One Cranleigh FAQs
The “One Cranleigh” project is the catalyst to combine Faith groups, Charitable organisations, Parish Council, local businesses and the people of the village into a single action-group to provide rented homes and local support for all the Ukrainian families in and around Cranleigh.
Why the Cranleigh Lions?
As a reputable and well-respected Charitable Organisation, the Cranleigh Lions have been helping local people and international causes since 1974, and though this is a different proposition for us, our members have overwhelmingly voted to initiate this Scheme.
Because of our charity status, Gift Aid will apply to direct debit donations, thereby increasing the value of those donations by 25%.
Why Direct Debit?
Direct debits can be processed through an automated system on our website, which calculates and claims the Gift Aid payment from the Government.
Who is involved?
“One Cranleigh” is coordinating the project and is a sub section of the Cranleigh and District Lions. All the money spend on this project comes only from the “One Cranleigh” donations and does not call on any money raised by the Cranleigh Lions through its annual events, which continues to be used in the support of local people and charitable demands.
Two properties have been provided for “One Cranleigh” under the Government’s ‘Homes for Ukrainian Refugees’ Scheme which allows us to offer homes in a similar way as individuals offering their private accommodation. Properties will be free to the Ukrainian refugees and funded by your donation.
How Many Ukrainian refugees?
There are currently around 140 Ukrainian refugees in and around Cranleigh (estimated Jan’ 2023)
What is the Government offering?
The Government is offering a ‘thank you” payment to each Sponsor household to help private homeowners with additional costs. ‘One Cranleigh’ has been able to claim this money and uses it to pay energy and utility bills on One Cranleigh rented properties.
The One Cranleigh fund continues to be used to support the Ukrainian community with a wide range of practice needs like, furniture, bikes, TVs, when they move into their own rented properties.
What about refugee support while they are in Cranleigh?
The Cranleigh Baptist Church has been the centre of the support to the Ukrainian community. By set up a Ukraine hub which has offered advice on everything from Government forms to buses passes while also running English lessons for adults and Ukrainian lessons for the children, so they don’t forget their native language.
What happens when the refugees want to go home?
Firstly, we will help them get back to Ukraine.
It is without doubt that the Ukrainian community wish to return home as soon as it’s safe to do so. “One Cranleigh” will support them in anyway it can to achieve a smooth journey, sadly it does not look like being anytime soon.
What happens to any donations left over after 12 months?
Any remaining funds after the end of the sponsorship period will be donated towards the support of Ukrainian refugees left in the village, for support to get back to Ukraine, or given to a recognised Ukrainian charity.
Already involved, so far:
· Faith Groups:
· Cranleigh Baptist Church
· St Nicolas Church
· Cranleigh Catholic Church
· Cranleigh Methodist Church
· Charitable Groups:
· Parish Council
Cranleigh’s motto is:
‘Cranleigh Habet Caritatem’ which means ‘Cranleigh Cares’.
Let’s live up to our moto.