Our Charities

We are committed to supporting our local community, and have selected four local causes to support on a regular basis.

Our charities receive financial support via a 10% allocation from all membership fees and renewals as well as a percentage of booking fees collected for quarterly events.

Then it’s down to the attendees at those events to decide which charity they would like the money to go to. The proceeds from the last quarter will be calculated and divided by the number of attendees to give a total per person. Each attendee then places a token of that value into one of the four charity boxes.

Our charities are…

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Eikon Charity

The Eikon Charity supports vulnerable young people in Surrey who have disadvantaged backgrounds and are at risk of crisis. Eikon introduces preventative approaches to ensure issues do not escalate and become life-changing challenges.

Many of the young people Eikon work with are on the verge of:

  • homelessness
  • exclusion from school
  • committing crimes
  • getting involved in drug and alcohol abuse
  • self harming
  • suffering from mental health issues
  • family crisis

Eikon works in secondary schools and youth centres and conducts Mobile Outreach programmes to target hard-to-reach young people. Eikon aims to create happy, thriving and resilient young people who contribute positively to society.

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Friends of the Elderly – ‘Visiting Friends’ in Surrey

Friends of the Elderly aspires to a society where all older people are treated with respect and have the opportunity to lead fulfilled lives. We support older people who are in need due to physical or mental frailty, isolation or poverty. We provide high quality caring services, personalised to the needs of the individual and integrated with local communities.

Visiting Friends is one of many services we offer in Surrey, where our volunteers visit lonely and isolated older people in their own homes. We know that 1 in 10 people aged over 65 say they regularly or always feel lonely – that’s 5 million older people in the UK. A shocking 17% of older people have less than weekly contact with their family, friends or neighbours and 6% leave their home once a week or less.

Most of the people we visit are over 65 and live alone, with varying levels of mobility and independence. For these older people loneliness and isolation are not a choice, they have no choice. For many of them, this will be the only person they have a proper conversation with that week, and the visits make a real difference to their well-being and happiness.

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Voluntary Action Elmbridge

Voluntary Action Elmbridge is a local support and development organisation which incorporates a Volunteer Centre. VAE supports all Voluntary, Community and Faith Organisations who work and provide care to all those who live and work in the Borough of Elmbridge.

VAE provides help in six main areas:

  • Volunteer Centre service
  • Development
  • Services and Support
  • Liaison
  • Representation
  • Strategic Direction

Volunteer Centre
Supports individuals, groups and corporates to find local volunteering roles. There are around 300 roles in the area that currently need to be filled. Roles range vastly from supporting a Board with its strategic direction, marketing, helping a young person in crisis, supporting a helpline, helping a charity with administration through to manual tasks like gardening to name but a few!

Aspire – Supported Volunteering
A dedicated project designed to help and support into volunteering anyone who faces challenges in their life. Clients suffer a range of mental health issues, including depression and psychosis, and women with low self-esteem and confidence issues as a result of domestic abuse. Clients often have confidence issues though long term unemployment and therefore the support worker works alongside the client to re-build their personal impact skills and confidence. The right volunteering role gives individuals a sense of purpose as well as giving them skills that they can directly use to gain employment.

The Buddy Scheme
A new scheme that aims to help anyone who needs one to one support through their volunteering journey. We aim to encourage people who are often lost to volunteering, as organisations do not have the capacity to provide support required. Volunteers will be matched with a Buddy Mentor, the Buddy
Mentor will be fully trained and managed by VAE and support the volunteer throughout their journey. This a pilot project for an initial 12 month period.

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Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices provide care to patients with life limiting illness across the whole of North West Surrey, and support their families too. We believe every patient is more than their physical illness, and has unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. We therefore respond to the needs of each individual, helping them achieve the best possible quality of life, however long that may be.

The majority of our care takes place in the patient’s own home, however once under our care, patients can be referred to the hospice buildings for pain relief, respite, to attend day care, for counselling, or at the very end-of-life if that is their preferred place of death.

The majority of our patients have a cancer, but we also care for people with other conditions such as heart disease, motor neurone disease (MND), chronic pulmonary conditions, Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis.