The Runnymede Community Fund is a fund specifically for the benefit of Runnymede and its residents established in partnership with Voluntary Support North Surrey and Runnymede Borough Council. The fund enables and encourages local giving so that we can develop a greater capacity to respond to local needs.
The Runnymede Community Fund makes it easy for local residents to support the breadth of needs in the Runnymede 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
Example grants from the fund:
Your Sanctuary – £3,000
Your Sanctuary supports people who have suffered from, or who are exposed to domestic abuse. The charity aims to offer protection for survivors and their families; work towards the prevention of domestic abuse; and undo the harm caused by it.
Funding was awarded for the continuation of two programmes run by the charity – ‘Womens’ Freedom’ and ‘Recovery.’ Both are vital and successful community groups for women in Surrey who have/or are experiencing domestic violence. These programmes empower women to keep themselves and their children safe and help them to build a new life free from domestic abuse.
Looking Ahead – £1,500
Looking Ahead runs classes in Addlestone and Windlesham providing 36 x 2hr weekly sessions across 3 terms, where any adult living with sight loss can learn new communication skills such as Braille, touch typing, specialist IT systems on laptops, tablets and smartphones.
This grant allowed for the continuation of communication classes for people with visual impairment. These classes have a number of benefits for attendees; increasing education and skills, helping to improve health and wellbeing, tackling disadvantage and exclusion and reducing isolation.