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40 Degreez Centre (Farnham)

Mission Statement

The 40 Degreez Centre provides a venue for all young people in the Farnham area (currently around 5000 in the age range 10 to 25 years old) to meet in a safe and informal environment, supporting a variety of leisure, social and advisory activities.

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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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Bike Project Surrey

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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Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership BVCP

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British Red Cross - Godalming Shop

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Cancer Research UK, West Street, Farnham Shop

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Catalyst (Guildford)

Mission Statement

Catalyst (formerly SAdAS) is a non-profit organisation working with people who are dealing with issues stemming from drug and alcohol misuse and mental health – including housing, involvement with criminal justice, relationships with family and friends and getting back into work.

Guildford-based for over 30 years, we work throughout Surrey and its borders in partnership with a wide variety of statutory and non-statutory organisations and bodies to provide support.

We believe change is achievable when facilitated by skilled professional staff and volunteers offering a friendly, respectful, non-judgemental and personal approach.

It’s not just about what we offer, but how we offer it.

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Community Angels (Guildford)

Mission Statement

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

GTCC exists to:

Show Compassion, Offer Care and Support Community:

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

 

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Dance Woking

Mission Statement

Established in 1995, Dance Woking is an innovative dance organisation which provides high quality opportunities to watch perform and take part in dance, providing new experiences that inspire artists, audiences, participants and communities. Dance Woking champions and celebrates dance as a socially and culturally relevant force through an annual programme of events that resonate with our audiences. Dance Woking is an outstanding contributor to the arts, culture and sport in Woking and the SE of England, with a regional and national reputation in its support and development of dance.


Dance Woking presents three seasons of dance every year featuring national, regional and local artists, bespoke commissions and premieres of new dance in Spring, Summer and Winter.  Dance Woking provides local people with opportunities to engage in creative learning and participation projects. 

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Dementia Friends - Alzheimers Society

Mission Statement

Dementia Friends is a national initiative that is being run by Alzheimer's Society. It's funded by the government, and aims to improve people's understanding of dementia and its effects. Alzheimer's Society is working with lots of volunteers and other organisations to achieve this goal. Because, together, we can create dementia friendly communities

Make life better for people with dementia - People with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community. Dementia Friends is giving people an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do that can make a difference to people living with dementia - from helping someone find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia.

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Dolphins Swim Club (Active Surrey)

Mission Statement

Dolphin Swim Sessions aim to facilitate friendly, inclusive swimming sessions for anyone who feels that joining the sessions would benefit their physical or mental health. No referral is required, anyone is welcome as are carers. Sessions are used as rehabilitation after surgery, for management of various mental health conditions, for on-going physical maintenance, weight loss, etc.

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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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Guide Dogs

Mission Statement

Our vision

We will not rest until people who are blind and partially sighted can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.

Our purpose

We will deliver a world class guide dog service as part of a range of mobility services, and work to break down barriers to ensure people who are blind and partially sighted can get out and about on their own terms.

Our values

The beliefs that guide the entire organisation:

  • Dedicated to superior quality
  • Always trustworthy
  • Inclusive and embracing
  • Customer focused
  • Maximising impact
  • Passionate and determined

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Guildford Borough Council

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Guildford Walking for Health

Mission Statement

The Walking for Health national programme is run by the Ramblers and their goal is that everyone will have access to a short, free and friendly health walk within easy reach of where they live, to help them become and stay active, and we couldn't do this without all the amazing volunteers that make our health walks possible. 

From volunteer walk leaders and assistants, volunteers do a fantastic job in supporting and developing the Walking for Health initiative. I'd love for you to be a part of that too!

Guildford Walking for Health currently has five walk groups in Guildford. The groups are: Boxgrove, Mondays from Boxgrove Park shops; Worplesdon, Tuesdays from Worplesdon Place; Shalford, Wednesdays from the Seahorse Inn Shalford; Shere, Thursdays from the Shere Recreation car park; Whitmoor, Fridays from the Jolly Farmer car-park, Whitmoor Common. 

The health walks are aimed at people recovering from illness, or people wanting to get a bit more active. Aug 2020: We are hoping to start walks for people with disabilities, in wheelchairs or using disability scooters, and we need another 10 volunteers to help with this.

Leading walks is a fun way of giving something back to your local community. You will make new friends and discover lovely outdoor places. 

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Happy Mondays Club (Guildford)

Mission Statement

Happy Mondays Club is a group of young people with learning difficulties. We meet every Monday 7-9pm at Millmead Centre, Guildford, Surrey.

We do all sorts of things from music to cookery, outings to drama, dance, sport and games.

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Hill House Dementia Day Care Centre (Farnham)

Mission Statement

Woodlands and Hillbrow were set up as a family care homes. We now have a day centre specialising in dementia and a nursing home called Hill House.  The homes are all run along the same core principle of dignity, respect, courage and caring for people as though they are our own family.

Once residents come to live with us we want them to have the best possible quality of life and for it to be the last time they ever have to move. In order to achieve this we need volunteers to help us.

I cannot stress the importance of this time in peoples lives, so we try to make it as good as possible at the end of their life.

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Leukaemia Care

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MS Society Surrey Group (Guildford)

Mission Statement

Our vision
A world free from the effects of MS.
Our mission
To enable everyone affected by MS to
live life to their full potential and secure the
care and support they need, until we
ultimately find a cure.

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National Trust - Leith Hill (nr Dorking)

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Pewley Down Volunteers

Mission Statement

Pewley Down is your 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.

The volunteers work under the guidance of the countryside team.

We meet on the first Saturday of every month throughout the year, at 10:00, by the Pewley Hill entrance. Work parties go on till 1400. Drinks & biscuits provided. Volunteers should wear strong boots as the ground is uneven, with lots of rabbit holes. Participation by Duke of Edinburgh’s 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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Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Shop, Quarry Street

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Quick Response Memorial Woodland (Woking)

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RAF Association (Guildford)

Mission Statement

To promote, through the comradeship engendered by its members, the welfare by charitable means of all serving and former members of Her Majesty’s Air Forces, their spouses and dependants, together with the widows and widowers and dependants of those who died while serving or subsequently.

 

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St John's Stoke Church

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Surrey Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE Surrey)

Mission Statement

Purpose:

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.

Mission:

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.

Vision:

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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Surrey Coalition of Disabled People

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 Drug and Alcohol Care Helpline

Mission Statement

Surrey Drug & Alcohol Care is a registered charity which has been set up as a result of a need in the county of Surrey for a confidential Freephone help line for substance misusers and those with mild to moderate mental health problems, their families, friends and colleagues, aiming to make a difference to their lives. Trained volunteers respond to the distress caused by substance misuse or mental health on a high quality help line that is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, emphasising empowerment and self-help.

Objectives:

  • To provide information about county and countrywide resources and support to persons and organisations helping people experiencing the effects of substance misuse.
  • To promote mental health well being county-wide.
  • To promote, liaise and exchange information with relevant agencies both within the Surrey area and outside.
  • To raise public awareness of the continuing impact of substance misuse.
  • To advance the education of the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol amongst those young students in full time education in Surrey and professional groups.
  • Website: www.sdac-helpline.co.uk
  • Join us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/610138639182651/

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The Therapy Garden (Normandy)

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The Woodlarks Centre (Farnham)

Mission Statement

 

“To provide the highest quality care and support for people with a range of disabilities in a warm and stimulating environment”

 

The Woodlarks Centre is a Care Home and Activity Day Centre situated in a beautiful rural area of Farnham, Surrey.

It supports a diverse community of individuals who have various physical or learning disabilities and impairments.

Founded in 1949, The Woodlarks Centre is a charitable trust with up to 22 residents who are encouraged to lead a varied and active social life and integrate into the local community. There is an extensive programme of both in house and external activities that the residents have the choice of participating in. A significant aspect of The Woodlarks Centre is the Activity Centre which offers a variety of therapeutic arts and crafts and is available at all times for the residents.

The home is spacious yet homely, with modern equipment enabling the residents to maintain their independence. There is a Doctors Surgery next door making it extremely convenient for residents medical appointments.

Between 2011 and 2013, The Woodlarks Centre underwent an extensive renovation project resulting in all the residents’ rooms being upgraded to include an en suite wet room, and the communal areas of the home have all benefited from upgrades and modernisation to suit the residents’ requirements.

The Woodlarks Centre is regulated by the Care Quality Commission.

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Watts Gallery - Artists' Village (Compton)

Mission Statement

Watts Gallery is one of the most beautiful small galleries in Europe and was shortlisted for the prestigious Art Fund Prize for Museums and Galleries in 2012 having been showcased on BBC Restoration Village. Showcasing the works of the eminent victorian artist G.F. Watts it also hosts an exciting programme of exhibitions and events.

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Wintershall (Bramley)

Mission Statement

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

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