Our Charities

Each year AWS selects charities to partner with.  For the 2022-2023 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.

Momentum Children’s Charity helps families of seriously ill children to keep moving forward. Working across Southwest London, Surrey and Sussex, they partner with local hospitals who refer families to them following a child’s diagnosis of cancer or a life-challenging condition. Through their Family Support Team, they work closely with these families to understand their individual needs, offering them personally tailored support, both in hospital and at home.

Their support services include counselling and a range of creative therapy services - such as play, art and music - as well as special experiences and respite breaks to ease some of the stresses that come with a gruelling treatment plan. If the unthinkable happens, and a child dies, they offer bereavement support and stand by families for as long as they’re needed. They also improve the environment for children treated in local hospitals with children’s ward refurbishments; transforming bare, clinical areas into bright, child-friendly spaces. 

At any one time they support around 240 families whose child is in active treatment and a further 110 bereaved families. They’re there whatever the outcome, for as long as they’re needed, so that no family has to cope alone.

For more information check their website below:


Elmbridge CAN aims to build a culture of welcome for refugees and asylum seekers within Elmbridge and to facilitate the settlement of more refugees in the Borough. The charity was established in 2016, in response to the Syrian crisis. Some 25 families, primarily from war-torn areas of the Middle East, have made their homes in Elmbridge, supported by the charity. In Autumn 2021, over 200 evacuated Afghans arrived and were temporarily accommodated at a local hotel. In spring 2022, dozens of Ukrainians began to arrive; a total of 500 to 600 may be settled with us by the time you read this. As a consequence, Elmbridge CAN has had to grow very quickly, and at the time of writing has over a hundred volunteers and four paid staff. This growth will inevitably continue as war and terror engulf many parts of the world and we in Elmbridge are able, fortunately, to provide safe haven.

As the name implies, this charity shows what people in the local community CAN do, when they simply feel compelled to do something. And the rewards for all, as fellow human beings, are enormous

For more information check their website below:


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

AWS is a proud  member of :   

Thank-you to our sponsors! 


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.


VP Welcoming: welcoming@awsurrey.org

VP Membership: membership@awsurrey.org


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

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