Voluntary Action South West Surrey


- Zero Carbon Guildford

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 zero-waste shop, café, climate cinema and meeting/exhibition space and showcases ways local people can make changes to help Guildford's journey towards a zero-carbon future. 


Volunteer with Zero

Shop/café Volunteer with Zero

If you have ever wanted to make a difference for the environment but not known how volunteering in the new Zero shop is one of the best things you can do.

Help create and run a beautiful shop where customers fill their own containers with dried foods, cleaning products and toiletries.  No plastic, no packaging and no waste going into landfill.  

Zero is a community eco hub in Guildford Town Centre and we would love to welcome you to the family of volunteers making a difference in our town.

We are looking for people who are able to commit to doing a regular shift of at least half a day a week.  No previous experience of shop work is necessary as training will be given.

Duties will include: 

  • Talking to customers and other volunteers about environmental issues and the changes they can make
  • Serving customers and operating the till
  • Ensuring the space is tidy, well-presented and safe
  • Restocking products

If you would like to find out more about this role and how you can help please complete the application form below and we'll be in touch soon. 

The Zero shop is part of Zero Carbon Guildford; a registered charity promoting education and solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation, we're bringing together the work happening locally to help the borough adapt to a changing planet. Our aim is to  is to help the borough of Guildford reach carbon neutrality by 2030. 



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 have recently launched a community fridge in the centre of Guildford. We are aiming to keep the fridge operating for as many hours a week as possible, but we can only do this if we have enough volunteers to keep it staffed, so get in touch today if you can help with this incredibly worthwhile project.  The role will involve: 

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

General Interest

In addition to our specific volunteering roles we are always looking for people who would like to get involved and help out.  If you are interested in any way we'd love for you to get in touch by applying for this 'general interest' role.  There are all sorts of things that you might do but here are some ideas: 

  • Event organising
  • Running events or organising displays on a particular area of interest
  • Social media
  • Art
  • Indoor gardening

Event Steward

A Volunteer Event Steward is part of a team who are responsible for ensuring larger events at ZERO (our building in the Centre of Guildford) run smoothly.

The responsibilities of the Volunteer Event Steward team may include:

  • Setting up ZERO for an event.
  • Directing guests around the building.
  • Providing information to guests.
  • Serving refreshments.
  • Clearing down ZERO after an event. Events Stewards will work with the on-duty Venue Custodian to help ensure the smooth running of ZERO.

What this role offers:

  • An opportunity to be part of a team making an exciting new community project happen.
  • The chance to build contacts and friendships with like minded people in the Guildford environmental community.
  • A reference from one of the Trustees of ZERO Carbon Guildford for your future development.

Desirable skills, experience and qualities (Ideally, the candidate will possess at least some of the following skills, experience and qualities):

  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Friendly attitude when dealing with others
  • Willingness to be a proactive part of a team
  • Desire to be part of the ZERO team
  • Interest in environmental, climate and ecological matters.

Hours: Ad-hoc, depending on availability and ZERO event programme

Location: ZERO - Guildford town centre

Expenses: Reasonable travel expenses via public transport


Date posted 9/9/21

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3rd Farnham Scout Group

Mission Statement

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

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

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Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (Witley Centre, Godalming)

Mission Statement

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation is a national wildlife charity (Registered Charity 1130188) committed to conserving amphibians and reptiles and saving the disappearing habitats on which they depend.

Our vision sees amphibians and reptiles thriving in their natural habitats, and a society inspired and committed to their conservation.

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Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership BVCP

Mission Statement

The Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust was founded in 2006 by enthusiasts who are passionate about the people and wildlife of the Blackwater Valley.

We are a registered charity, with seven dedicated Trustees using their wide range of backgrounds to help conserve and improve its natural environment. This includes managing its countryside, preserving its wildlife habitats and landscapes by making conservation projects happen.

We also organise events, including walks, talks and conservation activities, and encourage the public to take part in them, educating people about, and introducing them to, the Valley and its wildlife.

In short, we do anything we can to make the Blackwater Valley a better place to live and visit.

Our aims

Our aims are to enhance the environment for both people and wildlife by:

  1. Promoting public access to the countryside by means of a programme of events, including walks and talks
  2. Involving people in their valley and the wildlife on their doorstep
  3. Identifying improvement ideas, creating projects and raising funds to progress them
  4. Encouraging a sense of belonging in the Blackwater Valley

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Bourne Conservation Group

Mission Statement

The Bourne Conservation Group is a friendly group of volunteers that enjoy working together in the fresh air to improve the local environment.  The aim of the Group is to improve The Bourne area of South Farnham by maintaining and enhancing its landscape and biodiversity with due regard to its historical associations.

Membership is open to all and consists of men and women from many walks of life.  There are a wide range of tasks to be undertaken and this provides interest and enjoyment for a spread of knowledge, aptitudes and physical abilities.

Projects we are involved in include:

Improvement of Bourne Crossroads embankment and flower bed

Improvement of the Bourne Gateway - spring bulbs on the A287 & Ridgeway School planting

Woodland Management in association with Waverley District Council and the private landowner of Sable Wood

Middle Bourne Lane Community Wildlife Garden

The Old Churchyard

Public Footpath maintenance

The Bourne Stream project

Bourne Beautification in association with The Bourne Residents Association

Historical Projects

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Mission Statement

The English Regional Transport Association(ERTA)is a voluntary membership-based, pro-public transport improvement association with several of its projects having a nation-wide positive benefit and impact. Membership is open to all.


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Farnham Community Farm

Mission Statement

Founded in 2008, Farnham Community Farm, previously known as Farnham Local Food, is a community-run project supported by volunteer labour. Our aim is to provide fresh, locally-grown vegetables for people in and around the Farnham area.

Here’s some of the things we are proud of:

•    We care about the environment and our produce has virtually no food miles.

•    Our vegetables are the freshest in town, usually picked on the same day they are collected.

•   Same day freshness guarantees our veg maintain valuable nutrients which are lost in mass produced supermarket veg that has travelled for miles to reach your table.

•    We can grow varieties purely for taste rather than transportability.

•    Although not certified, we use organic practices to grow our veg which means everything is free of pesticides.

•    All our members have the opportunity to actively help out with the scheme.

We currently have places within our scheme if you would like to buy produce weekly.  There are a three different sizes of veg share available at competitive prices, please refer to our weekly veg bag page for more information.

As with all community projects we always need more help in all areas of our scheme.  If you think FCF is something you may enjoy being part of then come along and see us. All ages, all abilities, everyone is welcome.  We hope to see you there.

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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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Girlguiding Surrey West - Herons Wey (Farnham)

Mission Statement

Girlguiding is the largest organisation for girls and young women in the UK.  The aim is to sustain and promote a stimulating and enjoyable programme of activities.  These will help girls and young women develop their potential and enable them to play an active role in their community.

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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 Environmental Forum

About us


Guildford Environment Forum are a Surrey based charity with a 25 year long history. We work to make Guildford (and the world beyond) a more sustainable place by educating, informing, cutting energy use, reducing ecological footprints, helping wildlife and tackling climate change. We work on local government climate Change committees, and run various hands-on projects that generate action on the environment within our local community. 

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Information Desk Volunteer

Zero is a new environmental hub in Guildford Town Centre.  The Guildford Environmental Forum will be operating a desk within the hub for people to find out about our work and how they can help make a difference to reducing the impact of climate change


As the post is a new one and voluntary the specific responsibilities will develop over time and recommendations to improve the role will be welcomed.


The role’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Welcoming visitors and introducing them to the GEF desk within the Zero.
  • Explaining how GEF operates and giving examples of how GEF and ZCG are working together to achieve their similar missions.
  • Giving further information about the various volunteering opportunities that GEF or ZCG can offer to those who wish to know. A display will be provided.
  • Helping visitors to understand their carbon footprint and reduce it helped by tactful suggestions.


What this role offers:

We are looking for a motivated volunteer, passionate about our natural environment, to contribute towards raising the profile of GEF (and ZCG’s) work. A lead volunteer will be appointed, to whom volunteers will be able to raise any queries.


Desirable skills, experience and qualities:

(Ideally, the candidate will possess at least some of the following skills, experience and qualities)


  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about GEF and ZCG and their projects, events and mission. Full training and supervision will be provided.
  • Enjoyment of communicating with members of the public who are curious to learn more about GEF and ZCG.
  • An aptitude for working as part of a team of like-minded volunteers.
  • A wish to support our drive for reducing climate emissions and/or stemming the loss of biodiversity near Guildford.
  • Good verbal communication skills.
  • Ideally, the ability to access the GEF website on a laptop and help those interested, who would like to join GEF on-line.


Membership Officer

We are looking for a motivated volunteer, passionate about our natural environment, to contribute towards raising the profile of GEF’s work with the aim of growing our membership (280 currently), recruiting volunteers and making the most of our successes, especially our current projects.

Ideally, you will possess the following skills and experience:

  • Experience working in the field of communications and marketing
  • Experience of updating and managing webpages
  • Strong understanding of social media platforms and management tools (e.g. Hootsuite); and of email marketing tools (e.g. MailChimp)
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Good copywriting and editorial skills
  • Experience in using digital graphic design programmes such as Photoshop, InDesign or similar

As the post is voluntary the specific responsibilities within the role will be negotiable, but would ideally include:

  • Managing social media accounts, posting up-to-date information on our activities to promote events and membership
  • Attending quarterly meetings of the GEF executive committee (optional)
  • Prepare all external communications including press releases, leaflets, events promotion so as to make GEF better known locally (reporting to the GEF Chair).
  • Identifying and pursuing new opportunities to advertise our activities through local publications, radio, partners or events
  • Work alongside existing volunteers to maintain the GEF website and help with producing a quarterly newsletter, which is read by over 1,000 in the area.

The minimum time commitment we are looking for would be 2-3 hours per week. Specifics of the role will be negotiable.  Reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. 

If you are interested and able to volunteer for GEF in the above capacity please fill in an application form and we will get back to you.

Posted                                21.10.2021


Membership & communications support

We are looking for a motivated volunteer, passionate about our natural environment, to contribute towards raising the profile of GEF’s work with the aim of growing our membership (310 currently), recruiting volunteers and making the most of our successes, especially our current projects.


Ideally, the candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

  • Experience of working with data bases and related software (we use membermojo)
  • Experience of updating and managing databases
  • Strong understanding of email marketing tools (e.g. MailChimp)
  • Good verbal and written communication skills


As the post is voluntary the specific responsibilities within the role will be negotiable, but would ideally include:

  • Supporting the GEF Membership Officer in monitoring and adapting our membership software (membermojo)
  • Regularly updating membermojo data base into mailchimp
  • Quarterly mailchimp to chase overdue subscriptions
  • Occasional one off mailchimps on GEF matters including membership
  • Attending quarterly meetings of the GEF executive committee (optional)


The minimum time commitment we are looking for would be 2-3 hours per week.


Specifics of the role will be negotiable, dependent on the applications received. All expenses will be covered, subject to executive committee approval.

If you are interested and able to volunteer for GEF in the above capacity then please do click on the "Fill in an Application" button and I will get back to you for a chat.

Adrian Thompson


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Guildford Seed Bank

Saving and sharing seed in the local area

Who are we?

We are a group of a dozen residents in the Guildford area with a passion for growing food and gardening in a sustainable and self-renewing way. The seed bank was set up to involve more local people in seed-saving for using in the next growing season. Each autumn, after the growing season we will pool and share our seed to get more people growing.

Guildford Seed Bank was formed in 2021, and this winter, we announced our arrival with a fantastic community seed swap event, attended by over 150 people. 


We are hoping to bring together people of all ages who are interested in growing their own food (or flowers) and strengthening biodiversity. We also need people to help with social media, and also tending to the Seed Bank beds up at Rosamund Community Garden, where we are growing various crops for seed this year, and of course help with fundraising ideas.

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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

General Interests

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National Justice and Peace Network (Wonersh)

Mission Statement


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

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

General Interests

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Painshill Park Trust (Cobham)

General Interests

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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.

General Interests

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Pewley Down Volunteers

Mission Statement

Pewley Down is a Local Nature Reserve, owned and managed by Guildford Borough Council. Pewley Down is chalk grassland, renowned for its unusual flowers, and the butterflies which depend on these. Pewley Down Volunteers have been conserving the Down for wildlife for over twenty years.

Volunteers work under the guidance of Pewley Down Volunteers Group Leaders.

We meet on the first Saturday of every month throughout the year, at 10am by the Pewley Hill entrance to the Down. Work parties go on until 2pm. Drinks & biscuits are provided. Volunteers should wear strong boots as the ground is uneven, with lots of rabbit holes. Participation by Duke of Edinburgh Award Candidates is encouraged. The main work is to keep the scrub under control, using saws, rakes and loppers. We also monitor plants and insects on site.

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Puttenham Barn

Mission Statement



Puttenham Barn is run by a small environmental charity called Project Oasis North Downs (POND).

Its mission is to provide simple inexpensive overnight accommodation in a 250 year old barn, in an environmentally responsible way.

It is aimed at walkers, cyclists & people enjoying the surrounding beautiful countryside.

The Barn has many environmental features including solar panels (on its bike shed!), rainwater harvesting & local varieties of apple trees in the garden.

We aim to open at weekends, during school holidays and on as many other nights as we can between Easter & October.


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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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Surrey Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE Surrey)

Mission Statement


We are the Surrey Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). Our aim is to protect, promote and enhance the countryside and natural environment of Surrey.


We work with local communities and their elected representatives to find positive and lasting ways to enable our countryside and nature to thrive - today and for generations to come.


Our goal is for a beautiful and vibrant countryside that sustains our wildlife, contributes to public health and wellbeing, and enriches all our lives.

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Surrey Care Trust - Swingbridge Community Project (Guildford)

Mission Statement

Tackle disadvantage, social exclusion and hardship in local communities and to help people improve their life chances. We will reach out to people to equip them with the skills to improve their economic situation, to reduce their social isolation and to convince them that they have a valuable contribution to make to society.


Amongst the ways this is achieved are:


Helping people to help themselves for the longer term by providing life-changing opportunities through education and training.

  • Running innovative programmes designed to keep disaffected and vulnerable young people in education, either at mainstream school or at one of our own learning centres, so that they achieve the skills and self-confidence they need for a successful and fulfilling life.
  • Offering second chance learning and training to people of all ages whose lack of skills limits their opportunities and leaves them economically vulnerable.
  • Making training and education programmes available to offenders and ex-offenders, both to improve their own life chances and to create safer communities by helping to reduce re-offending.

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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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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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Transition Town Farnham

Mission Statement

Transition Town Farnham is a community-led organisation, working to build a stronger and more vibrant community in and around Farnham.

We focus on implementing real projects now that improve our lives today.

We look ahead to prepare ourselves for the challenges that our community is likely to face in the future.

And we work to inform and involve others in our town, so that they can take the steps that are right for them.

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Woking Community Furniture Project

Mission Statement

We aim to reduce landfill by collecting and selling donated goods. We provide support and development for volunteers on "back to work" programmes and we provide low cost goods to help those on low income.

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