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Volunteers needed!

Headway Surrey is looking for volunteers to support all of our services.  We have a variety of roles, either as a one off or regular volunteering.

Trustee and Vice Chair Vacancies

We are looking for 3 enthusiastic people with an interest in the welfare of people with acquired brain injury (ABI), cognitive rehabilitation to join Headway Surrey.  We want in particular, skills and knowledge in NHS/Primary care/Adult Social Care, CCG, Neuropsych/rehab, fundraising/income generation, lived experience of ABI or caring for people with ABI.

We are open to considering younger individuals, who may not have any Board experience, who would relish the chance of learning and developing, whilst contributing to our charity. We have a buddy system for new Trustees and for those without Board experience we would provide support and mentoring.

Trustees will need to attend 6 Board Meetings per year, starting at 5.30pm either on Zoom or at the Guildford Centre and one AGM meeting. Trustees are appointed for a five-year term of office and provided with a comprehensive induction and support programme.

If you would like to help make a difference to the lives of adults living with brain injuries, we would love to hear from you.  Please contact us for a full role description 

Application Deadline: 7 September 2022

Interviews: 8-14th September 2022

First Board Meeting: 15th September 2022


Please send a C.V. and covering letter indicating why you are interested in this opportunity, and what you would bring to the role: to CEO Sonja Freebody 01483 455225   

Volunteer Counsellors

We are looking for volunteer counsellors, Year 4 or 3 (with Year 1 completed successfully within an accredited counselling course). To help Headway Surrey provide a short-term counselling service to survivors of acquired or traumatic brain injury (clients) and their carers / families living in Surrey and its borders.

Headway Surrey counselling service’s purpose is to offer more people this time limited specialist service to enable their long-term well-being.

The role will offer the counselling volunteer an opportunity to train with us and learn about brain injury and become a part of the Headway Surrey team.

The role is to work directly with the clients and carers / families of those affected by brain injury, offering short-term counselling sessions (six sessions, with the option to extend to eight), writing notes and report summaries. Attending induction training and supervision sessions (10 per year).

Please send your CV to Kat Howard:

Centre Helpers

Wanted to:

  • Support clients to do their worksheets using English, Maths, Reasoning skills and creative writing.

  • Playing board games, chess.

  • Taking part in seated boccia, pool, Tai Chi.

  • General conversation. 

  • Art or crafts.

  • Quiz Masters to help run a monthly Friday morning Quiz online, possibly part of a rota of people. 

  • Help with Special Interest Groups that we would like to establish.  Eg. Sewing Bee, Knit and Natter, Shedway, Book Club, Walking Group, Film or Music Appreciation, car or bike groups, gardening. 

01483 454433

Fundraising Volunteers

To help with:

  • Trust fundraisers
  • Community fundraisers
  • General admin fundraisers
  • Information and awareness volunteers at different venues
  • Organising collections of foreign coins. 

01483 455225

Admin Volunteers

To help with: research on internet, adding details to CRM, following up enquiries, Friends of Headway Surrey admin, general admin, thank you letters, recruitment, DBS checks.

Social Media Volunteer

Website Photography Volunteer

Marketing Volunteer

Garden Volunteer

Tea Maker Volunteer 

01483 455225

What our volunteers say

David S  2017-2022
Still volunteering in 2022.

"I have been volunteering at Headway for over 10 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." 

Ian P 2017-2022
Still volunteering in 2022.

"I started volunteering at the Centre in 2017. 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."


Headway Surrey is an equal opportunity employer. Employment is based solely on a person's merit, skills, experience and qualifications directly related to professional competence.  Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of disability, age, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.  

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