Last week, as part of my work for Memset, I found myself climbing a steep and windy hill on the outskirts of a small town called Godalming in the Surrey countryside. What made it slightly strange was that I was surrounded by decades old graves and heading for an old chapel.
I was there with a small team from Memset to visit a charity called Skillway, which aims to provide practical skills to children aged 14 – 16 who are struggling in mainstream education. The children spend a day a week at the centre learning manual skills such as woodwork, stonework, basic engineering and metalwork from volunteer craftsmen and women. The charity has had immense success in re-engaging the children with education and providing them with practical skills which can lead on to a career.
The Memset Community Fund donates £6000 to local charities around Guildford every year, through the Community Foundation for Surrey, and in June we gave Skillway a grant of £2000 for volunteer costs and workshop materials. Their unusual location aside, it was lovely to spend the morning meeting the volunteers and children and seeing our grant in action.blog comments powered by Disqus