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Arthouse Unlimited (Godalming)

Mission Statement

ARTHOUSE Meath is a collective of artists living with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities all of whom require varying levels of support. The artists work alongside instructors to create artworks which are developed into designer products for sale. All artwork derives from the skills each artist brings to the enterprise and every contribution holds real value.

Offering a sense of purpose lies at the heart of ARTHOUSE Meath’s philosophy in line with our belief that feeling truly respected improves health and well-being. We strive to challenge perceptions and to create better acceptance and inclusion for all people living with disabilities.

As we grow we hope to offer more opportunities to people in other towns across the UK. 100% of sales revenue sustains the enterprise, enabling it to expand and evolve.

 

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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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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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Broadband For Surrey Hills

Mission Statement

Broadband for Surrey Hills (B4SH) is a not-for-profit community internet service provider. Our purpose is to bring reliable, hyperfast fibre broadband to hard to reach, rural, communities in the Surrey Hills.

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Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards

Mission Statement

Buckinghamshire and Surrey County Council Trading Standards Service aims to create an environment of confident consumers and trusted traders by providing advice and guidance to consumers and businesses. However there will be occasions when a range of different actions may be necessary to deal with cases where trading standards laws have been breached by businesses or others. Our work, campaigns and projects can be found on the Business and consumers page: http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/business-and-consumers/trading-standards

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Canine Partners

Are you looking for a rewarding, fun, new challenge? Canine Partners is a registered charity that transforms the lives of disabled people by partnering them with assistance dogs. We are looking for caring homes in Berkshire area, to raise, socialise and train puppies and young dogs up to the age of 18 months before they go on to become life-changing canine partners. Ideally, within 45 minutes’ drive RG12. Find out more caninepartners.org.uk/puppy-parents

Mission Statement

We will change the lives of disabled people using expertly trained dogs to improve physical, emotional and social wellbeing. 

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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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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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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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FareShare Sussex and Surrey

FIGHTING HUNGER, TACKLING FOOD WASTE, CREATING OPPORTUNITIES

Come and join our new volunteer team in Guildford.

We rescue surplus food from businesses, supermarkets and farms. This food is nutritious, in date, and safe and includes a high proportion of fresh vegetables, fruit, meat and fish. If we did not rescue this food, it would be at risk of going to waste. Instead, we deliver it to charities, schools, food banks, community pantries and fridges and other organisations serving vulnerable people.

Our new warehouse in Guildford will provide us with increased capacity for frozen and chilled food. By opening this warehouse, we aim to increase the amount of food we can save and eventually increase the number of charities and community groups we can work with in Surrey.

Our food is a vital lifeline for vulnerable people in our community. Children and families, people on low incomes, people who have lost their jobs, the homeless, refugees, domestic abuse survivors, the elderly and key workers all rely on our food.

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Furniturelink (Merrow)

Mission Statement

 Furniturelink Guildford, site logo.

 

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

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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 Lions Club

"We Serve"

The Guildford Lions Club was formed in 1967 and has a focus on making a difference to peoples' lives in Guildford. We are all volunteers, both males and female, with a passion for helping others whilst having some fun along the way.  We support our local community but as part of Lions International we also respond to global crises when appropriate.

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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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Haslewey Community Centre (Haslemere)

Mission Statement

We are a non-government funded community centre with a wide range of daily activities to suit all needs. With a warm welcome and lots of fun activities, we strive to offer a place for people of all ages to come and enjoy.

The Haslewey is a completely independent organisation and a registered charity that runs as a business. To enable us to continue to benefit the local community, we are heavily dependent on income we generate from our services and events.

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Hive Helpers

Mission Statement

Hive Helpers' Mission is to:

INSPIRE care for pollinators - through beekeeping and connecting with the local community

IMPACT positively on local habitats - through nature conservation and raising awareness

IMPROVE mental and physical wellbeing - through mindful and empowering outdoor activities

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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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Momentum Children's Charity

Mission Statement

Helping families of seriously ill children to keep moving forward

From hospital to home and beyond, we’ll be with you and your family every step of the way.

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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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Rosamund Guildford Community Garden

Mission Statement

Receive a warm welcome at Rosamund Guildford Community Garden, where a vibrant community of volunteers comes together. Our mission is to create a nurturing natural space, inviting both novice and passionate gardeners to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and wildlife.

We grow produce in tune with nature, using no-dig methods, slow natural enrichment and non-mechanisation. The Garden has many environmental features including a Roundhouse crafted through traditional methods, a pond fed by rainwater, two polytunnels, beds for growing, wildlife havens and a diverse orchard with a variety of trees.

Our volunteers can visit on a flexible basis and there are different ongoing projects that might appeal. Once signed up, our doors are open for volunteers to explore anytime, and we host regular volunteer groups on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Additionally, join us for our monthly 'big job' days over the weekends.

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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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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 Coalition of Disabled People

Come and join us!  We are a user-led organisation based out of a small office in Burpham and we cover the whole of Surrey and North East Hampshire.  The aim of the Surrey Coalition is to campaign for, and promote the rights of, disabled people to have equality of opportunity and to live independently.  We have volunteering opportunities based in our office, from your home or out and about in the community.  There is something for everyone and we would love to talk to you about how we could use your skills. 

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 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 National Childbirth Trust

Mission Statement

Our vision is that everyone who becomes a parent feels confident, connected, and safe because we believe parents help build the foundations of the future.

Every year we support over 250,000 parents across the UK and Channel Islands on their unique journeys through pregnancy, birth, infant feeding, and early parenthood.

We are the charity that supports people as they become parents.

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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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Time to Share

Mission Statement

Building Healthy Communities Together

Timebanking is a way for people to come together to help others and help themselves at the same times. Participants 'deposit' their time in the Time Bank by giving practical help and support to others and are able to withdraw their time when they need something done themselves.

Timebanking is open to people of all ages, abilities, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. 

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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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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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