In 2007 Birtley House launched the Birtley House Fund in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey. The funds raised help support local community groups and charities that implement projects falling into one of the following categories:
- Supporting local community activities with a preference for projects supporting rural/village communities
- Improving facilities, services and activities for older people
- Providing training, development and intergenerational learning opportunities for local people
- Environmental projects which conserve or improve the wildlife value of Surrey or which improves community access to and awareness of the environment
Example grants from the fund:
Weysight – £2,435
Weysight provide support for adults who have a visual impairment to develop new communication skills so that they can increase their independence.
Funding was awarded to support the communication classes for visually impaired people in Guildford and Godalming. WeySight runs twice weekly communication skills classes for visually impaired and blind people from the local area. The classes offer braille, moon, touch typing and IT skills training for attendees, as well as important social skills for those that are visually impaired to meet with others in a friendly and supportive environment. Class members, who may find it difficult to get out and about because of their disabilities, are transported to the classes by trained volunteers.