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 talked to seven grassroots organisations that are making a difference in their local areas. 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 below.

And if you want to find out more about small charities in Sutton, why not have alook at what we did for Small Charity Week 2014, when we spoke to six more charities about their work.

 

Jigsaw4U

Jigsaw4u is a charity working to support children and young people through trauma, loss and bereavement. It brings together children and young people who feel alone and different, so that by sharing their experiences they can develop the tools to move forward in their lives.

 

Imagine (Sutton)

Imagine is a charity with a positve approach to mental health working to promote opportunities to enable people to live a full and independent life.

 

Sutton Mental Health Foundation

Sutton Mental Health Foundation has been around since 1987 and was 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 Opportunity Pre‑school

A member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance which represents the interests of over 14,000 member settings nationally who deliver care and learning to over 800,000 families every year.

 

Sutton Centre for Equalities

Sutton Centre for Equalities (SCE) seeks to be a representative “voice” of Sutton’s black and minority ethnic (BME) communities.SCE is committed to extending opportunities to BME individuals and organisations from disadvantaged communities in Sutton.

 

The Springboard Project

The Springboard Project is a community based charity that provides inclusive play and leisure opportunities for families with young children and fun short breaks for children and teenagers with disabilities.SMILE (In Sutton) is designed to support disabled young people to develop and practice life skills they need to progress into adulthood, so their activities focus on building independence, increasing social skills and introducing new opportunities.

 

InUnity

Working in the heart of communities with local people, In Unity's aim is to support these communities and voluntary organisations to initiate and sustain their own dance classes. They provide high quality dance classes with an emphasis on using dance as an engagement tool to help people improve the quality of their life, whether that’s improving their health, raising their confidence or helping them to achieve more in work or school.