Voluntary organisations in Surrey Heath are to receive more than £160,000 of support in 2019/20 following a decision by Surrey Heath Borough Council this week.

On Tuesday 22 January, its Executive approved grants to community organisations and charities dedicated to helping people within the borough.

A total of £164,900 will go towards supporting groups including Citizens Advice Surrey Heath, Voluntary Support North Surrey, Surrey Heath Age Concern, and Basingstoke Canal Authority.

The grants have been allocated for the past 16 years, with the funding reviewed annually by the Council.

The other organisations awarded grants were Surrey Heath Arts Council, Surrey Heath Sports Council, Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership, Camberley Central Job Club and Tringhams lunchtime club, West End.

All awards made are linked to Service Level Agreements, to ensure the changing local priorities and needs continue to be met.

Cllr Josephine Hawkins, Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Support and Safeguarding, said: “The work of voluntary organisations within Surrey Heath is hugely valued – they do an amazing job.

“They provide vital services – whether helping people in their daily lives, or contributing to the community through the arts, sport, or access to the natural environment.

“While the council has limited resources from which to give grants in these times of reduced funding from central government, we are committed to recognising their crucial work in our Borough.”

The full list of Revenue Grants awarded is as follows:

• Citizens Advice Surrey Heath: £80,000
• Voluntary Support North Surrey: £30,000
• Tringhams, West End: £13,000
• Surrey Heath Age Concern: £10,000
• Basingstoke Canal Authority: £10,000
• Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership: £10,000
• Camberley and District Job Club £7,000
• Surrey Heath Sports Council: £3,500
• Surrey Heath Arts Council: £1,400