Who we help
Supporting our local community
St Silvan's Area Charity has been supporting people in Surrey, Sussex and Kent since 2001. We purchase items that people may request from us, and contribute towards larger items by working together with other local charities too.
We can support individuals and groups, so long as they live within our catchment area - approximately a 10 mile radius of Staffhurst Wood, nr Oxted. RH8 0RR.
As a small charity, we usually raise around £5,000 a year. Whilst we live in a very prosperous part of the country, there are still many people who need our help, and our grants fill a valuable gap - typically we pay for things where agencies like Social Services can't help.
It could be that a family is leaving emergency accommodation but has little furniture or essential white goods. Perhaps someone elderly needs a modification to their home that no one else can pay for. We've bought school shoes and uniform, emergency food parcels and paid for some respite care for families where special needs can impact their lives.
We never give cash, and always buy the item directly on behalf of the client. We ask for a thank you note (this can be anonymous) so our supporters can see what we do.
You can apply to us directly, or you can ask a professional such as a social worker or health visitor to apply to us on your behalf.
If you are enquiring for yourself then we would usually seek references (perhaps from your doctor or teacher) to satisfy our decision-making committee that the need is genuine and that our assistance is put to the best use.
There are no long forms to complete, but we may send someone to visit you at home.