Photo of a computer course, held at the Mascot Hub Photo of a mental health presentation, held at St Paul
Photo of a mental health presentation, held at St Paul Photo of community members sharing a meal out

Aims

‘Mascot’ stands for ‘Maybury And Sheerwater COmmunity Trust’.

The aims of the trust are to:

  1. Identify the underlying causes of deprivation and social exclusion in Maybury and Sheerwater and environs. 
  2. Address the identified causes through targeted projects. Causes may include financial hardship, family breakdown, insecurity and social and cultural integration.
  3. Act as a catalyst facilitating collaborative initiatives with partners in the area.
  4. Act as a catalyst stimulating resources already in the community, supporting self-help groups and offering ‘best-practice’ models.
  5. Be a sustainable organisation and a channel for resources which responds to perceived needs with appropriate monitoring processes.
  6. To participate in this service as an expression of Christian faith, but serving all the people in the community irrespective of their religious views and without any need or requirement that beneficiaries change their own religious views.

A brief history of Mascot

The Maybury and Sheerwater Community Trust (MASCOT) came into being in July 2011. St Paul’s Church, Maybury, and St Michael’s Church, Sheerwater, came together with the common aim of supporting the community in Maybury and Sheerwater. Working together with the local authorities, local voluntary and community groups, and the residents of these areas of Woking, Mascot’s vision is to look to strengthen community and promote transformation.

Over the course of two and a half years much of the background work was carried out by our management committee to get the vision off the ground. Finally, in February 2014 the MASCOT Hub is where work began. It is situated in the main parade of shops in Sheerwater and has itself gone through transformation from being a former hairdressers shop to a welcoming facility for us as a trust, for community organizations and agencies to engage with local residents. The transformation was a collaborative effort between Woking Borough Council, Brewers Decorating Merchant (Woking), the MASCOT management committee and local volunteers.

A few months later after activities were under way in Sheerwater the focus turned to starting work in the Maybury area. The location chosen was the spacious and welcoming community halls at St Paul’s Church.

A photo from the official opening of the Mascot Hub Photo of a group discussing around a table at St Paul
A photo from a computer cafe A photo of Mascot representatives receiving an award for community service

Finding Us

Mascot’s activities operate at two main locations: the Mascot Hub in Sheerwater, and St. Paul’s Community Halls in Maybury.

Maybury

St. Paul’s Community Halls,
Oriental Road, Maybury, Woking GU22 7BD

Sheerwater

Mascot Hub,
43 Dartmouth Avenue, Sheerwater, Woking GU21 5PE

Mascot is a joint initiative between St. Paul’s Church, Maybury, and St. Michael’s Church, Sheerwater.

Mascot is gratefully supported and funded by:

Bishop of Guildford Community Foundation for Surrey National Lottery Funding Your Councillor Community Fund, from Surrey County Council Sheerwater Together

Mascot is a joint initiative between St. Paul’s Church, Maybury, and St. Michael’s Church, Sheerwater.

Mascot is gratefully supported and funded by these funds and organisations.

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