Community Cash Fund

See our 2017/2018 Community Cash Fund Winners!

Healthwatch Surrey would like to thank everyone who applied to the Community Cash Fund this year. Following assessment by a panel, we are now delighted to be able to announce the winners of the Community Cash Fund 2017/18.

  1. The East to West Trust – Relational Support Work Groups

The project : Running 10 groups across 7 schools in Surrey supporting young people who are showing signs of low self-esteem, the funding will allow East to West deliver interventions for 60 of the most vulnerable students. The team will be school based 3 days a week so that they get to know students coming from a diverse mix of socio-economic backgrounds as well as including SEN student, young carers, those from a Gypsy Roma Traveller background and those for whom English is an additional language.

  1. Ash Parish Dementia Action Alliance – The Creativity Box

The project : Ash Dementia Action Alliance raises awareness of dementia and the aim of the group is to make Ash a dementia friendly community. The ‘Creativity Box’ project will specifically develop a craft initiative in order that people living with dementia and their carers can enjoy expanding their creative skills using hands, eyes and minds. Doing craft activities in a group setting creates an opening for informal conversations about a wide range of topics and the Creativity Box will create a scrapbook on film of artwork and craftwork with quotes about how living with dementia has impacted their lives.

  1. Friends of Bushy Hill Junior School – Bushy Hill Family Recipe Book

The project : Children and their families at Bushy Hill school will create a healthy eating recipe book to include recipes with the vegetables available on the school allotment. The recipe book content will be owned by the children and families with added information and advice about healthy lifestyles and include signposting to a range of local health services. Each book will also contain a survey and links to an anonymous online version. This is an intergenerational project with old and young contributing.

  1. Oxted Young Persons Theatre – Inclusive Theatre For The Community

The project : Oxted Young Persons Theatre will run weekly workshops for people over the age of 65, exploring areas of drama, music, storytelling, socialisation, writing for theatre stage, poetry, stage makeup and will work towards a performance. The weekly classes will help people engage with like minded people, learn new skills and refresh skills which may have been forgotten.

  1. Dyscover – Aphasia Ambassadors Group – Health Phase

The project : Aphasia Ambassadors are a peer lead group whose objective has been to raise awareness about aphasia within the local community. However, having recently contributed to the Healthwatch Surrey report on GP services, the findings of the report clearly advise that surgeries need to provide better support to patients who may have difficulties with communication. The Aphasia  Ambassadors group will target a number of health settings within the local community to present to the staff and care teams their personal experiences of aphasia, the impact upon them and provide information on what strategies can help people to communicate effectively.


Up to £1,000 was available to local people and groups for new ideas that explore people’s experiences of local health and care services and improve wellbeing in their community.

“If you have an idea that will help local people to speak up about local health services, that will boost their wellbeing, this is your chance to make it happen. You don’t have to be from a registered charity or group – all projects will be judged on merit.” Jacquie Pond, Healthwatch Surrey Engagement Officer.

Please ensure you read the application FAQs before completing the Application Form.

Applications for the Community Cash Fund are now closed.


CCF Press Release (PDF 101KB)

CCF Poster 201718 (PDF 279 KB)

CCF Application FAQs (DOCX 77KB)

CCF Application Form (DOCX 87KB)



See our 2016/2017 Community Cash Fund Winners!

  1. Liaise Women’s Centre –  Healthy Lifestyle, Raising Awareness Workshops
  2. KeePING Active Newdigate – Community Table Tennis For Socially Isolated People
  3. Quentin Devine – Animation and Poetry Explaining Autism to the Wider Public
  4. Happy Healthy Me – Mental Health/Anxiety/ Diet/ Nutrition Workshops for Children and Young People.
  5. X-TREME TRAINING – Kids Teach Dad’s To Get Fit
  6. Us In A Bus – Intensive Interaction Sessions Across The County For People With Profound Learning Difficulties.
  7. Wellbeing 4 Teens – Emotional Resilience & Confidence Workshops for Teenagers
  8. Lali Guras Health and Wellbeing – Social and Wellbeing Sessions for The Nepalese Community.
  9. East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services –Setting Up A New Service User Advisory Group
  10. Come Knit With me – Carers That Are Supporting People Living With Dementia Knit for Relaxation and Respite.

Community Cash Fund completed projects 2016- 2017 booklet