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Connected Communities are Making a Difference

COVID brought many communities together – Lightwater is building on the successful COVID response by creating a new community organisation. Three voluntary groups in the village have joined together to create ‘Lightwater Connected’, an umbrella organisation coordinating the activities of Lightwater Care, LIVE and the Lightwater Resilience Plan LRP.

During lockdown 300 volunteers in Lightwater handled over 1000 calls for assistance and this joined up approach to community has resulted in a new, larger organisation, which shares volunteers, funding, modern technology and ideas. Lightwater Care has restarted driving duties again, the LIVE signposting centre has reopened for business. The new service will operate 5 mornings a week, manned by 2 duty officers, and will eventually not just take bookings for drivers, shopping trips and prescription collections, but pull together all the LRP and LIVE volunteers into a village-wide befriending and communication network, taking its lead from the successful operation of LRP during the Covid emergency. It will also eventually make LIVE available 5 days a week, rather than just Saturdays.

Lightwater Connected is a volunteer network ready for any future emergency and really making a difference to their community.

07933 123256 lightwaterhelp@gmail.com  www.lightwaterconnected.org.uk

Our job is to help grow local voluntary organisations so if your North Surrey community group needs support or has a pandemic evolution story you’d like to share – we’d love to hear from you.

info@voluntarysupport.org.uk

 

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DATE: 7 October 2020

Changes to Amigo – volunteer buddying project provided by Voluntary Support North Surrey

Amigo, launched in June 2017 by Voluntary Support North Surrey and funded by Catalyst, has been providing volunteer buddying support for people with mental ill health in Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, West Elmbridge and Woking as part of Community Connections.

The impact and ongoing nature of COVID-19 has resulted in a need to re-examine the assistance provided by Amigo. The existing model of integrating clients into the community with the assistance of volunteers has been challenging in the face of lockdown and continued social distancing. We now have an opportunity to reconsider how best to help people with poor mental health re-integrate into activities and the wider community during this time.

After consultation, Catalyst Community Connections will work directly with people to support their mental health and wellbeing in the North West Surrey area. Current Amigo clients can access support from Catalyst who currently offer 1-1 telephone support and some groups and activities online:

Central number 01483 590150

Surrey Heath 01483 415950

North West Surrey 01784 440378

For more information regarding Catalyst Community Connections, please contact:

Catalyst Community Connections North West: 01784 440378 / SMS Text 07919 541424

www.catalystsupport.org.uk

www.communityconnectionssurrey.com

Catalyst Communications enquiries: Jane de la Rosa 07876 782 681

Jane.delarosa@catalystsupport.org.uk

Voluntary Support North Surrey enquiries: Suzie Tobin 01932 571122

suzie@voluntarysupport.org.uk

 

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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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