Sparks Fund Supports Computer Lessons & More

“Mascot is so grateful for the Sparks Funding as it has enabled us to support our local community over the summer months with projects that are still ongoing. People are so appreciative for the support.”

Earlier this year, Surrey Community Action and Volunteer Woking’s Sparks Fund awarded grants to small charities in Canalside and Goldsworth Park wards in Woking. The grants aimed to support communities which have been impacted by Covid 19 and its wider impact on health and wellbeing, and also by the current cost-of-living crisis.

The fund supports small scale, community-led, initiatives that benefit the local community by increasing participation and engagement, and giving people a voice in how things are done on matters that impact them and where they live.

MASCOT (Maybury & Sheerwater Community Trust) received a grant from the Sparks Fund to run activities at Mascot, both at the hub and the community halls at St. Paul’s Church. Since receiving the funding in June 2023,  over 100 people have attended their sessions and there has been an average of 250 visits a month to both sites. Each week MASCOT have delivered career support sessions, English tuition sessions and a conversational English class, a friendship cafe’, computer tuition sessions. MASCOT are also hosting an ongoing computer course, foodbank sessions, Citizens Advice sessions, interactive wellbeing sessions and hearing aid maintenance sessions.

One client said: “The computers have been invaluable as I don’t have a computer. Without question, the Mascot Hub has been so helpful to the community.”