Golfers Tee off for the Trust

Golfers from West Byfleet Golf Club will tee’d off for the Surrey Care Trust on Friday 18 September, for the annual Captains’ Charity Golf Day.

Club and Ladies Captains, Peter Heath and Sandra Gaede, chose the Surrey Care Trust to benefit from the Club’s year of fundraising and all funds raised will go to support the Trust’s mentoring and counselling programmes for troubled young people and vulnerable families. 40 teams played on the day with an online auction for various lots.

Last year, the Trust matched 100% of young people needing support with a trained volunteer mentor or counsellor within four weeks. Problems include relationship difficulties, coping with bullying, unemployment, anxiety and stress, and many other situations but 80% of the young people the Trust supports report that their confidence, self-esteem and aspirations had improved.

Sandra Gaede and Peter Heath from West Byfleet Golf Club said: “There are over 1,000 families in the Woking Borough living in poverty and with significant mental health needs. The funds raised by the Club will fund training for an additional 20 volunteer mentors providing long-term support to 25 families in the Borough of Woking for an entire year. We know that mentoring and counselling can make a huge difference to someone who is struggling with anxiety and low self-esteem. “

Sian Jones, the Surrey Care Trust’s Mentoring Manager adds: “The lockdown has compounded many of the issues young people may typically face. 83% of young people who took part in our recent research looking at the effects of the lockdown on mental health told us that they feel more anxious, while almost half are experiencing more family conflict. As young people try to cope with the restrictions of social isolations, many months of missed education and a shrinking jobs market we know that our help will be never more needed so we’re very grateful to the Club for choosing us as their beneficiary this year.”