We are delighted to report that our vision to create a ‘community under one roof’, to house and support a number of local charities and not for profit organisations, is taking shape.
We have spent years searching for suitable office space and have now managed to secure the freehold of two adjacent offices in Walton. Over time, as work progresses on these buildings, they will provide us with offices and also space for training; client interviews; charity meetings; and incubator space for start up community groups. We are gradually making changes to the two new buildings and moving the charities we house in so that we are all co-located in ‘Charities House’. Our ‘community under one roof’ is in response to the increasing number of charities and not for profit organisations that have approached us, after struggling to find suitable, affordable and long term office accommodation.
Small charities are unable to pay high commercial rents and accommodation available is often unsuitable or on short term leases. Frequent moves provide no stability and are costly, disruptive and time consuming.
Walton Charity is committed to help these charities and not for profit organisations as they deliver vital services to some of the most vulnerable people in Elmbridge. Walton Charity commissioned independent research to find out what difference co-locating is making to our partner charities. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and here are some of the comments received:
”We like the opportunity to network and bounce ideas off other people. We chat generally and get fundraising tips from each other. I am the only employee so it is nice to be with other people.”
”Walton Charity pretty much saved our lives.”
These charities are based at Charities House on Churchfield Road:
Home Support Elmbridge
Provides practical services to support people with needs to continue living independently in their own homes.
Website: www.homesupportelmbridge.co.ukEmail: email@example.com
Tel: 01932 267128
The Counselling Partnership
An independent charity, offering low cost one-to-one counselling in North Surrey.
Website: www.thecounsellingpartnership.or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01932 244 070
Provides financial support to people who are suffering from long-term ill health or disability.
Tel: 07436 803102
Walton and Hersham Foodbank
A partnership project and provides a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis.
Tel: 07884 046665
Assists single people and childless couples on low income to access accommodation in the private rented sector.
Tel: 01372 477167
Helps local families with children of primary to transition age who are sometimes quite isolated. It aims to offer timely early help when it is needed in the form of a befriending service and parenting groups.
Tel: 07955 351052
Helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them.
Tel: 0203 757 7220