Charities House is Declared Open
Small charities are often unable to pay high commercial rents and available accommodation is often unsuitable or on short term leases. Walton Charity recognised this need many years ago and decided to build purpose built accommodation for charities. Last Thursday saw the realisation of that dream with the official opening of Charities House, the new home to thirteen local charities.
The official opening was carried out by the High Sherriff of Surrey, Jim Glover, the Mayor of Elmbridge, Shweta Kapadia, and the new leader of Surrey County Council, Tim Oliver. The VIP party subsequently met members of all thirteen charities during a tour of the building. They heard about the vital services these charities deliver to some of the most vulnerable people in Elmbridge.
Before moving into Charities House, several local charities have been forced to leave their premises and some have even been forced to close. Frequent moves provide no stability and are costly, disruptive and time consuming. The high cost of commercial rents and lack of accessible office accommodation mean that charities risk spending their precious resources on rent and administration instead of focusing on providing services. Charities House will provide these local charities with affordable office space and meeting facilities, allowing them to focus on what they do best.
The High Sheriff of Surrey said: “My year of office includes visits to Surrey charities and community groups. I have met so many charities, not for profit organisations and volunteers who make life so much better for us all, whatever our background. Walton Charity providing sustainable bases for so many charities is fantastic. It’s true local philanthropy for local need”.
Charities House is located in the centre of Walton on Thames, at The Quintet, off Churchfield Road.