10 years of Voluntary Action South West Surrey

Voluntary Action South West Surrey celebrated its 10th anniversary with a party, not only for its supporters, user groups and organisations, but welcomed anyone who volunteers their services and time in the local area.

The party was held at the Boileroom music and arts venue in Stoke Fields, Guildford on Thursday, June 7.

The Mayor of Guildford, Mike Parsons, presented people with certificates awarded for their long service to volunteering.

A group of musicans from Godalming provided live music and there was a 10th anniversary birthday cake.

There was a presentation by Tiia Sammallahti, the founder of Whatcharity.com, a new online platform where people can find, rate, communicate and trade with charities – making giving and helping more transparent, easier and effective.

While Voluntary Action staff member David Rose (also known for his local history talks and books) gave an illustrated talk focusing on the history of volunteering in Guildford.

Feedback from the event is that guests very much enjoyed the party and chatting with fellow volunteers, some of whom had not met before.

There were some great raffle prizes donated by local businesses and Voluntary Action South West Surrey  presented all the volunteers who came along with a certificate and a goodie bag to say thank you for all they do for local organisations.

Thanks to the following organisations and people for the kind raffle donations;

David Rose – A signed book – Great War Britain Guildford Remembering 1914-18
Olivo Guildford – Salana Red wine
Olivo Guildford – Champagne
The Star – Prosecco
FCB coffee shop – A huge bag of Artisan coffee beans
Guildford Museum – Historical print of the town
Five Guys – Meal
Turnfit – 1 month unlimited package
Turnfit –1 week of sessions at Turn Fit
Turnfit – Nutrition programme at Turn Fit
Turnfit – Massage
Turnfit – Personal training session
Julia Lampard – Luxury Haircut or blow dry
Julia Lampard – Luxury Haircut or blow dry
GLive – 2 tickets to- An Evening with Snooker Greats
Voluntary Action SWS – Lindt chocolates
Age UK Surrey – Sanctuary Spa toiletries bag
Age Uk Surrey – Peony and Linden Blossom candle
Welcome to volunteering – Cadburys Heroes
The Kings Head – Bottle of Malbec red wine
Boux Avenue – Two bottles of body mist
Nandos – Chicken platter meal
Dean Dyson – musician – CD – Street Songs Four
Cote – £50 vouchers

Orchestra’s Concert Raises Funds For The Guildford Time Bank

Guildford Symphony Orchestra’s royal wedding summer prom concert has helped to raise £410 for the Guildford Time Bank project.

The successful concert, held at G Live on Saturday, May 19, featured prom favourites, British classics old and new, and a section of music titled a Right Royal Fanfare. In all, it set the tone for a high-spirited end to the orchestra’s 99th season.

Volunteers who helped to collect donations for the Guildford Time Bank at Guildford Symphony Orchestra’s concert at G Live, from left: Ian Ross, Claire Lane, Dursun Onay, Angie and Gary Welch, Caroline Venning, Mike Hughes and Denise Graves.

There was a bucket collection with all cash donated to the Guildford Time Bank to help run it. It is a scheme where people are spending time helping others and earning time credits in return for help they may need themselves.

Voluntary Action South West Surrey is helping to establish the time bank and a team of volunteers were at the concert collecting donations and promoting the scheme.

By logging on to the Guildford Time Bank’s website, members can post the services they have to offer and what they seek in return and make contact with other members in a secure way.

The Guildford Time Bank was launched in 2016 after consultation with community groups and local residents. It is part of the Surrey network of time banks and a member of Timebanking UK, a registered charity.

The Guildford Time Bank and Voluntary Action South West Surrey thank the Guildford Symphony Orchestra for their support.

For more details about joining the Guildford Time Bank, contact Ian Ross on 07798 754027. Email: guildfordtimebank@gmail.com

Voluntary Action South West Surrey Conference

The 2018 Voluntary Action South West Surrey Conference 

Charity: The New Welfare State ? was a great success. 

We would like to thank  That’s TV Surrey for coming along to film part of the day in this short video titled – Is Charity the New Welfare State?

We hope all those who came along enjoyed the day and gained lots of interesting insights into how charities can progress, stand up for themselves and support each other more in the future.





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