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Volunteers needed!

We have a variety of volunteering roles, either as a one-off, occasional or regular (weekly, fortnightly, monthly).


We are looking for a new Chair to take the helm in October 2023 or 2024.  If you are interested, please contact us or send a CV.   The existing Chair has exceeded her term of office and would like to step down but remain on the Board as a Trustee.

We are a really friendly bunch and very supportive.  6 Board Meetings per year, 6pm-7pm either on Zoom or at the Guildford Centre and the AGM meeting.  

Chair role is for 4-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.   

Meet the Board: Board of Trustees | Headway Surrey
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Tea Maker

We have slots available for a friendly tea maker or two.  Must be friendly and able to make tea and coffee and offer biscuits and cake! 

Volunteer regularly, weekly, fortnightly, monthly or just occasionally. 

This role helps by enabling our staff to have a quick break and also offers our clients an opportunity to talk to a "new" face and chat.  They love meeting new people. 

  • Tuesday and Thursdays mid morning during our centre days (approx 10.30am-11am) and afternoon (approx 1.30-2pm).
  • Friday morning - third week of every month at our bustling Drop In Session.  10.30am-12pm.  
  • Open Day - next one 13th October 10am-4pm. Couple of hours, half day or all day.

Apron provided on request and of course as much tea, cake, biscuits as you manage!  Perfect role for someone who wants to give a little time to help others and meet others.
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Fundraising Volunteers

Can you help us and join a small team of Fundraising volunteers:

  • Collecting items for raffles and tombola.
  • Coordinating collecting tins.
  • Administering our foreign coin recycling or ink cartridge recycling.
  • Helping us to plan and run small fundraising events
  • Etc.

We are looking for a volunteers who have a little time available to help us work on a range of projects.  Join our team and we can contact you when we have projects that need support and you can decide if you have spare time and are interested in helping us.

For example,

  • We need people to help us put collecting boxes in public spaces and rotate them.   
  • We need people to email and collect raffle prizes in the autumn for our Christmas and Winter raffles. 
  • We need people to parcel up foreign coins and ink cartridges and send them off every 3-6 months. 
  • We need people to take items occasionally to Ewbanks Auctioneers, eg stamp collections. 
  • We need people to sell occasional items on eBay.  
  • We need people to join us at events and help. 

These roles are varied, however you will be making a difference to our charity and our fundraising efforts.
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Website Content Volunteer  

Are you experienced in Umbraco?  Could you update and add new News and Events pages, add a new service page or two, change details of our team members? 

Help is needed on an ongoing basis.  Probably about 1 hour or less per month.
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General Helpers 

From time to time we are invited to events to have a table of information, this could be a hospital, school, fair, fete etc.  You would be helping the member of staff that is attending the event.  You would perhaps help to set up the table, hand out leaflets, take contact details and enquiries for the office to follow up.  No experience necessary, training on the job.  You would be an extra pair of hands and a friendly face to help our staff member.  

If this interests you, then contact us to put your details on our list of general helpers and we will email you with dates when we need help.  As they say, many hands make light work!  This is a great way to give a little to charity, learn new things, have a day out and meet new people.
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Autumn Garden Volunteers

We have a small garden with a large beech tree!  In the autumn we would really appreciate someone coming to the centre once a week to sweep the leaves up into black bags. 

We will then take them to the dump (or if you have the time and you would enjoy visiting the dump, you would be welcome to take them to the dump.) 

Volunteering is dependant on when the leaves fall off!  From Sept - Dec, weather permitting.
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Bookkeeping Volunteer

1-2 hours a week, to provide bookkeeping support to the charity.   To process purchase invoices, create sales invoices and do monthly bank reconciliations.  Experience of using Quickbooks and CharityLog would be an advantage and training will be given where necessary.  Friendly team, based in Stoughton, Guildford, remote working possible.
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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 help with all of these, or just some:

  • Support clients individually to do their worksheets using basic English and Maths.

  • Support clients with a wordsearch.

  • Take part in creative writing.

  • Be part of a discussion group on various topics. 
  • Playing board games.

  • Taking part in seated boccia and seated stretch.

  • A game of pool.

  • General conversation. 

  • Art or crafts.

  • Quiz Masters. 

  • Help with Special Interest Groups that we would like to establish.  Eg. Sewing Bee, Knit and Natter, Shedway, Book Club, Film or Music Appreciation, Car or Bike Groups, Gardening, etc. 

Mainly Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-2.30pm, but other days may be added in the future. 

More information: Centre Day (Workshops) | Headway Surrey
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London Marathon Admin Volunteer

To co-ordinate emails to our runners.  We have approximately 5 spaces every year.  The role involves, registering the runners, ensuring they have a sponsorship page set up, sending general support emails to keep in touch and motivate them, answer any arising queries and to forward any updates from the CEOs to the runners, encouraging them to send in photos for us to use on social media.   

After the marathon, sending thanks, chasing runners (not literally!) for photos and quotes for our website and social media is one of the jobs.   It can be fun and interesting to meet new runners (usually remotely) and follow their story. etc and then re-advertising for the next year. 

About 1 hour a week average, suitable for a friendly and organised email confident person.  This volunteering role can be done remotely at a time that suits you.  Full training and support given. 

It's very rewarding to see their sponsorship targets rise.  Each runner has to raise at least £2,000.  The aim of the role is to help us raise £10,000-£14,000 or more every year!

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Admin Volunteers

To help with: general admin, research on internet, adding details to CRM, following up enquiries, Friends of Headway Surrey admin, general admin, thank you letters.
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What our volunteers say

"I am always made to feel very welcome and appreciated".

"It's a very rewarding role - seeing people make progress and it's also fun.  I always leave in a great mood!"

"Very positive experience.  I have been able to gain such valuable experience working face to face with clients and see what its like to work within a team supporting clients."

"I like how involved I feel and how different each week is.  I also like how I was offered the opportunity to bring my own ideas into the Headway Surrey sessions."

David S  2017-2023
Still volunteering in 2023.

"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 2017-2023
Still volunteering in 2023.

"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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