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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Surrey Libraries Rhymetime Volunteers needed

You can apply online via our website or follow the link in the image


Room to Reward

Room to Reward offer hidden heroes within registered charities the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing and deserving short break in order to acknowledge their dedication and allow them to recharge their batteries.

MILESTONE Room to Reward has doubled the amount of hotel stays donated since the Spring with a staggering £56,000 worth of stays already having being donated and a further £14,000 pledged for this year. 64 charity partners now participate in the scheme. We aim to break the 150 hotel partners and 200 charity partners target, by end of 2017 which will equate to £75,000 worth of stays.

If you have a great volunteer that gives their time to your organisation why not nominate them as a hidden hero?


Art and Communities course - Connection people through creative activities

Do you want to use your arts practice in community settings? Have you ever wondered how to carry out meaningful creative engagement with communities? Are you a new arts graduate looking to work with local Guildford communities? Or maybe you’ve got an idea for a participatory arts project but don’t know where to start?

This new two-day course is for artists and creative practitioners who wish to start working with local communities through the arts.

Arts and Communities is for people who have little or no experience of working as an artist in community settings and are looking to develop skills to run successful community arts projects. It will also be a great opportunity to meet other local artists interested in community arts practice. The course is open to artists working in all art forms from visual arts to drama, dance to new media, music to photography.

Open to anyone who lives or works in Guildford

£10for both days

Bring your own lunch

Tea and coffee provided

Dates: 19 and 20 June 2017

Time: 9.30am-4.30pm

Venue: St Peter’s Shared Church, 37 Hazel Avenue, Bellfields, Guildford GU11NP

To apply please email Hannah Dix on hannah.dix@guildford.gov.uk with the following details:

1)Your name and postal address, 2) If youlive or work in Guildford 3) Your art form/s, 4) A brief outline of yourqualifications and any experience you have of running community arts projects,5) A brief outline of why you

Thedeadline for applications is:

Monday12 June 2017

wish to attend the course.
19 Jun 2017 at 9:30am
until 20 Jun 2017 at 4:30pm
St Peter’s Shared Church, 37 Hazel Avenue,

South West Surrey Carers Engagement event

Posted on behalf of Action for Carers
14th June from 11am to 2pm at Ash Youth and Community Centre

Book your place today

Call 01883 626264

Email - training@actionforcarers.org.uk

Post - Hasu Ramji

c/o action for carers (surrey)


Tydcombe road


14 Jun 2017 at 11:00am
until 14 Jun 2017 at 2:00pm

Gypsy Traveller Cultural Awareness

Gypsy TravellerCultural Awareness (1/2 day input)

Course Description

Gypsy Roma Traveller (GRT) cultural awareness forprofessionals and others who have - or want to have - contact with GRTcommunities.

This highly participative half-day multiagency courseprovides a balanced and accurate explanation of GRT history and culture. A widerange of relevant issues are explored, through both course materials andquestions from participants in open discussion.

This course aims to:

Provide abalanced, accurate explanation of Gypsy & Traveller history and culture

Provide a safecontext in which participants can explore views and ask questions

Dispel myths andstigma

Explore conflictissues and potential resolution

Course Dates

Wednesday, 28th June 2017 – Focus Youth Centre, Depot Road,Epsom KT17 4RJ

Tuesday, 4th July 2017 - Focus Youth Centre, Depot Road,Epsom KT17 4RJ

Thursday, 13th July 2017 – Ash Youth Centre, Ash Hill Rd,Ash GU12 5DN

Monday, 17th July 2017 - Ash Youth Centre, Ash Hill Rd, AshGU12 5DN

Course Timings - 9:15am to 1:00 pm

Course Fees - Delegatecharge is £40 (or £30 for small voluntary organisations) You will be invoicedas payment is not taken up front.

How to book a place

If you would like to apply for a place on this trainingcourse, then please contact our Training Administration team by emailing anapplication form to


The Great Get Together - Street Party

The Great Get Together is a National Celebration aimed at bringing communities together. The weekend marks the anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox who inspired us when she said "We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us". With the recent tragedies in Manchester and London, communities are coming together stronger than ever, to show those trying to sow fear that they will not divide us!

Voluntary Action South West Surrey have joined together with local businesses and charities to organise ...

A Great Get Together Street Party on Chapel Street in Guildford town centre

on Saturday17th June from 10am to 4pm.

There will be activities for all ages such as; scavenger hunt, fete games, face paint, The Great Guildford Cake Off - cake contest and much more.

Please get in touch with Kerry if you would like to be part of The Great Get Together in any way. k.brown@vasws.org.uk or call 01483 565456
17 Jun 2017 at 10:00am
until 17 Jun 2017 at 4:00pm
39 Castle Street

Quadstar Funding for Youth projects

Grants of up to £10,000 will soon be available for new and innovative

children and young people’s projects that have an element of sustainability.

The Quadstar Foundation aims to provide seed grants and mentoring to

innovative and dynamic charities and social enterprise projects that focus

on helping children and young people flourish.

We are open to a wide range of ideas and particularly focus on activities

that support children and young people’s happiness and confidence as an

antidote to modern pressures through activities such as sport, creative arts

and outdoor adventures.

Projects should be working towards one or more of our outcomes:

• Improving children and young people’s emotional resilience

• Increasing children and young people’s opportunities

• Empowering children and young people to become more confident and

pursue their aspirations

Our first round of funding will open soon.

To be the the first to hear contact : lou@quadstar.org

The Great Get Together

On 17th-18th June, get together with your neighbours and be part of a national celebration of what we have in common.

The Great Get Together is an event inspired by Jo Cox the MP, she said "We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us" Jo Cox.

We are organising a fabulous Street Party on Saturday 17th June on Chapel Street in Guildford Town centre as part of the Great Get Together.

Why not get your neighbourhood together?

More information can be found online - https://greatgettogether.org/

Disability Challengers

Challengers are recruiting for paid and voluntary play workers.

Please contact them for more information.

Call 01483 230 571 or 01483 230 938

Email - work@disability-challengers.org

Recruitment Events are coming up soon;

Basingstoke - Thursday 1st June

Farnham - Wednesday 7th June

Epsom - Wednesday 21st June

Guildford - Thursday 22nd June

Petersfield - Wednesday 28th June

Sport England Funding available

Sport EnglandAnnounces New Funding to Tackle Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage

From April 2017 Sport England will be accepting applications for the secondround of its inactivity fund. The £3 million Tackling Inactivity and EconomicDisadvantage fund will be available for projects which use sport and physicalactivity to improve lives and communities.

Research has shown that 32% of people in semi-routine and routineoccupations, such as shop assistants and waitresses, are inactive. Thatcompares to 17% of people in managerial and professional occupations. TheTackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage fund will support inactive peoplewho have little income and are therefore economically disadvantaged. This groupmake up a third of the population in England aged 16 to 74 (14.6 millionpeople).

Applications will be accepted from a wide range of community organisations,including non-sport organisations.

Two pots of funding will be available:

  • Pot One – A £2 million fund which will support larger projects with funding of up to £500,000. This funding will be given to projects which target those who have little disposable income. Beneficiaries will likely live very ordered lives but find it hard to find time for physical activity or feel that being active is just not for them.
  • Pot Two – A £1 million fund for projects seeking funding of between £10,000 and £100,000. This funding will focus on those who are far less likely to have a steady income, or any income at all, living more chaotic lives with additional challenges. For example, they may have an offending background, be dealing with alcohol or drug misuse, or facing mental health issues.
Sport England says it knows that sport and physical activity can beextremely powerful in supporting positive social change for communities andindividuals, that could mean using sport to improve someone’s mental wellbeing,help drive down crime rates in an area, or reduce social isolation in ruralcommunities.

Applications are expected to open in mid-April2017.