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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British Sign Language Taster Sessions

Book online www.dotsignlanguage.co.uk

aat Events

The benefits of physical activity to our mental health have been expounded by the media recently. You may have seen the “Mind Over Marathon” BBC programme which saw 10people with various health issues train to run the London Marathon. Local events company, aat events, are keen to help charities to fundraise through sport.

If you would like advice around how to maximise the potential of your events, are interested in getting involved in an existing aat event, or would like a bespoke event delivered for you then do get in touch with the team.

Equally, if you are interested in volunteering at an event near you do let Becky know: becky@aat-events.com01483 720 459

Apply to be a Co-op local cause


Apply to be a Co-op local cause To apply to be a Co-op cause you must have a project or event in mind that:

  • takes place in the UK or Isle of Man
  • doesn't have religious or political aims (although you can still apply if you're a religious organisation)
  • meets the Co-op's values
  • takes place or will still be running after October 2018
  • benefits your local community
We'll give preference to projects run by small, local organisations.

You can't use money from the fund solely to pay for staff salaries or general running costs, or to make a donation to another organisation.

If you're successfulWe'll let you know if you've been selected in October and you can start promoting your cause to our members from November.

You'll be paid a share of the funding every 3 months, with the first payment at the end of January 2018 and the last in October 2018.

How to apply Enter your postcode to check how much funding will be available in your area Postcode

To apply you'll need:

  • your organisation's charity or HMRC registration number, or proof you're an excepted charity, Scout or Guide group or registered Community Amateur Sports club
  • a description of your project and how much you want to raise
  • 2 contact names, including email addresses
  • basic details of your organisation and what it does, including approximate annual income
  • your organisation's bank details - money from the fund can't be paid into personal accounts
You can save your application at any time and return to it later. Applications must be completed by 8 August 2017.

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The Great Get Together Street Party was a great success.

Thank you to the businesses and shops on Chapel street who got involved and provided some free refreshments, food or activities.

Partisan Cheese Shop and Deli provided some great cheese tasters

Cote got the party started by giving away free pastries and coffee

Loch Fyne gave away Oysters and salmon

Ask Italian provided lots of lovely nibbles and snacks, such as pizza, olives, dough balls and bruschetta

Pews Bar brought a BBQ along to tempt those passing by

La Casita provided some Spanish tapas

Surrey Hills Coffee had a great range of coffee for people to taste

Pizza Go Go gave out some free pizza

The Pilates Foundry ran Pilates taster sessions in the Castle Grounds

Fired Earth provided some broken tiles for the public to glue into a great design with the help of volunteers from Voluntary Action.

Thank you also to the Fabulous local charities that came along to help run tables and share what they do with the local community.

Maria from Sparky's cafe which are part of the Richmond Fellowship came along to help Voluntary Action at the face painting table

Age UK Surrey had a conversation corner with a sofa to gather people's views on loneliness and share information on their services.

Guildford Time Bank ran a great tin can knock down game with free lucky dip prizes for the winners.

Denise from the Welcome Buddies and Lorraine from Welcome to Volunteering were on hand with the Positive post it wall to encourage people to leave a message.

Catalyst charity came along with some Mindful colouring for people to get involved with.

Guildford Museum came along with a stand and asked people to share their historic Guildford memories.

RHS Wisley donated some seeds for the planting table which was run by Voluntary Action South West Surrey and Surrey Family & Mediation Services

Artventure Charity came along to encourage people to get creative, they brought along a paper mache chap to be decorated and set up paper for people to try their hand at a Jackson Pollock themed master piece.

Musical entertainment was provided by the Surrey Ukeaholics and the Rhythm of Life Community Choir.

The event went well, and we really loved how much people got involved and enjoyed the day.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards 2018 Open to Applications (UK)

The IMPACT Awards are an annual scheme, funded by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) aspart of the company's commitment to promoting community health and wellbeing.The Awards are organised and managed in partnership with the King's Fund, aleading independent health charity working to improve health and social care.

The Awards recognise and reward small to medium-sized charities in the UKthat are doing excellent work to improve people's health. Charities must havean annual income of between £80,000 (an increase from the previous £25,000) and£2.5 million (an increase from the previous £2 million).

Applicants must target community health needs in the UK and have a trackrecord of achievement in this area.

The Awards recognise excellence in existing work and do not seek to fund newprojects. The assessment is based on the work of the whole organisation and theassessment will focus on excellence in the six areas of IMPACT. The judges willbe looking for evidence of:

  • Innovation: Leadership, creativity and initiative in addressing current challenges in healthcare access and delivery.
  • Management: Efficient use of resources; quality of management processes; equality of opportunity; clear objectives and plans; strength and financial effectiveness of the organisation.
  • Partnership: Working effectively with others (members, users, private and public sector partners, etc.); willingness to share 'best practice' and to learn from others.
  • Achievement: Measurable results achieved; numbers of people benefited; impact on access to healthcare; a reflective approach to evaluation of the work; measurement and monitoring of performance; being able to report on outcomes and impact.
  • Community focus: Involving and responding to users and the community; openness and provision of information; adaptability to changing circumstances and needs.
  • Targeting needs: Awareness of community issues and priorities and having a detailed understanding of the target community; ensuring services are accessible to, and focus on, people in need.
Up to ten winners will receive £30,000 unrestricted funding with one overallwinner receiving £40,000. Winners will also receive free training anddevelopment valued at up to £6,000, a specially commissioned professional filmand photographs along with publicity and press support. Up to ten runners-upwill receive £3,000.

The deadline forapplications is 22 September 2017 (5pm).

Handling Difficult Situations workshop

Workshop: Handling Difficult Situations

Date: Monday 9th October 2017

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Charles Stanley, 70-72 Chertsey St, Guildford, GU1 4HL

Jess Hogan-Smith and Caroline Keith

Everyvolunteer manager faces difficult volunteer situations and there is noeasy way to deal with them, but this session will help them cope withthese situations.

By the endof the session participants will:

  • have identified what constitutes a difficult volunteer situation
  • have explored the impact that a difficult volunteer situation can have on the organisation
  • have discussed various solutions to dealing with difficult volunteer situations
  • have strategies for saying goodbye
The coursewill be delivered by Jess Hogan Smith and Caroline Keith from Voluntary ActionSouth West Surrey

Please use the Eventbrite link below to book your tickets online


There will be a charge of -

£20 per delegate for Voluntary, Community and Faith organisations

£40 per delegate for Statutory Bodies

Email Kerry if you have any questions - k.brown@vasws.org.uk

Pleasenote our cancellation policy is at least 48 hours’ (2 working days) notice fora full refund. If you give insufficient notice of a booking cancellation,you will still be charged for the event. In circumstances when VASWS hashad to cancel the event altogether, a full refund will be given in all cases.
09 Oct 2017 at 10:30am
until 09 Oct 2017 at 12:30pm
Charles Stanley
70-72 Chertsey Street

Supporting and Supervising of Volunteers workshop

Support and Supervising of Volunteers

Jess Hogan-Smith and Caroline Keith

Date – 11thSeptember 2017

Time - 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue – Charles Stanley,70-72 Chertsey St, Guildford, GU1 4HL

The aims for the session are for participants to:

· have an understanding of the term support& supervision and have evaluated the benefits of good support &supervision

· have defined what constitutes good support & supervision and identified skills needed to give positive support & supervision

· have discussed when, where and how to use supervision

Places are limited so booking is essential.

The cost of the workshop is

£20 per delegate for Voluntary, Community and Faith organisations

£40 per delegate for Statutory Bodies

To book a place, please book online with Eventbrite - the link is below


Please note our cancellation policy is at least 48 hours’ (2 working days) notice fora full refund. If you give insufficient notice of a booking cancellation,you will still be charged for the event. In circumstances when VASWS has had to cancel the event altogether, a full refund will be given in all cases.

Email Kerry - k.brown@vasws.org.uk if you have any questions
11 Sep 2017 at 10:30am
until 11 Sep 2017 at 12:30pm
Charles Stanley
70-72 Chertsey Street

Buddy Scheme Volunteers needed

You could be the person making a real difference to someone else's life.

Welcome Buddies is a new project supporting people with mental ill health to take part in activities within the community.

Contact Denise for more information

Email - d.graves@vasws.org.uk

Telephone - 07825 417 204

Smokefree homes campaign-12th June-24th July 2017 with chance to win tickets to Chessington or Birdworld.

Surrey SmokefreeHomes Campaign which runs until the 24th July

Aboutthe campaign.

The Public Health Department are encouraging residents, especially families, to do a short Smokefree Homes Quiz, with a chanceto win tickets to Chessington or Birdworld, in order to increase awareness about smokefree homes and the health benefits of making ahome smokefree , for anyone but especially for babies and childrenwho cannot remove themselves from the source of exposure.

TheSmokefree Homes Quiz forms part of One You, the national campaign thataddresses preventable diseases in adults and helps them take steps to leadhealthier, longer lives.

Here is a link to the Smokefree Homes Quiz https://www.surreysays.co.uk/public-health/smokefree-homes-quiz/


Surrey Libraries Rhymetime Volunteers needed

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