Surrey Young People’s Fund

27th April 2016

The Surrey Young People’s Fund was established in October 2014 to support disadvantaged young people in Surrey to gain access to training and employment.

Grants are awarded by a panel of experienced volunteers who have a passion for assisting young people in Surrey to improve their employment prospects.

The Surrey Young People’s Fund provides funding for individuals (aged 16-25 inclusive) who are resident in Surrey. The purpose of the funding is to assist young people to move towards an identified goal in education, training, apprenticeship, or employment.

The Fund is a funder of last resort and applicants will be expected to have been unable to obtain funding from other sources. Our funds are limited and so we may not be able to award a grant for all the funding requested.

Grants will typically be up to £300 and will fund items that will directly enhance the young person’s employability skills, such as;

  • assisting them to obtain qualifications, certificates or licenses
  • developing vocational or technical skills
  • providing self-development opportunities that improve social skills, motivation and confidence

Download the full guidelines here.

 

Successful applicants are likely to be financially disadvantaged and typically fall into one of the following categories:
  • Educational under-achievers (having achieved or likely to achieve less than 5 GCSEs at grades 4-9)
  • Young people who are not in full-time employment (16+ hours per week)
  • Young people with disabilities or restricted by health conditions
  • Young people with mental health conditions
  • Young people in or leaving care
  • Carers (including Surrey Young Carers)
  • Offenders or ex-offenders
Examples of what grants may be used for or towards include:
  • Course fees and examination costs
  • Travel costs (for education, training or employment)*
  • Childcare (for short-term education or training)
  • Equipment, materials or tools
  • Work-related clothing*, or training
  • Volunteering/work placement costs
  • Online learning

*There is a £250 cap in funding for travel or work-related clothing.

In situations where applicants have disabilities or mental ill-health we often work in partnership with Surrey Supported Employment Fund. Click here to see more details – Surrey Supported Employment Fund.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to apply for a grant, please contact our Grants Manager, Nicola Bartlett at nicola@cfsurrey.org.uk.

Update – Grants for laptops

COVID-19 disrupted education since the beginning of lockdown in March 2020, and continues to represent challenges to students and teachers. At the outset we were keen to fill the gap that existed as online learning became the main way of continuing studies during the first half of the summer term (though clearly a number of institutions remained open for teaching vulnerable and disadvantaged young people as well as the offspring of vital workers).

In parallel, the Government announced a scheme to provide laptops to many young people who otherwise couldn’t undertake online learning, and many colleges have risen to the challenge of online access by lending laptops to students who otherwise would have to rely on phone access to these materials.

SYPF is unable to provide laptops in situations where there is a statutory obligation for a Government body to provide one. We are unable to consider the provision of grants which are solely relating to laptops for college-based courses unless there are exceptional circumstances.

In the event of any questions about this, please contact Nicola Bartlett at nicola@cfsurrey.org.uk.

You can also download a Surrey Young People’s Fund flyer to help us spread the word about this Fund.

Follow the Surrey Young People’s Fund on Twitter using @SYPFund to stay up to date!

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A grant from our Surrey Young People’s Fund of £267 to Fiona*, 22 supported her travel costs to attend training in the textile industry. Fiona has struggled to find employment since leaving education in July 2014. This grant supported her travel costs to attend an unpaid internship at a knitwear factory.

Whilst working at the factory her employer saw Fiona’s potential and has suggested training her as a production manager. Fiona has now started on the path to full employment and although she is still on a zero-hours contract she is happy in her current position, feels secure in her job and hopes to continue working for the company to gain further experience in the industry.

Fiona explains:

“It really helped to have that financial support to travel in every day and as a result I have made a lot of progress within the company and gained invaluable experience… I am very grateful… Thank you for your help.”

The Surrey Young People’s Fund aims to support disadvantaged young people in Surrey to gain access to training and employment. Grants are awarded by a panel of experienced volunteers who have a passion for assisting young people in Surrey improve their employment prospects.

Grants support individuals aged 16-25 at the time of application who are resident in Surrey and show the motivation to achieve their goals. Feedback is required after any grant is awarded.

Applicants should to be in one of the following four target groups:

  • Unemployed (working less than 16 hours per week)
  • Those who are struggling at school and/or have achieved less than 5 GCSEs at grades A-C
  • Offenders and ex-offenders
  • Young people in or leaving care

Grants from the Surrey Young People’s Fund will typically be between £50 and £200 and can fund items directly related to enhance the young person’s employability skills.

*Not real name.