Our featured charities…

Six community groups benefit from generosity of Surbiton’s market shoppers

People with learning disabilities, the homeless and children who have caring responsibilities for family members are among those in the borough to benefit from the latest charity donations from Surbiton Farmers’ Market.  

Chickens for the Stud Nursery in Home Park, raised beds for a new herb and vegetable garden for Kingston’s Night Shelter, and a trip to the Disney on Ice show, Frozen, for young carers are just some of the projects the market will be funding.

In November 2016 alone, donations totalling over £6,000 were made, from fundraising activities at the market, stallholder fees and a sponsored walk:

Pictured at the market, receiving a cheque from market volunteers Robyn McAllister (left) and Ralph Isaacs (right), is Young Carers’ Project manager Diane White (centre) with young carers Oliver and Emily.
Ralph also visited the Joel Community Services shelter, which will soon be planting herbs and vegetables funded by the market.

Receiving a £1,500 donation, Clare Fry, Team Leader – Community Activities at YMCA London South West – commented: ‘The Benchmark Theatre Company is thrilled and grateful for the kind donation from Surbiton Farmers' Market. The money is allowing us to run our next project, a new writing festival where we will perform short plays written by residents and community members. The money makes a real difference, allowing us to continue our work, and means a lot as it’s coming from another local group.’

Commenting on funding for the Balance CIC project, Nicola Brookes – Community Activities and Transport Service Manager – said: ‘Thanks so much to Surbiton Famers’ Market for their donation. The team at Stud Nursery have worked really hard to clear the coop area and it will be a great new project for people who visit the nursery to have the opportunity to look after the chickens.’

Pictured (left to right) at Stud Nursery are senior support coordinator Jeremy Osborn, Nicola Brookes, market volunteer Robyn McAllister, support worker Majda Rida, Lawrence Murphy, Angus Hall, Steven Close and support worker Tracey Hood.

The chickens will be housed in a former pheasant coop which service users are currently renovating on land provided by Hampton Court Palace. Eggs will be sold at the Balance café at King Charles Centre for adult education in Surbiton. 

Robyn also joined market volunteer Adrienne Ryan (pictured left) for a visit to Shooting Star Chase and presented a cheque for £400 to Community Fundraiser Jane De Lay.

‘Robyn and I had a tour of this amazing hospice for children,’ said Adrienne. ‘Even though staff have to deal with all the sadness that this involves, it is also a place of warmth, love and somewhere that memories are built for families to cherish. The money the market donated will be going to towards a Grandparents’ Day – a special day of pampering.’

Our thanks to all supporters of the market for making these, and our other donations throughout the year, possible

 


Charity begins at home

Helping locally based charities raise funds and increase awareness of the work they do is an integral part of Surbiton Farmers' Market – a concept which certainly makes our market stand out!

Each month, volunteers from a chosen charity man a stall and engage with local shoppers, promoting the work they do, selling small items to raise funds, accepting donations and chatting to potential volunteers. Any money they raise on the day is matched by the Farmers' Market up to £250. Should the charity be raising funds for something special or has a wish list, then the market committee does its best to make those wishes come true!

Past glories

Since the market was established, we’ve helped raise more than £50,000 for local charities and causes.

Over 50 charities have been guests at the market since 2009, raising valuable funds and building community ties, including:

• Joel Community Trust • Royal Star & Garter Homes • Momentum • Fircroft Trust • Yorda Adventures • Kingston Young Carers • Stud Nursery • The Samaritans (Surbiton branch) • George Pantziarka TP53 Trust • Shooting Star Chase • The Rainbow Trust • Seeability (Surbiton) • The Children’s Society • Go Kids Go • Action For Children • Weir Archer Academy • Community Action Nepal • Aurora Foundation • The Poppy Factory Richmond • Homestart Kingston • Kingston Foodbank • Princess Alice Hospice • Dysart School • Kingston Advocacy Group • Kingston Centre for Independent Living • Leuka • Save the World Club • Horse Rangers Association • Age Concern Kingston • Cystic Fibrosis Trust • Animal Rescue and Care • Oxygen • Kingston Community Furniture • Release Counselling Service • Kingston Orchard Project • Kingston Association for the Blind • Kingston Street Pastors • St Philip’s School • Mencap (Kingston branch) • YMCA Surbiton (Christmas lunch) • The Mayor’s Charities • Movember • First Surbiton Sea Scouts • Age Concern New Malden • Chessington Youth Action • Transitions Town Kingston’s Abundance Project • Born Too Soon • Surrey Wildlife Trust •  The Growbaby Project • Kingston Beekeepers

Large donations
Raising funds at the market through stall fees and fundraising activities has allowed us to make many large donations over the years. Here’s just a selection of the charities we’ve been able to help thanks to the generosity of our supporters:

Join us
We are very proud that the market is run by volunteers from the local community to help others within the community and we look forward to welcoming old friends, as well as new ones.

If you’d like to volunteer or are a representative of a registered charity and would be interested in joining us please email Robyn McAllister at charities@surbitonfarmersmarket.co.uk.


Our featured charity… Mind in Kingston

The Mind in Kingston team receives a cheque for £1,500 from market volunteer Aviva Stein (second right) to help fund its Wellbeing Wednesdays project

From managing the Mind United football team to hosting comedy workshops, Mind in Kingston offers some unusual services to support adults in our community with mental health issues. But for some it even provides a home that allows them to manage their own daily living, right here in Surbiton.

Affiliated to national Mind, the charity works in partnership with statutory services and other local voluntary organisations on a range of projects to help local people who are experiencing mental distress, their families, carers and friends.

Whether that’s supporting the acute ward at Tolworth Hospital or offering evening counselling for those who can’t access services during the day, the charity puts the service user at the heart of its planning for local mental health provision.  

For those with more complex issues who are supported by Community Mental Health Teams, Mind in Kingston provides places in three homes where residents can live more independently in shared accommodation. Its Surbiton home, Carisbrooke House in Ditton Road, is currently shared by five residents with support on a regular basis.

No referral is necessary for Mind’s drop-in cafés at two venues in the borough, including the Star Café at the Alfriston Day Centre in Berrylands Road. And those who simply want to improve their general wellbeing can book a course at the Wellbeing Wednesday workshops at the Noble Centre in New Malden.

Current workshops include mindfulness, anxiety management, art therapy, and positive thinking and meditation, as well as a weekly Wellbeing Forum. Coming up soon will be an ‘expert patients’ course aimed at supporting people with long-term health problems, as well as workshops on sound painting and on wellbeing and laughter.

As Counselling Services Coordinator responsible for Wellbeing Wednesdays, Vicky Bourne (pictured above right) says the £1,500 that Surbiton Farmers’ Market contributed towards the project in 2015 has been put to good use: ‘It’s wonderful to be able to offer such a wide variety of therapeutic workshops. In the past few months 60-70 people have accessed these courses and, in general, we receive excellent feedback.’

One Wellbeing Wednesday service user commented: ‘Mindfulness has been one of the best things I’ve done, and it’s especially good for my anxiety. I’m still practising it at home, and am really feeling the benefits. I would rate [the workshop] very highly in terms of teaching and content, and it has been one of the best techniques for my own issues.’ 

Mind in Kingston will be our Charity of the Month in November 2016. Find out more about its work here.


Our featured charity... The George Pantziarka TP53 Trust

We have been delighted to get to know Irene and Pan from The George Pantziarka TP53 Trust over the last couple of years and welcome them to Surbiton Farmers' Market in 2015 and 2016, both times in the depths of winter! Irene and Pan's son, George, a much loved local schoolboy, passed away in April 2011, at the age of just 17, from bone cancer. This was the third cancer George had suffered from in his short lifetime and he fought it doggedly for nearly three years. During this time, we was tested for, and diagnosed with, a cancer predisposition syndrome called Li Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS).

Established in 2012 and based in Surbiton, The George Pantziarka TP53 Trust is the only organisation in the UK devoted to supporting people with LFS and related disorders, fostering a sense of community and counteracting the sense of isolation sufferers of this syndrome often feel. The Trust publishes information on their website (www.tp53.co.uk) to help individuals affected and their families understand more about LFS, raises awareness amongst the medical profession and promotes increased access to genetic testing.

Thanks to the generosity of shoppers at Surbiton Farmers' Market, the Trust has been able to create a lovely new website and also pay for venue hire for their first ever event - LFS UK 2016 - a conference bringing together sufferers, researchers and clinicians. The Trust would like to pass on their heartfelt thanks for your support of their invaluable work.

For more information about The George Pantziarka TP53 Trust, please visit www.tp53.co.uk.


Our featured charity... Shooting Star Chase

We were delighted to welcome Shooting Star Chase to Surbiton Farmers’ Market for the first time in March and to learn more about their fantastic work. Shooting Star Chase is a leading children’s hospice charity for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families. They offer an amazing array of support from short breaks, day care, symptom management, end of life care, bereavement care and support groups for the whole family. These services are offered at their two hospices (Shooting Star House in Hampton and Christopher’s in Guildford) and through their Hospice at Home team. Shooting Star Chase works to make every moment count and Surbiton Farmers’ Market is proud to have played a part in raising vital funds for their work.

Sarah and her fantastic team of volunteers from the Epsom and Chessington Friends of Shooting Star Chase group sold Easter treats and hospice merchandise, raising over £185 in the process. The market will match this, bringing the total raised to a fantastic £370! Sarah, who is the Chair of the Epsom and Chessington Friends group, said, " We were delighted to be invited to participate in the Surbiton Farmers' Market. Everyone was very friendly and generous. It offered us a chance to talk to people about what Shooting Star Chase does and to meet and thank our local supporters. We were really pleased with the amount raised and want to thank everyone who donated and especially to the organisers for matching what we made. The money will go towards continuing to provide services for the children and families we support."

Many thanks to everyone who came to the March market and helped us to support Shooting Star Chase!

For more information about Shooting Star Chase, please visit: www.shootingstarchase.org.uk. If you’re interested in joining the Epsom and Chessington Friends of Shooting Star Chase group, please contact Sarah Johnson on 07921 774191 or foc-epsomandchessington@live.co.uk.


Our featured charity... Kingston Young Carers' Project

Kingston Young Carers' Project (YCP) provides support to people aged between five and 18 who help look after a family member, be it a parent, grandparent or sibling. Relatives may require care due to disability, physical or mental illness, learning difficulties and addiction.

Young carers often have to take on practical and emotional caring responsibilities that would normally only be expected of adults. The worry of these responsibilities can be a heavy burden and they can also miss out due to parents being busy, or emergencies taking precedence. Often young carers feel isolated, unsupported, and that no-one listens to them.

Kingston YCP helps to relieve some of the pressures on these young people. As well as offering practical advice and support, YCP provides children with a chance to meet friends and have fun.

YCP received 91 new referrals in 2013/14 and now has over 360 young carers registered. Max is just one of them.

Max's story

Max, aged 14, was referred to the Young Carers’ Project in June 2012 due to his caring responsibilities for his younger brother who has Asperger’s Syndrome and his mum who has mental ill health. Max initially didn’t want to engage with the project, was shy and spent a lot of time at home playing on his Xbox. He had also begun to have trouble controlling his anger at home.

Due to these concerns, the Young Carers’ Project Family Support Co-ordinator became involved with the family and Max started to receive one-to-one support from YCP staff. Max is now fully engaged with the project and attends the YCP weekly group sessions at a local youth club as well as coming along to activities in the holidays.

Max’s confidence is continually growing and he is integrating well with his peers within the youth group. Some of the other young carers have gone out of their way to help him to integrate into the group and have enabled him to feel valued in his own right. Max is spending less time at home on the computer and is therefore less lonely and isolated.

Through the support received from the YCP Max has shown an increase in his ability to deal with the challenges he faces at home and is learning how to manage his anger appropriately.

Max's name has been changed to give anonymity.

For more information visit the Young Carers’ Project page at Kingston Carers’ Network website to find out more. 


Charity begins at home

Helping locally based charities raise funds and increase awareness of the work they do is an integral part of Surbiton Farmers' Market — a concept which certainly makes our market stand out!

Each month, volunteers from a chosen charity man a stall and engage with local shoppers, promoting the work they do, selling small items to raise funds, accepting donations and chatting to potential volunteers. Any money they raise on the day is matched by the Farmers' Market up to £250. Should the charity be raising funds for something special or has a wish list, then the market committee does its best to make those wishes come true!

Raising funds at the market through stall fees and fundraising activities has also allowed us to make many large donations over the years.

Join us

We are very proud that the market is run by volunteers from the local community to help others within the community and we look forward to welcoming old friends, as well as new ones. If you’d like to volunteer or are a representative of a registered charity and would be interested in joining us please email Robyn McAllister at charities@surbitonfarmersmarket.co.uk