Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector who make an invaluable contribution to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and the rest of the world.

To celebrate Small Charities Week in Sutton we have been talking to grassroots organisations that are making a difference in their local areas. Have a listen to the interviews below to find out about the work that they are doing, how they are making a difference and what it is like to be a small charity in the London Borough of Sutton.

And if you want to find out more about small charities in Sutton, why not have a look at what we did for Small Charity Week 2014 and Small Charity Week 2015.

 
Jump Start Sutton

Jump Start Sutton offers free, confidential service, offering counselling to young people aged 11-25 in the Borough of Sutton. They provide confidential counselling sessions where young people can explore their thoughts, feelings, beliefs and experiences with the support of a skilled listener.

 

Sutton Mental Health Foundation

Sutton Mental Health Foundation has been around since 1987 and has been the Mayor’s charity for 2012-13 and 2013-14. It has evolved from providing a traditional “drop-in” service to offering a wider range of services for people who have experienced mental distress. Sutton Mental Health Foundation's  strapline Connect, Learn, Support summarises the opportunities they offer – to allow people to establish connections with others, to learn new skills and to seek and offer support.

 

Home Start Sutton

Home-Start UK is a voluntary organisation working to support families with young children.

Home-Start Sutton is the local scheme of this national organisation and we have been working across the London Borough of Sutton for 30 years. They work by recruiting and training volunteers, usually parents themselves, to support families in the family's own home.

 

Sutton Black History Group

Established in 2009 as Black History Month Sutton (BHMSutton), the initial aim of the group was in celebrating African Caribbean culture in the local community by putting on a series of vibrant events throughout the month of October (Black History Month) in order to inform and educate on the achievements of the African diaspora. The group name was changed to Sutton Black History Group (SBHG) in 2012 and while they continue to promote and celebrate BHM as an opportunity to share the vast contributions made and to demonstrate pride and respect in our diverse and multifaceted cultural heritage, there is now a wider agenda of working with the local community, in particular schools and colleges, to foster progressive partnerships and facilitate inclusiveness.

 

Sutton Shopmobility

Sutton Shopmobility is a charity providing mobility equipment hire for people with permanent and temporary mobility issues. Our extensive range of wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters provide independence to users enabling them to get out and about and enjoy life.

 

African Caribbean Heritage Association

The Association was established to promote the health and well being, provide support, advice and informal education to members of the African and Caribbean community, their families and friends  in the areas covered by London borough of Sutton.

African Caribbean Heritahe Association

What activities you deliver in Sutton?
We arrange outings; we meet every Thursday at the Phoenix Centre and the Sutton. during our sessions we have games such as bingo, dominos and exercise activities.

How long has your organisation worked in Sutton?
Since 2009What is unique about your project? We are friendly, we have age group from 50 over and we also support each other.. Whilst there are lots of similar services in Sutton that work with older people. ACHA they have got a sense of cultural identity which is important to them, and it supports them in reducing social isolation in the borough.

What difference does your project make to your users?
Reducing isolation, provide topics that interest members. Some of the ladies are very keen and enthuastic to come to the club. We all work as a team and we care and look after one another.  Members feel like they belong.  We also work in partnership with Age UK and others it allows us to signpost members to additional services, where people need more specific work.

As it is Small Charity Week – can you think of key message that you would like to give to other small Charites in Sutton?
Key thing for ACHA whilst we are working in this difficult economic climate. From the very beginning we have had small charging policy so we aim to generate some of the income ourselves and we don’t just rely on grants. We always as a organisation and as a board of trustee looking at new opportunities to generate income. We keep our members informed about the financial viability of the organisation on a regular basis so people are then more likely to contribute to a outing. Or a lunch because they know we don’t have a lot of reserves so it is about having good communication between our members.