Meeting with Walton Charity - January 2017
WoTTA catches up with Walton Charity to discuss community projects / opportunities
Following the successful teamwork of the ‘Gift of Giving Grotto’ at the Festival of Light and the subsequent distribution of the incredible donations to elderly in our community, it was great to be invited to a follow-up meeting at Walton Charity’s offices.
Although our organisations are quite different we both have very similar goals – WoTTA to make Walton a better place to live and work and Walton Charity working to improve the quality of life and opportunities for local disadvantaged people.
At the meeting we chatted with Janette Butler, Corporate Partnership & Communications Manager and Andrea Watson, Community Services Manager of Walton Charity to share updates on what each organisation is doing and planning, and to discuss ways we could work together in 2017.
WoTTA was amazed to learn about several community projects that we had never heard of! Funded by Walton Charity - in partnership with local businesses - they are celebrating anniversaries or just beginning to give out first grants to those in need. To find out more about the brilliant work they do locally, go to their website: WALTON CHARITY
Likewise, we updated them on our recent Elmbridge Council Improvement Fund grant which will help us brighten up the town centre with new planting and signage. We talked about the variety of upcoming community events we will be organising or supporting, including Anzac Day, May Day and Heritage Day. We shared the fact we have had a busy start to the year meeting some local sports clubs looking for volunteers to assist their own spring projects and businesses willing to offer opportunities for young people looking for jobs.
After a very informative couple of hours, we created a short list of actions and hope together we will make our ideas turn into reality for our town.
Pictured L-R: Janette Butler (Walton Charity), Tracey Blandford (WoTTA PR & Marketing), Joanna Gordon (WoTTA Managing Director) and Jackie Lodge (CEO Walton Charity).