Volunteer

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 day facility working with members - doing computer work, playing games and making conversation.
     
  • At home organising your own fundraising event - a coffee morning, sponsored walk, garage or jumble sale, raffle, tombola, quiz night - 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.

Just Ask...

What can I do?

Volunteering for Headway Surrey can involve anything from playing Scrabble 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 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 our Services Manager for an informal chat.


Sue Freestone
Befriending Co-ordinator
Email: susan@headwaysurrey.org
Telephone: 01483 454433

Stacey volunteers in the Resource Centre

I have been a volunteer in the Resource Centre for Headway Surrey since September 2011.  I spend Tuesday mornings working with members on activities designed to help improve their cognitive skills, independence and self confidence.

I came to Headway after retiring from the corporate world in order to better care for my husband, who has a chronic illness.  It didn't take me long to miss the "buzz" and the social interaction from working with other people.

My time spent volunteering is the highlight of my week. It's rewarding to see a member achieve something they didn't think possible. Despite the serious nature of the programmes at Headway there is ample opportunity for light hearted banter and fun.

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 Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) 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

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.

Sue Freestone Support Worker / Befriender
Email: susan@headwaysurrey.org
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
Reward 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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