£105,000 of Individual Grants Committed in Just 9 Months
Walton Charity’s Individual Grants programme provides financial support to local individuals and during the first 9 months of the financial year, £105,000 has been committed. The support we offer ranges from providing essential household items to vocational training and associated costs in order to help those moving from claiming benefit into work or those wanting to improve their employment opportunities.
Applications are accepted via organisations helping those seeking work. These are: Citizens Advice; children's centres; training providers e.g. colleges, schools; Social Services, health professionals, local authority; other organisations e.g. Elmbridge Rentstart, Home-Start Elmbridge, Transform Housing, Mary Frances Trust and Central Surrey Voluntary Action.
Here's just one example of help we’ve recently provided. This is Barbara’s story……
I am a single parent, holding down a part-time job as a teaching assistant. I was thrilled to learn that my 13 years old son had been accepted, on a full bursary, at Guildford Grammar School but the cost of school uniform, sports kit and other items are not covered by the bursary, and neither is the cost of transport. The cost of daily travel from Elmbridge to Guildford was simply too much and, after researching into funding for transport (including the Surrey County Council’s Home to School Transport Scheme) I couldn’t find funding for the cost of transport. I was on the verge of turning down this great opportunity for my son.
I approached Citizen’s Advice Elmbridge West to discuss my financial problems and they referred me to Walton Charity. The Charity awarded my son funding to help with the cost of school uniform and transport costs until July 2019. Hopefully, by then I will have resolved my financial problems.
Barbara says “Thank you so much for your generosity. The support you have given us is making a huge difference in our lives. There was a lot of tension and a constant anxiety on my part. Now there is peace and joy!”
For more information on our Individual Grants programme, please visit our website https://www.waltoncharity.org.uk/individual-grants