Voluntary Action South West Surrey

A member of the Ash & Tongham, Godalming, 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

Find us online

Visit our website at https://voluntaryactionsws.org.uk/

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Blankets without Borders

Knitted squares urgently needed to donate to charities who support the homeless.

Guildford Wellbeing Cafe

Guildford Wellbeing Cafe is a cafe with a difference; providing a friendly welcome and a nutritious home cooked reasonably priced meal.

The cafe is OPEN - Every Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Beverley Hall in Guildford

Come along if you want some company, to try our some new activities or need somewhere to go for a chat.


Address - Guildford Action, Beverley Hall, Hayden Place, Guildford, GU1 4LR

For more information contact Oakleaf- Enterprise;

Phone - 01483 303649


Emmanuelle - Emmanuellebeer@oakleaf-enterprise.org

Alison - Alisonjordan@oakleaf-enterprise.org
25 Feb 2019 at 6:00pm
until 25 Feb 2019 at 9:00pm
Beverley Hall
Haydon Place

Guildford and Woking Refugee Hosting Hub

The hub is looking to develop a local network for hosts and refugees.

Giving World Online

Giving World Online provide the opportunity for those in struggling circumstances to access goods donated by businesses and public sector organisations free of charge.

Vital resources available free of charge

Charities and community groups can now benefit from receiving free resources, courtesy of businesses donating their surplus stocks.

The only requirement is that the charities and community groups register at www.givingworldonline.com, there is even an option to request certain products that would truly help the local community, completely free of charge.

Giving World receives goods from businesses all over the country, and advertises the items on the website for charities to request and pass on to their beneficiaries.

Partnership Opportunities

Giving World wants to expand their reach by creating partnerships with charities to become accessible to more people in desperate need. By working together, we can minimise delivery costs and pool resources to ensure that people get the help they need.

· Do you demonstrate expertise and have a proven track record in working with disadvantaged communities?

· Do you have in-depth knowledge of local areas and already established links with other local community groups and charities?

· Do you display a similar ethos and values to Giving World, sharing the vision of realising people’s potential and creating a fairer society?

If this sounds like you, then register an interest and arrange an informal discussion, by emailing rama@givingworldonline.com. Please provide your name, contact number and organisation details.


Free2cycle is a social enterprise that helps employees become more active and productive. Free2Cycle have developed a new health and well-being partnership to incentivise your workforce to increase their regular activity, with transformative effects for individuals and employers.

free2cycyle is:

Simple – for sponsoring organisations there are no upfront costs to register and we take care of the admin

Innovative – with free2cycle's innovative approach and technology, you only pay for results

Effective – a fitter, healthier, happier team boosts engagement, has a positive impact on the wider business and increases productivity

To give you a brief overview of how the initiative works, please see below a short introductory video:


Disability Cricket

Contact - disability@surreycricket.com for more information


Mobile : 07725 203 962


Mobile: 07738 808 919

Carers Coffee MORNING

Carers Coffee MORNING

11:00 - 12:30

(Always every 2nd Friday of the month)

Headway House, 21 North Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 9PU

A friendly relaxed hour to meet other carers, discuss brain injury, care issues, make friends, and get some peer to peer support.

The session will be led by a volunteer either as a carer themselves, a trustee or centre based volunteers.

These people come with their own experience and insight into brain injury.

Fraudsters offering fake Government grants

Action Fraud is warning people to watch out for emails and cold calls from fraudsters who are asking people to apply for Government grants in return for an advance fee.

Action Fraud has received 85 reports of this type of fraud since January 2017 with a total loss of £255,724 and an average loss of £3,000.

How the fraud is committed Bogus companies which have websites set up in the company name, claim to be operating on behalf of the UK Government

The fraudsters cold call businesses and individuals offering the grants and if they’re interested, direct them to fill out an online application form with their personal information.

Once the fraudsters have obtained the personal information they will re-contact victims and congratulate them on being accepted onto the grant programme.

Applicants are then asked to provide identification and are instructed to get a pre-paid card to deposit their own contribution to the fake Government grant scheme. Prepaid cards can be used in a similar way to credit cards, except the funds on a prepaid card are loaded on prior to spending.

Fraudsters will contact the victims by phone or email to ask for the details of their pre-paid card and copies of statements in order for them to add the grant funds.

Of course the grant funds are never given by the fraudsters and the money that’s been loaded onto the card by the victim is stolen.

Tackling the fraudsters The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has disrupted one website that was being used to commit this fraud and it is working with Companies House to identify other fake companies and disrupt fraudulent websites in their name.

Protect yourself from advance fee frauds:Be wary of unsolicited calls about applying for grants. You should never have to pay to receive a Government grant, and they definitely won’t instruct you to obtain a pre-paid card. The Government should have all the information they need if a genuine grant application was submitted, therefore any requests for personal or banking information either over the phone or online should be refused.

If you think your bank or personal details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately. Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector, Lara Xenoudakis, of the City of London Police said: ‟Under the guise of the UK Government, fraudsters are taking advantage of peoples’ trust by setting up convincing fake websites.

‟The NFIB is working hard take down these websites and prevent people from falling victim however, we are urging people to be cautious.

‟A legitimate Government grant scheme would never expect to receive an upfront payment in return for the grant, so it is important that anyone who believes they may have been contacted by these fraudsters makes a report to Action Fraud.”

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to us by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Sign up for free to Action Fraud Alert to receive direct, verified, accurate information about scams and fraud in your area by email, recorded voice and text message.

Bags of Help for local projects

Bags of Help for local projects Bags of Help is Tesco’s exciting local community grant scheme where the money raised by the sale of carrier bags is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK. Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events.

Administration of the local funding is being managed by the community charity with a green heart, Groundwork, which specialises in transforming communities and the local environment for the better.


Prewalker Baby Group

The Prewalker Baby Groupat The Spinney Children’s Centre is a great alternative to the now defunct NewBaby Group.

They aim to offer the samecontent, without the need to book on a course limited to a few weeks only.

The group is FREEfor babies aged birth to walking, and takes place all year round.

The Spinney team would like to signpost all newparents and carers to this group, they look forward to welcoming them to thecentre.Website - www.thespinneycc.org.uk

Email - childrenscentre@guildfordgrove.surrey.sch.uk

Telephone - 01483 510570