East to West work to support over 1000 local children, young people and their families across Surrey, struggling with difficult and damaging issues from self-harming and bullying to broken family relationships, abuse and even homelessness. Many young people struggling with such issues often seek some form of alternative coping strategy. The programme strives to help to negate the need for them to do this by assisting them to be more confident and resilient.

Working in local schools, Relationship Support Workers connect with young people to understand their situations and to help them to thrive. Support can take the form of 1-1 or group sessions listening to and caring for young people. These sessions can be extended over a period of months and sometimes years. The programme also provides practical help such as going with the young people to doctor’s appointments or food banks, connecting them with a social worker or whatever kind of help is required.

In the photograph is Mike Boddington, headteacher (left), David Pearce east to west Relational Support Worker (centre), Jim Glover, High Sheriff (right) and 2 students from Esher High.

East to West

Awarded 2018-2019



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Past Awards 2018-2019

Guildford Shakespeare Company

Youth Engagement Scheme

Magistrates’ Mock Trial Competition

The Eikon Charity

Thrive Youth Dance Company

Safe Drive Stay Alive

Matrix Trust

East to West

Change of Scene

Sunbury Manor School

Surrey Care Trust - STEPS

The Phoenix Project


KT12 Football Project

1st Chertsey Scout Group