Elmbridge is one of Surrey’s most affluent and sought after areas, and regularly features as one of best places to live in the UK. Amidst this wealth, there are pockets of disadvantage in the borough where groups and communities are quite simply overlooked.
The overall wealth of Elmbridge often masks these, but there are many shocking statistics about social or geographical areas of deprivation and need, and because they are hidden, they are often much harder to address.
The Elmbridge 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 supports voluntary effort, not just for a single cause, but across all sectors including; isolated older people, those affected by long term illness and disability, young people and families living in poverty and disadvantage.
The fund makes it easy for local residents to support the breadth of needs in the Elmbridge 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
Simon Lewis, Chief Executive of PMW and Chairman of Elmbridge Community Fund has said:
The purpose of ECF is to finance the hard work of local volunteer groups and allow their passion to have an even greater impact for the benefit of our community.
Dominic Raab, MP for Esher and Walton, and Fund Panel Member has said:
We are building a fund to support disadvantaged individuals and communities across all of Elmbridge. It will bring major benefits and help inspire local giving.
Recent grants include an award of £1,000 in 2018 to Oasis Childcare Centre for their art therapy project. The project engaged local women in weekly art therapy sessions to help them reflect on issues they had been facing and express them through art, in a supportive group environment. Feedback from the group confirms that it had been transformational for those taking part, who in some cases found that the art therapy allowed them to open up and talk to someone for the first time.
The Elmbridge Community Fund recently worked with the Community Film Unit to create the short film below, showing some of the groups in Elmbridge in need of support. It also gives the perspective of one of the Fund’s existing donors and why he chooses to give to the Elmbridge Community Fund.
The Community Film Unit is a social enterprise that aims to raise the profile of societies most important issues and we are grateful for their help and expertise in creating this film.
RideLondon Fundraising Opportunity
3 riders successfully raised a total of £4,325 for the Elmbridge Community Fund through the 2018 RideLondon-Surrey 100 Cycle event. We’re hugely grateful to Tony, Rupert and Ashley for their efforts.
Places are available for 2019 – if you would like to raise money for good causes in Elmbridge, contact us to find out more.