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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Exploring Trusts and Foundations and Perfect Pitch combined workshop

Voluntary Action South West Surrey have a great workshop planned for 3rd August from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm in Guildford. This will be a session full of advice on writing funding applications, and information on how to diversify your funding streams. This workshop is open now for bookings.

Delivered By: Helen Stanley – Independent Fundraiser - Eclipse Fundraising

The Perfect pitch: How to Write Successful Funding Applications and Proposals (2 hrs)

With austerity cuts taking hold in the charitable sector, competition for funds has increased and yet an unstable financial market has meant that may funders have less to give away. So how do you write a great funding application or proposal to a trust or Major Donor? This workshop will take you through the essential elements required to produce ‘The Perfect Pitch’ to potential funders.


By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Complete a funding application form and write a strong proposal
  • Understand application terminology such as Mission, Aims, Objectives and be able to identify the difference between an Impact and an Outcome,
  • Understand the importance of ‘Need’ and ‘Demand’ and the differences between them.
  • Have the tools you need to present your application and your project to achieve success. We will also examine what you need to be ‘proposal ready’ and how to present a sound and compelling case for support.
Break for lunch - please bring your own lunch.

Exploring Trusts and Foundations blurb - Exploring Trusts and Foundations (1.5 hrs)


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 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 workshop, you will:

  • Have an understanding of what Grant Making Trusts and Foundations are
  • Be aware of the similarities, differences and diversity of Trusts and Foundations
  • Have an awareness of the importance of guidelines and maintaining donor relationships
  • Have identified how to match projects to funders’ priorities and criteria
  • Understand sustainability and the importance of an exit strategy for when your funding comes to an end.

Please let us know if you have any special requirements via email - c.dunnett@vasws.org.uk

Book your place today on the Funding workshop or share the link with colleagues, so they can book their place today.

03 Aug 2018 at 10:00am
until 03 Aug 2018 at 2:30pm
Charles Stanley

10 years of Voluntary Action South West Surrey - Volunteers Party

Voluntary Action South West Surrey celebrated its 10th anniversary with a party and welcomed anyone who volunteers their services and time in the local area.

The party was held at the Boileroom music and arts venue in Stoke Fields, Guildford on Thursday, June 7.

The Mayor of Guildford, Mike Parsons, presented people with certificates awarded for their long service to volunteering. Some people got special mention for volunteering for over 20 years. All volunteers who came along to the party received a certificate and a goodie bag from the team at Voluntary Action SWS to say thank you for their voluntary service. We also had a lot of prizes donated by local businesses for our FREE volunteer raffle, thank you to all who donated prizes the volunteers were very happy to receive a prize. The prizes that were up for grabs (with the winning raffle ticket) were;

Olivo Guildford - Salana Red wine & Champagne, The Star - Prosecco, FCB coffee shop - A huge bag of Artisan coffee beans, Guildford Museum - Historical print of the town , Five Guys - Meal , Turnfit - 1 month unlimited package, 1 week of sessions at Turn Fit, Nutrition programme at Turn Fit, Massage, Personal training session , David Rose - A signed book - Great War Britain Guildford Remembering 1914-18 , Julia Lampard - Two vouches for; Luxury Haircut or blow dry, GLive - 2 tickets to- An Evening with Snooker Greats , Voluntary Action SWS - Lindt chocolates, Age UK Surrey - Sanctuary Spa toiletries bag, Peony and Linden Blossom candle, Welcome to volunteering - Cadburys Heroes , The Kings Head - Bottle of Malbec red wine, Boux Avenue - Two bottles of body mist, Nandos - Chicken platter meal , Dean Dyson - musician - CD – Street Songs Four , Cote - £50 vouchers

A group of musicians from Godalming provided live music and there was lots of cake, tea and coffee plus a special 10th anniversary birthday cake.

There was a presentation by Tiia Sammallahti, the founder of Whatcharity.com, a new online platform where people can find, rate, communicate and trade with charities – making giving and helping more transparent, easier and effective.

While Voluntary Action staff member David Rose (also known for his local history talks and books) gave an illustrated talk focusing on the history of volunteering in Guildford.

The team at VASWS has asked local organisations to feedback on why they appreciate their volunteers and the comments were displayed on the wall for all party goers to read.

We asked the volunteers in attendance why they volunteer, here are some of the reasons;

"I feel a need to give back to the community and it gives me a purpose in retirement"

"I like helping disadvantaged children to be happy and fulfilled"

"I volunteer to help others"

"Volunteering during maternity leave saved my sanity and increased my well-being"

"I like to show others that someone cares. They sometimes have only their phones for company"

" An opportunity to do practical work (woodwork) for a good cause"

"By helping others we help ourselves"

"I volunteer to help the charities who have helped me in the past and for social interaction"

" I volunteer because I LOVE IT and it makes me happy"

" I try to make the environment we live in a more pleasant place to be, I pick up litter and recycle correctly and try to keep smiling"

"I volunteer because I love meeting people and I do a variety of roles such as; Age UK, Toddler Group, Bookshop etc"

Feedback from the event is that guests very much enjoyed the party and chatting with fellow volunteers, some of whom had not met before. Thank you to everyone who came along and for the team at the Boileroom for hosting our joint 10th Anniversary and Volunteer Appreciation Celebration.

We are Recruiting -for an Administrative Assistant

Voluntary Action South West Surrey

are recruiting for an


35 hours a week, Office is based in central Guildford

£18,000 PA plus 6% employers pension contribution.

We are recruiting for an administrative assistant to provide admin support for our friendly, busy office in central Guildford. The post holder will need to be well organised, proficient in Microsoft Office, have excellent communication skills both written and verbal. Duties include minute taking, maintaining our database, assisting with compiling newsletters, sending out communications to our mailing list and managing the ordering of office supplies. Voluntary Action is a charity providing support and advice for voluntary and community groups across Guildford and Waverley; travel to meetings across the two Boroughs will be required.

Closing datefor applications is 13th July,interviews will be held the following week.

For further information and an application pack please contact, Carol Dunnett via;

Phone - 01483 504626 or

Email c.dunnett@vasws.org.uk

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS - from Voluntary Action South West Surrey

Voluntary Action South West Surrey organised a Volunteer Appreciation Celebration during Volunteers Week last week.

We would like to thank the local charities and organisations who helped share our party invitations far and wide.

We had a great turnout of volunteers who came along to the party and it was a great opportunity for us to tell them how valued they were as volunteers.

This celebration was a great opportunity for us to praise volunteers for the time, commitment and hard work they give to organisations and charities in the UK.

We had some great raffle prizes donated by local businesses and Voluntary Action SWS presented volunteers with a certificate and a goodie bag to say thank you for all they do.

Thanks to the following organisations for the kind raffle donations

David Rose - A signed book - Great War Britain Guildford Remembering 1914-18

Olivo Guildford - Salana Red wine

Olivo Guildford - Champagne

The Star - Prosecco

FCB coffee shop - A huge bag of Artisan coffee beans

Guildford Museum - Historical print of the town

Five Guys - Meal

Turnfit - 1 month unlimited package

Turnfit -1 week of sessions at Turn Fit

Turnfit - Nutrition programme at Turn Fit

Turnfit - Massage

Turnfit - Personal training session

Julia Lampard - Luxury Haircut or blow dry

Julia Lampard - Luxury Haircut or blow dry

GLive - 2 tickets to- An Evening with Snooker Greats

Voluntary Action SWS - Lindt chocolates

Age UK Surrey - Sanctuary Spa toiletries bag

Age Uk Surrey - Peony and Linden Blossom candle

Welcome to volunteering - Cadburys Heroes

The Kings Head - Bottle of Malbec red wine

Boux Avenue - Two bottles of body mist

Nandos - Chicken platter meal

Dean Dyson - musician - CD – Street Songs Four

Cote - £50 vouchers

Universal Credit Information sessions

Tuesday 26 June and Tuesday 10 July 2018

Come and find out at 9.15am/ 10.30am and 11.30am

With free information and advice on:-

  • Universal Credit – What will it mean to me? JCP/DWP

  • Fully funded training and apprenticeships including computer skills - Waverley Training Services

  • Award winning CV’s

  • Farnham job club with free employment help and advice

Book your place now 01483 523088/ business.support@waverley.gov.uk




Volunteers make a real difference at Guildford’s G Live.

More than 100 local residents volunteer their time at G Live every year, giving up their time so others enjoy can enjoy the numerous shows that take place at the state-of-the-art entertainment, conference and hospitality venue located in the heard of Guildford.

GLive’s Theatre Director, Tim Brinkman said: “I would like to thank all our volunteers for giving up their time selflessly for others. They make a huge difference, not only to the G Live family but to all those who attend our shows.I would also like to thank Voluntary Action South West Surrey who we work closely with.”

Volunteers who register with G Live act as ushers; checking tickets, staffing the cloakroom, directing people to their seats, selling merchandise and answering customer queries. They are required to volunteer at a minimum of two shows every month. In return volunteers receive mandatory training such as customer service, fire safety and manual handling.

Guildford resident, 50 year old Rachel Butler who has been volunteering at G Live for six weeks said: “I used to work in a customer facing job and miss it, so I thought I would sign up at G Live to volunteer. It has given me my confidence back and I am really enjoying being part of something quite big.”

Guildford resident, 55 year old Marcia Sorrell who has been volunteering at G Live for 18 months and also volunteers as a local hospice shop said: “Volunteering is really rewarding, there is a real sense of togetherness and being part of the community.”

Haslemere resident, 61 year old Nick Godden who has been volunteering at G Live for one year said: “I retired 18 months ago and decided I wanted to volunteer. It is great to be part of an organisation whose purpose is to provide enjoyment. I really look forward to volunteering, it is great meeting other volunteers,staff and customers and seeing them leave on a high.”

75% ofG Live volunteers have volunteered at the venue for one or more years.

Residents interested in volunteering at G Live can find out more by logging onto https://glive.co.uk/online/volunteer-with-us or emailing G Live’s Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Hamilton, E: ahamilton@glive.co.uk


Who’s who in the Volunteers’ Week_G Live volunteers I photo

L-R: Liz Markwell, Julia Hanney,Virginia Russell, Rachel Butler, Olive Wholey, Catherine Thompson, MarciaSorrell, Nick Godden, Debbie Mandelli with G Live’s Front of House Manager,Chris Richards.

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.

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


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:


Big Lottery Fund Relaunches Reaching Communities England

The Big Lottery Fund is seeking ideas for projects that will improve communities across England and will make grants of more than £10,000 available to support organisations that want to take action on the issues that matter to people and communities.

The funding can support project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs and can support work for up to five years.

To be eligible, groups need to show how their ideas meet the following three priorities:

  • Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities.
  • Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities.
  • Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.
Organisations that are interested in applying will need to have an initial discussion with the Big Lottery Fund about their proposed idea. If the idea is accepted, the Big Lottery Fund panel of staff will then invite a full proposal.

This is a rollingprogramme with no deadlines.