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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Latest posts

Community Point Closure and Urgent Call for Volunteers

Community Point is Closed to Drop-ins and Urgent Call for Volunteers

Community Point is now closed to drop-ins until further notice. If you would like to volunteer to help those in your community affected by the virus, please ring us on 01483 565456, email: communitypoint@vasws.org.uk or visit the website: www.communitypoint.org.uk.

How is Your Organisation Helping During the Outbreak?

We are compiling a list of the help organisations are providing to the community during the Coronavirus outbreak. Please send us a list of what you are doing. Send details to communitypoint@vasws.org.uk, or ring 01483 565456.

Are you Affected by Coronavirus and need support?

If you are suffering from Coronavirus or are unable to leave the house or self-isolating and need help with getting groceries, medication or would like company over the phone, please contact us on 01483 565456 or email communitypoint@vasws.org.uk and we will connect you with someone in your area who can help!

VASWS Annual Conference Cancelled

The VASWS Annual Conference has been cancelled. This is the best action to take in-order to prevent the spread. To those who have booked a ticket, a full refund will be issued.

In the meantime if anyone has any questions about this, please don't hesitate to contact Laura Dunham via, l.dunham@vasws.org.uk

LGBT Mental Health Support Group

Oakleaf Enterprise is starting a new mental health support group for the LGBT community and would like to invite anyone who would benefit from the support to pop along.

It is a free drop-in session, starting on Monday 24th February and is a safe space for individuals to discuss their mental health concerns. Sessions following the first one will involve a fun activity focused around mental health.

For more information please see the flyer.

Women's Digital Club

Established at Guildford Library in autumn 2017, the Women's Digital Club is a free, inclusive community space for all women who wish to become more confident navigating an ever changing digital world, through active learning and participation.

When: They meet most Thursdays during term time, 10.30am until midday.

Where: On the 3rd floor in Guildford Library

What's On: To find out more about the programme of speakers and sessions on the website - www.womensdigitalclub.wordpress.com

Real Change Guildford – applications invited

Real Change Guildford works in partnership with local organisations with the aim of helping the homeless, or those at risk of becoming homeless, by giving practical help to enable them to integrate into the community. This could be by assisting an individual with a deposit for accommodation or by providing a grant for suitable clothing for them to attend a job interview for example. All applications that help meet the aims of Real Change will be considered.

Grants of up to £2,000 can be requested. Real Change recognises that the need can be urgent so the application process has been made as quick and simple as possible with a turnaround of 48 hours in exceptional circumstances.

If you or your organisation work with homeless people, or those at risk of becoming homeless and you know of someone who could benefit from a grant to help them get back on their feet please contact Ketan Patel Ketan.Patel@riverside.org.uk

Drop in to Community Point!

Drop in to Community Point! We are based at the Voluntary Action South West Surrey premises in Castle Street, covering the boroughs of Guildford and Waverley. It’s a new service where anyone can drop in and find out about community activities and services that support wellbeing. To ensure the service can help as many people as possible, the volunteer centre is now open five days a week from 10am-3pm.

Either pop in to the volunteer centre, visit the new Community Point website to fill out a contact form via this link: http://communitypoint.org.uk/ or call us on 01483 565456 and a trained team of Community Connectors will help you connect to fun social activities in the local area, refer to the volunteer advisors to search for suitable volunteering roles, or provide extra support if needed.

Help With Debt

Being in debt can have a sever impact on your mental health. If you're struggling with debt and feeling overwhelmed contact Christians Against Poverty on 0800 328 0006 or visit capdebthelp.org .

Blankets without Borders

Knitted squares urgently needed to donate to charities who support the homeless.

Guildford and Woking Refugee Hosting Hub

The hub is looking to develop a local network for hosts and refugees.

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.

Free2cycle

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:

https://vimeo.com/208301386