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3rd Farnham Scout Group

Mission Statement

Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.

The Values of Scouting
As Scouts we are guided by these values:
Integrity - We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal.
Respect - We have self-respect and respect for others.
Care - We support others and take care of the world in which we live.
Belief - We explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes.
Co-operation - We make a positive difference; we co-operate with others and make friends.

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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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Ash Citizens Advice Bureau

Mission Statement

To give advice and information on a wide range of subjects including welfare benefits, employment law, housing, consumer rights, family law, debt management etc.  Our service is free, impartial, confidential and independent.  We answer enquiries by personal interview, letter, phone or, where needed, home visit.  We negotiate, when appropriate, on behalf of our clients with third parties.

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Barnardo's South East Regional Office

Mission Statement

Barnardo's vision is that the lives of all children and young people should be free from poverty, abuse and discrimination.

 

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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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Cherry Trees (East Clandon)

Mission Statement

Our Vision

 

Cherry Trees aims to be a model of excellence in respite care for children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities.

Cherry Trees aims to provide a high quality service of respite care to children in a relaxed and caring setting.

 We believe that every child is an individual with the right to enjoy a normal pattern of life within the community, appropriate to his/her age.

 Although we support individual learning programmes for each child and follow through with all programmes that are being implemented at home or school, we do not provide a structured educational system as we believe we are a “home from home” where children can relax and play.

 We advocate respect, dignity, freedom of choice and privacy for each child.  We believe in the principle of  Child First, Disability Second.

 We respect and acknowledge the role of parents/carers and the challenges they face in nurturing the potential in the child or young adult in their care.

  

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Concordia International Volunteers

Mission Statement

“Fostering cross-cultural understanding and friendship by providing young people with quality opportunities for international volunteering, work experience, education and training”

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Cranleigh Riding for Disabled

Mission Statement

Through the commitment of volunteers, RDA enables people with disabilites to ride to benefit their health and well being and to achieve their goals 

Riding offers a degree of independence that many disabled people cannot have in their daily life.
 
There are also medical advantages - the warmth and three dimensional movement of the horse is transmitted through the rider's body, gradually making it more relaxed and supple, reducing spasticity and improving balance, posture and co-ordination. The movement of the pelvis influences the lumbar region and is transferred up the spine thus encouraging control of the trunk and head. Riding a horse makes mobility possible.  From the elevated position on its back, riders have an opportunity to see more than would otherwise be possible for them. The experience our riders gain through the contact they have with our ponies also helps to create a great sense of achievement and confidence. We hope that this will, in turn, make their lives easier and more fulfilled.

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Creative Response Arts (Ltd) (Farnham)

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Crossroads Care Surrey

Mission Statement

Crossroads Care Surrey is the leading charity providing respite breaks to carers in the county. A 'carer' is someone who looks after a relative or friend with a significant health condition or disability, ranging from an older person with dementia to a child with cerebral palsy.

Our aim is to give carers some precious time for themselves by providing them with regular breaks from their caring responsibilities.

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Dementia Friends - Alzheimers Society

Mission Statement

Dementia Friends is a national initiative that is being run by Alzheimer's Society. It's funded by the government, and aims to improve people's understanding of dementia and its effects. Alzheimer's Society is working with lots of volunteers and other organisations to achieve this goal. Because, together, we can create dementia friendly communities

Make life better for people with dementia - People with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community. Dementia Friends is giving people an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do that can make a difference to people living with dementia - from helping someone find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia.

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Family Voice Surrey

Mission Statement

Family Voice Surrey champions the needs and rights of SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) families in Surrey: families with children or young adults up to the age of 25 who have special educational needs, chronic illnesses, including mental health conditions, or disabilities.

 

The role of Parent Carer Forums is recognised in the Children and Families Act 2014, providing a platform for us in Surrey as the official voice of parent carers of children and young people with additional needs. We gather parent carers’ views and experiences of local SEND services, and work with families and representatives from the local authority, local schools, and health to improve services and drive change. We also build strong relationships with other Surrey-based organisations working in different ways to support children and young people with additional needs.

 

 

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FISH - Guildford Borough Council (Guildford)

Guide Dogs

Mission Statement

Our vision

We will not rest until people who are blind and partially sighted can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.

Our purpose

We will deliver a world class guide dog service as part of a range of mobility services, and work to break down barriers to ensure people who are blind and partially sighted can get out and about on their own terms.

Our values

The beliefs that guide the entire organisation:

  • Dedicated to superior quality
  • Always trustworthy
  • Inclusive and embracing
  • Customer focused
  • Maximising impact
  • Passionate and determined

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Guildford Walking for Health

Mission Statement

The Walking for Health national programme is run by the Ramblers and their goal is that everyone will have access to a short, free and friendly health walk within easy reach of where they live, to help them become and stay active, and we couldn't do this without all the amazing volunteers that make our health walks possible. 

From volunteer walk leaders and assistants, volunteers do a fantastic job in supporting and developing the Walking for Health initiative. I'd love for you to be a part of that too!

Guildford Walking for Health currently has five walk groups in Guildford. The groups are: Boxgrove, Mondays from Boxgrove Park shops; Worplesdon, Tuesdays from Worplesdon Place; Shalford, Wednesdays from the Seahorse Inn Shalford; Shere, Thursdays from the Shere Recreation car park; Whitmoor, Fridays from the Jolly Farmer car-park, Whitmoor Common. 

The health walks are aimed at people recovering from illness, or people wanting to get a bit more active. Aug 2020: We are hoping to start walks for people with disabilities, in wheelchairs or using disability scooters, and we need another 10 volunteers to help with this.

Leading walks is a fun way of giving something back to your local community. You will make new friends and discover lovely outdoor places. 

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halow project (Guildford)

Mission Statement

To make a difference

About us

The halow project is a charity committed to supporting young people (16-35) with a learning disability to have the same life choices and chances as any other young person.

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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Happy Mondays Club (Guildford)

Mission Statement

Happy Mondays Club is a group of young people with learning difficulties. We meet every Monday 7-9pm at Millmead Centre, Guildford, Surrey.

We do all sorts of things from music to cookery, outings to drama, dance, sport and games.

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Hart Voluntary Action (Fleet)

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Haslemere Hard of Hearing Support Group

Mission Statement

 Advice ,practical help & support for people with hearing aids & hearing difficulties in the Haslemere area.

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Headway Surrey (Guildford)

Mission Statement

Headway Surrey supports people with head injuries, their families and carers, and promotes understanding of the implications of head injury throughout Surrey.

 

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Home-Start in Waverley

Mission Statement

What we do

Home-Start helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. The benefits of our support include improved health and well being and better family relationships.

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 social events for families.

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.

Why it matters

The five years between birth and school are vital for a child’s development. What goes on inside a family during these years strongly determines the opportunities and life chances children have. Children who are raised in a stable, loving, family environment are more likely to have a positive and healthy future. But being a parent isn’t easy and sometimes life can get in the way. Circumstances throw you off course and everything else can take a back seat. A young child caught up in this can miss out on the love, routine and stimulation that are so vital for their future.  Home-Start works because our volunteers are parents. They understand how hard it can be.  They work alongside parents, in their own homes, to help them cope with the stresses and strains of life and make sure they have the skills, time and strength they need to nurture their children.

Our vision

Home-Start wants to see a society in which every parent has the support they need to give their children the best possible start in life.

Home-Start in Waverley  is a voluntary organisation that helps families with at least one child under 5 years who are finding life difficult.  We believe that a little help early on, is more valuable than a lot of help later, when things are going seriously wrong.

By helping early on with a word of advice or help to find independence, young children will have a better start in life, and have a better chance to turn out as productive and responsible citizens. We know that parenting is not easy.

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

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Jigsaw Trust (Cranleigh)

Mission Statement

Jigsaw Trust is committed to raising awareness of autism and to providing facilities, services and resources for the education, integration, guidance, assessment, outreach and support of people affected
by autism.

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KJs Community Group - Guildford

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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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National Justice and Peace Network (Wonersh)

Mission Statement

CHARITABLE OBJECTS

To promote the advancement of education in the Christian values of justice and peace by charitable means, in particular by:

  • promoting the work of justice and peace;
  • working in conjunction with the Roman Catholic bishops of England and Wales and their agencies to advance the practice of social teaching of the catholic church by the encouragement and support of diocesan Justice and Peace groups and other bodies that share their concern to bring the good news of Christ's love and peace to people who are disadvantaged and to work to empower them to improve their circumstances;
  • promoting appropriate prayer, study, celebration and spirituality within religious practice to inspire solidarity with those in need;
  • raising awareness about social justice, non violence, ecological and human rights issues as central to the life of the church and beneficial to the well-being of the community;
  • encouraging and promoting work, action and campaigning for social change on issues of justice and peace by raising awareness through provision of training, workshops, conferences, publications and the like; and building networks with all those who share our vision and aims, promoting communication to seek collaboration over action, resources, methods and good practice.
  • in pursuing the objects, the network shall be non-party in politics and shall, in its own activities, implement an effective equal opportunities policy.

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Park Barn Learning Centre

Mission Statement

To work with partners to ensure that those, in Surrey and beyond, who have missed out on learning in the past, have opportunities to learn and to reach their full potential.

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Parkinson's UK, Guildford

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Samson Centre for MS (Guildford)

Mission Statement

To provide emotional and practical support (physiotherapy) to our members, all of whom suffer from MS.

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Scope (Haslemere)

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Sebastian's Action Trust

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Sight for Surrey

Mission Statement

Sensory Services by Sight for Surrey is a charitable organisation that delivers specialist services to people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, have a vision impairment or combined sight and hearing loss. We provide services across Surrey so people may lead fuller, more independent lives.

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Surrey Coalition of Disabled People

Mission Statement

The aim of the Surrey Coalition is to campaign and promote the rights of disabled people to have equality of opportunity and to live independently.

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Surrey Remap

Mission Statement

Surrey Remap is the local group representing the national charity Remap (www.remap.org.uk).

The objective of this charity is to design and make custom equipment for the disabled when such equipment is not available commercially.

 

A visit to the website will demonstrate that this often involves quite simple devices, modifications to existing equipment, and even some quite complex projects. Remap comprises a very small Head Office and a countrywide network of volunteer 'engineers' and handymen, who work from their own home workshops.

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Surrey Wheels for All

Mission Statement

The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activity. By using specially adapted cycles, the activities are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved.

Surrey Wheels for All offers a great opportunity to provide a friendly, safe and fun environment for developing cycling skills for all and to take a lead in opening up new paths and promoting friendly group activities that can inspire others, irrespective of their individual ability or obstacles.

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TALK Surrey

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The Grange Centre (Bookham)

Mission Statement

Our mission is to be an organisation where people with disabilities are respected and encouraged to achieve their potential.  We want everyone at The Grange to participate as equals and be treated with courtesy and dignity.  Everyone has the right to be involved in making choices about their own lives and is encouraged to take responsibility for themselves.

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The Royal British Legion

Mission Statement

The Royal British Legion (the Legion) is the UK's leading Armed Forces charity, providing practical, emotional and financial support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present, and their families. Our mission is to provide welfare, comradeship, representation and Remembrance for the Armed Forces Community.

 

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The Silverlining Charity

Mission Statement

Helping the UK's Brain Injured rebuild their lives by helping others.

 

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The Spike Heritage Centre (Guildford)

Mission Statement

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

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

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The Therapy Garden (Normandy)

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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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Tourettes Action

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Treloar Trust

Mission Statement

The Treloar Trust provides education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training to young people with physical disabilities from all over the UK and overseas. Our aim is to prepare these young people for adult life, giving them the confidence and skills to achieve their full potential.

Our long-term goal is to create a world where physically disabled young people learn to take control of their lives and dare to dream.

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Voluntary Helper

Voluntary Helpers provide support to students in the classroom, during social or sporting activities or lend a hand in an administrative role in one of our departments. We have a wide range of roles designed to welcome whatever skills or time you can offer.
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Waverley Well-being

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