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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. 

 

Volunteer with Zero

Community Fridge Volunteer

A community fridge makes use of surplus food from supermarkets to make sure it reaches people who can use it rather than have it go to landfill.  In partnership with Mid Surrey Community Fridges we  operate a community fridge from ZERO in the centre of Guildford. The fridge is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings and relies on volunteers to keep it running, so please get in touch today if you can help with this incredibly worthwhile project. 

There are two ways you can help: 

Inside Zero:

  • Ensuring the fridge is kept clean, tidy and that all food is handled correctly.
  • Helping to serve customers and talk to them about environmental issues
  • Clearing left over food at the end of a session

Or, as a collector picking the food up from local supermarkets and delivering it to ZERO.  This role requires you to have your own car and will involve some heavy lifting

 

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Arthouse Unlimited (Godalming)

Mission Statement

ARTHOUSE Unlimited is a charity that proudly showcases the talents of artists living with learning and physical disabilities. Our inclusive art sessions provide a safe and collaborative space where artists can express themselves freely among peers and the community.



Our goal is to empower each artist by recognizing and respecting each person's unique skills, fostering a sense of pride in the work created. Led by experienced art instructors and supported by trained inclusion officers, our studio environment allows artists to produce both group and individual artworks.



These artworks are transformed into a range of products featuring information about the artists and our charity. They are sold in our high street shop and distributed nationally and internationally through various channels.

Artist holding bright coloured box of Sunshine at the Seaside, All Butter Hebridean Shortbread

Through our beneficiary award scheme, we offer individual developmental and financial support to the artists without affecting personal benefit systems. Whilst we gratefully receive donations, our ultimate aim is to achieve full sustainability through the income generated by sales, ensuring the continuity of our mission to empower artists with disabilities through art.

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Bike Project Surrey

We'd love to hear from you if you're interested in fixing and riding bikes and passing those skills on to others. We are also looking for volunteers who have experience working with young people.

Mission Statement

Who is Bike Project Surrey for?

Students not in school come to us for work experience, to learn about bikes and get an industry recognised qualification in Bicycle Care and Maintenance so that they have choices when they leave school.

People in the local community not in work, training or education can come to us to learn about bikes, get work experience and we become a positive part of their routine and life.

Volunteers support students, adults or just work on bikes – because they love bikes too.

Everyone who becomes part of Bike Project Surrey Team contributes to the welcoming and inclusive approach so that people feel good and that they belong at Bike Project Surrey.

Vision

  • Everyone in the community has the chance to learn about bikes and how to look after them in an environment that is inclusive, welcoming and happy so that people feel valued and that they belong.
  • Affordable bikes for the community to buy and use to travel, be healthy, fit and happy.
  • Affordable bike service available to the community so that their bikes stay on the road.
  • Bikes and parts recycled so that they do not contribute to landfill or pollute the environment. Riding bikes means you’re not driving.

Mission

We will provide learning opportunities around bikes for everyone – but especially for young people and adults who are not in education, employment or training. We will offer this through our Alternative Provision and adult placements.

This will be successful because Bike Project Surrey workshops are positive, happy and inclusive places to work and be with others. A shared interest and love of bikes means that while people are at Bike Project Surrey they will meet and learn skills and values from others who they might not otherwise have met.

The bikes we work on will be make made for everyone in the community as affordable recycled bikes for getting about on and keeping fit and healthy. This will also contribute an income to support the vision.

Students, adults and volunteers will be offered industry recognised qualifications, work experience and chance to ‘earn a bike’.

So Bike Project Surrey will…

  • Offer access to learning and skills in the local community though partnership with Guildford College
  • Provide a range of volunteering opportunities in an inclusive, non-judgemental and supportive environment
  • Create opportunities to develop new skills to enhance employability
  • Encourage skill-sharing and independence, where new skills are learned in a way that is empowering for all
  • Involve volunteers in setting-up a new business and inspire the creation of other similar initiatives
  • Promote access to cycling as an affordable and sustainable transport option
  • Divert bicycles and their parts from recycling and landfill
  • Encourage healthy lifestyles

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British Red Cross - Godalming Shop

Mission Statement

About the British Red Cross

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in theUKand abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

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British Red Cross Charity Shops

Mission Statement

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

 

We have approximately 320 retail outlets in the UK and represent a significant fundraising arm of the British Red Cross. The shops generate a lot of much-needed income and are a great way to raise the profile of the charity on the high street. Close to 7 million people visit our shops every year, spending over £25 million in our shops.

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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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Catalyst (Guildford)

Mission Statement

Catalyst is a non-profit organisation working with people who are dealing with issues stemming from drug and alcohol misuse and mental health.

Guildford-based for over 30 years, we work throughout Surrey and its borders in partnership with a wide variety of statutory and non-statutory organisations and bodies to provide support.

Kindness Integrity, Commitment

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Cherry Trees (East Clandon)

Cherry Trees supports some of the most vulnerable children in Surrey, as well as their families. Our home from home respite care is a lifeline to over 100 families. As a volunteer, you can be part of the Cherry Trees community, making a difference every single day. 

Mission Statement

Our purpose

To be a force for good by transforming lives through exceptional home from home care for children with all disabilities and their families.

Our Vision

Our doors will always be open to families in need throughout the South East, by being a much loved and supported charity.

Our Values

Our aim at Cherry Trees is to offer the opportunity to children with learning and physical disabilities, most of which are severe, to enhance their quality of life by providing a safe, home-like environment whilst also providing their parents with a meaningful break.

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Furniturelink (Merrow)

Mission Statement

 Furniturelink Guildford, site logo.

 

Surrey Reuse Network is a group of six social enterprise charities working together in partnership to reduce landfill and help their communities by providing affordable furniture for all throughout Surrey.

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Girlguiding Surrey West - Herons Wey (Farnham)

If you love the outdoors and would like young people to get the chance to enjoy it too, then welcome to Herons Wey.  Herons Wey is a 52 acre campsite in Tilford owned by Girlguiding Surrey West since 1977.  Completely run by volunteers, we are looking for as much help as we can find to maintain and improve what we offer.  We look forward to meeting you.

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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New Ashgate Gallery

Mission Statement

The New Ashgate Gallery Trust is a charity specialising in the curation and promotion of arts and craft. Established in 1959, NAG has supported emerging artists and encouraged participation in community through free exhibitions, craft workshops and professional practice seminars.

We curate more than 20 annual exhibitions with some of the best artists working on painting, print, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, glass and wood.  

Gallery/Charity/Family Crafts Volunteering & Industry Placements

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Oxfam Books - Cranleigh

Mission Statement

For life without poverty, for everyone, for good. 

Oxfam saves lives in disasters. We get clean water running, help people earn a living, grow food and send children to school. We stand up for the rights of women everywhere. And we speak out against injustices that keep people poor. With your help we fight poverty now - and beat it for good. 

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Oxfam Godalming

Mission Statement

Oxfam is a global movement of people working towards a world without poverty. And we won't rest until we get the job done.

We respond fast in emergencies, and stay to help people rebuild their lives. We work on long-term projects with communities determined to shape a better future for themselves. And we campaign for genuine, lasting change.

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Oxfam Guildford High Street

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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Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care

Mission Statement

Mission, goals and values

 

Mission statement

To give excellent specialist care and support to patients and families living with life limiting illnesses, and through training, empower other healthcare professionals to do the same.

Strapline

... because every day is precious

Goals

Patient care: To offer a choice and range of specialist services in the Hospice, in the home and in the community

Financial security: To secure sustainable income to allow us to continue to provide and develop our services to patients free at the point of delivery

Staff and volunteer experience: To ensure we are a skilled and motivated team of staff and volunteers who take pride in working for the Hospice

Centre of excellence: To deliver best practice care, specialist training to healthcare professionals and ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements

Environment: To provide a place that is welcoming, safe, secure and well-maintained

Independence: To maintain our status as a self-governing and independent charity whilst working in partnership with others

Values

  • Putting the patient first
  • Treating all people equally with respect, dignity and understanding
  • Using our skills, resources and time wisely
  • Fostering a culture of continuous learning
  • Ensuring workplace health and safety and promoting personal well being
  • Commitment to working in productive and valued partnerships
  • Acting with honesty, integrity and in the best interests of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

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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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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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Shooting Star Children's Hospices (Guildford)

Shooting Star Children's Hospices are looking for volunteers to help with a variety of different roles, at Christopher's our hospice in Guildford, in our shops in Guildford and Godalming High Streets.  Volunteers are an integral part of the charity and provide a chance to support children, young people and their families in the local community.

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 £10 million a year just to maintain our current level of care and, with around 30% 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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Sime gallery CIO

Mission Statement

Sidney Herbert Sime (1865-1941), Sime Gallery at Worplesdon Memorial Hall GU3 3RF.

A talented illustrator, oil painter, landscapes and caricatures of the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Sime Gallery is a unique collection of 800 pieces of his work. He lived from 1904-1941 in Worplesdon and after his widow Mary's death in 1949 his works were bequeathed to the trustees of Worplesdon Memorial Hall. Today, the collection is known as Sime Gallery, a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO). The objective is to preserve the collection and make it available for the public to view.

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The Blue Cross, Farnham

Mission Statement

We find happy homes for abandoned or unwanted pets, and we keep pets healthy by promoting welfare and providing treatment.

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The Welcome Project

Mission Statement

Our aim and mission 

Unlocking potential and supporting people to overcome life challenges.

One in 4 of us experience mental health problems every year. We believe that nobody should face mental health problems on their own, experience stigma or discrimination. We all have the right to be well both mentally and physically. 

 

What we do

We provide services and support that focuses on people’s needs to regain their power and strength, lead a well-balanced life, maintain and increase their feeling of well-being. We accept referrals from GPs, CMHRSs and other charities, service providers. And people can self-refer as well.

 

Why we do it

We all feel less than fine at some time in our lives and often we can feel lonely, stressed, bored or at our wits end. We are not medics, not trying to sell you anything and not on a mission to convert you, we are just genuinely interested in making your world a better place.

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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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Woking Hospice

Hi we are currently looking for some assistance from volunteers with kitchen experience to assist in the making food for our patients 

Mission Statement

To be a centre of excellence delivering specialist palliative care, from the heart of North West Surrey, to people with life limiting illnesses and support to those important to them. To continually improve by gaining, sharing and applying knowledge. To raise both an awareness of our activities and the funds to deliver them.

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