Our Charities

Each year AWS selects charities to partner with.  For the 2021-2022 club year, we have chosen to sponsor the charities listed below.

We host several events throughout the year to raise proceeds for these charities.  To learn more about our events and activities that support our charities, please click here.

Oakleaf has been helping the Surrey community manage its mental ill-health since 1997.

The charity’s aim is to transform the lives and futures of adults with mental ill-health and help them secure the skills, confidence and training needed to return to the workplace and live full, meaningful lives. This pathway is delivered via three main focuses: work-related training, well-being activities & courses, and counselling services.

Oakleaf also aims to promote awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Your Sanctuary offers support and empowerment to anyone affected by Domestic Abuse and enable children to be seen, heard and validated. They challenge mind sets to change attitudes and facilitate informed choices.

Helpline Service available between 9am and 9pm, 365 days per year and two safe houses for women and their children fleeing Domestic Abuse

What started as a idea of a charity shop to improve access to children' clothes and equipment has since developed into much more. B@titude has a tea and coffee area that has become an integral part of the community; allowing mums, dads and grandparents, a chance to relax while children can play in the play area.

There are many different projects that happen both inside and outside of the shop. They offer counselling to individuals who otherwise couldn’t afford it. In the summers holidays they organise trips to places such as London Zoo, Hobbledown Farm & the beach. 

FAWCO is one of our charities that we support each year as outlined in our By-laws.  AWS has always been an ardent supporter of many varied local charities. But AWS membership is an international mix and we recognise our responsibility to make a difference on a global level as well as local.  For many years we have done so by sponsoring a Development Grant (DG) called AWSurrey Hope Through Education. 

We will again this year support that Development Grant.

FAWCO is an umbrella organization overseeing American and International clubs around the globe.  AWSurrey is a proud member. Both FAWCO and their philanthropic arm, The FAWCO Foundation are 501(c)(3) incorporated organizations.

For more information please go to their websites: www.fawco.org and www.fawcofoundation.org


About the group

The American Women of Surrey (AWS), International Women's Group, is a not-for-profit club founded in 1975 to provide a welcoming atmosphere for expatriates and their families living in Surrey. We offer social, cultural, and philanthropic opportunities for our 230+ members representing more than 30 nationalities.


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AWS International Women's Group
P.O. Box 170
Cobham, Surrey
KT11 2YJ

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