There are many ways that you can help. Whatever your skills and experience - we can find you a role.

We need your help…

  • In the cente supporting members - handwriting, drawing, reading, helping to answering questions, computer work, playing games (crossword, cards, scrabble, pool) and of course conversation.


  • At home organising your own fundraising event - a coffee morning, sponsored walk, garage or jumble sale, raffle, tombola, quiz night, Christmas jumper day, mince pie morning, Sponsored Walk 13th May, Hats for Headway Day 17th May, 26th May Guildford Street Collection, 8th July Parachute jump - the list goes on and on!  


  • Out and about spreading information about Headway Surrey, telling friends and family, making sure there are leaflets in libraries, clinics and health centres.


  • helping at awareness events, social media support, office admin support, gardening or as a Trustee.


  • Special team of Volunteers for the Mayor of Guildford's Year, May 2018-2019.  We are very excited to be one of Cllr Mike Parsons, chosen charities.  There will be numerous events taking place throughout his official year and we will need help.  Please send an expression of interest to us and we can keep you posted of opportunities.  sonja@headwaysurrey.org

Just Ask...

What can I do?

Volunteering for Headway Surrey can involve anything from playing Scrabble, baking cakes to abseiling - from making a pot of tea to organising a barn dance! Whatever your skills and experience - we can find you a role.

How much time do I need?

Some of our volunteers come in regularly for 2 hours a week, one or two days a week and some may volunteer for just one day a year - you can spend as much or as little time as you like. All our volunteers are greatly valued and being a small, local organisation you can see the immediate results and benefits of your work.

Do I get any training?

Guidelines, information and support will be given to all volunteers - along with training where appropriate. Volunteering can be a very rewarding experience, giving you the opportunity to make new friends and gain new skills.

How can I start Volunteering?

If you feel you can make a difference please contact us for an informal chat.                                                 
Sue Freestone, for supporting members in the centre or befriending, susan@headwaysurrey.org
Telephone: 01483 454433

Enquiries for volunteering with social media, admin support, work experience and fundraising,    enquiries@headwaysurrey.org

We are unable to offer any more work experience places to secondary school children during 2018.

Volunteers in the Centre

Each client has individual abilities and so flexibility is as important as concentration and patience, but we have plenty of laughs along the way too.   

Befriending is equally rewarding, it may be that you and your befriender are from different backgrounds but as long as you can strike up a rapport it is mutually beneficial.    It is fun or I wouldn’t do it.    

Simon G 2017


I have been volunteering at Headway for over 7 years. I enjoy assisting the clients in the various activities and outings and look forward to a big game of pool at lunchtime.

Staff, clients and volunteers all contribute to the fun atmosphere.

David S 2017


I started volunteering at the Centre about 5 months ago. Initially my reason for volunteering was the chance to give something back to the community but it quickly became something much more than that. Thursdays are spent with the Centre staff and other volunteers helping members with, amongst other things, cognitive, executive and life skills. It is so rewarding to see the progress of members improving their skills over the weeks far beyond what might have been expected. This is all done in a caring environment where learning is made fun and enjoyable. Ian P 2017 

New Befriending Service

Following a brain injury many people experience the loss of good relationships with friends, family members and co-workers. This can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation.

The Befriending Service needs both male and female volunteers. As a volunteer Befriender you would spend time talking to someone who has had a brain injury and encouraging them to get out and about by taking part in leisure activities. This could be going for a coffee, to the cinema, to a football match or playing squash. Volunteers are asked to commit around two to four hours per meeting, this may be once a week, once a fortnight or once a month. Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of six months to the Befriending Service.

Anyone over the age of 18 can become a volunteer Befriender. Volunteers should be friendly, reliable, honest, non-judgemental and willing to learn. All volunteers will be required to complete a DBS check (criminal records check), supply two references, attend an informal interview and training.

The benefits of becoming a volunteer on the Befriending Service include:

  • Volunteer Befrienders reasonable expenses are reimbursed
  • Improved understanding of brain injury
  • Time out from your normal routine
  • The opportunity to meet new people
  • The chance to develop good interpersonal skills
  • The opportunity to gain experience in the voluntary and charity sector
  • The chance to make a positive difference to someone's life

Volunteer Befriending leaflet click HERE

Volunteer Befriending application form click HERE


If you or anyone you know would like to become a Befriender please contact Sue Freestone, Befriending Co-ordinator for further information or to request a Volunteer Befriender Application Form.
Telephone: 01483 454433

Headway Surrey's Volunteers do...

Vital work, they take the
Opportunity to help in the
Local community, make a
Useful contribution, meet
New people, use their
Talents to help others gain
Enjoyment from new
Experiences in a
Rewarding and
Sociable environment.

Headway Surrey is a Registered Charity. Registered Charity Number: 1046863. A Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England Number: 2991672 Headway Surrey, Headway House, North Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 9PU

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