Volunteering

If you have taken some time out to care for your children and want to get back into working life and build up your experience and skill mix on your CV, volunteering is a great way to start. Read more here for some ideas and resources.

Similarly if you have recently retired or simply want to give back a little to your community, volunteering is a great way to help.

We will be adding to this over time. If you know of any local charitable organisations that you think should be in this section or that you would recommend, please contact us here. If you run a local charity or not-for-profit organisation and would like to advertise in our business directory so that you are listed in this section, please add your listing here


Local opportunities


Horsley Neighbourhood Connections

This is a fantastic project, set up & funded by Guildford Borough Council and the Diocese of Guildford. It is a volunteer-based service which aims to offer solutions to diverse practical questions and to reduce social isolation and loneliness among older people and vulnerable adults in the Horsley’s. Commitment could be a few hours per week or month, depending on your availability.

Our volunteers can face a very wide range of questions; for example:

  • how can I get transport to my dentist now I no longer drive?
  • can you tell me how to access the local food bank and provide food bank vouchers?
  • can you help me fill in forms for a blue badge or attendance allowance?
  • who can I trust to provide honest advice on making my bathroom safe?
  • how can I find a reliable gardener?
  • is there an activity group in Horsley that shares my interests (and if so how can I join it)?
  • where can I get support for my relative or neighbour who suffers from dementia?

As a volunteer you don’t have to know all the answers, just where to obtain advice, and some of the answers are in the recent publication “Living and Ageing well in the Horsleys”.

After operating for nearly a year we now urgently need new volunteers to help keep the service fully open and cope with the increasing demand for appointments. Would you like to be involved in a service that provides information and guidance relating to support services in Horsley? Would you be willing to give up half a day a month to help ensure that the service can remain open throughout the year? Full training will be provided.   It’s a wonderful opportunity to get involved in your local community and help make a real difference.

If you are interested please contact:   Kim Tolley on 07540 704857 or e mail ktolley1@hotmail.co.uk.

 

Horsley library

There are many ways that you can join in and help with library services, ranging from one-off or short term projects, to those requiring a more regular commitment. You can volunteer to be a Library Direct Home Service volunteer, a Computer buddy or Rhyme-time or Story-time assistant and more. If you are interested you need to complete this Expression of Interest form.

West Horsley Wheel of Care (WHWOC)

WHWOC offers help, support, transport and activities which provide, exercise, companionship and friendship for anyone residing in the parish of West Horsley.

They also host four clubs a week – Scrabble, seated dance, chair yoga & a film club. They are always looking for new volunteers.

Tel:01483 281703.

The office is manned between Monday – Friday 10am – noon (excluding Bank Holidays):

Horsley community bus.
Offers transport to those that are otherwise housebound living in East Horsley.

Contact Kelvin Hayes: Email address kelvinhayes53@gmail.com   Tel: 01483 283314   Mob: 07530 167283

Horsley & Bookham Riding for the Disabled

You can volunteer from the age of 12 years old, with no upper age limit. No previous experience with horses is required as they offer training in tacking up, leading and side walking with their horses.

They operate six rides each week on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings and during the day time on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

If you’re interested in volunteering call Gemma on 01372 458949 after 6pm please or email:   horsleyandbookhamrda@hotmail.co.uk

Code club

There is hope that one will be set up in Horsley soon. If you are interested in volunteering please watch this space or sign up to our monthly newsletter.


Surrey-wide opportunities


Mediation
Volunteer mediators are “active listeners, patient, able to separate facts from feelings, capable of empathy without showing any bias and able to remain detached and not judge people. They do not need any knowledge of the law as they don’t give legal advice.”

Their role is to “oil the wheels” and help disputants sort out things for themselves. Training is provided.

If you are interested in getting involved look at:

Voluntary Action SW Surrey 

They provide support and specialist advice to voluntary, community and faith groups in South West Surrey.  They also help and support people in finding volunteering opportunities.

St John’s Ambulance.

Volunteers provide first aid in their communities, keeping people safe at events, and working alongside the NHS in response to 999 calls. They can also be involved in campaigning to raise awareness of first aid and directly educate the public.

Guildford action volunteering.

Guildford Action is an independent registered charity, which has been working within the local community for over 30 years helping individuals experiencing homelessness as well as isolated families. Issues faced by those we support may include debt, housing, mental health challenges, isolation, relationship breakdown, domestic abuse, parenting skills, employment and substance misuse.

Surrey Wildlife Trust

They need volunteers to help with ad-hoc projects such as clearing scrubland & heathland management.

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