Projects to help young people preparing for the world of work were among scores to benefit from more than £800,000 of grants awarded to community groups by Surrey County Council’s local Members last year.
Each of Surrey County Council’s 81 councillors is given an allocation every year to donate to projects in their local area that help promote the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of their community.
Among them were:
- £6,600 from Tandridge’s six Members, including council leader David Hodge and chairman Sally Marks, to Farm Buddies for helping vulnerable young people get work experience on a local farm
- Nearly £10,000 from nine members towards installing nine public defibrillators
- Almost £5,500 from 12 Members towards helping Surrey Search and Rescue find and rescue vulnerable people.
Mr Hodge said: “These are all fantastic examples of how even a small amount of funding can make a big difference in the communities we serve, whether it’s providing organisations with life-saving equipment or helping to give vulnerable children a brighter future.”
Community groups looking to apply for money from this year’s Members’ Allocations should contact their local county councillor.
The video below shows just a handful of the many projects that have benefitted from the grants.