Eagle Radio


Louis Tomlinson: Miss YouiTunesAmazon

Visit the Creative Living
Visit the Creative Living

BriteLite Windows

Eagle Radio News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01483 300 964

Surrey Uncovered: A new report into the surprising need in Surrey

Carer photo

6:00am 19th June 2017
(Updated 1:05pm 19th June 2017)

When you think of Surrey - you may think of it as a wealthy county.

However, The Community Foundation for Surrey has released an updated version of their 2013 report, titled “Surrey Uncovered”.

The aim of the report is to show what it is really like living in the county, focusing on the needs of local people.

Some of the figures are actually higher than those published in 2013.

The most startling figures from the 2017 report include:

  • There are around 24,000 girls and women in Surrey aged 16-59 have been the victim of domestic abuse.
  • There are roughly 14,000 young carers and over 30,000 carers over 65 in Surrey.
  • 10% of children in Surrey live in poverty.
  • 421 local people were facing homelessness in 2016/17.
  • Disadvantaged children are one year behind children from middle income families with their vocabulary, by the age of five.
  • 87% of adults are not exercising at the recommended levels.
  • The fastest growing age group in Surrey is the 85+ population.

One of these young carers from Caterham, Surrey, is Joshua Rooth.

He is seventeen years old and cares for his father, who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

His Dad got diagnosed with MS three years ago, but Joshua has been caring for him for the last five or six years.

He said: “Any kids who are out there struggling with it, you know you’re not alone and you know there are kids much younger than you, much older than you who are in the same spot.

“Don’t feel like you’re alone, because there are also people there to help you.

“For the amount of stuff he does and the kind of person he is, I don’t feel like that at all when looking after him.

“I feel, you know, quite privileged to be able to help him like that.

“He’s been an amazing man in all of our lives and people around.”

There is concern Surrey charities struggle to attract outside funding - because of its reputation as a wealthy county.

The charity's chairman David Frank told Eagle because of Surrey's perceived affluence, people do not understand there IS deprivation locally: ""People expect Surrey to be a very affluent county with no deprivation at all.

"This report actually illustrates the reverse is the case - there is stacks of deprivation - it is just masked by the wealth that exists in certain quarters."

Mr Frank said this impacts on local charities's ability to attract funding: "It makes it much more difficult for local charities to raise money because people are much more sceptical about giving locally.

"And that's one of our objectives - to inspire people to give locally by educating them about what the need is."

You can view the whole report here.

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

: : Name: Email: Phone number: Message: Images:
Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Eagle Radio platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.

Share This Story

Submit this page to redditDelicious
Suggested articles
Guildford houses

Surrey expects extra homes in new property strategy

The County Council have joined forces with the Place For People Group.

Jason Puncheon

Crystal Palace footballer arrested outside Surrey nightclub

Jason Puncheon is charged with carrying a weapon.

Most read
toddler hands

Parents warned of Shigellosis outbreak

The bug has broken out in children in Guildford and Woking.

Olivia Joel

Camberley teen missing

The 14 year old was last seen on Friday.

Newer article

Guildford falls silent for Grenfell Tower victims

Surrey and Hampshire News: A minute's silence took place on the High Street at 11am.

Older article

It's going to be a scorcher!

Surrey and Hampshire News: The mercury is set to soar to over 30 degrees today - with the heat wave continuing for most of this week.

Top articles

Surrey gritters out in force as temperatures set to plunge

Surrey and Hampshire News: A yellow weather warning for fog is also in place from 8pm tonight.

US airforce base in Suffolk 'on lockdown' over security incident

UK News: A US airforce base in Suffolk, RAF Mildenhall, has been placed on lockdown following a security incident, say Sky sources.

Ashley Jensen 'devastated' after husband Terence Beesley's sudden death

Showbiz: Actress Ashley Jensen says she has been left "devastated" after the sudden death of her husband.

Double Scottish win for Flames

Surrey and Hampshire Sport: They completed their Scottish double with two wins against Braehead Clan and Edinburgh Capitals.

Stuart Barnes' talking points: Watson, Louw and Daly shine

Sport: Stuart Barnes reviews Round 4 of the Champions Cup which did not quite go to plan for the Premiership clubs...

Camberley teen missing

Surrey and Hampshire News: The 14 year old was last seen on Friday.

Ikea facing state aid probe after tax rulings

World News: The European Union has announced an investigation into the tax model used by Ikea - the world's largest furniture retailer.

Why investors have turned against spread-betting shares

Business News: It was the early Christmas present nobody in the City's booming spread-betting industry wanted.

Unidentified space object not alien ship, say scientists after first scans

Strange News: A mysterious cigar-shaped object in space is not an alien craft, according to initial scans carried out by scientists.

Farnborough parents warned as "explicit video" goes viral

Surrey and Hampshire News: It involved two children and is being circulated online.

Drug deaths surge in Surrey and Hampshire

Surrey and Hampshire News: More than half of all deaths involved an opiate like heroin or morphine.

Parents warned of Shigellosis outbreak

Surrey and Hampshire News: The bug has broken out in children in Guildford and Woking.

Appeal to reach out to rough sleepers in Guildford

Surrey and Hampshire News: We are being asked to help get them off the streets -especially in the colder months.

Guildford Flames secure back-to-back weekend wins

Surrey and Hampshire Sport: It's the club's first Elite League four point weekend.

Hart is the best place to live in the UK!

Surrey and Hampshire News: The North-East Hampshire spot has triumphed in the latest survey.

Arrest made in Janet Moore murder enquiry

Surrey and Hampshire News: The 54 year old from Esher died after being run over.

How Many Eurovision Winners Can You Name?

Quiz: Ahead of tonight's Eurovision Song Contest, how many past winners can you and your family name?

Warning to St Peter's Hospital visitors after Norovirus outbreak

Surrey and Hampshire News: If you're visiting the Chertsey hospital you need to read this.

Teenage cyclists hit in fail to stop crash in Farnborough

Surrey and Hampshire News: Police are looking for the driver of a silver Nissan.

Eagle Radio Christmas Wish: Winter Wonderland treat for Wrecclesham girl

Surrey and Hampshire News: Gracie Hunter's mother died this year - and she had to adapt to life in a new town.

Parents warned of Shigellosis outbreak

Surrey and Hampshire News: The bug has broken out in children in Guildford and Woking.

Green Belt Review update

Woking Borough Council: In January the Council sought the views of local residents and businesses on the option of substituting six proposed safeguarded sites in Byfleet, Mayford and Pyrford.