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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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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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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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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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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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Global Sight Solutions (Woking)

Mission Statement

Global Sight Solutions is a registered charity, based in Guildford, which provides free eye care to the world’s poorest by establishing eye hospitals in India, Africa and elsewhere. It is estimated that worldwide there are some 50 million poor people in need of this service. Global Sight Solution’s business plan ensures that each facility becomes financially self-sufficient, thereby ensuring that cataract operations, and the like, can be provided on an ongoing basis. Each hospital is administered by members of Rotary International which ensures transparency and accountability of every transaction. Rotary International provides grants for such humanitarian work and thus enables a cataract operation to be carried out for a donation of just £5 here in the UK!

Global Sight Solutions is the trademarked name of The Guildford Rotary Eye Project

 

Info: wwwglobalsightsolutions.org

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Green Hub Project for Teens

Mission Statement

The Green Hub Project for Teens is a local community project aimed at promoting the wellbeing of teenagers’ mental health through social and therapeutic horticulture.

In partnership with the GPs, schools, youth agencies and parents, we enable teen referrals to enjoy nature, while gardening alongside and interacting with our skilled volunteers and other teenagers.

Our goal is to achieve positive, measurable outcomes for teens’ mental wellbeing, self-love, active lifestyles, social interaction and inclusion, as well as the development and application of a range of useful life skills.

 

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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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Guildford Cathedral

Mission Statement

Guildford Cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese of Guildford, covering 500 square miles of Surrey, North east Hampshire, the London Borough of Kingston and a part of West Sussex. With a seating capacity of 1000, the Cathedral provides both focus and resource for the whole community, a venue for concerts, art and education, a place of pilgrimage, as well as stillness, prayer and daily choral worship.

Volunteers support the work and mission of the cathedral in friendly and convivial surroundings with interesting and like minded colleagues. 

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Guildford Environmental Forum

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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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Information Desk Volunteer

Zero is a new environmental hub in Guildford Town Centre.  The Guildford Environmental Forum will be operating a desk within the hub for people to find out about our work and how they can help make a difference to reducing the impact of climate change

 

As the post is a new one and voluntary the specific responsibilities will develop over time and recommendations to improve the role will be welcomed.

 

The role’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Welcoming visitors and introducing them to the GEF desk within the Zero.
  • Explaining how GEF operates and giving examples of how GEF and ZCG are working together to achieve their similar missions.
  • Giving further information about the various volunteering opportunities that GEF or ZCG can offer to those who wish to know. A display will be provided.
  • Helping visitors to understand their carbon footprint and reduce it helped by tactful suggestions.

 

What this role offers:

We are looking for a motivated volunteer, passionate about our natural environment, to contribute towards raising the profile of GEF (and ZCG’s) work. A lead volunteer will be appointed, to whom volunteers will be able to raise any queries.

 

Desirable skills, experience and qualities:

(Ideally, the candidate will possess at least some of the following skills, experience and qualities)

 

  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about GEF and ZCG and their projects, events and mission. Full training and supervision will be provided.
  • Enjoyment of communicating with members of the public who are curious to learn more about GEF and ZCG.
  • An aptitude for working as part of a team of like-minded volunteers.
  • A wish to support our drive for reducing climate emissions and/or stemming the loss of biodiversity near Guildford.
  • Good verbal communication skills.
  • Ideally, the ability to access the GEF website on a laptop and help those interested, who would like to join GEF on-line.

 

Membership Officer

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 (280 currently), recruiting volunteers and making the most of our successes, especially our current projects.

Ideally, you 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
  • Good copywriting and editorial skills
  • Experience in using 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 (optional)
  • Prepare all external communications including press releases, leaflets, events promotion so as to make GEF better known locally (reporting to the GEF Chair).
  • 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 over 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.  Reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. 

If you are interested and able to volunteer for GEF in the above capacity please fill in an application form and we will get back to you.

Posted                                21.10.2021

 

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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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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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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Heavens Road fm Catholic Radio (Guildford)

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to celebrate our Catholic Faith bt broadcasting a Catholic internet radio station with a wide mix of interesting and original programmes which showcase the creative talent within our Catholic community.

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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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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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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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Leukaemia Care

Mission Statement

Improving lives through earlier diagnosis, access to effective treatments, information and support

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Marie Curie Cancer Care

Mission Statement

Marie Curie Nurses are available in every village, town and city throughout the UK, caring for terminally ill patients who wish to die in comfortable and familiar surroundings at home with their families. Last year in Surrey, our nurses worked over 10,000 hours, through the night and day, caring for many local people. This comes at a cost to the charity of £20 for each hour a Marie Curie Nurse is in the home. This is why collections are so important to us.

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Fundraising Group

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Mary's Meals

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MS Society Surrey Group (Guildford)

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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Oxfam GB

Mission Statement

Oxfam is an international non-governmental organisation working with others to challenge inequality, overcome poverty and work with people to thrive, not just survive.

We share knowledge, evidence, and ideas from our experience and from our work in partnership. Practitioners, policy-makers, researchers, donors and academics are the key audiences for Policy & Practice.

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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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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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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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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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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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