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27 September 2017

Charles Russell Speechlys Doubles Community Fund

Charles Russell Speechlys is doubling the grants it will be offering through its Community Fund which it runs in association with the Community Foundation for Surrey.

The fund was set up by the Guildford-based law firm in 2016 to support projects in and around Guildford which focus on employment, training and skills initiatives. To date, it has awarded a total of almost £4,000 to a range of inspiring organisations.

Grant recipients have included Change of Scene, helping disadvantaged children to gain recognised qualifications; Skillway, providing teenagers with apprentice-style teaching of manual skills, and Challengers, engaging with the siblings of disabled children and young people.

The biggest grant - of £1200 - was awarded to Wey House School’s ‘Team Teach’ project, supporting parents of young people with social, emotional and mental health issues.

Sally Ashford, partner at Charles Russell Speechlys in Guildford said: “Over the last year we have received funding applications from so many worthy local charities and projects in need of support. Every grant we have awarded has been to an impressive organisation with a real desire to improve the lives of people within our local community.

“We are excited to enter the second year of the Fund with a bigger budget and plans to get much more involved with the projects we support. We look forward to evaluating grant applications and supporting even more initiatives throughout Surrey to help people to widen their horizons and develop new skills.”

Kate Peters, the Community Foundation for Surrey’s Grants Programme Manager said: “We are delighted to continue our work with Charles Russell Speechlys. Grants from this fund make such a difference to the quality of local life, with initiatives which can really change lives.”

CRS Community Fund grants are awarded by a panel of volunteers from Charles Russell Speechlys in Guildford.  If you are a Surrey-based charity which enables people to widen their horizons and aspirations please contact Kate Peters from the Community Foundation for Surrey about funding opportunities. Kate is contactable on 01483 478092 / info@CFSurrey.org.uk.

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