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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

ZERO Volunteer

 

ZERO, our community hub will be moving premises this September.  Because of this we aren’t recruiting volunteers for an immediate start but would love to hear from you if you are available September onwards.  We’ll have a variety of new volunteering roles starting with helping us move, cleaning, painting and decorating our new premises, helping construct new displays etc.  Ongoing roles will include helping with outreach, marketing and communicating our message, helping in our café and getting involved in projects. 

 

Minimum age for volunteering is 14 and Duke of Edinburgh Students are welcome.

 

Minimum time commitment is half a day once every two weeks.  Our opening hours are 10 am – 4 pm Tues to Sat & 11 am to 4 pm Sunday.

 

To find out more please fill in the application form in the link below and we'll be in touch soon.

 

Outreach Volunteer

Could you be our new Outreach Volunteer?

Does this sound like you?

  • You're a self starter and can give at least two hours a week over the next six months
  • You're confident speaking to, and in front of, a wide range of people
  • You have a passion for a more sustainable future and agree with Zero Carbon Guildford's charitable objectives

What you would do:

  • You'd be on the look out for outreach opportunities for Zero to get involved in e.g. Great Big Green Week, local fairs and events etc.
  • You'd liaise with our operations team to agree the goals of each event
  • You'd co-ordinate our fabulous volunteers at our outreach events
  • You'd represent Zero at the events 

If you are interested in finding out more fill in the application form.

We look forward to hearing from you

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

 

Admin

Help an award winning charity by being a behind-the-scenes warrior. continue on its successful journey by volunteering your time contributing to one of one of it’s most vital roles. 

These admin tasks can be mostly done from home at times that are convenient to you and include:

  • Marketing

  • Finance

  • Organising events

  • Responding to queries

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(Sandy Hill Community Bungalow) Hale Community Centre

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Action Tutoring

Mission Statement

Action Tutoring unlocks the potential of children and young people who are facing disadvantage. We are tackling the attainment gap head-on by forging partnerships with schools nationwide. Our trained volunteer tutors are empowered to enable pupils to make meaningful academic progressopening doors to future opportunities.

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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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Badshot Lea Village Infant School

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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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CAFOD

Mission Statement

Our network of offices works with the Catholic community in England & Wales to raise funds and awareness of global poverty and injustice through parishes, schools and networks - working with thousands of volunteers and supporters.

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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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Dan Eley Foundation, The (Godalming)

Mission Statement

The goal of The Dan Eley Foundation is to create a supportive environment where disadvantaged young children are given the opportunity to try a range of technical and vocational skills and to provide them with the professional training they need to obtain legitimate employment.

It is our aim to be recognized as a charity that helps young people to help themselves and ultimately achieve true independence.

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Dance Woking

Mission Statement

Established in 1994, Dance Woking is an innovative dance organisation that provides high quality opportunities to watch, perform and take part in dance, providing new experiences that inspire artists, audiences, participants and communities.

WHO ARE WE FOR?

Our work is primarily for Woking and the surrounding Surrey towns and villages.

We serve and support networks across the age spectrum from schoolchildren, to students and recent graduates, to young people outside training and education, and the perennials.

Dance lovers across the county and into London rave about our regular live public performances.

And our pop-up and festival appearances in shopping centres and local parks bring our public spaces to life.

WHY DANCE WOKING?

Our work brings unexpected and lasting benefits through dance to real communities at grass roots level where it has lasting impact.

We are a thriving and nimble business firmly rooted in Woking and Surrey, soon entering our fourth decade of inspiring dance.

We’re alert to local collaborations and equipped to offer more, especially with our funding partners at the Borough Council.

We work with other regional agents in housing and health, in sport and in schools; and we have successful alliances with independent dance artists and choreographers, and with specialist dance schools and mainstream education providers.

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David Williamson Trust

Mission Statement

To make grants to charities within the Guildford area to further the training and development of disadvantaged young people and adults with special needs, and to assist the charitable work of Guildford United Reformed Church.

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Frensham Heights School

Frensham Heights Vision

Our vision is to be a first-choice, co-educational, non-traditional day and boarding school for up to 560 students aged 3-18, with a boarding provision for 120.  Students are treated as individuals, allowing them to develop at their own pace and in their own way. Their wellbeing and interests will be at the heart of a distinctive, creative and progressive educational experience.  We deliver a values-driven, inspirational, and holistic education which effectively prepares students for their future lives.

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GASP Motor Project (Near Albury)

Mission Statement

GASP is widely recognised in Surrey as a provider of non-judgmental, caring and practical support. We deliver accredited courses in basic motor mechanics and practical engineering skills and contribute to students’ positive personal development. We do this by providing specialist, practical, hands-on learning within a focused, personalised and disciplined framework. This is either at our fully equipped custom-built workshop in Albury (near Guildford) or through our mobile unit, which enables us to bring the courses out to schools and
youth organisations across Surrey.

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Guildford Mukono Link

Mission Statement

The Guildford Mukono (Uganda) Link was established in 2003 to foster an understanding between the communities of Guildford and Mukono. It is through friendship that we have found many ways of working together.

In Guildford, there are 10 Linked schools, Surrey University and individuals are involved in various projects. Some initiatives have arisen because a need has been identified, others have resulted from spontaneous ideas from chance meetings.  All are based on respect for each other’s culture and institutions.

We have an active committee of 10 people and have 200 supporters. There are regular visits to Mukono and reciprocal visits to Guildford.


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Guildford Twinning Association

What does the Guildford Twinning Association do?

Guildford Twinning Association is a voluntary group which supports the town twinning of Guildford with the beautiful city of Freiburg in Southwest Germany. We promote international friendship, understanding and co-operation. We do this by:

  • helping people in both towns to learn about each other and make friends
  • supporting/managing exchanges: schools, sport, arts, music, social
  • helping people in both towns to work together
  • running events: social, arts, educational, fund-raising

See our website at guildfordtwinning.uk

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Headway Surrey (Guildford)

Headway Surrey are looking to recruit a team of volunteers to assist staff at our new weekly sessions "Friday Friends".

If you enjoy activities such as board games, general discussions, art, cookery, playing cards or genuinely enjoy just chatting to people over a cup of tea, please do get in touch.

Our sessions run at Headway House, Guildford, 10.30-12.30pm every Friday.

Please contact by the email below or telephone: 

clairemoore@headwaysurrey.org       01483 454433

 

Mission Statement

Headway Surrey supports people with acquired brain injuries and their families and promotes understanding of the implications of acquired brain injury throughout Surrey.

 

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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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MCR Pathways

Mission Statement

MCR Pathways supports vulnerable young people in the care system, those who have previously been in the care system, or those who have other hardships in their lives to realise their full potential. We do this by providing mentoring in school during term time to help these young vulnerable students to reach their full potential in school and life despite their difficult circumstances. So they are defined by their talent and not their circumstances. We are looking for volunteer mentors for these young people, for one hour a week, for a minimum of one year, in your local area. You could really change a young persons future!

At MCR Pathways our aim is to help young people unlock their potential, no matter their circumstances. Working together with our inspiring mentor community and partners, we can help young people to realise their skills and progress onto a positive destination. Our vision is for all young people to experience equality of education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances.

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Sayers Croft Trust (Ewhurst)

Mission Statement

To provide an outdoor learning centre for use by schools and other groups at which an individuals' awareness of, and concern for, the natural environment is increased.

We aim to provide a safe and secure residential facility,offering quality first hand outdoor experiences through promoting;

Environmental appreciation and understanding

Social cohesion through shared experience

Individual self confidence and self awareness

Sustainability of the environments

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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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Skillway

Mission Statement

Skillway trains young people in manual craft skills to give them a better future with ongoing employment opportunities. 

INSPIRE -  CREATE -   FULFIL  - SUCCEED

Skillway is based in the Old Chapels in Deanery Road, Godalming.  The young people are usually aged 14 to 16 or 17.  They come for one day per week, on recommendation of their school.

We have an excellent employed Workshop Manager and two employed tutors, but most skills are taught by volunteers who have specific craft skills, aided by other volunteers who can give skilled and/or pastoral support.

The main skills offered are Woodworking,   Metalwork & basic engineering,   Practical motor mechanics,  stone carving,   creative arts including jewellery making and working with glass.

 

 

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St Nicolas 9th Guildford Scout Group

At present (Autumn 2020) we are running a modified programme under strict COVID-secure conditions to protect leaders and young people.  We are looking (now and long-term) for two key people:

Assistant Cub Scout Leader

One evening a week (Monday, 6.45pm-8pm) in central Guildford.  Working with the Cub Scout Leader and several Young Leaders from our Explorer Scouts.  Approximately 25 Cub Scouts follow a well-organised programme of Scout Association learning activities and games.  Occasional weekend camps and plenty of outdoor adventure activities in the summer term.  Boys and girls, aged 8-10.

Training is provided by the Scout Association, and our experienced leadership team ensures all volunteers are properly supported.

More information on www.stnicolas9thguildford.org.uk/our-sections/cub-scouts-8-10-5

 

 

Assistant Beaver Scout Leader

One evening a week (Wednesday, 5.45-7pm) in central Guildford.  Working with the Beaver Scout Leader and Young Leaders.  24 children (boys and girls) aged 6-8.  Combining indoor games and projects with outdoor experiences including the chance to camp once a year.

Training is provided by the Scout Association, and our experienced leadership team ensures all volunteers are properly supported.

More information on www.stnicolas9thguildford.org.uk/our-sections/beaver-scouts-6-8

Mission Statement

We prepare young people with skills for life. Through our programme of activities, camps and expeditions we encourage young people aged from 6 to 18 to do more, learn more and be more.

 

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Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

Be a volunteer, make a difference

At Surrey Fire and Rescue Service we are fortunate to have the support and commitment of volunteers.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service serves diverse and ever-changing communities, with a wide range of risks such as residential, commercial and industrial premises, and large areas of common and heathland.

We work hard to serve our communities, with a focused drive on prevention and safety messaging. Our volunteers take on a wide range of important roles within SFRS to help stations and departments engage effectively with our residents. They help to deliver community safety initiatives, run events, distribute PPE, conduct welfare checks, and assist at exercises to name a few.

Fire Volunteers come from all backgrounds and walks of life, and offer their skills, time and knowledge to deliver a variety of important roles, and their dedication helps to provide invaluable support to the communities and our colleagues within Surrey.

We look forward to your application!

Martin Foote

Volunteer Manager

 

 

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Surrey Libraries

Mission Statement

Surrey Libraries is a dedicated local government library service; providing information, knowledge, resources, support and entertainment to our local community.

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The Cheryl King Trust

Helping financially disadvantaged young people to make music

CKT believes no young person should be precluded from taking music lessons because either their parents cannot afford them or they are not inspired to take up lessons.  

 

We help fund music lessons for financially disadvantaged children and young people in Surrey whatever their level of musical development and tries to level the music playing field by funding inspirational performances to encourage children to take up instruments in schools where historically take up has been low.   

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The Kite Academy Trust

Mission Statement

Our Mission

Together we inspire a lifelong love of learning, which enables all our children to achieve more than they ever believed possible

Our Vision

To be a first class, inclusive, collaborative and forward thinking family of local academies ensuring excellence in Primary education where:

• Our children will thrive and achieve as confident, caring, local, national and global citizens

• Families will embrace opportunities across the Trust, helping to promote the best outcomes for all children

• Nurtured and empowered teams will enhance expertise, share best practice and have the professional courage to explore possibilities

• With strategies in place for growth, the Multi Academy Trust will develop sustainability, delivering excellent Primary Education in local communities

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The Spike Heritage Centre (Guildford)

Mission Statement

The Spike Heritage Centre is one of the few buildings remaining from Guildford's Workhouse in the Poor Law era, which housed the forgotten classes of Victorian England.  The Vagrants and Casual Ward, known as The Spike was built in 1906 to house vagrants and low paid workers.  After the Poor Laws ended in 1929, it continued as a night hostel until the mid 1960s. The NHS took over the site becoming St Lukes Hospital, operational until the mid 1990s when the new Royal Surrey hospital was opened.  The majority of the workhouse site was redeveloped, but due to the efforts of local campaigners, the Casual Ward was saved and remains as a historic building with lots of stories to tell. Individual visitors and groups are welcome to explore this unique building with guides providing the insight about how the poor were treated in a bygone age. 

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The Surrey Care Trust

Mission Statement

To tackle disadvantage, social exclusion and hardship in local communities. To reach out to families to equip them with the skills to improve their economic situation, to reduce social isolation and break the cycle of deprivation. 

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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 Vision

A world where physically disabled young people take control of their lives and achieve their aspirations

Our Mission

To enable physically disabled young people to achieve their aspirations by:

  • Providing personalised learning, therapy and care
  • Supporting transition into adulthood
  • Promoting independence and inclusion

Our Values

We are Inclusive

Everyone – regardless of physical ability, where they live or socioeconomic background – should have the opportunity to take part in life. We treat our Beneficiaries with the same dignity as their non-disabled peers and work to remove barriers in their way.

Our students and Beneficiaries are always at the centre of everything we do. Before we make decisions, we ask, “How will our students and Beneficiaries benefit from this?”

We act with Integrity and Respect

Physically disabled young people should be free to direct their own lives. We listen to young people’s views and support them to make age-appropriate choices about their daily life and informed choices about their future.

We celebrate and promote diversity, value and support each other, and treat everyone with mutual respect. We support a culture of openness, honesty and transparency, where the safeguarding of our students and wellbeing of our staff is paramount.

We strive for Excellence

Physically disabled young people and their families deserve outstanding care and support. We work to make sure all our services are excellent and actively challenge each other to ensure continuous quality improvement.

We continually innovate to ensure that our Beneficiaries receive the cutting-edge, excellent support they deserve.

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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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Watts Gallery - Artists' Village (Compton)

Volunteering at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

 

Volunteers give vital support to the Artists' Village, contributing in many different ways from engaging with visitors as stewards in the galleries to supporting our Curatorial Team to assisting at events and workshops. Discover all the Artists' Village has to offer while acquiring new skills and meeting likeminded people.

Watts Gallery Trust is an independent charity, and we rely on the commitment of over 200 volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds and age groups.

Mission Statement

From our beautiful and inspiring setting of Watts Gallery - Artists Village, we welcome everyone to connect with the art and ideas of our founders George and Mary Watts. By caring for the collections and our environment, we advocate for the power, impact and relevance of art - onsite, online, with our community and via our international network of artists’ studio museums. Our dynamic and multisensory programme of exploring, looking and making, takes you out of the everyday, into new encounters that invite you to view life through a different lens.

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Wintershall (Bramley)

Mission Statement

The Wintershall Plays bring the story of Jesus Christ to life today.

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