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News from Voluntary Action: Summer 2024

Published on: 26 Jun, 2024
Updated on: 26 Jun, 2024

News from Voluntary Action South West Surrey including some of the latest volunteer roles it is promoting.

Volunteer drivers needed for FareShare at its new warehouse in Guildford

Surplus food charity FareShare Sussex & Surrey is looking for volunteer drivers to help get surplus food to charities and community groups across the area from its new warehouse in Guildford.

Volunteer drivers are needed by FareShare at its new warehouse in Guildford.

Gemma Bradshaw, operations and volunteer co-ordinator, said: “Volunteers are the beating heart of our organisation ensuring we can provide surplus food to charities across the region. You don’t need any specific experience just a driving licence and ability to get to our Guildford warehouse.”

Jo Alex, who is a driver at FareShare’s Brighton warehouse, added: “I have now been driving for FareShare for a number of years, driving a few times a week in both the electric and diesel vans, delivering food all across Sussex. I get to meet some of the incredible charities we deliver to and have met some lovely people who I volunteer alongside. The staff are also fabulous, always making you feel valued.”

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Guildford Action needs volunteer to help on its new allotment

Guildford Action, with its homeless day service and family outreach team based at in Guildford, now has a garden allotment for the people it helps.

A couple of volunteers are needed to help get it up and running and then to look after it all with assistance by staff at Guildford Action.

The allotment is at the new site at North Moors, Slyfield. Times are Tuesday afternoons and Friday  mornings. To find out more or to apply call Emma at Guildford Action on 07496 422991.

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Volunteer helpers needed at Sue Ryder Shop

The Sue Ryder charity shop in Grayshott is seeking extra volunteers.

The shop is open Monday to Saturday and volunteers are required to work a couple of hours a fortnight as there is no need to commit to specific days and times.

The role includes sorting donations, hanging the garments and ticketing them ready for pricing.

Training will be given, and also for using the till if interested.

Pop in and ask to speak to Madi for more details or phone 01428 609029.

Trustees wanted by Guildford Book Festival

The Guildford Book Festival is seeking two trustees to join the board to help it engage larger audiences, with more authors, in ways which strengthen both the long-term financial security and the impact of the festival.

It would like one of the trustees to act as its honorary secretary.

Ideally, the candidates would have experience in one or more of the following: publishing and the literary world, fundraising and promotional communication using social media.

Applicants need to be available to meet monthly on a Monday morning for two hours in central Guildford.

Apply by email to with a short overview of your relevant experience by midnight on July 5.

Grants available for groups that empower children and young people 

Grants awards organisation Community Foundation for Surrey is seeking further applications from groups that empower children and young people through sports and physical activities, especially those assisting disadvantaged or physically disabled individuals who may face barriers to participation.

To be considered for the next round of grant applications, submit an expression of interest by 9am on Monday, July 8. The deadline for full applications is 9am Monday, September 2.

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Voluntary Action’s new project to help those who need volunteers and supporting potential volunteers

Voluntary Action’s new project is Volunteer Connections. Its aim is to increase the level of volunteering among small charities and voluntary organisations in South West Surrey to enable them to deliver their services more effectively.

Its staff, Alice Sheppard, Kate Jones and Helena Routledge are providing one-to-one support to groups particularly short of volunteers, and in need of training to use digital platforms to promote volunteering opportunities.

They are hosting forums to connect organisations’ and charities’ volunteer co-ordinators who normally work in isolation, while training opportunities will aid recruitment and supervision of volunteers.​

Another networking event is aimed at people who want to volunteer. It’s called Lunch and Learn and is on Thursday, July 18, 12.30pm to 1pm, online via Microsoft Teams. See poster below for details.

For details and to attend send an email to Tel: 07936 364336.


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