Welcome Buddies

Welcome Buddies helps people join in with activities and groups to help them become part of their community and improve their well-being as part of their recovery from mental ill-health

Run by Voluntary Action South West Surrey Welcome Buddies is part of the Welcome Project.  The scheme aims to help people with mental ill-health move on with their lives by supporting them to join in with main stream activities.

People who would benefit are those who have either become isolated because they lack the confidence to start a new activity on their own or those who would like to move on from activities provided for people with mental ill-health and join groups, clubs, activities that are for everyone but who need support to get started.

Welcome Buddies helps identify activities that the person would like to try out – they are then matched with a volunteer buddy who will accompany them and support them until they are ready to go it alone.

Volunteers all receive training for the role and are DBS checked.                            For further details or to make a referral contact please contact;

Denise Graves on 01483 504626, or via mobile on 07825 417204.

Alternatively you can E-mail: d.graves@vasws.org.uk

Space to Grow

Voluntary Action South West Surrey are delighted to be able to support Space to Grow, a very successful project, by supplying volunteers from our Welcome to Volunteering and Welcome Buddies projects.

Our clients are guaranteed a very warm welcome in a very safe space alongside other people experiencing similar difficulties.

We have noticed real improvements in the health and wellbeing of our clients who attend Space to Grow.

Huge thank you to Corin and his friendly team for all the support and encouragement given to those we refer.

To watch a video about the project, please follow this link: https://youtu.be/f5QqF4APm2U

Lorraine Yates and Claire Lane – Welcome to Volunteering Officers

Denise Graves  – Welcome Buddies