Elder Companionship Fund

The Elder Companionship Fund has been established to reduce social isolation and loneliness among older people.

We know that loneliness and isolation is a real issue across our county, with a third of residents aged 65+ (close to 76,000 older people) living alone. Research shows that loneliness can take a terrible toll on people’s mental, physical and emotional health and has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

The Community Foundation for Surrey established a new Fund, specifically to address this critical issue here in Surrey – the Elder Companionship Fund.

“We’ve been moved to set up the Elder Companionship Fund in response to the extremely distressing consequences of the Covid pandemic. Many people in our community were already suffering greatly from loneliness and isolation, but this has only been made more intense and more widespread in recent months. Our goal is to help provide much needed funds to support the staffing and service provision that will be so critical in the months – and years – ahead.”

– Founding Donor, Elder Companionship Fund

For further information, please visit our webpage: cfsurrey.org.uk/hips-webinar-series-loneliness-and-isolation/ 

 

Match Funding Opportunity!

We are currently able to match fund new donations that are given to help alleviate loneliness and isolation among older people in Surrey on a £ for £ basis.

Therefore, a gift of £1,000 will immediately become £2,000, and with Gift Aid included also, it can go even further! For anyone that donates more than £10,000, the founders of the fund also invite you, should you wish to, to become more involved and as the Elder Companionship Fund develops.

To find out more about how you can take advantage of this opportunity, and how we work together with Donors across the county (including individuals and families, Surrey-based companies, charitable trusts and other partners) helping them to make a difference in the area of greatest interest to them, please contact our Chief Executive, Laura Thurlow on 01483 478086.

Download Match-Funding PDF

How to Give


This is a long-term fund that people can either donate to now, or leave a legacy to in the future. Donations can be made at any level, either as one-off donations or spread over a period of time. They can be donated as gifts of cash, legacies, shares, property or land.

To donate, contact us for more information or simply send a cheque payable to the Elder Companionship Fund to:

Community Foundation for Surrey
Suite 3, First Floor, Cleary Court
169 Church Street East
Woking
GU21 6HJ

Don’t forget Gift Aid! Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, the Surrey Community Arts Fund will receive an extra 25p from HM Revenue & Customs, helping your donation go further.

Apply for funding


Applying for funding is easy. Simply fill out a quick Expression of Interest Form (EOI) to start the application process.

Tell us what you want to do, and how much you would like to apply for. The EOI is designed to save you time and provide us with a little more information about your funding needs prior to making a full application.

The grants team will then review your EOI against our fund criteria and advise you if we can invite you forward to make a full application.

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