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

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Funding Available for Projects that Improve Road Safety

UK-based organisations, both public and professional associations, registered charities and university departments are invited to submit applications for innovative projects which focus on how engineering, infrastructure and technological measures can be used to reduce road offending and improve road safety.

The Road Safety Trust uses any surplus gifted by their not-for-profit trading subsidiary company, UKROEd, to help create safer roads and protect road users.

They offer funding towards projects that meet their grant criteria. Grants are available for up to two or three years depending on the programme, and these can range from £10,000 up to £300,000.

More information can be found on their website.

Funding for Innovations that Improve the Lives of People Affected by Dementia

Grants of up to £100,000 are available for the development of new products and services that will improve the lives of people affected by dementia across the UK.

The Alzheimer’s Society’s Accelerator Programme will support ‘innovators’ such as engineers, designers, developers, and entrepreneurs to turn their products or services into a reality. This could include a simple product that makes an everyday task easier for a person living with dementia, or an innovative idea for a new service or way of working for care home staff.

Applicants will also receive a year of business support from the Society’s innovation team, as well as being given the opportunity to test their product or service with people affected by dementia.

The deadline for applications is 11:59pm on the 25th October 2022.

More information and to apply, can be found on their website.

Walking football kicks off at The Edge Leisure Centre

Have you heard about walking football?

This low impact, indoor football is a slower version of the ‘beautiful game’ and will be available at Dynamo Walkers FC, at The Edge leisure centre, Haslemere from 5 October.

Aimed at getting players back into the sport, the sessions, supported by Waverley Borough Council, have been created especially for over 50s (although not limited to that age), those who might be recovering from injury or experience lack of mobility.

The sessions will be held in the indoor Sports Hall at The Edge Leisure Centre on a twice weekly basis: Wednesdays 17:00 to 17:50, and Fridays 17:00 to 18:00.

There will be a maximum of 16 players on the pitch during any session and the cost will be £7.00 per session.

Councillor Kika Mirylees, Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing, Parks and Leisure, said: “This is a great opportunity for those who love the game but, perhaps through injury or other circumstances, aren’t able to take part in the original, somewhat faster version. It’s a chance to feel fitter and stay healthy as well as meet up with friends, old and new, at their local club.”

Walking football is endorsed and encouraged by The Walking Football Association and by both Age UK and The FA.

For further details, contact: Vic at dynamohaslemerewalkersfc@outlook.com

Car Free Day 2022

Be part of Guildford's celebration of Car Free Day on Sunday 25 September as they put pedestrians first in the town centre.

The town centre will be transformed from 10am - 4.30pm with market stalls, street food, live music and street play for children. There will also be lots of information about how residents can do their bit to help tackle climate change.

Lead Councillor for Climate Change Cllr Cait Taylor, said:

"It's really important that we start thinking about the bigger picture. About how we tackle climate change, and the individual roles we all play.

"Although this is one day, and won't fix the pollution issues we have, I want people to use this day as a catalyst. By leaving our cars at home, we may find that it's easier and better for both the environment and our health, to use alternative forms of transport. So I encourage everyone to come and join us in Guildford for a taste of a better future. Remember to bring your reusable bags and water bottle!"

Ward Councillor for Holy Trinity, Cllr Maddy Redpath, said:

"This exciting day is a chance to show people what our town centre could be like without cars.

"Reducing our car use is so beneficial for our bodies and for our planet. We are committed to becoming a net-zero carbon borough by 2030. Making journeys without our cars can be more convenient than a lot of us first think.

"Car Free Day is going to be a lot of fun whilst showing us all what a more pedestrianised town centre would be like. So, leave your car at home. Walk, cycle, skate or grab a bus or train and come to the town centre for an enjoyable, traffic free day."

For more information, such as road closures and suggestions on how to get to the town centre without a car visit Car Free Day

Advocacy services in Surrey

An advocate is someone who can speak up for you. They can help if you face difficulties in being involved in decisions about your care, having your voice heard and normally have no other independent person to help you do so.

An advocate can help you say what you want, secure your rights, represent your interests and obtain services you need.

Advocacy is free, independent and confidential.

Healthwatch Surrey in partnership with Surrey Independent Living Charity (SILC) can also support you to make a complaint to the NHS if you require an advocate, to make sure you are in control of decisions made about you and your views are heard.

How to get support from an advocate?

Some advocacy services you can get for yourself, without any help from us, by contacting our local advocacy provider directly. Other advocacy will only be given to you if it is agreed that you are eligible for it.

In Surrey, POhWER provides a range of different advocacy services.

You can contact them in a number of ways:

  • Telephone: 0300 456 2370
  • Text: Send the word 'pohwer' with your name and number to 81025
  • Skype: pohwer.advocacy
  • Email: pohwer@pohwer.net
If you are a professional wishing to refer a client, please visit: Referrals for Surrey Adult Advocacy Services.

Cricket Fun Day

Join Sight for Surrey at Oxted & Limpsfield Cricket Club (RH8 9NA) for a day of cricket games, adapted cricket skills sessions run by Surrey County Cricket Club, a live match alongside food and drink all in aid of Sight for Surrey, your local sensory loss support charity.

10.30am – 11.30am: Surrey Cricket Super Stars Sessions

• A chance to try out vision impaired cricket. All welcome

1pm – 5pm: Cricket Match: England Cricket Association for the Deaf Team and Oxted & Limpsfield’s XI

Food, drink and games all day!

FREE ENTRY! Bring your family and friends and celebrate a wonderful season of cricket!

Register your interest on their Facebook page. Or for a BSL video of event information visit here.

Charity Shop Gift Card

The Charity Shop Gift Card is #agiftcardforgood that both celebrates second-hand fashion and makes a real difference to people’s lives. They are a social enterprise, meaning a minimum of 65% of their profits will go towards funding free gift cards to people who need them.

Millions of people across the UK are living in poverty, having to make decisions between putting food on the table and heating their homes. For many of these families, items like clothing, homewares, furniture and white goods become a luxury rather than essentials, but The Charity Shop Gift Card can help with that.

Councils and other support agencies can purchase the charity cards as part of their welfare assistance offering, to help financially vulnerable individuals and families. But the good doesn’t stop there – when The Charity Shop Gift Card is spent in participating retailers, it supports the great causes they represent. It also protects the environment by keeping useable clothing and other items out of landfill, reducing carbon emissions and reducing production stress on the environment.

Find out more about The Charity Shop Gift Card here.

Community Garden and Social Group

A new Community Gardening and Social Group takes place at the Guildford Nursery School and Family Centre, Hazel Avenue GU1 1NR.

The group is free and open to families and all ages, No gardening experience needed!


Grantway is an innovative, user-friendly new search portal designed to make it easy for community, charity and volunteer organisations to find and obtain essential funding. What’s more, it won’t cost you a penny.

  • Search 1,000’s of grants using applicable keywords and search filters, such as location
  • Access funding opportunities relevant to your organisation
  • View dedicated grant pages with detailed grant information, such as funding amount and eligibility
  • Share relevant grants with colleagues
  • Grantway is compatible with all devices
You also get access to the free in-built video conferencing facility, which rivals many of the more well-known platforms!

Sign up for your FREE account here.

(Note: you will be taken to the ‘induct’ webpage to sign up)

Sensory Garden Project at West Horsley Place

West Horsley Place is looking for people who are blind, partially sighted or have any vision impairment and their companions, to collaborate with on a new multi-sensory garden in the grounds.

As part of a larger NHLF project ‘Heritage without Barriers’ the sensory garden will be created in collaboration with users and their companions, who will plan and develop the design with the help and support of the garden team. This is a unique chance to be involved in helping to develop an existing area into a multi-sensory experience for all.

There will be three sessions to develop the multi-sensory garden, if you can attend all of the sessions you would be able to see the whole of the project, but it would be great to have you on board for any of the sessions.

There will be three sessions, all at 2-4pm at West Horsley Place, West Horsley, Leatherhead KT24 6AW

Tea/Coffee and biscuits will be provided and transport expenses will be paid.

  • Tuesday 11 October – Learn more about the Garden as it currently is and tell them about what you want.
  • Tuesday 18 October – Help plan what goes into the garden.
  • Tuesday 1 November – Make final decisions about the garden design.

For more information, please contact Heather Thomas - heath146@hotmail.com.

There will also be a chance to get involved with assisting with some planting later in November – details TBC.