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
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.
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.