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Inspiring Enterprise Helps Emilia’s Dad to Make a New Business

Do you support unemployed people? Our Inspiring Enterprise Mentor and Trainer, Suzanne Hodnett explains how the project has helped a new start-up through the pandemic. The Inspiring Enterprise team have recently had the privilege of working with Ben Mallinson, a carpenter by trade, who decided to use his skills to create lovely, high quality wooden toys for his daughter whilst … Read More

Money Matters Goes Mobile

Local charity, Surrey Community Action is taking its successful Money Matters advice service on the road. Money Matters offers information and advice, usually in community settings but more recently over the phone and via online video, to make day to day budgeting easier to understand and money go further for people on low incomes. Now thanks to funding from the … Read More

Armed Forces Covenant Funds Trust

The Force for Change Programme  is open to registered charities with experience of working with the Armed Forces community. Grants of up to £20,000 are available to support Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area. There are two rounds this year, with the deadlines of noon on 11 Sept and noon on 30 … Read More

Free face visors

Surrey County Council has c.800 face visors that were made on 3D printers but can’t be used by the NHS as they haven’t been tested for clinical use. If your Surrey based community group or charity would like non clinical visors please email

The rise of ‘portfolio careers’ for self-sufficiency and resilience

Cast your mind back however many years you need to, to the time when your days in school were coming to an end and you had that dreaded decision to make of what you were going to be. If those school days were in the UK then it’s likely you had a careers department available to help you but you … Read More

Rural Housing Week 2020

This week is Rural Housing Week – an annual celebration of rural housing to reinforce the message that housing is vital for the survival of rural communities and services. The week is used to highlight key rural issues and shine a spotlight on successful developments that offer a lifeline to local people in our market towns and villages. Our Rural … Read More

Keeping Communities Connected Through the Covid Crisis

Making sure hard to reach communities like Gypsies and Travellers are well supported during the lockdown is all in a day’s work for our Community Development Worker who has helped one client who didn’t understand who she could spend time with during the lockdown and was still visiting family. Our Community Development explained the rules clearly and the client understood … Read More

Data Protection & GDPR online training

It’s been two years since the introduction of GDPR in the UK, but not all charities and community groups are GDPR compliant. If you have yet to assess your GDPR compliance, are new to GDPR or simply want to check what has changed since May 2018, then we are running an online workshop on Friday 12 June for you.  Aimed … Read More

Setting up a CIO – online training

An online training session on Friday 19 June for charities and not for profit groups in Surrey. Have you formed a new group that you want to register as a charity? Do you want to convert an old-style Charity into a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)? Do you want to explore whether your charity’s trustees are protected from personal liability? … Read More

Can you produce PPE?

Urgent help needed for Surrey’s frontline workers – can you produce PPE? Following the government announcement yesterday that there is a global shortage of PPE, Surrey County Council is urgently appealing for volunteers to help supply items for Surrey’s frontline workers. Social workers, care home staff, volunteers and others across #Surrey are fast running out of vital PPE supplies such … Read More

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