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

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Guildford Advice Services

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Older People's Network for South West Surrey

This network is for anyone who has an interest in the welfare of older people in South West Surrey: the network meets quarterly and comprises interested individuals and representatives from community groups, voluntary sector organisations, health care providers, and local authorities. Sign up here if you would like to be added to our email list.

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Guildford & Waverley Mental Health Forum

The stakeholders group meets once every two months to discuss issues concerning local mental health care provision. If you are interested in attending sign up to the mailing list and you will receive details of the meetings. We are especially keen to involve more carers and users of services.

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April Conference from VASWS

Book your place now at this exciting conference by going to:

Charity, the new Welfare state?
10 Apr 2018 at 9:15am
until 10 Apr 2018 at 4:30pm
University of Surrey

Innovation Conference

The North East Hampshire & Farnham ClinicalCommissioning Group are pleased to announce that the second InnovationConference has been launched following the success in 2017.

Do you have an idea that could make a difference tothe health and wellbeing of people in your community but need some fundingto help to help make it a reality?

We are looking for ideas that willimprove health and wellbeing. Bids that support seldom heard groups and youngpeople will be welcomed.

We are looking for creative innovativeideas that could help improve health services for local people. We are nowaccepting applications for up to £2,000 for projects that bring new andinnovative ideas for improving local services.

Would you like to have a part in helping to selectprojects that will make a difference to health services where you live?

We are also looking for people who arepassionate about their local services to help us choose the right projects tofund. If you would like to have a say in where the money is spent and whichprojects are chosen, we would be delighted if you could attend the InnovationConference on Tuesday 22 May where you will be involved in helping influenceand ultimately deciding which projects are funded.

The Innovation Conference will takeplace on:

Tuesday 22 May from 9.30am to 3.30pmat Oak Park Golf Club, Heath Lane, Crondall, Farnham, GU10 5PB

Places are limited so book early

To request an information pack and application formplease email nehfccg.events@nhs.net orcall 01252335154

Applications must be received by Friday 13 April at 5pm

To register for the Innovation Conference on Tuesday22 May please register at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/innovation-conference-tickets-43389744895or call 01252 335154

What you said last year:

“Great energy andatmosphere, conversations were positive and constructive”

“Great to talk to suchdiverse people from different organisations with great skills to offer”

“Having differentperspective of ideas and meeting other organisations”

“Ability to network withthe organisations who attended and not just those presenting”

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.

Grow Wild - Free seeds

Grow Wild is an outreach initiative for Kew Gardens. They’re passionate abouthelping people connect with nature, especially by transforming spaces in theircommunity with wild-flowers.

Grow Wild isinviting people to get together to transform a shared urban or unloved spacewith wild-flowers this Spring. It’s a great project to do with staff,volunteers, beneficiaries – or even all three!

Wild-flowersare easier to grow than many other plants and they’re perfect for spaces wherethe soil may not be in the best shape, or for containers. They’re also greatfor introducing anyone who may never have sown seeds before to the joys ofgrowing, pollinators and the vibrancy of nature.

People canapply for their free seed kit from now until Sunday 4th March: https://www.growwilduk.com/apply

Grow Wild is keen tosee the UK turn from grey to green, red, blue and all the colours of nature!

Fundraising Quiz - Age UK Surrey

Tickets available on line at www.ageuk.org.uk/surrey/activities-and-events

For further information

Email: enquiries@ageuksurrey.org.uk

or Telephone: 01483 503414

Conference now open for Booking - Charity: the new Welfare State?

Conference now open for Booking

The 2018 Voluntary Action South Surrey West Conference

Charity: the New Welfare State?

is now open for booking

Join us at the University of Surrey on 10th April for thought provoking speakers, lively debate, and informative workshops.

View the full programme and book your place:


Tickets £20,

Discount for volunteers

We have a limited number of free tickets available for groups that are volunteer led and have an annual income of less than£5,000.

What you said last year:

“Another very worthwhile and enjoyable day, thank you. An interesting mix of speakers and always good to meet up with other organisations, put names to faces and exchange ideas”

“Just wanted to drop you an email to say well done on organising a brilliant conference yesterday. It was a really good event and I felt like I learned lots of useful information which I can share with colleagues here”

“Really well organised, fantastic networking opportunity, plenty of variety. And a lovely lunch! Thank you.”

Health Watch Hampshire

OnThursday 01 February 2018 Healthwatch Hampshire launched theirmonth-long Self-Care Advice Survey. With the new push for the general public touse their local pharmacy or the 111 telephone service for information andadvice, using Accident & Emergency (A&E) only when really necessary,Healthwatch Hampshire are keen to find out what experience people have had ofaccessing these valuable services. The team will be travelling across Hampshireto gather the public’s feedback.

HealthwatchHampshire will be speaking to the public face-to-face to hear their first-handexperiences of the services. The team aim to attend a number of communitycenters across the Hampshire region, as well as forums like BasingstokeDisability Forum on Tuesday 06 March. Alongside the public engagement therewill be an online survey for people to fill in at home and on the go. Thepublic will also be able to visit their Hampshire local Citizens Advice Centreto fill in a printed version of the survey.

SteveManley, Healthwatch Hampshire Manager, said of the survey “With constant media coverage about the pressure on local services, it’sso important that we reach out to the public and find out whether they’re usingthese fantastic resources for information and advice. We are also very keen tohear of the experiences that the public have whilst using them.”

HealthwatchHampshire are working alongside Citizens Advice Hampshire with this survey, andyou are therefore able to take part in the survey by visiting your local HampshireCitizens Advice.

Ifyou would like to fill in our survey, please go to:



01962 440 262

Walk with RASASC to Raise Awareness #itsnotok

Posted on behalf of RASASC
The 5th February marks the beginning of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week.

RASASC are walking through the centre of Guildford and we welcome anyone who wants to help raise awareness to join us.

We will be meeting at the bottom of the High Street just before 6pm and going on a 1 hour walk/stroll through the centre of Guildford to kick start the week of awareness.

05 Feb 2018 at 6:00pm
until 05 Feb 2018 at 7:00pm

Citizens Ambassadors needed

Citizen Ambassadors wanted

Together with Surrey Heartlands Sustainability Transformation Partnership (STP) we have created a new Citizen Ambassador role so localpeople can independently influence and improve the development of services andensure the views of patients, their carers and families are represented at alllevels of any proposed changes.

This unique opportunity will see Citizen Ambassadorsbring their own insight, and those from local people and communities, todiscussions with health and care managers and clinicians as they develop arange of different services throughout the STP.

We will be recruiting an independent CitizenAmbassador for each of the following transformation programmes:

  • Urgent and emergency care, out-of-hospital care and primary care
  • Mental health
  • Women and children’s services
  • Cardiovascular services
  • Musculoskeletal services
  • Cancer
  • Digital
Citizen Ambassadors will be paid £20 per hour withpaid expenses, working 10 hours a month (flexible).

Applications open on Friday 24th November 2017 and close on Friday 15th December 2017 at 12pm.

For more information about these roles and how toapply please visit our website: healthwatchsurrey.co.uk/ca

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.