Project information

Hillcroft 2020

Hillcroft 2020 is a trustee led campaign which seeks to raise funds for its 100 year centenary to enable the refurbishment of its existing site and build new provision to extend opportunities for women who are educationally disadvantaged, and lack confidence to attend main stream education.

September 2013 - February 2020

Charity information: Hillcroft The Educational Charity for Women

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  • Need


    Current capacity cannot meet the demands of the front line charities that refer disadvantaged women and their children to Hillcroft, to improve their educational opportunities enabling women to progress in their work, community and in their personal lives.


    Funding will provide the restorative work necessary to bring the building a grade 2 listed Victorian residence into the 21st century; Refurbishing the childcare unit will bring more space, cater for the rise in child uptake alongside a new build to extend class rooms and the residential learning environment to enable Hillcroft to continue its work with the many women’s organisations whose clients benefit from the unique opportunities Hillcroft provides to women.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enable Hillcroft to reach more women who find education difficult to access.


    » Increase the available learning space for women and their children to stay and study

    What success will look like

    By moving more women onto Higher Education, employment and/or community volunteering and away from depravity.

    Aim 2

    To custom build a new nursery and improve early year learning.


    » Increase the learning space and activities for young children

    What success will look like

    Improving the progression of children from deprived backgrounds through their early years advancement

    Aim 3

    To refurbish and extend the residency improving family orientated and child friendly space.


    » To enable the women and children to have better facilities to enrich their experience and improve their study

    What success will look like

    Will give women and their children the space to grow and learn

    Aim 4

    To improve the life of mothers and children from deprived backgrounds


    » By improving and increasing capacity give more mothers and children a better start on their road to a brighter future

    What success will look like

    Enable Hillcroft to extend the opportunities available through having greater capacity to deliver the educational opportunities to move women and their children forward.

  • Impact


    Give the women and young children more opportunities to improve their life skills, more capacity for the many organisations who refer women to Hillcroft, better equip the mothers to move forward, and give the children a stable and safe environment to learn and enjoy, from what has generally been in the past, tough times.


    Increased depravity and child poverty as a result of not being able to meet the needs of women or their children who have little opportunity to establish a better life due to circumstance and lack of social opportunity.


    Donors will have every opportunity to input into this project through joining trustee meetings, to receiving monthly updates and progress reports.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,250,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £250,000 Childcare To extend and refurbish the nursery to improve early learning
      £2,000,000 Living and teaching To refurbish and extend the current living and learning enviroments
  • Background


    Hillcroft's has national reach and attracts women and children from deprived areas across the UK. The charity based in Surbiton is a living and learning community and close to the main line station and road networks.


    Mothers and children from deprived regions with generational unemployment who would otherwise not be able to access education

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Hillcroft has been serving the community since 1920 and the only charity offering living and learning opportunities to women, where they have they can stay and study in peace while their children enjoy early years education.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Hillcroft Staff And Volunteers

    All the staff and volunteers at Hillcroft make this living and learning environment a special place for women to progress their lives.

Hillcroft an introduction

"Hillcroft has changed my life and given me the knowledge, skills and hope that I can achieve my dream to study at University."