Hidden Surrey Report

Hidden Surrey – Why local giving is needed to strengthen our communities (2010),  Dr. Helen Bowcock

Although Surrey is known to be one of the wealthiest counties in the United Kingdom, with the majority of its population enjoying a high quality of life, as the title of this revealing report suggests there are, in fact, many pockets of deprivation within the county. These are not evident from statistical data based on coarser mapping grids but become all too clear when finer grids are used. Furthermore, they frequently occur within towns and villages which are often associated in the minds eye with prosperity and high living standards. In some cases they are amongst the most deprived areas in the country.

It is our hope that this report will inspire more of those within our community with the means to do so to consider contributing to our efforts to improve the quality of people’s lives throughout Surrey. Professor Patrick J Dowling CBE DL FRS, Chair, Community Foundation for Surrey