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Volunteers needed!

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

Social Media Volunteer

Headway Surrey is a well-established local charity covering the whole of Surrey, supporting adults who have an acquired or traumatic brain injury and their families.  1 in 3 people during their lifetime in the UK will get a brain injury.  This might be from a road traffic incident, a stroke, sporting accident, trip, fall, falling debris, work accident, combat, assault, domestic violence, meningitis, brain tumour, hypoxia, encephalitis, aneurysm, bleeds on the brain and many more issues. 

The charity needs to raise awareness on social media to the general public about its services, so that when someone needs help, they remember the name Headway Surrey and can seek help.  In addition, the charity needs social media to advertise its London Marathon places, skydives, job vacancies, volunteer vacancies, trustee vacancies and encourage giving from all types of people, companies and groups. 

We have had a university student in this role for 2 years, but they are now moving onto full time work.  They have benefited a great deal from working with the charity and their knowledge of brain injury and communication has improved enormously.  

We are looking for someone who is a self-starter and self-motivated, who can think outside the box and help us improve our social media following.  We need the person to commit for a minimum of one year and of course as it is social media, it can be done remotely.  Or if you wish to be in an office situation, you would be welcome to work from the office. 

If this role fits you and is of interest, then please do apply. 

This role can help you to develop the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Design
  • Organisation
  • Written Communication
  • Time Management
  • Social Media Marketing


Chairman or Chairwoman

We are looking for a new Chair to take the helm.  If you are interested, please phone for a chat or send a C.V. and covering letter indicating why you are interested in this opportunity, and what you would bring to the role.  CEO Sonja Freebody 01483 455225 

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.   

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. 

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London Marathon Admin Volunteer

To co-ordinate emails to our runners in 2023.  We have 7 spaces and it involves general emails to keep in touch with everyone, answer any arising queries and to forward any updates from the CEO to the runners.  Working in conjunction with the Finance Manager to ensure the sponsorship pages and donations are being received correctly.  Chasing runners (not literally!) for photos and quotes so that the website and social media volunteers can publicise. 

Not too much work, and it would suit a friendly and organised email confident person.  This volunteering role can be done remotely at a time that suits you. 

It's very rewarding to see their sponsorship targets rise.  They have to reach £2,000. 

London marathon is in April 2023.


Fundraising Volunteers

To help with:

  • Trust fundraisers
  • Community fundraisers
  • General admin fundraisers
  • Information and awareness volunteers at different venues
  • Organising collections of foreign coins and asking companies to collect them for us. 
  • Sourcing raffle prizes
  • Standing at awareness tables.

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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