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Artventure Trust Ltd (Merrow, Guildford)

Mission Statement

The Artventure Trust enables people with learning difficulties,physical & mental disabilities to explore the visual arts.  We aim to help vunerable people integrate into the community.  Working alongside practising artists & others with a variety of skills & experience, we combine to give a flexible & fun approach to the creative process.

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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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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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Farnham Community Farm

Mission Statement

Founded in 2008, Farnham Community Farm, previously known as Farnham Local Food, is a community-run project supported by volunteer labour. Our aim is to provide fresh, locally-grown vegetables for people in and around the Farnham area.

Here’s some of the things we are proud of:

•    We care about the environment and our produce has virtually no food miles.

•    Our vegetables are the freshest in town, usually picked on the same day they are collected.

•   Same day freshness guarantees our veg maintain valuable nutrients which are lost in mass produced supermarket veg that has travelled for miles to reach your table.

•    We can grow varieties purely for taste rather than transportability.

•    Although not certified, we use organic practices to grow our veg which means everything is free of pesticides.

•    All our members have the opportunity to actively help out with the scheme.

We currently have places within our scheme if you would like to buy produce weekly.  There are a three different sizes of veg share available at competitive prices, please refer to our weekly veg bag page for more information.

As with all community projects we always need more help in all areas of our scheme.  If you think FCF is something you may enjoy being part of then come along and see us. All ages, all abilities, everyone is welcome.  We hope to see you there.

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Farnham Swimming Baths Trust

Mission Statement

To benefit the inhabitants of Farnham and its neighbourhood by the provision and maintenance of an open space, including gardens.

Principal activity is the maintenance and enhancement of the Victoria Gardens in Farnham.

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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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halow project (Guildford)

Mission Statement

To make a difference

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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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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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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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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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Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People

Mission Statement

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

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Quick Response Memorial Woodland (Woking)

Mission Statement

 We are a registered charity created by a dedicated team of volunteers whose main purpose is to support and raise funds to assist ex-service personnel immediately when they find themselves in times of difficulty.  This is done by holding various events and the generous donations and goodwill of supporters. We run a memorial woodland which is lovingly tended to by our Founder and Chair, Paul ‘The Hat’ Cooling, and a team of volunteers. It is used by ex-soldiers, sailors and airmen and their families as a place of reflection and by local community groups and organisations like the cubs, scouts and schoolchildren to get closer to nature.

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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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Shooting Star Children's Hospices (Guildford)

Mission Statement

Shooting Star Children's Hospices is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

Whether lives are measured in days, weeks, months or years, we are here to make every moment count. We support families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.

Our bespoke support is free of charge to families and available 365 days a year. Our care service includes emergency respite care, symptom management and end-of-life care at Christopher's hospice in Guildford and a comprehensive range of therapies and support groups for the whole family at Shooting Star House in Hampton,

It costs £8 million a year just to maintain our current level of care and, with around 10% of our income coming from government funding, we rely on our supporters’ generosity to keep the service running. What’s more, we know there are many more families desperate for our vital support, so it’s crucial we raise more funds to provide more care.

We have volunteer opportunities at our hospices and at our shops.   Volunteers roles are very varied and include helping on reception, in the kitchen, housekeeping, gardening, pool watching, admin, fundraising, shops and at our events.

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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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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 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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The Woodlarks Centre (Farnham)

Mission Statement

 

“To provide the highest quality care and support for people with a range of disabilities in a warm and stimulating environment”

 

The Woodlarks Centre is a Care Home and Activity Day Centre situated in a beautiful rural area of Farnham, Surrey.

It supports a diverse community of individuals who have various physical or learning disabilities and impairments.

Founded in 1949, The Woodlarks Centre is a charitable trust with up to 22 residents who are encouraged to lead a varied and active social life and integrate into the local community. There is an extensive programme of both in house and external activities that the residents have the choice of participating in. A significant aspect of The Woodlarks Centre is the Activity Centre which offers a variety of therapeutic arts and crafts and is available at all times for the residents.

The home is spacious yet homely, with modern equipment enabling the residents to maintain their independence. There is a Doctors Surgery next door making it extremely convenient for residents medical appointments.

Between 2011 and 2013, The Woodlarks Centre underwent an extensive renovation project resulting in all the residents’ rooms being upgraded to include an en suite wet room, and the communal areas of the home have all benefited from upgrades and modernisation to suit the residents’ requirements.

The Woodlarks Centre is regulated by the Care Quality Commission.

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Watts Gallery - Artists' Village (Compton)

Mission Statement

Watts Gallery is one of the most beautiful small galleries in Europe and was shortlisted for the prestigious Art Fund Prize for Museums and Galleries in 2012 having been showcased on BBC Restoration Village. Showcasing the works of the eminent victorian artist G.F. Watts it also hosts an exciting programme of exhibitions and events.

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Woodlands and Hillbrow Ltd (Farnham)

Mission Statement

Woodlands and hillbrow were set up as a family care homes. We now have a day centre specialising in dementia and a nursing home called Hill House.  The homes are all run along the same core principle of dignity, respect, courage and caring people as though they are our own family.

Once residents come to live with us we want them to have the best possible quality of life and it to be the last time they ever have to move. In order to achieve this we need volunteers to help us.

I cannot stress the importance of this time in peoples lives, once we have done something it can never be put right, so we try to make it as good as possible at the end of their life.

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