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    Did you know?

    27,000 children live in poverty in the Surrey area

    Each year our grants are able to support more projects helping families affected by poverty in the Surrey area…


Uncovering the inequalities that exist in our local communities

Surrey is one of the largest counties in Britain with a population of over a million people. While it is a largely affluent county, this apparent prosperity masks pockets of high deprivation which can often be neglected and lead to some marked inequalities.

Our report, Surrey Uncovered, pinpoints these inequalities to guide funders and philanthropists on future areas of support. The report looks at the overall statistics for Surrey but, more importantly, drills down to the local level so that pockets of need are not masked by adjacent affluent areas. It reveals the reality of living in Surrey for those who are struggling and need help – problems such as high child poverty, unemployment, isolated older people and a high proportion of low income and lone parent households.

Key facts and figures

  • 27,000

    children and young people are living in poverty

  • 25%

    people experience poor mental health per year

  • 108,433

    people provide unpaid care

Of adults are not exercising at the recommended levels

Taking part in physical exercise helps control weight, improves mood, boosts energy and promotes better sleep patterns.

On average there are 40 incidents of domestic violence reported each day in Surrey

14,652 incidents of domestic violence were reported in 2015

A woman is likely to have suffered over 35 separate incidents of domestic abuse before she makes a report.

Surrey Uncovered is essential reading for anyone who wants to know anything about Surrey, it proved a bible for me in my year as High Sheriff and a valued source of useful, and alarming, statistics.

Peter Lee , High Sheriff 2014-15

Download full report


Surrey Uncovered reveals the hidden need in our local communities and using the latest statistics, tells a story about the surprising inequalities and social disadvantage throughout the county. By using local statistics, the real need is exposed.

The full report explores the need across Surrey and provides detailed analysis of the statistics behind the stories.


We are dedicated to inspiring more people to help their communities

The Community Foundation for Surrey is dedicated to inspiring more people to help their local communities overcome these barriers. In the face of these inequalities there are proven solutions and experienced community and voluntary groups that can change lives – if they have the resources.

Our vision is to create a culture of philanthropy in Surrey that will change peoples lives and build stronger communities. By engaging people in local philanthropy, building permanent community resources, identifying where needs exist and connecting local donors to community and voluntary groups, we can tackle community needs and help the most vulnerable and isolated across our county.

Latest Support

  • 01 Spelthorne



    for equipment for a “Men in Sheds” project for older people

  • 02 Runnymede



    for new bikes and safety equipment to enable disadvantaged young people to participate in a BMX club

  • 03 Surrey Heath



    to provide non-contact boxing sessions to physically disabled or brain injured people

  • 04 Woking



    to support victims of abuse and raise awareness of honour based violence

  • 05 Elmbridge



    to help establish a Parenthood Support Group

  • 06 Guildford



    for an early intervention programme for young people at high risk of becoming NEET

  • 07 Waverley



    for cooking and healthy eating workshops for young people in Farnham.

  • 08 Mole Valley



    support for a drama activity aimed at special needs children to take place during school holidays

  • 09 Epsom and Ewell



    for purchase of a charcoal kiln for a volunteer led ecology project

  • 10 Reigate and Banstead



    supporting the costs of a Winter Night Shelter and Homeless Drop-In

  • 11 Tandridge



    for drainage works to reduce flooding at an allotment and community garden


How our grants make a difference

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The Elmbridge Community Fund, launched in January 2015 has awarded its third grant to the Cobham based SAY Youth Club READ MORE

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