Dos and Don’ts from the Heathrow Community Fund

On Wednesday we were very pleased to host Fiona Brewer from the Heathrow Community Fund who are an independent charity and local funder. This was a great opportunity for our groups to hear the other side of application writing: what funders look for in applications, common mistakes and what CFH expect from the organisations when an award is made.
The funding they distribute comes from Heathrow Airport Limited, noise fines levied on airlines when they break the noise regulations, other funders and funding from Heathrow staff via their fundraising activities. Their grant programme supports projects for communities near the airport, so for us that means Runnymede and Spelthorne. They also support airport staff volunteering and fundraising to improve their community or cause.
Fiona talked to us about the grants process from application to awards and the 3 different funding streams open to an application: Communities for Youth, Communities for Tomorrow, Communities Together.
She then strongly emphasised the responsibilities of groups awarded funding to follow their agreed project plan and report the project adequately. As an aspect of fundraising that is often overlooked in the excitement of getting funds and running a project it was important to hear what funders think.
They are a local grant maker with over £800,000 to fund a range of projects in 2018. Their application forms are straightforward, online and help to complete them is available.
It begs the question – what are you waiting for? Read the about the funds, their criteria and the closing dates here.
As always we are available to help you with training, proofreading and due to high demand for places, Fiona will be back again in late summer so watch out for dates.

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Surrey Heath Volunteer Awards 2018

The Surrey Heath Volunteer Awards and Christmas networking event was held on 11th December at the Camberley Theatre. We were delighted that over 100 people attended the event and most of those present were volunteers.  We had a wonderful afternoon celebrating the amazing contribution to the community made by the many volunteers who work for voluntary organisations in Surrey Heath.

The judging panel was assembled with knowledgeable representatives from our local community including the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Dan Adams, Louise Livingston, Executive Head Transformation, Surrey Heath Borough Council and Gill Hoptkins, Trustee Voluntary Support North Surrey.

The Worshipful, the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Dan Adams presented the awards to the winners of each category and congratulated everyone who had been nominated for an award, including:

Lifetime Achievement in Volunteering

Maureen Gimbert for her work with Lightwater Cafe

Inspirational Volunteer Achievement Joint Award:

Irene Bothomley for her work with Macmillan Cancer Support

Sylvia Bryden-Stock for her work with Princess Christian Care Centre

Individual Volunteer Achievement Joint Award:

Maggie Grist for her work with Woking & Sam Beare Hospice

Carole Timms for her work with St Lawrence Chobham Old Folks Club

David Garland-Bonner for his work with Outline

Supporting Individuals in Need Award:

The Hope Hub Team

Long Service Award:

Joan Heath for her work with Surrey Heath Scout District

Young Volunteer Award (up to age 25)

Georgina Cree for her work with Cancer Research UK Camberly

Best Volunteer Team Award:

The Camberley Alzheimer Cafe Planning Team

New Engagement in the Community Award:  

Tim Bone for his work with Surrey Fire and Rescue

Charity Shop Volunteering Award:

Irene Hankin for her work with Parity for Disability

VSNS Community Volunteering Award

Trefor Hogg for his work with the Old Dean Community, Group Camberley Wildlife, Surrey Heath CCG PPG and GDPR Training

A raffle was drawn after the presentation of the awards for all the volunteers who were nominated as an additional recognition of thanks. You can see the prizes that were donated below and we should like to thank all those businesses for their generous support.

A huge thank you from Voluntary Support North Surrey for everyone that made or received a nomination this year and many thanks to those of you that came along on 11th December to support the Awards Ceremony and make the afternoon a success.

Raffle Prizes 2018

Kindly donated by local businesses:

1st Prize       Camberley Panto tickets for a family of 4 donated by Camberley Theatre

2nd Prize     50 minutes Massage donated by The Massage Company

3rd Prize      Christmas Hamper donated by Voluntary Support North Surrey

4th Prize      Christmas Cyclamen Plant

5th Prize      Box of Thorntons Chocolates

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