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The Schools’ Apprentice Challenge is a FREE community initiative linking schools with local businesses & the voluntary sector. The initiative is delivered by Community Action Sutton, an organisation that supports charities throughout the borough.


The business challenge is to turn £100, loaned to schools, into as much profit as possible for charity. This initiative is inspired by 7 years of successful activity in Hertfordshire schools, where over 1600 young people have participated raising over £380,000 for local charities.

Participating schools select a Year 12 student team and are matched with a business Mentor. Mazars, a large accounting firms, with offices in Sutton are supporting the initiative by supplying business mentors for each school. Templates, including a student guide and business plan, are supplied to support the process. Teams, with support from their Mazar’s business mentor, produce a business plan for a fundraising venture and implement their idea raising funds for Sutton Giving, a cross borough initiative supporting the voluntary sector.


A final boardroom presentation, where students report back on the success of their venture to a panel of judges, will take place at Mazar’s offices on Wednesday 30th January 2019.

The activity launches in September 2018 and runs until December 2018. There are only 8 places available for high schools in Sutton. Each school may enter one team of 8 students.


This challenge represents a fantastic opportunity for students providing them with a real-life opportunity to gain hands-on commercial experience of setting up & running a business whilst gaining an insight into local issues thereby creating socially responsible young entrepreneurs.

For more information or to register your place please contact


Don’t delay, places are limited!


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We need your help


Our guiding principle is that everyone has something to give, no matter how much or how little.  Together we are stronger and together we can harness the power of local, the very core of our initiative.

You can help support our borough by making a one-off donation, setting up a standing order for a regular donation, giving your time or skills as a volunteer or by simply spreading the word.  Together we will make a difference to the lives of residents in the London Borough of Sutton.




Donating to Sutton Giving is simple.  To make a one-off or regular donation online, simply fill in your details.


Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving


To donate by cheque, please make your cheque payable to Sutton Giving and send to the following address; 

Sutton Giving, SCVS, Granfers Community Centre, 73-79 Oakhill Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 3AA.


Volunteer your time or skills NOW


Working in partnership is at the heart of everything we do. There are a wide range of organisations that offer volunteer opportunities to use your time or skills.

To get involved and find out about current volunteering opportunities please visit Sutton Volunteer Centre


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