The Pitstop Fund has awarded its first five grants to groups in Mole Valley, totalling over £36,500. The Fund aims to relieve poverty among people in the community and advance their education by the provision of training in basic life skills and health matters to help them become more independent.
Grants were awarded to:
- B@titude (pictured left), to provide core funding to pay the cost of rent for the Charity for one year. This supports the charity to do more outreach work, develop partnerships and other initiatives supporting the development of capacity and skills among socially and disadvantaged communities.
- Bookham Baptist Church Children’s Centre, to employ an Information and Signposting Officer for the Children’s Centre for one year. Their focus will be on reaching the most disadvantaged and excluded members of the community, helping them to access education, learning, and health services.
- Rhythmix, to provide music club sessions for Special Educational Needs students at Woodlands School in Leatherhead.
- The Meeting Room, to support rent costs and for a drop in centre for homeless or marginalised people in Leatherhead.
- YMCA East Surrey, to support the HeadSpace Program for young people and their parents. The program aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and provides early intervention to prevent mental health issues.
Could your group benefit from the Pitstop Fund?
The fund has ambitions to continue building on this excellent start. It is currently open for further applications and supports community groups, charities and other voluntary organisations in Mole Valley. The next deadline is Friday 3rd February 2017. Begin the process today by submitting an Expression of Interest form here.