Voluntary Action South West Surrey

A member of the Ash & Tongham, 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 http://www.voluntaryactionsws.org.uk

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BBC Children in Need Main Grants Programme 2018 Deadlines Announced

The BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme will consider applications requesting grants of over £10,000 to support projects for up to three years.

Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply if they are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and make a real difference to children and young people’s lives.

Organisations that already hold a grant from Children in Need can apply for further funding providing the current grant is coming to an end within the next12 months. Applicants will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the differences the grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people the organisation has worked with.

There are three deadlines for initial applications in 2018: 16 January 2018, 17 May 2018 and 13 September 2018 (midnight).

Chit Chat

Chit Chat

A place for foreign residents to:

· Practise English conversation

· Find out about life in Guildford

· Ask questions

· Make friends

· Enjoy refreshments

All in the friendly surroundings of

St Mary’s, Quarry Street


Young children welcome

Wednesday mornings in term time


For further information contact:

snashallsusan@gmail.com or Andrea:07885 116161

Wheel of Wellbeing workshop

Body. Mind. Spirit. People. Place. Planet. Welcome to the Wheel of Well-being (WoW). If you’re interested in health and happiness – from a personal or a professional perspective – then this workshop will be useful for you.

The wheel of well-being workshop will introduce 6 evidence based actions to improve well-being. The session will be interactive including some taster activities. Here is an overview of the session:

  • Understanding emotional and mental health
  • Understanding emotions
  • Evidence for the Wheel of Wellbeing
  • Wheel of Wellbeing concept
  • Taster sessions
  • Embedding in practice
The session is aimed at professionals who work with people who are vulnerable or at risk of poor mental health. It is hoped that by the end of the session you will feel inspired to use WoW on yourself, in your workplace and with your clients.

Venue Information

The closest car park to Charles Stanley is; York road, Guildford, GU1 4DS


If you have additional needs (e.g. physical, sensory or learning needs), please email clare.burgess@surreycc.gov.uk

To find out more about the WoW concept visit:

A note on booking through Eventbrite

Public Health have adopted the use of Eventbrite to organise and manage training. This is good news, because it frees up capacity to deliver more training and provides new opportunities for engagement. Please consider the following points before contacting a member of the PH team.

  • Please book each participant individually, please don't repeat the same name more than once.
  • Please book your place via Eventbrite, if your web browser doesn’t support Eventbrite please try another browser, computer or smartphone.
  • The number of spaces listed is accurate, we cannot squeeze extra people on or make exceptions.
  • If you need to cancel / change your place, please do so via Eventbrite rather than contacting a member of staff.
If you have read the above and you still have questions or queries please email.


BOOK ONLINE HERE - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wheel-of-wellbeing-workshop-tickets-39479303660

Stroke Survivors - Join The Club

Have you had a stroke and feel isolated in your own home?

Are you longing for a little free time every week?

We are a small, friendly club run by volunteers, meeting every Monday except Bank Holidays at Malthouse Court in Shalford.

We chat, do simple exercises, play games and enjoy entertainment. There are outings, pub lunches, musical afternoons, speakers and quizzes.

We provide refreshments, a small raffle and celebrate members' birthdays with a cake.

Sparked your interest?

Contact Isobel - 01483 569549

or Lesley - 01483 416968

RVS Onward Stroke Club, Malthouse Court, The Street, Shalford, GU4 8BJ

Meeting Mondays - 2-4pm

Email - isobel.bernhard@bluemail.ch

Let's Celebrate the Heroes!

Room to Reward are delighted to announce a new initiative -

Outstanding Volunteer 2017!

This scheme is aimed at rewarding outstanding heroes who have gone above and beyond in an exceptional fashion for your charity in the last 12 months.

Who can be nominated?

Fundraising fanatics, tireless campaigners, sensational staff... whoever they are, we want to celebrate and recognise their incredible contribution with a well-earned break.

You can nominate your outstanding volunteer without impacting your annual nomination allowance. This is a unique initiative focusing on the amazing things Hidden Heroes have done in the last 12 months.

How can I make a nomination?

The Outstanding Volunteer nomination process couldn’t be simpler. Rather than going through the usual system on our website, we invite nominations to be emailed directly to Adam Terpening – Charity Director – on adam@roomtoreward.org or

Joe Langtree – Marketing Manager – on joe@roomtoreward.org.

Your email just needs to contain some essential information, including:

  • Your name, your charity’s name and your role in the organisation
  • The name of your nominee
  • A compelling reason as to why they have been nominated. Tell us what they’ve done and why they deserve a special break.
Adam and Joe look forward to hearing from you!

Family Support Drop in - Guildford Children's Centre

Feel free to drop in for confidential advice, information and support on a variety of issues. No need to book in advance.

When: Wednesday mornings

Time: 9:00am —10:00am

Where: Guildford Nursery School and Children’s Centre

Hazel Avenue, Guildford GU1 1NR

Tel 01483 566589

Guildford Lions Christmas Appeal

Together we can Bring Back the Cheer this Year!

Donating couldn’t be easier - four options are available via:

1. Our online appeal at: www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/guildfordlionsclubctf/bringbackthecheer

2. By BACS transfer or cheque, see www.guildfordlions.com

3. Our annual High Street Collection on December 17th

4. Cash or food items donation at our all day supermarket collections:

• Tesco on December 7th

• Sainsbury’s Burpham on December 9th

• Waitrose on December 15th & 16th

For more information visit www.guildfordlions.com

#Iwill week pledge update - Voluntary Action SWS

Voluntary Action South West Surrey has updated the #Iwill week pledge that we made last year.

Last year our pledge was;

“We will encourage more young people to access volunteering by promoting opportunities, and the benefits of youth social action, in schools, colleges, universities and youth groups. We will do this through planned visits,volunteer fairs, fresher’s fairs, information stands and having a presence at local events.

We will support our organisation and local charities to provide more volunteering opportunities for young people, by working in close partnership with the University of Surrey and making Youth Social Action the focus of our Annual Conference in 2017.”

We feel we achieved our pledge goals last year and have now altered them to move forward into 2018 with an updated pledge and a greater understanding of the great things youth social action can achieve.

This year our pledge is;

"We will promote and celebrate the positive role young people can play through social action and volunteering.

We will take the lead as an organisation to encourage other charities to create a vast spectrum of voluntary roles that are attractive to young people at the different stages of their life.

When organisations appeal to a wide range of skills and experiences, young people should continue to be engaged for longer periods of time. Enabling them to benefit by; reducing loneliness and social isolation,learning new skills, making friends, keeping active, gaining confidence and overall enhancing their well-being.

We will continue to encourage young people to access volunteering by promoting opportunities in schools, colleges, universities and youth groups. Via planned visits, freshers and volunteering fairs and information stands at local events."

More information can be found online via; http://www.iwill.org.uk

Springboard - training programme for young peopl;e with autism

Only 12 spaces are left on the Surrey based project'Springboard' - a training programme with a twist for young people with autismand similar conditions using an engaging virtual learning environment.

Autus has a reputation for innovative skills development andin keeping with that they have created an amazing woodland and trekkingenvironment for this course that will teach team working and othervocational skills, build confidence and digital skills whilstparticipants enjoy virtual outward bound/survival activities!

Suitable participants will get to work with the employerengagement manager whose role it is to help them with jobsearch/applications.

Please share this with any young people (18 to 30)who may benefit from this programme.

No laptop or old laptop ?? ...don't worry they have alaptop loan scheme

No previous technical skills required but basic IT skillsand comfortable using a computer (e.g. internet/email) is essential. Itwould definitely appeal to people who game but previous gaming experience isnot necessary.

More info: https://www.autus.org.uk/projects/springboard

register interest: www.autus.org.uk/register

University of Surrey - Volunteering Fair

The University of Surrey is holding it's annual volunteering fair on

Wednesday 15th November from 12.00pm -3.00pm in the Students’ Union at University of Surrey

Itis Free to attend, parking permit provided, table, chairs and electrical power as well.

If you are a local charity or not for profit who would like more volunteers please contact Maddie and come along

Email - maddie.thomas@surrey.ac.uk

Set up from 10.30am.