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About Zero

                                                         

Zero Carbon Guildford is a charity set up to enable local community action to tackle the climate and ecological crisis and associated social issues.

Zero carbon Guildford is also about to set up a 'Community Hub', in the centre of Guildford, to enable the community to come together to tackle these issues.  

The Hub will include a zero-waste shop, café, climate cinema and meeting/exhibition space and will showcase ways local people can make changes to help Guildford's journey towards a zero carbon future. 

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Shop Volunteer with Zero

If you have ever wanted to make a difference for the environment but not known how volunteering in the new Zero shop is one of the best things you can do.

Help create and run a beautiful shop where customers fill their own containers with dried foods, cleaning products and toiletries.  No plastic, no packaging and no waste going into landfill.  

Zero is a community eco hub in Guildford Town Centre and we would love to welcome you to the family of volunteers making a difference in our town.

We are looking for people who are able to commit to doing a regular shift of at least half a day a week.  No previous experience of shop work is necessary as training will be given.

Duties will include: 

  • Talking to customers and other volunteers about environmental issues and the changes they can make
  • Serving customers and operating the till
  • Ensuring the space is tidy, well-presented and safe
  • Restocking products

If you would like to find out more about this role and how you can help please complete the application form below and we'll be in touch soon. 

The Zero shop is part of Zero Carbon Guildford; a registered charity promoting education and solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation, we're bringing together the work happening locally to help the borough adapt to a changing planet. Our aim is to  is to help the borough of Guildford reach carbon neutrality by 2030. 

 

 

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Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (Witley Centre, Godalming)

Mission Statement

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation is a national wildlife charity (Registered Charity 1130188) committed to conserving amphibians and reptiles and saving the disappearing habitats on which they depend.

Our vision sees amphibians and reptiles thriving in their natural habitats, and a society inspired and committed to their conservation.

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Badshot Lea and Hale PCC

Mission Statement

We are one Parish with welcoming and inclusive churches. Our vision is for the growth of God's Kingdom so we aim to: 
- Grow in Spiritual Maturity
- Grow in Numbers
- Grow Younger
- Grow in Community Engagement

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Bells Piece (Farnham)

Mission Statement

Leonard Cheshire Disability

 

Bells Piece activity and skills group is lively and inviting -where you can meet friends, have fun and achieve the things you want. We are open Monday-Friday from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

We offer accessible and up-to-date facilities in a lovely setting in Farnham, on the border between Surrey and Hampshire. We are next to Farnham Park and only a short distance from the town centre.

Enthusiasm is a must! We require our volunteers to be caring, supportive and have a good sense of humour.

You will be DBS checked.

You must be aged 18+.      Full training will be provided.

Expenses will be paid (private motor or public transport)

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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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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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ENGLISH REGIONAL TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION

Mission Statement

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

 

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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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Guildford Borough Council

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Guildford Environmental Forum

About us

Guildford Environment Forum are a Surrey based charity with a 25 year long history. We work to make Guildford (and the world beyond) a more sustainable place by educating, informing, cutting energy use, reducing ecological footprints, helping wildlife and tackling climate change. We work on local government climate Change committees, and run various hands-on projects that generate action on the environment within our local community. 

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Membership & communications support

We are looking for a motivated volunteer, passionate about our natural environment, to contribute towards raising the profile of GEF’s work with the aim of growing our membership (310 currently), recruiting volunteers and making the most of our successes, especially our current projects.

 

Ideally, the candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

  • Experience of working with data bases and related software (we use membermojo)
  • Experience of updating and managing databases
  • Strong understanding of email marketing tools (e.g. MailChimp)
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

 

As the post is voluntary the specific responsibilities within the role will be negotiable, but would ideally include:

  • Supporting the GEF Membership Officer in monitoring and adapting our membership software (membermojo)
  • Regularly updating membermojo data base into mailchimp
  • Quarterly mailchimp to chase overdue subscriptions
  • Occasional one off mailchimps on GEF matters including membership
  • Attending quarterly meetings of the GEF executive committee (optional)

 

The minimum time commitment we are looking for would be 2-3 hours per week.

 

Specifics of the role will be negotiable, dependent on the applications received. All expenses will be covered, subject to executive committee approval.

If you are interested and able to volunteer for GEF in the above capacity then please do click on the "Fill in an Application" button and I will get back to you for a chat.

Adrian Thompson

21/10/21

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Guildford Mukono Link

Mission Statement

The Guildford Mukono (Uganda) Link was established in 2003 to foster an understanding between the communities of Guildford and Mukono. It is through friendship that we have found many ways of working together.

In Guildford, there are 10 Linked schools, Surrey University and individuals are involved in various projects. Some initiatives have arisen because a need has been identified, others have resulted from spontaneous ideas from chance meetings.  All are based on respect for each other’s culture and institutions.

We have an active committee of 10 people and have 200 supporters. There are regular visits to Mukono and reciprocal visits to Guildford.


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halow project (Guildford)

Mission Statement

To make a difference

About us

The halow project is a growing community-based charity, situated in Guildford, Surrey. We support young people, aged 16+, with a learning disability on their journey into adult life.

The young people we work with want the opportunity to:

  • Build relationships
  • Become part of the community
  • Find meaningful employment
  • Have a home of their own

We believe that the young people we support have the right to be part of and respected in their communities and are entitled to a life they choose in ways which best suit them. halow is committed to developing creative opportunities and removing social barriers.

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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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Museum of Farnham

Mission Statement

The Museum of Farnham is housed in Willmer House, a Grade I listed building with many original features and a delightful walled garden.

Here you can discover the tales of William Cobbett and George Sturt whilst marveling at the inventions of John Henry Knight. Over the years Farnham has been home to many artists and craftsmen and the Museum has a fine collection by local artists including Stephen Elmer, WH Allen, Harold Falkner and Sir John Verney, as well as Farnham Greenware.

Our local studies library is a treasure trove of information on Farnham which cannot be found anywhere else. We have maps, census data, parish records, electoral rolls, street directories, newspapers, a photographic archive and more.

The walled garden is a hidden treasure of Farnham, with a tranquil and serene feel year round. Our Garden Gallery is a popular venue and available for hire for parties, exhibitions, talks and much more.

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Painshill Park Trust (Cobham)

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Pewley Down Volunteers

Mission Statement

Pewley Down is your Local Nature Reserve, owned and managed by Guildford Borough Council.  Pewley Down is chalk grassland, renowned for its unusual flowers, and the butterflies which depend on these.

The volunteers work under the guidance of the countryside team.

We meet on the first Saturday of every month throughout the year, at 10:00, by the Pewley Hill entrance. Work parties go on till 1400. Drinks & biscuits provided. Volunteers should wear strong boots as the ground is uneven, with lots of rabbit holes. Participation by Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Candidates is encouraged. The main work is to keep the scrub under control, using saws, rakes and loppers. We also monitor plants and insects on site.

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Puttenham Barn

Mission Statement

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Puttenham Barn is run by a small environmental charity called Project Oasis North Downs (POND).

Its mission is to provide simple inexpensive overnight accommodation in a 250 year old barn, in an environmentally responsible way.

It is aimed at walkers, cyclists & people enjoying the surrounding beautiful countryside.

The Barn has many environmental features including solar panels (on its bike shed!), rainwater harvesting & local varieties of apple trees in the garden.

We aim to open at weekends, during school holidays and on as many other nights as we can between Easter & October.

 

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Rosamund Guildford Community Garden

Mission Statement

Our garden in the sweeping hills of the North Downs overlooking Guildford and its surrounding countryside are home to many species. We are working together with the Wildlife Trust and Guildford Environmental Forum, planting hedges and trees and we are currently planning to improve and extend our existing pond area to include a bog garden and boardwalk. In the food garden we grow a variety of flowers to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects, we also leave some areas wild which allows the wildflowers and grasses to undergo their natural life cycles and provide homes for the bugs, beetles and spiders that are the natural predators to many of the pest of cultivated food crops. We have incorporated permaculture principles into our garden to preserve the balance of nature and often use companion planting so we can manage pests without the need for the pesticides which are so commonly used elsewhere. Our no-dig methods and use of green manures maintain the soil integrity, allowing the vital mycellium to remain intact to transport sugars to the plants. In the meadows outside the food garden there are over 100 different species of plant like wild orchids. Many animals like Skylarks and other birds also live their lives and breed in the sky, ground, hedges, trees and meadows around the food garden. We have an active badger sett and regular fox visitors as well as hedgehogs and slow-worms.

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Sayers Croft Trust (Ewhurst)

Mission Statement

To provide an outdoor learning centre for use by schools and other groups at which an individuals' awareness of, and concern for, the natural environment is increased.

We aim to provide a safe and secure residential facility,offering quality first hand outdoor experiences through promoting;

Environmental appreciation and understanding

Social cohesion through shared experience

Individual self confidence and self awareness

Sustainability of the environments

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Surrey Arts Wardrobe (Guildford)

Mission Statement

The Surrey Arts Wardrobe is a theatrical costume hire department run by Surrey County Council. Initially set up in the late 1970s as a community resource housing costumes for various groups and schools the collection now all belongs to Surrey County Council and is available for hire.

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Surrey Care Trust - Swingbridge Community Project (Guildford)

Mission Statement

Tackle disadvantage, social exclusion and hardship in local communities and to help people improve their life chances. We will reach out to people to equip them with the skills to improve their economic situation, to reduce their social isolation and to convince them that they have a valuable contribution to make to society.

 

Amongst the ways this is achieved are:

 

Helping people to help themselves for the longer term by providing life-changing opportunities through education and training.

  • Running innovative programmes designed to keep disaffected and vulnerable young people in education, either at mainstream school or at one of our own learning centres, so that they achieve the skills and self-confidence they need for a successful and fulfilling life.
  • Offering second chance learning and training to people of all ages whose lack of skills limits their opportunities and leaves them economically vulnerable.
  • Making training and education programmes available to offenders and ex-offenders, both to improve their own life chances and to create safer communities by helping to reduce re-offending.


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Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

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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 Guildford Society

Mission Statement

Aims and Objectives

We are a registered charity whose volunteers aim to provide a forum for debate about the issues affecting our town and borough.

1/ We are interested in following issues that affect our town and surrounding area:

  • Conserving the best of Guildford Town, Urban Area, Villages and Countryside
  • Promoting high standards of planning and architecture
  • Influencing the pace and type of development for the future
  • Raising the public awareness on issues related to our Built Environment, Heritage and Future
  • Identifying, integrating and considering matters that impact across the borough e.g. Transport Flows.

2/ Our Scope

  • Geographically we concentrate on Guildford Town and Urban Area but maintain an active interest on major matters affecting the whole of the borough and beyond.
  • We recognise areas in the borough have active and effective local groups whose work we don’t wish to replicate.

3/ We have some key principles:

  • We recognise Guildford and environs will continue to develop and evolve to meet the needs of the population, and this needs to be managed.
  • Guildford should remain a proper town, not just a commuter town for London, so we need to support economic activity, our world class educational facilities, and provide a wide range of public facilities e.g. Theatres, Entertainment Venues, Galleries, Meeting Places, Public Realm etc.
  • The area needs to be ‘competitive’ with other South East areas in the Arc formed by Cambridge – Oxford – Guildford – Redhill - Ashford.
  • Guildford and environs should aspire to be a leader in preserving heritage assets and surrounding countryside whilst enabling vibrant and sensitive development.
  • Environment will be a key consideration including:
  • Measures to encourage modal transport shift, pollution reduction, reduction in traffic congestion.
  • Measures to encourage alternative energy, management/recycling of waste and flood protection.
  • The town and its surroundings need to be better linked in a sustainable manner, including making public transport accessible and attractive.
  • Guildford and environs should be a borough for all and thus should provide affordable accommodation for all age groups.
  • We will actively seek to collaborate with other relevant groups on matters of common interest.

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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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The Spike Heritage Centre (Guildford)

Mission Statement

To promote the benefit of the inhabitants of Charlotteville and the neighbourhood (hereinafter called ‘the area of benefit’) without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political or religious or other opinions, by associating together the said inhabitants and the local authorities, voluntary and other organisation in a common effort to advance education and provide facilities in the interest of social welfare for recreation and other leisure-time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants.

To establish or secure the establishment of a Community Centre and to maintain the same, whether alone or in co-operation with any local statutory authority or other person or body in furtherance of these objects.

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The Therapy Garden (Normandy)

Mission Statement

The Therapy Garden is a registered charity based in Normandy Village, consisting of one acre of community garden which is managed by a team of horticulturalists, staff and volunteers to provide gardening and horticulture therapy to the more vulnerable members of society. We provide practical horticulture therapy to adults and young people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and physical disabilities.

Our ‘Green School’, enables young people aged 14-19 with learning difficulties such as autism, Down’s Syndrome and Asperger’s to achieve a City & Guilds qualification “Skills for Working Life: Horticulture” in a safe and structured environment. Students are referred to us and funded by mainstream and specialist schools in Surrey and Hampshire and many have gone on to achieve a college place or ongoing employment.

The Therapy Garden is currently organising ‘taster days’ for other groups in the local community such as brain injury and stroke victims and Dementia sufferers and we are able to plan bespoke activities that are tailored to individual client needs.

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Waverley Borough Council-Parks & CountrySide

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