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Care for Guildford - about us

Care for Guildford - we are a local charity enabling people live independently with dignity. Through our of team of volunteers we

  • provide a reliable, caring service taking people to and from essential medical appointments who would otherwise struggle. Our clients often have no-one else to call on, cannot manage public transport or are unable to afford taxis. Many clients have complex health conditions and struggle to attend the appointments they desperately need without our help.

  • offer a shopping service that also provides friendly social contact to those living alone, allowing our clients to stay independent and remain in their home.

We are very flexible, no firm commitment is required, allowing us to work around your availability, however limited that maybe be.

If you can offer a friendly face, often at a difficult time in a client’s life - why not consider joining our amazing volunteer team. We promise you will make a real difference to our clients lives.

If any of the roles below are of interest, we would love to hear from you.

 

Web site: Care for Guildford   

Email: volunteer@careforguildford.org.uk

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Volunteer Driver (May 2024)

 

Volunteer Driver Role Description

In this vital role supporting our communities, you would use your own vehicle to take up to 3 passengers to a range of different appointments in Guildford and occasionally, further afield. You will be working with adults some of whom may be considered vulnerable, so a firm commitment to safeguarding is essential. You will need to agree to a DBS check for Adults with a request for a check against the barred lists. We will also need you to provide two references as part of our Safer Recruitment process.

A responsible attitude is vital along with a good driving record. Your vehicle should be presentable, fully insured (with a MOT where applicable), road legal and well maintained.

You will receive mileage expenses based on the mileage that you travel from and back to your home at 45p per mile. 

You will live within 3 miles of the town centre.

Location

The volunteering will take place in Guildford and occasionally beyond, but you decide when and where you are happy to drive to. It's that flexible.

Volunteer Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • happy to be contacted by our appointments co-ordinator regarding journey requests we have received – this could include via WhatsApp messaging - all during weekday office hours.

  • being prompt and on time for all pick-ups and drop-offs

  • being courteous, friendly and professional at all times

  • having a conversation and listening to passenger stories.

  • contacting Care for Guildford if you have any questions or concerns.

  • letting Care for Guildford know, as soon as possible, if you can no longer undertake a journey

  • immediately feeding back any Safeguarding concerns to us

  • cash handling with passengers that make a donation towards the cost of their journey

  • completing accurate expense claims, submitted on a regular basis. Assistance is available if required.

Time Commitment

This is a fully flexible role, supporting a wide range of passenger journeys. We provide journeys 5 days a week but it is completely up to you when you volunteer and how often. Some of our volunteers only manage to make one trip a month which is not a problem. We will work around you.

We do not charge you for any of the training.

Volunteer Specification

We ask that volunteers are:

  • caring, considerate, patient and understanding

  • flexible, reliable and helpful

  • confident in engaging with all kinds of people in a friendly manner

  • want to help people

  • able to comply with all policies and procedures in every aspect of the role

Recruitment, Support and Training

All volunteers will be asked to:

  • participate in an interview with one of our Trustees

  • agree to a DBS check being carried out by us

  • participate in any training arranged by Care for Guildford



If you love driving, want to help others in a way that fits in with your other commitments, this role could be for you. Please click below to be taken to our online application form. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our team on 01483 566635

Volunteer Shopper (May 2024)

 

What we do…

At Care for Guildford, we operate a shopping service for local housebound residents, mostly older people, who are unable to shop for themselves,. This is only made possible thanks to our team of volunteer shoppers. During 2023, we helped an average of 13 clients living in and around the town, making over 600 shopping trips.

If you love helping others and want to make a difference in the lives of housebound people in your community, this role may suit you.

Volunteer Shopper Role Description

In this vital role you will, not only help clients stay independent and well by doing their shopping, but also enrich your own life with new experiences and friendships.

You will either go shopping for them or you may be asked to arrange and collect online orders and drop them off at their homes. You will be working with adults some of whom may be considered vulnerable, so a firm commitment to safeguarding is essential. You will need to agree to an enhanced DBS check for Adults with a request for a check against the barred lists. We will also need you to provide two references as part of our Safer Recruitment process.

A responsible and caring attitude is vital along with access to a vehicle.

You will receive mileage expenses based on the mileage that you travel from and back to your home at 45p per mile.

Location

The volunteering will take place within a 2 mile radius of Guildford town centre.

Volunteer Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • happy to be contacted by our shopping co-ordinator regarding shopping requests we have received - all during weekday office hours.

  • being courteous, friendly and professional at all times

  • agreeing the shopping list with Client

  • go shopping for a Client either in person or using online shopping facilities and drop the shopping off at the Clients home

  • letting Care for Guildford know, as soon as possible, if you can no longer undertake a shopping request

  • immediately feeding back any Safeguarding concerns to us

  • cash handling in some cases with Clients who wish to pay for their shopping in this way

  • keeping accurate records

  • completing accurate expense claims, submitted on a regular basis.

Time Commitment

The time commitment varies depending on the needs of the person you are matched with and your availability. Generally, we ask for a minimum of one hour per week.

Volunteer Specification

We ask that volunteers are:

  • caring, considerate, patient and understanding

  • flexible, reliable and helpful

  • confident in engaging with all kinds of people in a friendly manner

  • motivated to help people

  • mindful of infection control and good hygiene at all times

  • able to comply with all policies and procedures in every aspect of the role

Recruitment, Support and Training

All volunteers will be asked to:

  • participate in an interview with one of our Trustees

  • agree to a DBS check being carried out by us

  • participate in any training arranged by Care for Guildford

If you love shopping, want to help others, this role could be for you. Please click below to be taken to our online application form. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our team on 01483 566635

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(Sandy Hill Community Bungalow) Hale Community Centre

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Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society (Farnham & Haslemere)

Mission Statement

The Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society has been providing high quality residential, nursing and sheltered care in Farnham, Dorking and Haslemere for over thirty years. The Society strives to ensure that all homes are warm and friendly with a ‘Home from Home’ feel.  

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Age UK Surrey

Mission Statement

Age UK Surrey aims to:

  • promote the wellbeing of older people in Surrey
  • improve public awareness of issues concerning ageing
  • influence public policy to meet the needs of older people
  • work with other agencies in the provision of relevant services for older people

If you have the time - however little - there are so many ways in which you can help.

The rewards are great.  You will use your skills, meet new people, have fun and find it very, very rewarding.  You can be sure that the time you give is making a positive difference to older people in the community.

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Asthma + LungUK

Mission Statement

Our mission is to drive the transformation of lung health. We strive for a world where lung health is prioritised through better understanding, research, treatment and support.

Therefore we fund cutting-edge research, and provide advice and support for the 12 million people who will get a lung condition during their lifetime.

We also campaign for clean air and better NHS diagnosis and treatment. 

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Brightwells Gostrey Centre (Farnham)

Sending our warmest and well wishes to you all during this extremely difficult time. Whilst our social centre has sadly closed for the time being, we are still very much here for the older community of Farnham. We have continued to extend our daily meal service, offering a freshly cooked meal at lunch time with the option of a frozen meal for the evening, as well as afternoon tea.

 

Mission Statement

Brightwells Gostrey has been in the heart of the community for older people for over 30 years.  We provide a warm and friendly environment for senior citizens to meet. Offering a variety of vital activities and services including freshly cooked meals, daily activities, craft workshops, grandparent and toddler groups, outings and much more. We are proud to bring a sense of belonging, companionship, fun and enjoyment to those in their golden years.

We also provide a Community Meal Service, ensuring those who need it, regularly receive a nutritious freshly cooked meal and pudding. All dishes are prepared from scratch in our kitchen. However, it is far more than just a meal we are delivering.  Our team of volunteers are a friendly face to many, helping to reduce social isolation, something which has become so much more important in the recent months.

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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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Busbridge & Hambledon Befriending Scheme

Mission Statement

We are a local befriending service connecting volunteers with isolated people for friendship and support in the Busbridge and Hambledon areas. 

Loneliness and social isolation has become a huge problem in our nation and on a local level. It can affect people of all ages but perhaps the most vulnerable are our ageing population who may have:

  • Problems getting out of the house due to poor mobility
  • Health concerns meaning they need more help
  • Family who may have moved away, or work full-time
  • Loved ones who may have died

Through the Befriending Network we hope that you as volunteers can help us achieve our aim of tackling this issue through friendship, support and social activities with your befriender on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

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Cancer Testing South

The mission statement of Cancer Testing South

The detection work of Cancer Testing South is driven by a passion to find early indications of prostate cancer and also lead to the uncovering of other frequently overlooked cancer through both testing with a simple blood test and by promoting awareness. We aim to learn educate and use knowledge, to reduce death from prostate and other cancers that regularly respond to early intervention.

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Care Farnham

Mission Statement

Helping local people in Farnham and surrounding villages get to the doctor and dentist, hospital and optician, physio and chiropody etc appointments.

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Chiddingfold Community Lunch Club

Mission Statement

Over 60's lunch club.

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Community Angels Befriending

Responding to loneliness in Guildford

 

Community Angels are trained befrienders who offer six months of weekly face-to-face support to adults of all ages in Guildford borough struggling with loneliness and/or social isolation. 

If you have a couple of free hours a week and enjoy listening and getting to know people, we'd love to hear from you. We provide training to get started (2 x 3 hours sessions), match you carefully with someone to befriend and provide ongoing support while you are volunteering with us.

Hear what our volunteers say on https://youtu.be/5MAb_UVTcc0

Community Angels is one of three projects run by Guildford Town Centre Chaplaincy.

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Cranleigh Village Care

About Us

                                      Cranleigh Village Care

We are a group of volunteers who have been serving the Cranleigh community for over 20 years. We have provided transport for Cranleigh residents who need our support to attend their medical appointments at local surgeries, clinics and hospitals.

Because of Covid restrictions we have been unable to operate since March 2020.

We would love to be able to relaunch our service for existing and new clients as soon as we can because we know that there are local people who are struggling to get to vital appointments because of a lack of transport.

We do have a core of drivers and duty officers (who deal with telephone requests and arrange the transport) who are keen to get started again but we desperately need to find new volunteers to help coordinate the service and we always need more drivers.

Volunteer Roles

Driver

This volunteering opportunity involves taking people in the Cranleigh area to the Health Centre, dentist,  hospital etc. Our clients are typically older people who are unable to drive themselves, people with disabilities or people who for various reasons are unable to travel independently to vital appointments.

No regular weekly commitment is required.  The emphasis is on flexibility.  You decide when you are available and whether you only want to do trips within the Cranleigh area or whether you are willing to go to nearby hospitals such as the Royal Surrey. 

You will need to be friendly, patient and enjoy working with people.  You will need to have your own car and a clean driving licence.

In return, we will cover your petrol expenses and provide support and an induction session.  We practise an Equal Opportunities Policy.

Contact us by clicking the Fill In An Application button if you would like to know more. We look forward to hearing from you.

Duty Officer

Help make the Cranleigh community stronger!

Cranleigh Village Care needs duty officers to take calls from local residents  who need help getting to health care and other vital appointments.  They then match the request from a list of on call volunteer drivers. 

We ask duty officers to be able to commit to doing at least one volunteer shift per month.  A shift consists of answering phone calls from 10 am to 12 pm and then spending up to two to three hours to ring drivers followed up by confirming to the client when a lift is arranged so approximately five hours per volunteering session.

You will need friendliness, patience and empathy and you will be helping provide a service for people who would otherwise be unable to attend their appointments.

Full training an on going support is provided..

Our duty officers sometimes combine this role with that of being a volunteer driver.  See other role on this page.

To apply please fill in an application and we will get back to you.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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Creative Response Arts (Ltd) (Farnham)

Mission Statement

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

 

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

 

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

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Crossroads Care Surrey

LOOKING TO GIVE SOMETHING BACK?

 

We at Crossroads Care Surrey have a variety of voluntary roles available.    

 

Crossroads Care is Surrey's leading charity providing respite care support to Carers. We've been working across Surrey for over 30 years, with our core purpose being to improve the quality of life of unpaid carers and those they are caring for. 

 

COVID-19 Emergency Response

As a result of Coronavirus, Crossroads swiftly implemented a response by providing essential shopping and prescription collection services to carers and to other vulnerable people that were isolated at home. We provided regular wellbeing calls to check in on people to see how they were coping and to offer support with shopping. We're now developing a volunteer based Outreach Support and Telephone Befriending with Digital Tech project largely in response to Covid, but which enable us to continue to support people who need it with shopping and prescription collections, and also with support in learning and using digital technology.  We are seeking new volunteers who are interested in providing Outreach Support and / or Telephone or Digital Befriending.

 

As an Outreach Support Volunteer you would support people living in the same borough as yourself with shopping and prescription collections. We would provide you with appropriate PPE and pay any related fuel costs.  

 

As a Befriender you would support carers and other older people, or those being cared for, who are feeling isolated and alone and who would benefit from having someone to speak to simply to chat about life, the weather, local services and events etc. We're interested in hearing from volunteers who are relatively IT savvy and would be able to connect to our Cloud based phone system to make telephone or virtual calls to clients. We'd also like volunteers to get involved with an exciting new Befriending with digital tech project, through which you would be able to support people in learning to use, or building confidence in using laptops, smart phones and tablets. Even if you're not computer savvy, but would benefit from being a befriender yourself, please get in touch.

 

We are also now looking for people that are interested in supporting the development of the charity as a Trustee. We are looking for people with relevant and transferrable skills in keys areas including accounting & finance, HR & culture, marketing & fundraising and operations.  Find out more and apply through our website at https://crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk/about-us/#trustee

 

And we are always looking for people that are interested in other volunteering roles, including by offering support in care or club settings, in the community, with fundraising, or in the head office.

 

If you are interested in becoming part of our Surrey wide team and being involved in providing support to your community, please email us at enquiries@crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk to request a volunteer pack.

 

We'd love to hear from you... if you have a good understanding of what it's like to be a carer and are looking to give something back through volunteering.

Mission Statement

Crossroads Care Surrey is an established charity of over 30 years, offering a range of support services to carers and the people for whom they care.  We are committed to supporting people at an earlier stage in their care journey and recognise there can be a considerable length of time between a person needing some care and support periodically and them needing full time, round-the-clock care.

 

 

Community Support Volunteers will support Crossroads Care Surrey by providing the delivery of essential shopping for cared for people and carers that are struggling with the weekly shop or collecting prescriptions. With access to your own vehicle, you will receive requests made by the Community Support Co-ordinator to complete a shopping trip to help the people Crossroads Care Surrey support in your community.  

 

Befriending Volunteers will support befriending service to the people we support, enabling them to benefit from knowing there is someone there to listen, understand, be their friend and check in on their wellbeing. Calls could last anything from 10 minutes to half an hour and you will need to ensure that you can listen with understanding and patience and then respond appropriately.

 

Our Companion Volunteers provide visits upwards of 1 and a half hours.  Companionship visits are generally provided by our team of volunteers and are geared up towards people in the early stages of their caring journey, and their loved ones who do not – at this stage – require round-the-clock or specialist support.

 

We're also looking for new Trustee's to join us now, so if you're interested in supporting us in leading the development of respite services for carers in Surrey, please enquire through our website www.crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk

 

We are also always looking for people that are interested in other volunteering roles, including by offering support in care or club settings, in the community or in the head office.

 

If you are interested in becoming part of our Surrey wide team and being involved in providing support to your community, please email us at enquiries@crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk to request a volunteer pack.

 

We'd love to hear from you... if you have a good understanding of what it's like to be a carer and are looking to give something back through volunteering.

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Farncombe and Binscombe Good Neighbours

Mission Statement

To offer lifts to elderly residents of Farncombe and Binscombe, or others without their own transport or convenient access to public services. Lifts will typically be to all types of  medical appointments..

Clients make modest voluntary contributions towards the cost of the driver's car expenses..

Drivers offer a personal service using their own vehicles. Clients make requests via a mobile number, which is manned on weekdays from 10 to 12 noon, with a message facility

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Farncombe Day Centre

Mission Statement

To encourage social inclusion by providing a welcoming and stimulating environment in which to meet. To facilitate and promote better health among older people. To enable the elderly to be independent and allow them to enjoy life in their own homes for as long as possible.

The Day Centre provides a range of services which are accessible, affordable and attractive for the elderly of Farncombe and Godalming, including:

Balanced and economical lunches and snacks
Bathing service
Hairdressing
Chiropody
Transport
Recreational activities
Outings and holidays

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Farnham ASSIST

Mission Statement

Our mission is to be there for older people living in Farnham, meeting them where they are and showing God's love through our work.

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Guildford Borough Council - Community Wellbeing Team

Mission Statement

Do you love gardening? Do you like helping those in your community? Then we have the perfect project for you!

 

We are looking for volunteers to help those in their local community, who are not able to upkeep their gardens. We are aiming to start the project in Merrow during the Springtime. This is a pilot project and in the future, we would love for it to be rolled out across all the wards of Guildford.

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Guildford Club for Disabled

Mission Statement

Guildford Club for Disabled provides social support for the physically disabled which results in additional needs and requirements.  The Club strives to provide wide ranging entertainment that caters for most age groups and their tastes.

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Guildford Health Walks

Mission Statement

The goal of Guildford Health Walks 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 national Walking for Health initiative. I'd love for you to be a part of that too!

Guildford Health Walks currently has five walk groups in Guildford. The groups are: Boxgrove Park, Merrow Down, Shalford, Shere, Spectrum leisure centre, Worplesdon and Whitmoor Common.

The walks are aimed at people recovering from illness, or people wanting to get a bit more active.

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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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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NE Hants & Farnham Social Prescribing Project

Mission Statement

The overarching aims of Family Action's Social Prescribing service in North East Hampshire and Farnham are to:

  • Improve health and wellbeing outcomes for residents in the area
  • Reduce inappropriate demand for health and social services
  • Enable residents to be proactive in managing their own health and wellbeing
  • Help people to access the right support
  • Be accessible to as many people as possible within the community

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Places Leisure Waverley Healthy Communities

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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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Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre - RASASC Guildford

Mission Statement

To provide a clear, accessible pathway for Surrey-based survivors of rape and sexual abuse, through confidential and specialist person-centred services. To work to reduce perceived stigmas associated with rape and sexual abuse through education and awareness raising.

Volunteer Counsellors Needed

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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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Sensory Services by Sight for Surrey

Mission Statement

Sensory Services by Sight for Surrey is an inclusive organisation dedicated to enabling and empowering people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind, partially sighted and deafblind. We champion independence, where people thrive in their communities and achieve their aspirations.

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South West Surrey Domestic Abuse Outreach Service

Mission Statement

South West Surrey Domestic Abuse Service (SWSDA) supports anyone affected by domestic abuse living in the boroughs of Guildford and Waverley.

We provide free, confidential and independent advice, skilled practical help and ongoing emotional support and information. We have helped thousands of survivors living in our local communities to feel empowered and informed to live a life free from domestic abuse harm.

Food Delivery Farnham to Godalming Thursday mornings

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The Clockhouse Day Centre (Milford)

Mission Statement

We offer a warm and friendly environment for the over 50's where members can meet new friends, take part in our many activities or join us for outings or holidays. 

The Clockhouse is open Monday to Friday 9.30am-3.30pm. We provide a range of services including hairdressing, chiropody, reflexology, hearing and sight tests. 

We offer a in-expensive 2 course homemade lunch with a variety of alternatives on a daily basis as well as a snack bar offering hot drinks, biscuits and homemade cakes. 

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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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Waverley Borough Council Community Meals Service

Mission Statement

To deliver a high quality freshly cooked meals service and provide social contact for residents living in the Godalming area.

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Whitmore Vale Housing Association

Mission Statement

Whitmore Vale Housing Association offers services to people with learning disabilities and we work alongside them to achieve the most out of their life. Through supported living and residential care we can meet a wide range of needs, supporting people with a mild learning disability, to those who have profound and complex disabilities. 

 

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