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AWS Charity Slate

The Meeting Room

The Meeting Room runs daytime drop in centres in the Mole Valley and Epsom & Ewell to support vulnerable people living in our community. They operate 5 days a week and serve a hot nutritious meal each day at no charge. They provide emergency food, sleeping bags and clothing for those who need it. Practical support is given by support workers who assist with housing, benefits, debt and other issues. Their volunteers provide support outside the centres by accompanying clients to appointments, helping with domestic problems and in many other ways as required by clients. For more information visit their website or their Facebook page.

Let's Read

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Imagine a world were you can not read! Let's Read, new to the AWS charity slate for 2016, is the pioneering Woking-based charity that promotes and develops literacy skills amongst young people to bring about positive change to their literacy abilities and life chances. Poor literacy skills seriously disadvantage young people, greatly increasing their risk of under achievement at school, truancy and social exclusion. The Let’s Read volunteer tutors work one on one with children who can't read or who are struggling to learn to read. They partner with 4 local schools and tutor 50+ children each academic year and to date more than 1000 young people have benefited. Let’s Read has a wonderful success rate in helping children who can't read to be able to read to their chronological age, usually within two and a half terms. In addition, they run a free book-gifting program, which provides books for children who often have no books at home. Currently, the charity gives books to nearly 1,000 children each term in 14 schools in Woking and the surrounding area. To find out more about Let's Read, please visit their Website.

Sebastian's Action Trust

Sebastian's Action Trust, new to the AWS charity slate for 2016, provides emotional and practical support to families of seriously ill and life limited children, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. The charity began after the death of Sebastian Gates, a very brave nine year old boy who tragically died of cancer in December 2003. It was his wish to create a holiday home where seriously ill children such as him could take a break together with their families. In 2011, they were able to fulfill his wish by opening The Bluebells, the UK's only respite holiday home designed exclusively for families with seriously ill children. Here, families are able to take a break from the grueling hospital routines, to spend time as a family; making precious memories to help them through what may be difficult times ahead.
The charity has since opened two drop-in centres, in Slough and Bagshot. For more information, visit their Website


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AWS also partners with FAWCO - the Federation of American Women's Club Overseas group with 64 member clubs in 34 countries. This allows our club to participate not only locally, but on an international philanthropic level. FAWCO's Foundation's mission is to put into action the interests of FAWCO in the global community by specifically aiding charitable, scientific and educational programs and by supporting the rights of women and children throughout the world. Every year, we contribute to the Development Grant Fund which financially assists projects that are passionately supported by FAWCO Member Clubs. For more information on FAWCO and the FAWCO Foundation Development Grants, click here, look at their website or contact the AWS FAWCO representative
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