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Election guidance for small charities from NAVCA

On December 12 the country will take to the polls for a general election and over the next six weeks there will be a surge in campaigning by local politicians. Small charities should be aware of the guiding principles that help to maintain the independence of the charitable sector, remaining non-party political at all times. This does not mean that … Read More

A window onto community-led housing

Community-led housing is a way to create homes that remain affordable and for local people in the future, however many people move in and out of them, and could be one of the solutions to the short supply of affordable housing in Surrey. During the first two weeks of December, local charity Surrey Community Action is running seminars in Ewell, … Read More

New funding boost to help unemployed back into business

More unemployed people in Surrey will be able to benefit from free support to start their own business, thanks to a £1.4 million funding boost to the Inspiring Enterprise project. Further funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund will enable Surrey Community Action – together with partners WSX Enterprise, Action Hampshire, The University of Winchester and … Read More

Charity Mash-Up: Vision 2020

Surrey Community Action celebrates its 70th anniversary next year.  Since our inception, there have been lots of changes and challenges for the voluntary, community and faith sector.  But what does the future hold? We’ll be gazing into a crystal ball on Thursday 14 May along with key speakers, funders and sector specialists at our Charity Mash-Up at Christ Church in … Read More

Trustees required

Want to make a difference in Surrey? Come on Board! Last year Surrey Community Action helped 1300 people to avoid fuel poverty, supported 100 good neighbour schemes across the county, provided advice to 100’s of village halls, strengthened the voluntary sector through advocacy and much more, to keep communities thriving. Now we need your help. We’re looking for dynamic people … Read More

A strong foundation for self-build in Surrey

Over 160 people took the opportunity to find out more about how community led housing could help to provide more affordable homes in their communities, at roadshow events in Guildford and Leatherhead this week run by the Surrey Community Housing Partnership. Community led housing is quickly gaining momentum across the country with a rapidly growing number of successful schemes delivering … Read More

New year, new opportunities for budding business owners in west Surrey

A local enterprise project is inviting budding entrepreneurs to take advantage of the support on offer thanks to National Lottery funding. Inspiring Enterprise offers free support to help develop the ideas, confidence and skills to set up a business or social enterprise. The project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund. … Read More

State of the Sector 2016

In the summer of 2016, 375 community organisations and stakeholders across Surrey, participated in our research into the voluntary sector; where it is now and where it needs to be in the future. The research, via online questionnaires and telephone interviews, gives us an insight into the projected needs of the community in the future, recognising that we need to … Read More

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