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Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Mission Statement

Battersea is going to start working in communities where we don’t currently have a centre. Along with local animal lovers, we want to help more dogs and cats, educate people about rescue and put lots of smiles on faces. And we’re very excited to announce that our first Community will be Guildford.

Each Battersea Community will have trained Community Rehoming Volunteers, who will help rehome dogs and cats without the need for a physical centre.

Battersea Communities will also hold and attend local events and develop partnerships with local charities, authorities and other groups. By doing so we can promote the benefits of owning an animal and talk to more people about responsible pet ownership.

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Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership BVCP

Mission Statement

The Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust was founded in 2006 by enthusiasts who are passionate about the people and wildlife of the Blackwater Valley.

We are a registered charity, with seven dedicated Trustees using their wide range of backgrounds to help conserve and improve its natural environment. This includes managing its countryside, preserving its wildlife habitats and landscapes by making conservation projects happen.

We also organise events, including walks, talks and conservation activities, and encourage the public to take part in them, educating people about, and introducing them to, the Valley and its wildlife.

In short, we do anything we can to make the Blackwater Valley a better place to live and visit.

Our aims

Our aims are to enhance the environment for both people and wildlife by:

  1. Promoting public access to the countryside by means of a programme of events, including walks and talks
  2. Involving people in their valley and the wildlife on their doorstep
  3. Identifying improvement ideas, creating projects and raising funds to progress them
  4. Encouraging a sense of belonging in the Blackwater Valley

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Cats Protection - Guildford and Godalming

Mission Statement

Cats Protection is the UK's leading feline welfare charity. We rehome and reunite 55,000 cats each year through a nationwide network of 29 adoption centres, 1 homing centre and over 250 volunteer-run branches.

Our vision is: "A world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of it's needs."

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Change of Scene

Mission Statement

Change of Scene objectives are to make a life changing difference for disadvantaged children. Our attendees, aged 6-18 years from Surrey & Hampshire display a wide range of complex learning, social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties causing them to be unable to access learning; many have been excluded from schools, are in short term provision, or are currently not on a school role. We work on a 1:1 basis at our 16 acre small holding in a tranquil South Farnham valley giving the children the vital support and attention they need. The children care for a wide range of animals from reptiles to alpacas. They work in the vegetable patch and polytunnel raising plants and harvesting fruit & veg; they milk the goat and make yoghurt and cheese; they do baking, make jams and chutneys; carpentry; extract & bottle honey; gather wood; repair animal houses, fences & hives; and help around the grounds. It is not a jolly day out. They work really hard in all weathers but they do also have times of rest and play.

The children gain strength through nature and an appreciation that their regular input and care makes a worthwhile contribution. The whole experience engenders calm, self-confidence, a belief in a promising future; that they can create positive outcomes for themselves. These experiences and the learning of new skills translate into the children and young people going back into education with a sense of life purpose.

 

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Compassion in World Farming

Mission Statement

Compassion in World Farming was founded 50 years ago in 1967 by a British farmer who became horrified by the development of modern, intensive factory farming.

Today we campaign peacefully to end all factory farming practices. We believe that the biggest cause of cruelty on the planet deserves a focused, specialised approach – so we are relentlessly focused on ending factory farming.

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Cranleigh Riding for Disabled

Mission Statement

Through the commitment of volunteers, RDA enables people with disabilites to ride to benefit their health and well being and to achieve their goals 

Riding offers a degree of independence that many disabled people cannot have in their daily life.
 
There are also medical advantages - the warmth and three dimensional movement of the horse is transmitted through the rider's body, gradually making it more relaxed and supple, reducing spasticity and improving balance, posture and co-ordination. The movement of the pelvis influences the lumbar region and is transferred up the spine thus encouraging control of the trunk and head. Riding a horse makes mobility possible.  From the elevated position on its back, riders have an opportunity to see more than would otherwise be possible for them. The experience our riders gain through the contact they have with our ponies also helps to create a great sense of achievement and confidence. We hope that this will, in turn, make their lives easier and more fulfilled.

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Girlguiding Surrey West - Herons Wey (Farnham)

Mission Statement

Girlguiding is the largest organisation for girls and young women in the UK.  The aim is to sustain and promote a stimulating and enjoyable programme of activities.  These will help girls and young women develop their potential and enable them to play an active role in their community.

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Guide Dogs

Mission Statement

Our Purpose: To provide life-changing services for the independence of people living with sight loss and their friends and family.

Our Ambition: A future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support to live their lives to the fullest.

Our Behaviours:

We are

Person-centred

Experts

Optimistic

so we can:

Partner

Lead by example

Engage

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Headway Surrey (Guildford)

Mission Statement

Headway Surrey supports people with acquired brain injuries and their families and promotes understanding of the implications of acquired brain injury throughout Surrey.

 

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Hive Helpers

Mission Statement

Hive Helpers' Mission is to:

INSPIRE care for pollinators - through beekeeping and connecting with the local community

IMPACT positively on local habitats - through nature conservation and raising awareness

IMPROVE mental and physical wellbeing - through mindful and empowering outdoor activities

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Horsley and Bookham Riding for the Disabled Association

Mission Statement

Horsley, Bookham & Leatherhead Riding for the Disabled Association is a registered charity which provides facilities to benefit disabled children and young adults by having regular contact with horses.

We have been operating for over 30 years giving rides to children and young adults with physical and learning disabilities in Surrey. Our riders include those with autism, Down's Syndrome, spina bifida and dyspraxia.

Each week, with the assistance of our coaches and volunteers, our riders can enjoy the horse riding experience. This provides them with the chance to be independent, to feel a sense of achievement and it puts smiles on their faces!  If proof is needed of the therapeutic effect of riding, we had one little boy who had never spoken before and whose first word was the name of his pony.

Our dedicated team of volunteer coaches, group leaders and helpers is paramount to our continued success, without whom we could not operate. 

We are always looking for volunteers and sponsors, and welcome any contribution which will help keep this wonderful community effort going.

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Jacobs Well Afternoon Tea

Mission Statement

We are a community organisation with the following aims:

  • To promote the interests of the community of Jacobs Well

  • To foster community spirit – with events such as the May Day Fayre

  • To work together with statutory bodies on matters of concern, environmental or otherwise, to the village of Jacobs Well and its community

  • To provide a forum for communication within the village – via face-to-face monthly meetings, a monthly Newsletter, website, Facebook and Twitter

  • To encourage and support groups providing leisure and community activities in the village or furthering the aims of the Association and to work together with them for the benefit of their members and residents

  • To publicise the activities and concerns of the community

  • To raise funds in order to further the aims of the Association

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Mane Chance Sanctuary (Compton)

Mission Statement

The Mane Chance mission is to rescue and rehabilitate old, abused and abandoned horses. Our aim is to integrate them with the local community, welcoming sick, special needs and underprivileged youngsters to our Sanctuary and bringing our equine residents to those who are not able to travel.

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RSPCA Guildford and Epsom Branch

Mission Statement

The charitable objectives of the RSPCA are to promote kindness and prevent or suppress cruelty to animals by all lawful means.

 

The branch promotes animal welfare in the local area primarily through veterinary assistance, neutering and re-homing. We run a voucher scheme which assists local people with veterinary bills for treatment and neutering. It also helps to control dog and cat populations, thereby promoting responsible pet ownership.

 

The branch assists the RSPCA animal centres, mainly Millbrook and South Godstone, with re-homing unwanted and abused animals by home-visiting.  We also pay for veterinary treatment of stray animals and wildlife attended to by the Inspectorate in our branch area.

 

The RSPCA provides advice for owners on animal care. It also helps animals brought to us for rehoming because their owners are unable or unwilling to keep them. Ill treated or injured animals are cared for by the Society. The public benefits from knowing that we can intervene to assist animals in need.

 

We have a website to raise awareness of the activities of the branch and to help members get more involved. We provide volunteering opportunities for those who wish to support our work, including trusteeship, fundraising and home visiting. This benefits local people and companies by providing the possibility of doing work which is compassionate and rewarding.

 

We also have to fundraise to enable us to continue with our charitable work. The RSPCA receives no government or lottery funding.

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Sussex Wildlife Trust

Mission Statement

 

Do you want to help the Sussex Wildlife Trust make a difference?

Inspiring local people to get involved in our work is a really important part of what we do. You can join in with 30,000 other people across Sussex who are passionate about making a difference for nature locally.

Whether you want to get outdoors and volunteer on one of our reserves, or participate by relaxing at home and making a donation - there are so many things to do to help.

Together we can make sure that future generations living in Sussex will be able to enjoy the sense of wonder and well-being that nature offers. Together we can make Sussex life richer.

 

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The Rural Life Living Museum (Farnham)

Mission Statement

The Rural Life Centre is a museum that focuses on life in a rural village. This includes static and moving displays, many preserved buildings and rural crafts. We hold many events and courses to preserve the old skills and crafts. Please see our web site at www.rural-life.org.uk for more details. 

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Waverley Borough Council-Parks & CountrySide

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