Epsom & Ewell Community Fund awards its first grants

13th May 2016

The Epsom & Ewell Community Fund has supported four inspiring local community projects in its first round of grant awards.

The grants have funded local charities and community groups based within Epsom and Ewell to help vulnerable people access training, conserve the local environment, support local homeless people and help disadvantaged young people access sport.

A grant of £1,000 supported the Richmond Fellowship to expand their Old Moat Garden Centre Café in Epsom to help more people gain work experience and training. The project offers people with mental health problems, the opportunity to enrol in training and work experience programmes in a realistic, commercial, but supportive environment.

Another grant of £500 to the Epsom Common Association has helped this volunteer led group to continue their project converting timber from local conservation activities into charcoal.  By continuing this ancient craft, the project minimises environmental impact, promotes sustainable practices and uses the sale of the charcoal to fund further nature conservation on Epsom Common.

Other grants awarded include:

–       £900 to The Meeting Room to support a drop in centre for homeless and marginalized people in Epsom & Ewell

–       £900 to Epsom and Ewell Colts Youth Football Club to fund subsidised places for young people to play football

Founder of the Epsom & Ewell Community Fund, Mayor, Councillor Chris Frost explains

We are delighted to award our first grants to such inspirational groups working across the Borough. This Fund provides a permanent source of funding for local people; run by local people, who care about Epsom & Ewell.

A number of local businesses and individuals, including Epsom Coaches and the Rolf Charitable Trust, have been quick to see the benefits of the Fund and already signed up as founding donors.

Melanie Cox, Epsom Coaches Group and Fund Panel Member explained

“This fund provides the perfect way for our staff to give back to the local area and be involved in the grant making process, I am delighted this was elected by our team as our chosen charity to support this year and would recommend other local companies join us in supporting the Fund.”

Epsom & Ewell Community Fund

26th April 2016

The Epsom and Ewell Community Fund supports local community and voluntary groups who are making a difference to the quality of local community life by awarding grants to fund their work.

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; isolated older people, those affected by long term illness and disability, the environment, sport and recreation, young people, families and community facilities.

The Epsom and Ewell Community Fund makes it easy for companies and individuals to support the breadth of needs in the Epsom and 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 and Ewell can either donate now, or leave a legacy in the future.”

Chris Frost, Chair


During 2023 the fund is being supported by Peacock & Co, a local firm of solicitors.

Examples of two charities that 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 and 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 and 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

Fundraising opportunity with Riviera Travel

Epsom and 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 and 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 and 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.

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

The Need

The Epsom and Ewell Community Fund supports local community and voluntary groups who are making a difference to the quality of local community life by awarding grants to fund their work.

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:

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