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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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,

Exploring Trusts and Foundations Workshop - 31st October.

Exploring Trusts and FoundationsDelivered By: Helen Linnell – Development Officer, Voluntary Action South West SurreyWorkshop length: 4 hours = 2 sessions x 2 hours each (1 hour for lunch) 10am – 3pmDescription:

It is becoming increasingly difficult for organisations to secure funds through their regular funding sources. Many are now looking elsewhere in order to diversify their funding streams and maximise potential for success. This 4 hour workshop will give you a firm grounding into applying and securing funds for your organisation from Grant Making Trusts and Foundations. The workshop will focus on demystifying the often complex process of applying for funding through this stream. By the end of the day, you will:

  • Have an understanding of what Grant Making Trusts and Foundations are
  • Explored similarities, differences and diversity of Trusts and Foundations
  • Explored how to research suitable Trusts
  • Have an awareness of the importance of guidelines
  • Have identified how to match projects to funders’ priorities and criteria
  • Understand how to develop and maintain good relationships with a Trust funder
  • Have discussed an exit strategy for when the funding comes to an end.
  • There will be a break for lunch from 12pm - 1pm. Lunch isn’t provided but the venue is in the middle of the town centre with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants nearby. Alternatively please feel free to bring lunch with you.

    Book online now - limited tickets available - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exploring-trusts-and-foundations-tickets-36188890947
    31 Oct 2017 at 10:00am
    until 31 Oct 2017 at 3:00pm
    Charles Stanley
    70-72 Chertsey Street
    GU1 4HL

    Quiz night - 24th November

    Roll up roll up and put your thinking caps on.

    Voluntary Action South West Surrey are running a quiz night to raise funds on Friday 24th November.

    Grab some buddies and come along in a team with a maximum of 6 players - £6 per person

    You can bring your own snacks and nibbles and there is a cash bar.
    24 Nov 2017 at 7:30pm
    until 24 Nov 2017 at 10:30pm
    Godalming Football Club
    Wey Court
    GU7 3JF

    Guildford Retirement Fair

    Posted on behalf of Guildford Borough Council
    At Holy Trinity Church, Guildford.
    07 Nov 2017 at 10:00am
    until 07 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
    Holy Trinity Church
    5 Trinity Churchyard, High Street
    GU1 3RR

    Welcome To Volunteering! Project Coordinator job

    Voluntary Action South West Surrey is seeking a second Project Co-ordinator for our Welcome to Volunteering! project.

    This post is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

    28 hours a week based in Guildford. Salary pro rata of £25,250.

    Welcome to Volunteering! helps people take up volunteering roles to enhance their health and well-being. Beneficiaries are people who have experienced mental ill-health who would like to volunteer but need support to get started.

    We are looking for someone who has experience of working with people from our client group. You will also need to have knowledge and understanding of the voluntary sector and of working with volunteers.

    Working with the existing project co-ordinator the post holder will be responsible for liaising with Volunteer Involving Organisations to develop suitable volunteering opportunities and will work directly with clients to support them into taking up and sustaining volunteering positions.

    For further information, an application form and job description please contact Carol Dunnett c.dunnett@vasws.org.uk or 01483 504626.

    Closing date Friday 13th October 2017

    Citizens Advice Guildford - trustees needed.

    Citizens Advice Guildford are seeking to expand their existing Board of Trustees with particular focus on improving skills and diversity across the Board. We provide a free and impartial advice service to all in our community and last year helped almost 4,400 people with over 11,000 issues and gained a financial benefit of £3.4 million for our clients. We also campaign for policy change on both a local and national level.

    Our trustees play an important role in ensuring Citizens Advice Guildford fulfils its objectives, operates within its means and complies both with Citizens Advice membership requirements and the law. This role provides an opportunity not only to use existing skills and experience to support the local community but also to learn new skills and gain in personal development. As such it is both worthwhile and rewarding.

    We seek local candidates from all backgrounds and our aim is for our Board to properly reflect the community that it represents. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with experience in business/fundraising/IT/marketing and other key skills. Please see our application pack for more details.

    If you are interested please apply online via the following link - http://bit.ly/2fkRCsZ