntary effort, not just for a single cause, but across all sectors including;

  • Those affected by long term illness and disability
  • The environment
  • Sport and recreation
  • Young people
  • Isolated older people
  • Families
  • Community facilities

The Epsom & Ewell Community Fund makes it easy for companies and individuals to support the breadth of needs in the Epsom & Ewell Community by:

  • Exclusively supporting local community projects
  • Pooling donations from companies, individuals and families to make a bigger impact
  • Providing a sustainable source of funding to support the evolving community needs
  • Developing the capacity to respond to local issues as they arise

“This is a Fund for local people run by local people, where those who care about Epsom & Ewell can either donate now, or leave a legacy in the future.”

Chris Frost, Chair

Recent charities we have supported:

The Sunnybank Trust

This charity supports adults with learning disabilities in the North East Surrey area to live without prejudice and have confidence, opportunities and control over their own lives.  They celebrate our differences and believe that everyone in our community should be included, respected and treated as equal.  Their Chief Executive, Dorothy Watson, said:

‘We are very grateful for the support of the Epsom & Ewell Community Fund. As a charity, the Sunnybank Trust supports adults with a learning disability to be valued and included in their community. Through the range of clubs, activities, advocacy and transition we ensure that all of our partners with a learning disability have a voice and is able to lead as fulfilling a life as everyone else. This wouldn’t be possible without the support of funders such as Epsom & Ewell Community Fund – thank you!’

Staff and partners of the Sunnybank Trust at one of their Coffee and Chat sessions

The Stoneleigh Job Club

The Stoneleigh Job Club has experienced coaches to help people who need advice and support in getting the skills and confidence to successfully find work.  They can help people over 18 who are looking for their first job, returning to work after retirement or maternity leave, thinking of changing their job, starting up on their own or unemployed.

If you think you would benefit from coaching, you will find a caring supportive coach able to listen and provide positive advice and help.
They can be contacted by e-mail stoneleighjobclub@gmail.com or on 07941 231072. They are based in the Stoneleigh Community Library on Stoneleigh Broadway.

The Stoneleigh Job Club in action

Epsom Methodist Nursery

The following is an extract of an article that appears by kind permission of the Epsom & Ewell Times.

For nearly 25 years Epsom Methodist Nursery has been providing early years childcare in the heart of Epsom. Now the Nursery is entering an exciting new chapter in its history. As well as continuing to offer early years education for two to five year-olds the Nursery will become a Family Centre.

Following consultation with parents the Family Centre is planning to offer a broad range of activities and support including:

  • A bumps and babies group for new parents providing ante-natal and post-natal support.
  • Support groups for parents and carers of toddlers and young children.
  • Courses and classes covering areas such as potty training, coping with challenging behaviours and family budgeting.
  • Support for speech and language development.
  • An affordable after-school club.
  • A summer lunch club.

The move to becoming a Family Centre has been made possible by a grant award from the Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS). CFS has arranged for the Netherby Trust and the Epsom and Ewell Community Fund to provide £12,450 which will match a contribution from Epsom Methodist Church. This money will help fund both the employment of a Family Centre Manager for the next year alongside the various activities that are planned.

Commenting on the grant award Cara Golding, the manager of Epsom Methodist Church Nursery, said:

We are delighted to have secured this funding from the Community Foundation for Surrey. Our work with families at Epsom Methodist Nursery has shown us how committed parents are to their children and families and how keen they are to pick up ideas that will help them with the everyday and sometimes complex challenges that parenting can bring. Local agencies and public services are under pressure and services have been cut back. So the more we can do to provide practical help to parents and give children the best start in life the better. That is our mission.

Epsom Male Voice Choir have been entertaining audiences for over 40 years and have a reputation for donating to local causes. This year the chairman’s charity is the Epsom and Ewell Community Fund and the choir hope not only to raise donations but also to heighten awareness of the EECF’s great work within the community.

Company support

We are grateful for the support the Fund received from Peacock & Co., solicitors, during 2023.  We would welcome similar support from other companies.

Fundraising opportunity with Riviera Travel

Epsom & Ewell Community Fund is now able to benefit from a fundraising partnership with Riviera Travel. Each time a holiday is booked with Riviera Travel, provided that the customer mentions the Epsom & Ewell Community Fund at the point of booking, our fund will receive 10% of the total value of the booking as a donation from Riviera.

The offer is valid every time people mention Epsom & Ewell Community Fund when they book, every time they travel, on all passengers on their booking, whether alone or as a group, whether a short break or a river cruise, a long-haul adventure or a European tour – they all count, every time.

Click here to find out more and visit Riviera Travel.