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- Zero Carbon Guildford

If you are concerned about the environment, want to make a difference but don't know how then volunteering with ZERO is a good place to start.  We run a town centre hub which acts as the focal point for building a community led climate action plan. ZERO hosts a wide range of projects and events, installations and exhibitions, talks and workshops, and lots more, to help drive engagement in climate action. We are always looking for people who are able to volunteer on a regular basis to help us operate.   We  have a number of different roles within the community hub so if you are interested in helping out then we would love to hear from you

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 operates a Community Hub, in the centre of Guildford, to enable the community to come together to tackle these issues.  

The Hub includes a café, houses our many projects  and showcases ways local people can make changes to help Guildford's journey towards a zero-carbon future. 

 

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Outreach Volunteer

Could you be our new Outreach Volunteer?

Does this sound like you?

  • You're a self starter and can give at least two hours a week over the next six months
  • You're confident speaking to, and in front of, a wide range of people
  • You have a passion for a more sustainable future and agree with Zero Carbon Guildford's charitable objectives

What you would do:

  • You'd be on the look out for outreach opportunities for Zero to get involved in e.g. Great Big Green Week, local fairs and events etc.
  • You'd liaise with our operations team to agree the goals of each event
  • You'd co-ordinate our fabulous volunteers at our outreach events
  • You'd represent Zero at the events 

If you are interested in finding out more fill in the application form.

We look forward to hearing from you

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Abbeyfield Pirbright & District Society Ltd

Mission Statement

Located in the heart of the village of Pirbright, Cunningham House offers a home to nine older independent individuals. 

Part of the Abbeyfield Society, we exist to help those who have come to the stage in their lives when living alone becomes a daunting and isolating experience. 

Cunningham House enables residents to maintain their independence in the comfort and privacy of their own ensuite room, with the opportunity to enjoy the company of others over delicious home cooked meals and social activities. 

We have three paid members of staff, and a friendly and involved volunteers serving as committee members, gardeners and visitors. 

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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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Brigitte Trust

Mission Statement

The Brigitte Trust is a Queen's Award registered charity offering a free service of emotional support and practical help.  The service is normally offered face-to-face in the home supporting people and their carers when a life-threatening illness such as Cancer or Motor Neurone Disease has been diagnosed. Currently, and since first lockdown, our volunteers are offering telephone support, though in time we hope to return to the home visiting for which we are widely known. The Brigitte Trust is a trusted partner of Surrey County Council and over 400 referrals have been received from Community Responders throughout Surrey.  More volunteers are needed now to support people who have received a late diagnosis or delayed treatment. 

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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.

 

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Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards

Mission Statement

Buckinghamshire and Surrey County Council Trading Standards Service aims to create an environment of confident consumers and trusted traders by providing advice and guidance to consumers and businesses. However there will be occasions when a range of different actions may be necessary to deal with cases where trading standards laws have been breached by businesses or others. Our work, campaigns and projects can be found on the Business and consumers page: http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/business-and-consumers/trading-standards

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CAFOD

Mission Statement

Our network of offices works with the Catholic community in England & Wales to raise funds and awareness of global poverty and injustice through parishes, schools and networks - working with thousands of volunteers and supporters.

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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.

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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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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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Creative Response Arts (Ltd) (Farnham)

Mission Statement

Creative Response is a small local charity offering arts-based workshops for people experiencing mental health, learning and physical difficulties. 

 

In our central Farnham studio, practising artists work collaboratively with members from across Surrey and surrounding areas, guiding and facilitating the creation of paintings, drawings, sculpture and ceramics. 

 

We are passionate advocates of the benefits of the arts for mental health and well-being, and our team are proud to have been serving the community for over 25 years. 

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Dan Eley Foundation, The (Godalming)

Mission Statement

The goal of The Dan Eley Foundation is to create a supportive environment where disadvantaged young children are given the opportunity to try a range of technical and vocational skills and to provide them with the professional training they need to obtain legitimate employment.

It is our aim to be recognized as a charity that helps young people to help themselves and ultimately achieve true independence.

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Green Hub Project for Teens

Like all community organisations, volunteers sit at the heart of what we do, so naturally we are really keen to talk to you if you have an interest in teenagers, mental health, or gardening. Or even all three!

Of course, spending time in the garden with our teenage volunteers is super important but there are other roles too, depending on your skills – we’ve listed some key roles that we are currently hoping to fill below. Whether it’s one of these, or something else you’d be interested in doing with us, your first step is to complete the simple form and we will be in touch with you to discuss the options.

 

Mission Statement

The Green Hub Project for Teens is a local community project serving Surrey & Hampshire and surrounding areas. It supports young people (11-18) facing social, emotional and mental health challenges, along with their families and carers. In addition, Green Hub works to promote awareness and understanding of mental health and emotional wellbeing for young people in the broader community.

Green Hub’s purpose is to achieve positive, measurable outcomes for teen mental health, including self-love, active lifestyles, social interaction and inclusion, as well as the development and application of a range of learned skills. Green Hub achieves this through its Teen Garden  social prescribing programme, talks and support groups within the local community, along with sharing useful information via the website.

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Guildford Environmental Forum

Would you like to help make Guildford a more sustainable community? 

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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Marketing and Communications Officer - Guildford Environmental Forum

 

 

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 (200 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 working in the field of communications and marketing
  • Experience of updating and managing webpages
  • Strong understanding of social media platforms and management tools (e.g. Hootsuite); and of email marketing tools (e.g. MailChimp)
  • Good verbal communication skills with the ability to build positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
  • Good copywriting and editorial skills
  • Competence with digital graphic design programmes such as Photoshop, InDesign or similar

 

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

  • Managing social media accounts, posting up-to-date information on our activities to promote events and membership
  • Attending quarterly meetings of the GEF executive committee
  • Lead on the presentation of all external communications including press releases, leaflets, events promotion so as to make GEF better known locally.
  • Identifying and pursuing new opportunities to advertise our activities through local publications, radio, partners or events
  • Work alongside existing volunteers to maintain the GEF website and help with producing a quarterly newsletter, which is read by about 1,000 in the area.

 

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 and a modest budget will be available for worthwhile marketing and communication endeavours, subject to executive committee approval.

 

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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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Guildford Talking Newspaper

Mission Statement

Hello there!
We are a friendly bunch who record the local newspaper (The Surrey Advertiser) for the visually impaired.

Each week, we send recordings to people in Guildford and Waverley.

We are looking for reliable helpers to join small teams undertaking one of three roles. These are:-

a) Admin tasks
b) Reading aloud or
b) Recording activities (using a lap top computer)

** Hope to hear from you **

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Guildford Twinning Association

What does the Guildford Twinning Association do?

Guildford Twinning Association is a voluntary group which supports the town twinning of Guildford with the beautiful city of Freiburg in Southwest Germany. We promote international friendship, understanding and co-operation. We do this by:

  • helping people in both towns to learn about each other and make friends
  • supporting/managing exchanges: schools, sport, arts, music, social
  • helping people in both towns to work together
  • running events: social, arts, educational, fund-raising

See our website at guildfordtwinning.uk

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Haslemere & District Scouts

Mission Statement

Our aim is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.

The method of achieving the aim of the association is by providing an enjoyable and attractive scheme of progressive training, based on the scout promise and law and guided by adult leadership and to have loads of FUN doing it!

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Healthwatch Surrey (Guildford)

Mission Statement

Healthwatch Surrey is an independent champion that gives the people of Surrey a voice to improve, shape and get the best from health and social care services by empowering local people and communities.

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Homes for Farnham

Mission Statement

At this very early stage of the project Homes for Farnham consists of a small group of people, who care about Farnham, the future of the town and the people in it. As individuals we are rooted in the Farnham community and have set up Homes for Farnham as a not-for-profit voluntary organisation for local people to learn about Community-Led Housing and how this new approach is able to build affordable homes. We’ve been inspired by other community housing groups elsewhere who have successfully completed projects providing affordable homes fully accountable to local communities. We are developing Homes for Farnham as a local housing hub to which anyone living or working in the Farnham district who faces housing issues is invited to join and share their experience

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Home-Start Guildford

Mission Statement

Parents Supporting Other Parents - a simple idea that really works!

Home-Start Guildford has been supporting local families across the Guildford Borough for over 25 years. 

We're a non-judgemental organisations that helps any parent who is struggling, for any reason. Some of those reasons may include; multiple births, mental health, an abusive partner, isolation, mental or physical handicap, or the pressure that loss of employment brings to a family.

 

What we do

Our charity provides a preventative service that aims to support families who are struggling by offering regular volunteer support to parents with at least one child under the age of 5, usually referred to us by Health Visitors.

We provide one-to-one support for parents:
Our volunteers visit the family’s home for a couple of hours every week.  They tailor-make their support to the needs of the parents and children. Volunteers are very committed and will keep visiting until the youngest child turns five or starts school, or until the parents feel they can stand on their own two feet.  Parents and volunteers often develop a deeply trusting relationship which can lead to powerful change within the family.

We also run two family groups for referred families, one in the Pirbright Community Centre and the other in the Guildford Family Group, Hazel Avenue.

 

Our values

  • We offer families choice
  • We work in partnership - with each other, with families and with other agencies,
  • We work in a spirit of openness, encouragement and enjoyment
  • We are flexible and responsive to the needs of families.

 

Volunteering Opportunities 

There are several ways that you can help in a voluntary capacity:

  • by supporting a family as a home-visiting volunteer
  • by helping at one of our Family Groups
  • by joining the Trustee Board
  • by becoming a Friend of Home-Start Guildford

Please see the volunteer roles listed for more detail.

 

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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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Jigsaw (South East)

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Leonard Cheshire Disability Hydon Hill (Godalming)

Mission Statement

Hydon Hill is a residential home (with nursing care), providing a range of services for adults with physical disabilities. Ages range from late teens to retirement age.

Set in the beautiful Surrey Hills AONB, our home was purpose-built in the 1970s and is surrounded by peaceful woodland. The scenic and historic town of Godalming is just a short drive away - it offers many useful amenities, including excellent shops, restaurants and pubs.

Our residents make sure their home has a lively atmosphere. At their request, we offer lots of activities in the home, including arts and crafts, games, cooking, and movie-watching. We also have a lovely garden and our own charity shop on site ( - donations and shoppers always welcome between 11.00 and 3.00 pm).

Our fully-trained staff work hard to ensure everyone is happy in their home. We support our residents to be independent and to take part in community activities as they wish.

The internationally known Leonard Cheshire Organisation has been offering residential care to people with long term disabilities for over 70 years. Join our team and you will have a wealth of experience and expertise to work with.

Whether you join us for 1 hour a month or multiple hours per week, you will be much valued by our residents and greatly rewarded by knowing you are making such a valuable contribution.

Thank you for your interest.

 

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Mary's Meals

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MS Society Surrey Group

Mission Statement

Our vision
A world free from the effects of MS.
Our mission
To enable everyone affected by MS to
live life to their full potential and secure the
care and support they need, until we
ultimately find a cure.

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Muscular Dystrophy UK

Mission Statement

Our Vision

Our vision is a world with effective treatments and cures for all muscle-wasting conditions, and no limits in life for individuals and families affected.

Our Mission

We are the UK charity for individuals and families living with muscle-wasting conditions.

  • We support research to drive the development of effective treatments and cures.
  • We ensure access to specialist NHS care and support.
  • We provide services and promote opportunities to enable individuals and their families to live as independently as possible.
  • We know we can beat muscle-wasting conditions more quickly if we work together. We are uniting skills, knowledge and resources in the UK and working with others around the world so we can improve the quality of life for the people affected, and to bring cures closer to reality.
Our Values
  • We care: we care about everyone affected by muscle-wasting conditions.
  • We are inclusive: we are working to ensure there is support and treatment for everyone living with muscle-wasting conditions in the UK.
  • We are collaborative: we work in partnership across the UK and internationally to maximise our impact.
  • We are focused on results: everything we do is designed to improve the quality of life for individuals and families; we won’t stop until effective treatments and cures are found for all muscle-wasting conditions.
  • We are determined: we have been leading the fight against muscle-wasting conditions for over 50 years and are unwavering in our commitment to unite resources and achieve our vision.

Help us achieve our vision on behalf of everyone in the UK living with muscle-wasting conditions.

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Parkinson's UK, Guildford

Mission Statement

Our core values show the way we all work together to bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson's.

  • People-first

We're a strong movement for change, informed, shaped and powered by people affected by Parkinson's. We value and support each other. 

  • Uniting

We're people with Parkinson's, scientists and supporters, fundraisers and families, carers and clinicians. We're working, side by side, to improve the lives of everyone affected by Parkinson's.

  • Pioneering

We innovate across everything we do. Creative, courageous and with pioneering spirit, we strive to continually improve. 

  • Driven

We live and breathe our purpose. We set clear goals and strive to deliver the greatest impact for everyone affected by Parkinson's.

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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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Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

Mission Statement

Home


Rainbow Trust provides emotional and practical support for families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.

 This support comes from Family Support Workers who perform a role most people couldn’t imagine.  They maintain a sense of normality for the family by helping with hospital trips, performing household duties, taking the siblings to school and in many cases providing care during the final stages of a child’s life, helping with funeral arrangements and bereavement support.

Rainbow Trust has nine care teams across England in Surrey, North East London and Essex, Central London, West London, County Durham, Cumbria, Manchester, Swindon and Southampton. Last year they supported 1,361 families.

Rainbow Trust's vision is that one day all terminally ill children and their families will have access to a Rainbow Trust Carer.

 

Event Volunteer-Rainbow Trail- Hatchlands House-29 May 2024

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Royal Surrey Charity (Guildford)

Our mission

We are working to deliver exceptional care in a welcoming and safe environment for patients at Royal Surrey Hospital.

From providing state of the art equipment and redeveloping wards, to investing in staff development and funding innovative research, our patients are at the heart of everything we do.

Working collaboratively with medical and support staff, we fund projects that make the biggest impact on the 260,000 people we treat each year – from babies, to children and young adults, to older people.

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RSPCA Guildford and Epsom Branch

At this time all large gatherings are still banned, and so we are pausing all fundraising activities we had planned. 

In addition we are currently unable to train new home visitors or visit the homes of potential fosterers.

This is an incredibly difficult time for us across the RSPCA, and we appreciate your ongoing support and understanding. We are very fortunate to have a loyal and caring volunteer team, and we thank you for all the time and energy you donate to helping animals.

 

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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Skillway

Mission Statement

Skillway trains young people in manual craft skills to give them a better future with ongoing employment opportunities. 

INSPIRE -  CREATE -   FULFIL  - SUCCEED

Skillway is based in the Old Chapels in Deanery Road, Godalming.  The young people are usually aged 14 to 16 or 17.  They come for one day per week, on recommendation of their school.

We have an excellent employed Workshop Manager and two employed tutors, but most skills are taught by volunteers who have specific craft skills, aided by other volunteers who can give skilled and/or pastoral support.

The main skills offered are Woodworking,   Metalwork & basic engineering,   Practical motor mechanics,  stone carving,   creative arts including jewellery making and working with glass.

 

 

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Smart Cranleigh

Mission Statement

SMART Cranleigh is a village initiative focused on promoting good quality of life for local people by enabling local organisations to work together more effectively. We aim to support community led projects that make a positive difference to the lives of local people. Our vision is to help local people connect with their community and empower them to find the local support they want. We are non-political, non-denominational and non-governmental.

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Surrey Community Action

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Surrey Hills Society

Mission Statement

Surrey Hills Society - Discover and help conserve our National landscape The Surrey Hills Society is an independent charity formed 15 years ago.  It promotes the positive enjoyment and care of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is in the course of being rebranded as one of the UK’s National Landscapes. We encourage those who live, work in, or visit the area to explore and learn about the special qualities and distinctiveness of the area.  The Society also uses its extensive network to actively promote the conservation and enjoyment of the Surrey Hills.

In June 2019 the Society was presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service which is the highest award for volunteer groups to recognise outstanding work done in their communities and is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary organisations.

Our mission is summarised by four words: Conserve, Inspire, Educate and Enjoy.

For further information visit our website.

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The Cedar House Support Group

Mission Statement

The Cedar House Support Group is for women who are experiencing postnatal depression. The group provides a safe and supportive environment where mothers can get together with others who may be feeling similar to themselves. This helps their recovery by normalising feelings and reducing the sense of isolation that postntal depression can bring.

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The Cheryl King Trust

Helping financially disadvantaged young people to make music

CKT believes no young person should be precluded from taking music lessons because either their parents cannot afford them or they are not inspired to take up lessons.  

 

We help fund music lessons for financially disadvantaged children and young people in Surrey whatever their level of musical development and tries to level the music playing field by funding inspirational performances to encourage children to take up instruments in schools where historically take up has been low.   

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Time to Share

Mission Statement

Building Healthy Communities Together

Timebanking is a way for people to come together to help others and help themselves at the same times. Participants 'deposit' their time in the Time Bank by giving practical help and support to others and are able to withdraw their time when they need something done themselves.

Timebanking is open to people of all ages, abilities, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. 

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Wey & Arun Canal Trust

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Woking Community Furniture Project

Mission Statement

We aim to reduce landfill by collecting and selling donated goods. We provide support and development for volunteers on "back to work" programmes and we provide low cost goods to help those on low income.

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