PRESS RELEASE: Oakleaf receives National Lottery funding to empower individuals facing multiple challenges

PRESS RELEASE: Oakleaf receives National Lottery funding to empower individuals facing multiple challenges

Guildford-based mental health charity, Oakleaf Enterprise, is proud to announce it has been awarded a generous grant of £626,828 by The National Lottery Community Fund. This funding will facilitate the implementation of a new ‘Path to Success’ employment project over the next five years.

The ground-breaking initiative aims to support hundreds of individuals who are managing their mental health in Surrey as well as those navigating multiple and complex challenges. Through a holistic approach, the project will identify and harness the strengths and skills of its participants, empowering them to re-enter or enter the workplace with confidence and resilience.

‘Path to Success’ launched on 1st June 2024 and is being delivered in collaboration with Guildford Action, a respected local charity committed to assisting individuals facing homelessness, substance abuse, a history of offending, and other complex life challenges. With over 40 years of dedicated service, Guildford Action employs a trauma informed approach, ensuring thorough and lasting support for its beneficiaries.

The employment project, rooted in principles of accessibility and inclusivity, seeks to dismantle barriers and fill critical gaps in existing support services. By offering tailored and user-friendly assistance, it aims to pave a path to success for all participants, regardless of their circumstances.

Through a range of activities designed to boost confidence and alleviate apprehension associated with seeking sustained employment, the project will provide participants with the time and space to progress at their own pace within a supportive and familiar environment.

By combining Oakleaf’s expertise in providing employment support for mental health challenges with Guildford Action’s specialised knowledge, the project will offer comprehensive and tailored assistance to individuals with diverse and complex needs. This collaborative effort ensures a wider reach within the community and maximises the impact of the initiative.

“We are very happy to have gained funding for this new partnership project and the opportunity to support greater numbers of clients into employment,” said Clive Stone, Chief Executive at Oakleaf. “Leading this project and combining our extensive knowledge and experience with Guildford Action will undoubtedly be of great benefit to the communities we serve. I am very excited about the prospect of helping our joint clients improve their wellbeing and employment opportunities.”

To find out more about Oakleaf’s employment support, please click here.

Notes to Editors:

Contact details:

Jen Clay – Head of Fundraising & Engagement | Deputy CEO, Oakleaf

01483 303649

About: Oakleaf

Oakleaf is a mental health charity based in Guildford that supports clients aged 16+ who are managing their mental health. The charity’s mission is to foster confidence and reduce social isolation through a wide range of wellbeing activities and support groups, work-related training and employment guidance, and counselling. Oakleaf also acts as a social enterprise, selling gardening services to the public – the funds of which are fed straight back to the charity.

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About: The National Lottery Community Fund

We are the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. National Lottery players raise £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.

We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.

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About: Guildford Action

Guildford Action is an independent registered charity supporting individuals experiencing homelessness as well as isolated families. The charity’s mission is to enhance the lives of all those they come into contact with. Through physical and emotional support, they help people reconnect with society and themselves, rebuild their self-esteem and recover identity and sense of belonging.

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