Community fund aims to shape future of the borough

RESIDENTS are set to reap the benefits after a new community fund, designed to safeguard and promote public-led support services in Woking, was launched on Friday.

The Woking Community Fund was officially announced by the Community Foundation for Surrey, which itself was initiated by Rutland Woking Ltd, at the HG Wells Centre last week. The new fund will award grants to community and voluntary groups supporting the most vulnerable and isolated people in the borough, and aims to make a difference to residents now and in the future.

Grants have already been awarded to a small number of projects including emergency assistance for vulnerable seniors, a community worker for the Barnsbury estate, and a social group for people in Sheerwater and Maybury with mental and emotional health problems or social isolation issues. Trustee of the Community Foundation for Surrey and director of Rutland Woking Ltd, Jim McAllister, said: “There are areas of real concern in Woking.

“This new fund will make a real difference to local people and help those who are in need. Rutland Woking is donating 10 per cent of its net profits to establish the fund and we want to encourage other local businesses to support this initiative for the benefit of their local community.”

Donations to the fund will attract two-to-one matched funding available from the Government’s Community First programme. For every £2 received a further £1 is added, plus there is gift aid which almost doubles the original pledge.

To make a donation contact 01483 409230.


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