The Amber Foundation tell us their story

As part of the build up for Capel Music Festival, Surrey Hills Community Radio is pleased to have the opportunity to interview the local charities they support. On 29th July, Mark Regan was joined by Emma & Phil from CMF and Rachel Bartlett from local charity the Amber Foundation, one of the charities to receive donations from the festival.

The Amber Foundation, which exists to help young people transform their lives, is a residential centre based just outside Ockley, Surrey, helping disadvantaged 18-30 year olds. They provide 24 hour care, 365 days a year for young homeless people; many who have a history of addiction, have been involved in crime or have been in prison.

Supporting up to 34 young individuals, from 6 months up to 2 years, the Amber Foundation becomes their temporary home. They are able to learn many different life skills to help with further education and employment whilst being supported in a structured step by step way to rebuild thier lives and become independent. The residential environment gives them the opportunity to work as a team, to experience positive peer support, feel valued and motivated. All Amber residents also have the responsibilities of maintaining the country house and the garden that they reside in, from cooking to cleaning, the aim is to encourage them to become self sufficient for their own future.

From the money the Amber Foundation raises, they are also able to provide various opportunities to the young residents, including art, crafts, extended education, music, drama and sport.

In Amber’s 20 year history over 1,850 disadvantaged unemployed young people have been able to make a new start in life.

Rachel Bartlett, Fundraiser at the Amber Foundation said “The young people of Amber have helped at the festival for the last two years managing the car parking and directing people to this popular and well established music event. We are thrilled to be back on board for our third consecutive year and very much appreciate the exposure it provides for our work. This really is a fine example of a community coming together, working collaboratively and building upon understanding and success; we are privileged to be a part of it.”

If anyone is interested in learning more about the work at Amber or would like to visit the Centre, please contact Rachel Bartlett on 07879 415716 or email

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Submitted by Nicola