Having given out over £60,000 in grants and assisted over 22,000 people in the Borough, the Community Fund for Reigate and Banstead has already had a tremendous impact since its launch. Below are some of the projects we have supported, amongst many others.
“Patrick* (aged 55) came to us from the local Jobcentre having been long-term unemployed due to very low literacy and numeracy levels and lack of recent work experience to include on his CV. He was facing issues with his landlord, and had no idea who to turn to. Citizens advice provided him with the legal information required to manage his debt and point him in the right direction.”
The Fund recently awarded £3,000 to fund a Telephone Advisor to ensure the local branch could meet demand and continue to support local people experiencing a range of difficulties in Reigate and Banstead. The organisation specialises in confidential information and advice to assist people with legal, debt, housing and other issues. This will make a massive difference to hundreds of people across the Borough.
Local charity, Sight for Surrey support people of any age who have a hearing or sight impairment. They deliver specialist, hands-on, practical services tailored to meet the needs of their clients and their families. They received a grant of £1,500 to offer free communications to their members, providing a regular opportunity for them to meet, learn and practice communication skills that will aid independent living.
Relate Mid-Surrey provide relationship support to their clients, offering services such as counselling for couples, families and young people, sex therapy, and mediation and training courses. They received £3,000 towards subsidised counselling sessions for disadvantaged families. These sessions particularly support family members who are struggling with relationship issues; families who may need help to separate; where there is the presence of domestic violence; and helping young people who may be caught up in parental conflict, victims of abuse, or struggling to cope with challenging circumstances.
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