Voluntary Action South West Surrey


- Care for Guildford - supporting your community

Care for Guildford - about us

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

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

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

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

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

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


Web site: Care for Guildford   

Email: volunteer@careforguildford.org.uk

Volunteer with Care for Guildford

Volunteer Shopper (May 2024)


What we do…

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

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

Volunteer Shopper Role Description

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

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

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

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


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

Volunteer Tasks and Responsibilities:

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

  • being courteous, friendly and professional at all times

  • agreeing the shopping list with Client

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

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

  • immediately feeding back any Safeguarding concerns to us

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

  • keeping accurate records

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

Time Commitment

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

Volunteer Specification

We ask that volunteers are:

  • caring, considerate, patient and understanding

  • flexible, reliable and helpful

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

  • motivated to help people

  • mindful of infection control and good hygiene at all times

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

Recruitment, Support and Training

All volunteers will be asked to:

  • participate in an interview with one of our Trustees

  • agree to a DBS check being carried out by us

  • participate in any training arranged by Care for Guildford

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

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Anthony Nolan

Mission Statement

Every day, Anthony Nolan saves the lives of people with a blood cancer or blood disorder. We do this by matching incredible individuals willing to donate their stem cells to people who desperately need a lifesaving transplant. We also carry out cutting edge scientific research, fund specialist post-transplant nurses and support patients and their families through the transplant process and beyond. We won’t stop until we save the lives of everyone who needs a stem cell transplant. 

General Interests

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Ash & Ash Vale Community Street Team

Mission Statement

We aim to build inter-generational bridges. by engaging with particularly young people.  We offer hot/cold drinks (depending on the time of the year!), and biscuits.  We are easily recognised by our distinctive uniform and logo.

General Interests

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British Red Cross - Godalming Shop

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.

General Interests

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British Regional Transport Association

Mission Statement

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


General Interests

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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. 

General Interests

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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.

Volunteer opportunities

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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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Farnham Swimming Baths Trust

Mission Statement

To benefit the inhabitants of Farnham and its neighbourhood by the provision and maintenance of an open space, including gardens.

Principal activity is the maintenance and enhancement of the Victoria Gardens in Farnham.

General Interests

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Girlguiding Surrey West - Herons Wey (Farnham)

If you love the outdoors and would like young people to get the chance to enjoy it too, then welcome to Herons Wey.  Herons Wey is a 52 acre campsite in Tilford owned by Girlguiding Surrey West since 1977.  Completely run by volunteers, we are looking for as much help as we can find to maintain and improve what we offer.  We look forward to meeting you.

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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Guide Dogs

Mission Statement

Our Purpose: To provide life-changing services for the independence of people living with sight loss and their friends and family.

Our Ambition: A future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support to live their lives to the fullest.

Our Behaviours:

We are




so we can:


Lead by example


General Interests

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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.

General Interests

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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.

General Interests

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halow project (Guildford)

Mission Statement

To make a difference

About us

The halow project is a growing community-based charity, situated in Guildford, Surrey. We support young people, aged 16+, with a learning disability on their journey into adult life.

The young people we work with want the opportunity to:

  • Build relationships
  • Become part of the community
  • Find meaningful employment
  • Have a home of their own

We believe that the young people we support have the right to be part of and respected in their communities and are entitled to a life they choose in ways which best suit them. halow is committed to developing creative opportunities and removing social barriers.

General Interests

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Kids Run Free (Effingham)

Mission Statement

The Kids Run Free mission is to create fun, sustainable running opportunities for children of all ages, igniting their passion for sport and physical activity while allowing them to become healthier, happier, more confident children.

General Interests

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Mission Statement

The Macular Society is the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss. We have more than 21,000 members and, as the biggest membership group in the sight loss sector, we are the voice of people with macular conditions. We provide information and support to improve the lives of people with macular disease and to ensure no one has to face it alone. We have around 400 Macular Society support groups around the UK and beyond, run by volunteers. We have a helpline as well as befriending and counselling services and we offer one-to-one training in skills to make the best use of remaining vision. We campaign for better care and we fund research so that one day we can overcome macular disease.



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Oxfam Books - Cranleigh

Mission Statement

For life without poverty, for everyone, for good. 

Oxfam saves lives in disasters. We get clean water running, help people earn a living, grow food and send children to school. We stand up for the rights of women everywhere. And we speak out against injustices that keep people poor. With your help we fight poverty now - and beat it for good. 

General Interests

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Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

Mission Statement


Rainbow Trust provides emotional and practical support for families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.

 This support comes from Family Support Workers who perform a role most people couldn’t imagine.  They maintain a sense of normality for the family by helping with hospital trips, performing household duties, taking the siblings to school and in many cases providing care during the final stages of a child’s life, helping with funeral arrangements and bereavement support.

Rainbow Trust has nine care teams across England in Surrey, North East London and Essex, Central London, West London, County Durham, Cumbria, Manchester, Swindon and Southampton. Last year they supported 1,361 families.

Rainbow Trust's vision is that one day all terminally ill children and their families will have access to a Rainbow Trust Carer.


Event Volunteer-Rainbow Trail- Hatchlands House-29 May 2024

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Restless Development

Who we are

We support the collective power of young people to solve the world's greatest challenges. 

General Interests

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Ronald McDonald House Charities UK

General Interests

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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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RSPCA Guildford and Epsom Branch

At this time all large gatherings are still banned, and so we are pausing all fundraising activities we had planned. 

In addition we are currently unable to train new home visitors or visit the homes of potential fosterers.

This is an incredibly difficult time for us across the RSPCA, and we appreciate your ongoing support and understanding. We are very fortunate to have a loyal and caring volunteer team, and we thank you for all the time and energy you donate to helping animals.


Mission Statement

The charitable objectives of the RSPCA are to promote kindness and prevent or suppress cruelty to animals by all lawful means.


The branch promotes animal welfare in the local area primarily through veterinary assistance, neutering and re-homing. We run a voucher scheme which assists local people with veterinary bills for treatment and neutering. It also helps to control dog and cat populations, thereby promoting responsible pet ownership.


The branch assists the RSPCA animal centres, mainly Millbrook and South Godstone, with re-homing unwanted and abused animals by home-visiting.  We also pay for veterinary treatment of stray animals and wildlife attended to by the Inspectorate in our branch area.


The RSPCA provides advice for owners on animal care. It also helps animals brought to us for rehoming because their owners are unable or unwilling to keep them. Ill treated or injured animals are cared for by the Society. The public benefits from knowing that we can intervene to assist animals in need.


We have a website to raise awareness of the activities of the branch and to help members get more involved. We provide volunteering opportunities for those who wish to support our work, including trusteeship, fundraising and home visiting. This benefits local people and companies by providing the possibility of doing work which is compassionate and rewarding.


We also have to fundraise to enable us to continue with our charitable work. The RSPCA receives no government or lottery funding.

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Surrey Hills Society

Mission Statement

Surrey Hills Society - Discover and help conserve our National landscape The Surrey Hills Society is an independent charity formed 15 years ago.  It promotes the positive enjoyment and care of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is in the course of being rebranded as one of the UK’s National Landscapes. We encourage those who live, work in, or visit the area to explore and learn about the special qualities and distinctiveness of the area.  The Society also uses its extensive network to actively promote the conservation and enjoyment of the Surrey Hills.

In June 2019 the Society was presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service which is the highest award for volunteer groups to recognise outstanding work done in their communities and is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary organisations.

Our mission is summarised by four words: Conserve, Inspire, Educate and Enjoy.

For further information visit our website.

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The Bourne Parish

Mission Statement

We are a church in Farnham providing activities and opportunities for children and young people.

As a parish seeking to put faith into practice our vision is that we are 'Radiating God’s love: enriching lives and communities'.

We have a range of services and activities which take place across our three worship centres - St. Thomas-on-the Bourne Church, St Martin by the Green Church and Brambleton Hall.

General Interests

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Waverley Borough Council-Parks & CountrySide

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Wintershall (Bramley)

Mission Statement

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

General Interests

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