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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Dance Woking's Party in the Park needs Volunteers!

Join the DanceWoking Team at Woking's biggest event of the year, Party in the Park! A funfilled family day out with the opportunity for members of the public to watchand take part in dance, music, art and much more. Dance Woking is recruiting ateam of volunteers to manage the dance activity for the day. Roles will includestewarding, signing in and managing professional dance companies as well aslocal community groups. All roles will have you in the centre of the activitymeaning you can enjoy the performances for yourself as well!

Time: 9am- 6.30pm approx (all or part of the day, breaks provided)

Venue: WokingPark

Date: 7th July

Expenses:Travel expenses of up to £10 for over 4 hours work

A Dance WokingT-Shirt will be provided along with water for the day

Apply online here - Dance Woking Volunteer role




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.

Wooden Pallet Benches - For Sale £20

The Boileroom has 21 woodenpallet benches at £20 each that they're looking to find a new home for.

If you are interested please get in touch with the Boileroom - lydia@theboileroom.net 01483 440022

10 have their legs separate for easier storage, please see photo

Health and Social Care Recruitment Day -

JOIN ourTeam - Health and Social Care Recruitment day

SATURDAY 2ND JUNE 2018 10am – 3pm in theRestaurant at Royal Surrey County Hospital

If you are interested injoining Health and Social care but are unsure as to what in involves,why not come along and meet the various teams.

You can learn about thedifferent organisations involved in Health and Social Care and how they allinterlink in caring for individuals and their families.

Information will also beavailable on pre-employment courses and apprenticeships forindividuals who are considering a role in health and social care.
02 Jun 2018 at 10:00am
until 02 Jun 2018 at 3:00pm
The Royal Surrey Hospital - Restaurant
Egerton Rd

  Dragons’ Den star Jenny Campbell to inspire women to break through the glass ceiling

A panelof inspiring women leaders including Jenny Campbell from the BBC Dragons’ Den, will be sharing their experience and advice with women wanting tosmash through the career glass ceiling, at the launch of a new leadershiptraining programme set up by local specialists, Professional TrainingSolutions.

The launch of the WomenLeaders’ Academy will take place on Monday 11 June at Foxhills Club and Resortin Ottershaw at 6pm. The Academy aims to tackle the UK shortage of womenleaders. It is aimed at employers who wish to develop the skills of their womenleaders, small business ownerswanting to further their business and women who aspire to progress in managementroles.

“Researchshows the UK needs another 1.5 million women in management by 2024. Our WomenLeaders’ Academy is a two-year training programme open to women who have workedhard in their careers or who have built a business, and now want to developtheir business leadership skills. It culminates in a widely recognisedprofessional management qualification from the Chartered Institute ofManagement,” explains Jackie Denyer, Managing Director of Professional TrainingSolutions, which is based in Farnham.

“Ourlaunch event promises to be an amazing evening. Our all-woman panel of speakersare ready to share the benefit of their experience in becoming leaders. Thelaunch is the perfect place to find out more about the Academy and will be aninteresting and informative evening for any woman looking at developing herleadership skills.”

Joiningkeynote speaker Jenny Campbell will be Louise Punter, Chief Executive of SurreyChambers of Commerce, Suzanne Rankin Chief Executive of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust, Leanne Davies founder of Run Mummy Runa highly successful online running community and clothing business and ClaireVyvyan, Senior Vice President at Dell EMC for UK and Ireland CommercialBusiness. Collectively, the panelists bring a wide range of businessexperiences across different sectors and industries which they hope willmotivate other women to become leaders.

Jackie Denyer continues: “In Surrey we already have some amazing women who have worked hard intheir careers to reach management. We need them to keep going - to get morewomen in boardrooms and in senior and strategic roles. At the Women Leaders’Academy launch on 11 June and in the Academy programme, we will be equippingwomen with the extra training, personal development, confidence and motivationthey need to become leaders in their industries.”

The Women Leaders’Academy uses monthly training workshops, coaching, mentoring, networking, peersupport and masterclasses to enable participants to develop their leadershipskills and management know-how.

In recognition of thesignificant role women have to play in the workplace, the programme is sponsoredand supported by Business Womenin Surrey, Foxhills and the Women’s Chapter.

Thanks to governmentsupport, 90% of the course fees are paid for by government funding. ProfessionalTraining Solutions hopes the generous subsidy will make The Women Leaders’Academy a very accessible route for women.

Ticketsfor the launch event cost £25 and include the opportunity to network withlike-minded people over wine and canapes. Tickets can be booked online at www.protrain-solutions.co.uk where there is also more information about the Academy.

For further information, contactJackie Denyer on 01252 712945 or 07775 732880 or emailj.denyer@protrain-solutions.co.uk

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.

Resilience Workshop

Free Workshops


In order to ensure these workshops are as relevant as possible, we are seeking your input. Please use the boxes below to suggest TWO topics that you feel it would be beneficial for you as an individual or your group to discuss / find out more about. The responses we receive will be used to form the basis for the agenda.

The following are suggestions only, please do not feel restricted by them:

How can we make our community more resilient?

What can we do to help in an emergency?

How can we best communicate?

Where can we get resources?

What insurance do we need?

Please complete the details below and return by Friday 8 June by email to community.resilience@surreycc.gov.uk.

Workshop - When Things go Wrong – Volunteer Challenges

MONDAY 4TH JUNE, 10.00am-3.30pm


Even the most successful volunteer programmes will encounter some difficulties now and again. This workshop will look at how to prevent them and minimise their impact. This will include:

  • Understanding volunteer rights
  • The importance of inclusion
  • Anticipating the pitfalls
  • Coping strategies
  • How your colleagues can get involved
  • Exit strategies
Book your place today - When Things go Wrong - Volunteer Challenges workshop

Price - £50
04 Jun 2018 at 10:00am
until 04 Jun 2018 at 3:30pm
Godalming Baptist Church
15 Queen Street

Workshop: Volunteering and the Law

Date: Monday 25th June

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: Charles Stanley, 70-72 Chertsey St, Guildford, GU1 4HL

This two hour workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about, or refresh, your knowledge on volunteering and the law.

In this workshop we will specifically look at:

  • The legal status of volunteers and the difference between employees and volunteers

  • The importance of getting it right from the start and sharing the best practice around

  • Awareness of what constitutes a ‘benefit’ and best practice around expenses

  • The relevance of the Equality Act 2010 and Health and Safety legislation

  • The DBS checks system

The course will be delivered by Jess Hogan-Smith and Caroline Keith from Voluntary Action South West Surrey.

There will be a charge of:

£20 per delegate for Voluntary, Community, Faith organisations

£40 per delegate for Statutory Bodies

Book your place today - Volunteering and the Law tickets
25 Jun 2018 at 10:30am
until 25 Jun 2018 at 12:30pm
Charles Stanley
70-72 Chertsey Street

Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

It’s our 10th Birthday and to mark the occasion we are having a party to celebrate 10 years of Voluntary Action South West Surrey helping people get into volunteering and assisting local groups to find volunteers.

We’d like to invite volunteers from local organisations to join us this Volunteers Week so we can say a big THANK YOU for all they do to make Guildford and Waverley a great place to live.

On: Thursday 7th June – 11am to 1pm

At: The Boileroom, Guildford

Volunteers Book your FREE place online: http://bit.ly/Volcelebrate
07 Jun 2018 at 11:00am
until 07 Jun 2018 at 1:00pm
13 Stoke Fields
The Boileroom