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Voluntary Action News, Including Paid Role For Community Development Worker

Published on: 10 May, 2022
Updated on: 10 May, 2022

An update of news from Voluntary Action South West Surrey including groups and organisations it supports.

Community development worker wanted (paid role)

Voluntary Action is recruiting a community development worker, who will work closely with a wide range of partners to support local people in addressing the population needs across the boroughs of Guildford and Waverley, with particular attention given to the Park Barn, Westborough and Stoke areas of Guildford.

It is an ideal role for those passionate about making a difference in their local community.

The salary is £26,600 per annum for 35 hours a week, 16-month contract, and a job share will be considered for the right candidates.

Closing date for applications is Sunday, May 29, 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

Interviews will be held on the afternoon of Monday, June 6, 2022 face to face at Voluntary Action’s office, 39 Castle Street, Guildford GU1 3UQ.

If Voluntary Action receives sufficient applicants, closing date may close earlier than May 29.

Immediate start date available once safer recruitment checks have been completed.

Further information and to apply, send an email to

Free scams awareness webinars

Join one or both of Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards free scams awareness webinars, to help you learn how to protect yourself and others.

Scam prevention and home security advice (co-hosted with Surrey Police) May 12, 10.30am to 11.30am.

SCAMchampion training May 18, 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Sessions will be hosted via Microsoft Teams.

For further dates, information and/or to book your place, visit Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards’ Eventbrite page.

For any queries, including requests for bespoke sessions, email:

Headway Surrey counselling service

Headway Surrey provides short-term counselling, designed for those living with acquired brain injuries, their families and carers in the Surrey area.

Brain injury survivors and their families may find that they need some extra support at different times, with emotional and mental health issues.

Headway Surrey’s short-term counselling is for a course of six sessions.

Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes and they are currently held online, or via telephone.

The counsellor has the option to offer an additional two sessions in special circumstances after the sixth session. The counselling team is led by Kat Howard and she is assisted by three volunteer counsellors. All BACP qualified.

Contact Kat Howard directly on 07387 771220. Or send an email to:

Godalming Cricket Club in need of a volunteer

Godalming Cricket Club is looking for someone who is great at making cakes and can make a sandwich or two each Saturday. Oh, and likes to sit in the sun and enjoy a bit of leather on willow with a cup of tea and (usually) some good company!

The club has a budget of £80 per match for teas, catering for about 26 to 30 people each week. This includes all the food and any expenses incurred by the volunteer e.g. electricity and transport.

A classic tea is sandwiches (including egg mayo), homemade cake, crisps, some fruit and drinks. Variety is much appreciated and the tea person would be very welcome to be as creative or classic as they like.

Actual serving time is approximately 3.30pm to 4.30pm and includes laying the teas out, loading the dishwasher and leaving the kitchen and club house clean and tidy. Training can easily be given by seasoned teas makers. If you would like some more information, they would love to hear from you.

Call Sarah Black on 07736 353 196 or apply via Voluntary Action’s website.

The Hideaway Café needs volunteers to drive a minibus

The Hideaway is an accredited social enterprise and a creative retreat perfect for meeting friends for expertly brewed coffee, loose leaf tea and a variety of tasty light bites.

It isn operated by the Matrix Trust in Guildford.

Volunteers are needed to drive a minibus to take young people from George Abbot School to the Youth Hideaway after-school club in Guildford on Tuesday afternoons, 3pm to 4pm.

The volunteer would need to collect the minibus from a church in Guildford, drive to George Abbot School to pick up the students plus a Matrix staff member who will remain on the bus with the young people and deal with consent forms etc, drop them all off at The Hideaway Café and then return the bus to the church.

A few volunteers are required, so the commitment is as minimal as possible, but would be happy if someone was willing to commit to it as regularly as possible.

Volunteers can start as soon as they are able. All drivers will need to go through an enhanced DBS check.

Send an email to Josh at

Wheelchair volunteers wanted by British Red Cross

Do you want to make a difference and support the British Red Cross? You can do both when you join as a wheelchair volunteer!

The Coronavirus pandemic has meant that people need its support more than ever. By joining its Mobility Aids Team as a wheelchair volunteer in Woking, you can be there for people when they need it the most, while making a difference in your community.

If you can spare a few hours per week you can help get people moving again after an illness or injury. For more information send an email to or phone 03000 040309.

About Voluntary Action South West Surrey

Voluntary Action South West Surrey is a registered charity and limited company set up in 2008 to help support voluntary and community groups working in the boroughs of Guildford and Waverley.

It is a Council for Voluntary Service and member of NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action).

As well as giving advice, information and support to local groups it also operates a volunteer centre recruiting volunteers for organisations working in South West Surrey. It is part of a network of similar organisations across Surrey. Its website lists hundreds of volunteer roles on behalf of groups, organisations, charities, etc.

It is funded by Surrey County Council, Guildford Borough Council and Waverley Borough Council. It receives funding for its projects from organisations such as the National Lottery Community Fund, and The Welcome Project.

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