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Time On Your Hands? Maybe Time To Volunteer?

Published on: 16 Mar, 2023
Updated on: 16 Mar, 2023

A round-up that gives a variety of volunteer roles currently available and being promoted by Voluntary Action South West Surrey

Free training for helpline volunteers with Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care

Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care (SDAC) is a registered charity that offers a helpline that is open to callers, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 9pm.

It helps and supports anyone who is concerned about the problems that drugs, alcohol or mental wellbeing cause.

It supports those with problems, or their parents, siblings or friends.

Volunteers work from home and once trained and are required to take one three-hour shift a fortnight as a minimum.

Training will take place in person in Guildford from 9.30am to 3.15pm on Saturdays April 8 and 22, May 13 and, June 3.

For further information email the helpline co-ordinator at

More details on SDAC’s website.

Or apply direct via Voluntary Action South West Surrey’s website.

Ideal role if you have an interest in gardening and love the challenge of working outdoors

The Quick Response Memorial Woodland is a small, Surrey-based charity run by a dedicated team of volunteers with the aim of assisting ex-servicemen who are in need of immediate assistance.

The servicemen may be homeless, destitute, and unable to pay a bill that will keep them in their home, feed their family or assist with other essential expenses at a time when they are desperate. Thereafter, the charity helps them get in touch with larger charities to obtain long-term help they require.

The Quick Response Memorial Woodland.

The charity has its own memorial woodland as a place of reflection and remembrance for the families / friends of former service personnel.

The charity welcomes volunteers to give a few hours a week of their time to help with the day-to-day maintenance of the woodland.

Some of the duties include weeding, planting, pruning and general garden maintenance.

Commemoration service at the Woodland.

Volunteers typically spend two to four hours of volunteering work per week.

Suitable hours and days can be discussed and agreed.

Due to the location of the woodland, having personal transport or access to a vehicle is desirable.

School children at a remembrance service at the woodland.

For more information and to apply phone 07444 094700. Email:

Click here for website.

Alternatively, you can apply direct on Voluntary Action South West Surrey’s website.

Join Abbeyfield’s executive committee

Located in the heart of Pirbright, Cunningham House offers a home to nine older independent individuals.

Part of the Abbeyfield Society, it exists to help those who have come to the stage in their lives when living alone becomes a daunting and isolating experience.

Abbeyfield’s Cunningham House in Pirbright.

Cunningham House enables residents to maintain their independence in the comfort and privacy of their own ensuite room, with the opportunity to enjoy the company of others over delicious home cooked meals and social activities.

There are three paid members of staff, and a friendly and involved volunteers serving as committee members, gardeners and visitors.

Abbeyfield says: “We would like to hear from those interested in joining our Executive Committee in particular.

“We are looking for two types of individuals: First, a lawyer or someone who has worked in a highly regulated environment, and who can therefore help us to navigate the legal and regulatory terrain appropriate to a sheltered housing provider.

“Second, we would be keen to hear from those who bring experience of marketing and communications, to guide us to better spread the word about what a wonderful home we provide for residents.

“No previous trustee experience is necessary, just an interest in our purpose and a willingness to contribute to our on-going success as part of a team of like-minded individuals.”

Board meetings are held five times a year on Wednesday evenings, and the monthly time commitment is approximately six hours.

For more details phone 01483 488751.

Click here for Cunningham House’s website.

You can apply direct via Voluntary Action South West Surrey’s website.

Drivers wanted to take people to and from club in Jacobs Well

The Guildford Club for Disabled is a social club for physically disabled adults, most of whom with mild disabilities.

It meets on Thursday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm at Jacobs Well Village Hall.

The club is in urgent need of volunteer drivers to bring members to and from the club.  No other experience is necessary, just a caring, compassionate nature.

Volunteer drivers collect attendees only from the local area and will not be handling wheelchairs.

Reasonable petrol expenses can be claimed.

There’s always the perk of enjoying the arranged entertainment and tea and biscuits while you wait.

Click here for the club’s website.

Apply direct via Voluntary Action South West Surrey’s website.

Also, book now for Voluntary Action South West Surrey’s 2023 conference.

This year’s conference is themed ‘Recovery’ will be a day full of interesting discussion and debate, with a line-up of expert speakers and workshop presenters.

Date: Tuesday, April 4.

Time: 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Location: Rik Medlik Building, University of Surrey.

Tickets: £25.

The event will give everyone the chance to explore the impact that the pandemic has had on the charity and voluntary sector and how we have had to adapt our working practices to reflect the change in society.

There will be lots of different workshops for delegates to take part in, both in the morning and afternoon, plus an opportunity to visit our marketplace – a space where delegates will have a chance to meet an array of businesses whose services support the voluntary sector. Plus freeparking and a sandwich lunch included with your ticket.

Speakers include:

Dr Priya Singh, chair designate of the Frimley ICS, deputy chair and FTSU NED of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and executive director of a medical mutual provident fund with charitable status.

Maria Zealey, Surrey Welfare Rights Unit.

David Rose of Voluntary Action South West Surrey, Wellbeing through Volunteering.

Jo Woodhams, Green Social Prescribing – How Nature Connection Supports Recovery.

Workshops include:

Explore Refresh Express / Art for All (Afternoon only)

Social Prescribing.

Encouraging young people (19-25) to volunteer.

Fraud – Prevention is better than cure.

Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support.

“Friends Against Scams” Let’s all work together.

Reenergising the community after a national crisis.

Action for Carers Surrey.

Zero Carbon Guildford.

View the full programme and to book your place go to:

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