Voluntary Action South West Surrey


- Care for Guildford - supporting your community

Care for Guildford - about us

Care for Guildford - we are a local charity enabling people live independently with dignity. Through our of team of volunteers we

  • provide a reliable, caring service taking people to and from essential medical appointments who would otherwise struggle. Our clients often have no-one else to call on, cannot manage public transport or are unable to afford taxis. Many clients have complex health conditions and struggle to attend the appointments they desperately need without our help.

  • offer a shopping service that also provides friendly social contact to those living alone, allowing our clients to stay independent and remain in their home.

We are very flexible, no firm commitment is required, allowing us to work around your availability, however limited that maybe be.

If you can offer a friendly face, often at a difficult time in a client’s life - why not consider joining our amazing volunteer team. We promise you will make a real difference to our clients lives.

If any of the roles below are of interest, we would love to hear from you.


Web site: Care for Guildford   

Email: volunteer@careforguildford.org.uk

Volunteer with Care for Guildford

Volunteer Driver (May 2024)


Volunteer Driver Role Description

In this vital role supporting our communities, you would use your own vehicle to take up to 3 passengers to a range of different appointments in Guildford and occasionally, further afield. You will be working with adults some of whom may be considered vulnerable, so a firm commitment to safeguarding is essential. You will need to agree to a DBS check for Adults with a request for a check against the barred lists. We will also need you to provide two references as part of our Safer Recruitment process.

A responsible attitude is vital along with a good driving record. Your vehicle should be presentable, fully insured (with a MOT where applicable), road legal and well maintained.

You will receive mileage expenses based on the mileage that you travel from and back to your home at 45p per mile. 

You will live within 3 miles of the town centre.


The volunteering will take place in Guildford and occasionally beyond, but you decide when and where you are happy to drive to. It's that flexible.

Volunteer Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • happy to be contacted by our appointments co-ordinator regarding journey requests we have received – this could include via WhatsApp messaging - all during weekday office hours.

  • being prompt and on time for all pick-ups and drop-offs

  • being courteous, friendly and professional at all times

  • having a conversation and listening to passenger stories.

  • contacting Care for Guildford if you have any questions or concerns.

  • letting Care for Guildford know, as soon as possible, if you can no longer undertake a journey

  • immediately feeding back any Safeguarding concerns to us

  • cash handling with passengers that make a donation towards the cost of their journey

  • completing accurate expense claims, submitted on a regular basis. Assistance is available if required.

Time Commitment

This is a fully flexible role, supporting a wide range of passenger journeys. We provide journeys 5 days a week but it is completely up to you when you volunteer and how often. Some of our volunteers only manage to make one trip a month which is not a problem. We will work around you.

We do not charge you for any of the training.

Volunteer Specification

We ask that volunteers are:

  • caring, considerate, patient and understanding

  • flexible, reliable and helpful

  • confident in engaging with all kinds of people in a friendly manner

  • want to help people

  • able to comply with all policies and procedures in every aspect of the role

Recruitment, Support and Training

All volunteers will be asked to:

  • participate in an interview with one of our Trustees

  • agree to a DBS check being carried out by us

  • participate in any training arranged by Care for Guildford

If you love driving, want to help others in a way that fits in with your other commitments, this role could be for you. Please click below to be taken to our online application form. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our team on 01483 566635

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Age UK Surrey

Mission Statement

Age UK Surrey aims to:

  • promote the wellbeing of older people in Surrey
  • improve public awareness of issues concerning ageing
  • influence public policy to meet the needs of older people
  • work with other agencies in the provision of relevant services for older people

If you have the time - however little - there are so many ways in which you can help.

The rewards are great.  You will use your skills, meet new people, have fun and find it very, very rewarding.  You can be sure that the time you give is making a positive difference to older people in the community.

General Interests

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Brightwells Gostrey Centre (Farnham)

Sending our warmest and well wishes to you all during this extremely difficult time. Whilst our social centre has sadly closed for the time being, we are still very much here for the older community of Farnham. We have continued to extend our daily meal service, offering a freshly cooked meal at lunch time with the option of a frozen meal for the evening, as well as afternoon tea.


Mission Statement

Brightwells Gostrey has been in the heart of the community for older people for over 30 years.  We provide a warm and friendly environment for senior citizens to meet. Offering a variety of vital activities and services including freshly cooked meals, daily activities, craft workshops, grandparent and toddler groups, outings and much more. We are proud to bring a sense of belonging, companionship, fun and enjoyment to those in their golden years.

We also provide a Community Meal Service, ensuring those who need it, regularly receive a nutritious freshly cooked meal and pudding. All dishes are prepared from scratch in our kitchen. However, it is far more than just a meal we are delivering.  Our team of volunteers are a friendly face to many, helping to reduce social isolation, something which has become so much more important in the recent months.

General Interests

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British Regional Transport Association

Mission Statement

The British Regional Transport Association (BRTA) is a voluntary membership-based, pro-public transport improvement association with several of its projects having a nationwide positive benefit and impact. Membership is open to all.


General Interests

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Cancer Testing South

The mission statement of Cancer Testing South

The detection work of Cancer Testing South is driven by a passion to find early indications of prostate cancer and also lead to the uncovering of other frequently overlooked cancer through both testing with a simple blood test and by promoting awareness. We aim to learn educate and use knowledge, to reduce death from prostate and other cancers that regularly respond to early intervention.

General Interests

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Care Farnham

Mission Statement

Helping local people in Farnham and surrounding villages get to the doctor and dentist, hospital and optician, physio and chiropody etc appointments.

General Interests

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Care in Haslemere

Role of Care in Haslemere

Care in Haslemere (Care) is a good neighbour scheme 

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Community Angels Befriending

Responding to loneliness in Guildford


Community Angels are trained befrienders who offer six months of weekly face-to-face support to adults of all ages in Guildford borough struggling with loneliness and/or social isolation. 

If you have a couple of free hours a week and enjoy listening and getting to know people, we'd love to hear from you. We provide training to get started (2 x 3 hours sessions), match you carefully with someone to befriend and provide ongoing support while you are volunteering with us.

Hear what our volunteers say on https://youtu.be/5MAb_UVTcc0

Community Angels is one of three projects run by Guildford Town Centre Chaplaincy.

Volunteer opportunities

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Cranleigh Village Care

About Us

                                      Cranleigh Village Care

We are a group of volunteers who have been serving the Cranleigh community for over 20 years. We have provided transport for Cranleigh residents who need our support to attend their medical appointments at local surgeries, clinics and hospitals.

Because of Covid restrictions we have been unable to operate since March 2020.

We would love to be able to relaunch our service for existing and new clients as soon as we can because we know that there are local people who are struggling to get to vital appointments because of a lack of transport.

We do have a core of drivers and duty officers (who deal with telephone requests and arrange the transport) who are keen to get started again but we desperately need to find new volunteers to help coordinate the service and we always need more drivers.

Volunteer Roles


This volunteering opportunity involves taking people in the Cranleigh area to the Health Centre, dentist,  hospital etc. Our clients are typically older people who are unable to drive themselves, people with disabilities or people who for various reasons are unable to travel independently to vital appointments.

No regular weekly commitment is required.  The emphasis is on flexibility.  You decide when you are available and whether you only want to do trips within the Cranleigh area or whether you are willing to go to nearby hospitals such as the Royal Surrey. 

You will need to be friendly, patient and enjoy working with people.  You will need to have your own car and a clean driving licence.

In return, we will cover your petrol expenses and provide support and an induction session.  We practise an Equal Opportunities Policy.

Contact us by clicking the Fill In An Application button if you would like to know more. We look forward to hearing from you.

Duty Officer

Help make the Cranleigh community stronger!

Cranleigh Village Care needs duty officers to take calls from local residents  who need help getting to health care and other vital appointments.  They then match the request from a list of on call volunteer drivers. 

We ask duty officers to be able to commit to doing at least one volunteer shift per month.  A shift consists of answering phone calls from 10 am to 12 pm and then spending up to two to three hours to ring drivers followed up by confirming to the client when a lift is arranged so approximately five hours per volunteering session.

You will need friendliness, patience and empathy and you will be helping provide a service for people who would otherwise be unable to attend their appointments.

Full training an on going support is provided..

Our duty officers sometimes combine this role with that of being a volunteer driver.  See other role on this page.

To apply please fill in an application and we will get back to you.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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Farncombe and Binscombe Good Neighbours

Mission Statement

To offer lifts to elderly residents of Farncombe and Binscombe, or others without their own transport or convenient access to public services. Lifts will typically be to all types of  medical appointments..

Clients make modest voluntary contributions towards the cost of the driver's car expenses..

Drivers offer a personal service using their own vehicles. Clients make requests via a mobile number, which is manned on weekdays from 10 to 12 noon, with a message facility

General Interests

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Farnham ASSIST

Mission Statement

Our mission is to be there for older people living in Farnham, meeting them where they are and showing God's love through our work.

General Interests

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Guildford Club for Disabled

Mission Statement

Guildford Club for Disabled provides social support for the physically disabled which results in additional needs and requirements.  The Club strives to provide wide ranging entertainment that caters for most age groups and their tastes.

General Interests

  • Driver
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Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care

Mission Statement

Mission, goals and values


Mission statement

To give excellent specialist care and support to patients and families living with life limiting illnesses, and through training, empower other healthcare professionals to do the same.


... because every day is precious


Patient care: To offer a choice and range of specialist services in the Hospice, in the home and in the community

Financial security: To secure sustainable income to allow us to continue to provide and develop our services to patients free at the point of delivery

Staff and volunteer experience: To ensure we are a skilled and motivated team of staff and volunteers who take pride in working for the Hospice

Centre of excellence: To deliver best practice care, specialist training to healthcare professionals and ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements

Environment: To provide a place that is welcoming, safe, secure and well-maintained

Independence: To maintain our status as a self-governing and independent charity whilst working in partnership with others


  • Putting the patient first
  • Treating all people equally with respect, dignity and understanding
  • Using our skills, resources and time wisely
  • Fostering a culture of continuous learning
  • Ensuring workplace health and safety and promoting personal well being
  • Commitment to working in productive and valued partnerships
  • Acting with honesty, integrity and in the best interests of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

General Interests

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Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People

Mission Statement

We work with people with physical and learning disabilities or acquired brain injuries to gain new skills and increase independence.  Whether it’s learning everyday life skills, rebuilding a life affected by brain injury, acquiring the skills to drive a specially adapted car or training for future employment, we support disabled people to achieve goals for life.

General Interests

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Sensory Services by Sight for Surrey

Mission Statement

Sensory Services by Sight for Surrey is an inclusive organisation dedicated to enabling and empowering people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind, partially sighted and deafblind. We champion independence, where people thrive in their communities and achieve their aspirations.

General Interests

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Surrey Family Service

Mission Statement

The Volunteer Host Service provides emergency accommodation on a temporary basis for 16-21 year olds who are at risk of being homeless. The service relies on volunteers to offer a spare room to young people in need for one to three nights.

Host Volunteers provide a safe and secure environment for young people to stay when they’ve had to leave their family home for a number of different reasons. We’re looking for volunteers to welcome a young person to stay in their home for a couple of nights, which enables us to assess the young person’s family situation, resolve conflict and find appropriate longer term accommodation if necessary.

We’re working with the Surrey Families Homelessness Prevention Service to protect vulnerable young people and support families to stay together.


General Interests

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The Clockhouse Day Centre (Milford)

Mission Statement

We offer a warm and friendly environment for the over 50's where members can meet new friends, take part in our many activities or join us for outings or holidays. 

The Clockhouse is open Monday to Friday 9.30am-3.30pm. We provide a range of services including hairdressing, chiropody, reflexology, hearing and sight tests. 

We offer a in-expensive 2 course homemade lunch with a variety of alternatives on a daily basis as well as a snack bar offering hot drinks, biscuits and homemade cakes. 

General Interests

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Treloar Trust

Mission Statement

The Treloar Trust provides education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training to young people with physical disabilities from all over the UK and overseas. Our aim is to prepare these young people for adult life, giving them the confidence and skills to achieve their full potential.

Our Vision

A world where physically disabled young people take control of their lives and achieve their aspirations

Our Mission

To enable physically disabled young people to achieve their aspirations by:

  • Providing personalised learning, therapy and care
  • Supporting transition into adulthood
  • Promoting independence and inclusion

Our Values

We are Inclusive

Everyone – regardless of physical ability, where they live or socioeconomic background – should have the opportunity to take part in life. We treat our Beneficiaries with the same dignity as their non-disabled peers and work to remove barriers in their way.

Our students and Beneficiaries are always at the centre of everything we do. Before we make decisions, we ask, “How will our students and Beneficiaries benefit from this?”

We act with Integrity and Respect

Physically disabled young people should be free to direct their own lives. We listen to young people’s views and support them to make age-appropriate choices about their daily life and informed choices about their future.

We celebrate and promote diversity, value and support each other, and treat everyone with mutual respect. We support a culture of openness, honesty and transparency, where the safeguarding of our students and wellbeing of our staff is paramount.

We strive for Excellence

Physically disabled young people and their families deserve outstanding care and support. We work to make sure all our services are excellent and actively challenge each other to ensure continuous quality improvement.

We continually innovate to ensure that our Beneficiaries receive the cutting-edge, excellent support they deserve.

Voluntary Helper

Voluntary Helpers provide support to students in the classroom, during social or sporting activities or lend a hand in an administrative role in one of our departments. We have a wide range of roles designed to welcome whatever skills or time you can offer.
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Whitmore Vale Housing Association

Mission Statement

Whitmore Vale Housing Association offers services to people with learning disabilities and we work alongside them to achieve the most out of their life. Through supported living and residential care we can meet a wide range of needs, supporting people with a mild learning disability, to those who have profound and complex disabilities. 


General Interests

  • Driver
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