Voluntary Action South West Surrey

A member of the Ash & Tongham, Cranleigh, Haslemere, Farnham, Guildford, Surrey Business and Surrey communities

About Voluntary Action South West Surrey

We are a local support and development group helping local voluntary and community groups develop and thrive.

We provide funding advice, we recruit volunteers, we run training and events and have projects to promote community involvement and encourage volunteering.

If you are a local community group needing more volunteers, some help with finding funding or  with any other aspect of running you group please get in touch, our email is info@vasws.org.uk

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Visit our website at http://www.voluntaryactionsws.org.uk

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#Iwill week pledge update - Voluntary Action SWS

Voluntary Action South West Surrey has updated the #Iwillweek pledge that we made last year.

Last year our pledge was;

“We will encourage more young people to access volunteeringby promoting opportunities, and the benefits of youth social action, inschools, colleges, universities and youth groups. We will do this through planned visits,volunteer fairs, fresher’s fairs, information stands and having a presence atlocal events.

We will support our organisation and local charities toprovide more volunteering opportunities for young people, by working in closepartnership with the University of Surrey and making Youth Social Action thefocus of our Annual Conference in 2017.”

We feel we achieved our pledge goals last year and have nowaltered them to move forward into 2018 with an updated pledge and a greaterunderstanding of the great things youth social action can achieve.

This year our pledge is;

"We will promote and celebrate the positive role young peoplecan play through social action and volunteering.

We will take the lead as an organisation to encourage othercharities to create a vast spectrum of voluntary roles that are attractive toyoung people at the different stages of their life.

When organisations appeal to a wide range of skills andexperiences, young people should continue to be engaged for longer periods oftime. Enabling them to benefit by; reducing loneliness and social isolation,learning new skills, making friends, keeping active, gaining confidence andoverall enhancing their well-being.

We will continue to encourage young people to accessvolunteering by promoting opportunities in schools, colleges, universities andyouth groups. Via planned visits, freshers and volunteering fairs andinformation stands at local events."

More information can be found online via; http://www.iwill.org.uk

Springboard - training programme for young peopl;e with autism

Only 12 spaces are left on the Surrey based project'Springboard' - a training programme with a twist for young people with autismand similar conditions using an engaging virtual learning environment.

Autus has a reputation for innovative skills development andin keeping with that they have created an amazing woodland and trekkingenvironment for this course that will teach team working and othervocational skills, build confidence and digital skills whilstparticipants enjoy virtual outward bound/survival activities!

Suitable participants will get to work with the employerengagement manager whose role it is to help them with jobsearch/applications.

Please share this with any young people (18 to 30)who may benefit from this programme.

No laptop or old laptop ?? ...don't worry they have alaptop loan scheme

No previous technical skills required but basic IT skillsand comfortable using a computer (e.g. internet/email) is essential. Itwould definitely appeal to people who game but previous gaming experience isnot necessary.

More info: https://www.autus.org.uk/projects/springboard

register interest: www.autus.org.uk/register

University of Surrey - Volunteering Fair

The University of Surrey is holding it's annual volunteering fair on

Wednesday 15th November from 12.00pm -3.00pm in the Students’ Union at University of Surrey

Itis Free to attend, parking permit provided, table, chairs and electrical power as well.

If you are a local charity or not for profit who would like more volunteers please contact Maddie and come along

Email - maddie.thomas@surrey.ac.uk

Set up from 10.30am.

Canterbury Care Centre

November 2017 Programme

British Sign Language Taster sessions

British Sign LanguageTaster sessions

Dot Sign willbe running 3 taster sessions across their Guildford and Woking venues in April and May2018.

Pleasecontact them via email - bsl@dotsignlanguage.co.uk - if you would like to reserve a place on any of the followingsessions;

  • Guildford - Friday 27th April 2018 10.00am-12.00
  • Guildford - Wednesday 2nd May 2018 6.30-8.30pm
  • Woking - Thursday 3rd May 2018 6.30-8.30pm
Sessionscost £15 per person

You can view all the details here http://www.dotsignlanguage.co.uk/course/bsl-taster-sessions/

Have you completed a community project that you are proud of and want to showcase?

Did this work include patient, service user or carerengagement with diverse communities and seldom heard groups?Did your project improve healthcare services, or reducehealth inequalities?

NHS England is awarding a number of small grants of up to£2,000 to enable charities to raise their profile so that others can learn fromtheir good practice. For example, you may want to produce an informationfilm or a series of leaflets, or record a podcast.

In order to win a grant, you must show how your work linksto NHS England’s priorities defined in the NextSteps on the Five YearForward View

For example, you may have supported women to access GPservices, or perhaps your work contributes to wider improvements in mentalhealth. You will also need to set out how you intend to showcase yourwork.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 31stOctober, and successful applicants will be notified on 27thNovember.

To apply, follow this link - https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/application/sharing-celebrating-patient-public-participation/

Office Space to Let in Dorking High Street

First floor offices comprising 2 bright and spacious officesplus a store room situated in Dorking High Street. Close to local amenities andtransport links with lovely views of Ranmore Common.


Office 1 217 sq ft (19.98 sq m)

Office 2 206 sq ft (18.94 sq m)

Store Room 159 sq ft (14.80 sq m)

Total area 582 sq ft (53.72 sq m)

In addition the new tenant will share the use of threemeeting rooms via a booking system, kitchen area and male/female WC’s.


£550 PCM plus share of utilities, building insurance and anynecessary maintenance costs.

Forfurther details please contact The Brigitte Trust 0n 01306 881816 or email brigittetrustadmin@btconnect.com

Guildford Soup - do you need funds?

Are you looking for a small pot of funds for your group,school, charity or to do something to improve your neighbourhood or kick start your social enterprise.

Guildford SOUP is a micro funding dinner where guests donate on the door and listen to 3 projects pitch for the door donations. The organisation with the most votes wins the door funds. The evening is full of music, arts and lovely food; all donated by willing volunteers.

We need 3 local Guildford groups to come along and pitch at the next SOUP on 19th October 7pm at The Boileroom in Guildford Town Centre. It is a chance to share a meal with your neighbours, listen to some music and support local initiatives.

Please get in touch with

Helen Linnell (Development Officer)at Voluntary Action South West Surrey if you have an idea for a pitch on h.linnell@vasws.org.uk or 07468 690834

or Lydia Stockbridge lydia@theboileroom.net.
19 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm
until 19 Oct 2017 at 9:00pm
The Boileroom
13 Stoke Fields

Muslim Carers Engagement Event

Posted on behalf of Action for Carers
Action for Carers Surrey in partnership with Surrey Muslim Association invite you to join a Carers Engagement Event ahead of Carers Rights Day

There will be a presentation on the Islamic perspective of caring and details of the new Action for Carers Surrey, Adult Carers Support Service. There will be the opportunity to network during lunch and receive advice and information from our stall holders. For those who are eligible there will be the opportunity to receive a free carer health check.

Lunch will be provided.

Registration essential for catering purposes.

To book: Send Email to: Training@actionforcarers.org.uk

Telephone: 01883 626264

Post: Hasu Ramji c/o Action for Carers (Surrey), Mellbreak, Tydcombe Road, Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9LU
15 Nov 2017 at 10:00am
until 15 Nov 2017 at 2:00pm
Park View Community Centre
GU21 5NZ

The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines at G Live on 18th October

Posted on behalf of GLive
The band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines willperform at Guildford’s G Live on Wednesday 18th October 2017 to raise funds forseafarers in need

Seafarers UK, the leading maritime charity, celebrates its centenary this yearand returns to Guildford once again, following the huge success of theirfundraising Royal Marines Band concerts over many years. Thepopularity and following of the Royal Marines Band is as strong as everand they have entertained us here in Guildford for over 25 years at The CivicHall, Guildford Cathedral and now GLive, helping to raise money for SeafarersUK and they look forward to providing audiences with a wonderful evening ofmusic and more. And all for a first class good cause!

Established in 1917 Seafarers UK ( formerly King George’s Fund for Sailors) is the leadingcharity for our maritime community which includes the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, the MerchantNavy and the Fishing Fleets and provides invaluable support to thiscommunity and associated charities.

In 2016Seafarers UK delivered £2.57m in total funding with 103 grants awarded to 69organisations. £42,284 was awarded in Maritime Education andTraining grants, £216,751 in project fundraising grants and £171,878 inMerchant Navy Fund grants. 11 new organisations were supported, 69beneficiary organisations aided and 186,390 people helped through Seafarer’sfunding.

AlthoughWorld War II veterans are diminishing, sadly recent conflicts and the declinein the UK merchant marine have swelled the numbers of those seeking assistanceand although we are an island our nation suffers from a degree of sea blindnessand can be forgetful of mariners in need. ( Please visit www.Seafarers-uk.orgfor further information).

Tickets: £20.50, £23.50, £26.50 inclusive of £2.50 booking fee

Concessions: Save £1

To book tickets visit the G Live website at www.glive.co.ukor phone 01483 369350 .
18 Oct 2017 at 7:30pm
until 18 Oct 2017 at 11:00pm
G Live
London Rd,