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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 and Haslemere for over twenty five years. The Society strives to ensure that all homes are warm and friendly with a ‘Home from Home’ feel.  All Residents are invited to regular meetings where they have an active role in deciding what happens within the home that they live in.

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Abbeywood (Ash Vale)

Mission Statement

We are a trusted, not-for-profit provider of services to older people

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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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Alzheimer's Society

Mission Statement

The Alzheimer's Society is the UK 's leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. Dementia affects over 850,000 people in the UK.

The Society provides information and support to people with any form of dementia and their carers through our publications, National Dementia Helpline, website and more than 2,000 local services throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland .

We support health and social care professionals by delivering high quality education, resources and training. We influence politicians and policy-makers, and campaign for better quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers and greater understanding of dementia.

We also fund innovative research in the areas of cause, cure, care and prevention. We work with scientists and people affected by dementia to ensure that the medical and social research programmes we fund have a positive impact on people's lives.

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Brightwells Gostrey Centre (Farnham)

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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British Red Cross

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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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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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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Care for Guildford (Free Transport Scheme)

Care for Guildford - What We Do

We are a good neighbour scheme, a network of volunteers providing practical help to improve the quality of life for elderly, vulnerable or infirm residents of Guildford.

The type and demand for services has changed over the years and today we maintain some 150 volunteers helping Guildford residents in need. 

These days, transport to GP surgeries, clinics, dentists and hospitals are the main tasks we undertake. But we also do shopping on behalf of a client or doing small one off jobs in the home like putting up shelves or changing light bulbs.


We provide a number of services that include:

Transport

Primarily we take clients to Medical appointments , Dentists, Clinics, Clubs, Day Centres and Hospital appointments. 

Shopping

We shop on a weekly or fortnightly basis for anyone who is housebound. We can also shop on a temporary basis, for example when someone first comes out of hospital.

Odd Jobs

We help with small one off jobs around the home such as putting up simple shelves or curtain rails, moving heavy furniture or changing a light bulb for those with limited mobility. We do not undertake housework, plumbing, gardening or electrical repairs.

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Chiddingfold Community Lunch Club

Mission Statement

Over 60's lunch club.

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Citizens Advice Waverley

Mission Statement

We help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.

We operate from offices in Cranleigh, Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere, offering a five days-a-week telephone, drop-in and appointment service.  We have over 160 volunteers across our offices, undertaking many roles.  These include fundraisers, trustees, administrators, receptionists, social policy campaigners, advisers and assessors.

We use the information we gather carrying out this work to campaign for social justice, so that individuals do not suffer through a lack of knowledge or an inability to express themselves effectively.

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Community Angels (Guildford)

Mission Statement

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

GTCC exists to:

Show Compassion, Offer Care and Support Community:

Each of our projects begins with showing compassion to others at their point of need and seeking to understand their situation without judging. We respond by offering care which may include emotional or practical support as appropriate. We work collaboratively with others to support community in Guildford by connecting with those facing isolation, welcoming those who feel rejected and embracing difference and diversity.

 

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Cranleigh Village Care

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                                      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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Crossroads Care Surrey

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 Health Walks national programme is run by the Ramblers and its 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 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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Hart Voluntary Action (Fleet)

Mission Statement

Hart Voluntary Action is a local charity which supports the voluntary and community sector in Hart District by offering one-to-one information and guidance, training, information updates, networking opportunities and volunteer recruitment. Our aim is to support voluntary and community organisations with their capacity to deliver services and activities for the local community.

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Haslemere Hard of Hearing Support Group

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

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KJs Community Group - Guildford

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Mediation Surrey CIO

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About Mediation Surrey

Mediation Surrey aims to bring people together, through improved resilience, communication and understanding, to help them cope with, resolve and prevent disputes

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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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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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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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Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre - RASASC Guildford

Mission Statement

Our mission is to relieve the distress of people who have suffered rape and/or sexual abuse or assault, and to educate the public.

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Reconnections - Tackling loneliness in older people in Guildford & Waverley

Mission Statement

Reconnections by Independent Age is a volunteer-led service that supports over-65s in rediscovering their love of life in the communities where they live. We introduce friendly volunteers to residents and connect them to local activities, gatherings and events that provide vital social connections and help break the cycle of isolation and loneliness. Working together with local partners, we create a safe and supportive environment for people to reconnect with their community.

We couldn't run our service without the support of volunteers so please get in touch.

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Rowleys Centre for the Community Cranleigh

Mission Statement

Rowleys Centre for the Community  is situated in the heart of the centre of Cranleigh. We pride ourselves on being a community venue offering many additional advantages to the local community beyond the purpose for which it was initially intended.  Providing high quality services to maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of our local community is at the heart of what we do.

Purpose

Rowleys primarily offers a place for the older population to socialise, keep physically active, stay connected and acquire new skills, which has a positive impact on their overall health and wellbeing and supports reducing social isolation.

Whilst our main aim is to promote the wellbeing of all older people and assist them in making later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience we would like to ensure the Community Centre is open to all and available for other groups to utilise outside of the core offer.

 

 

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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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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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The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship

Our Mission Statement

The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship is a national charity dedicated to helping former civil servants and their dependents make the most of their retirement.

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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 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 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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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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