For those that want to make a big impact on their communities
There are some really important areas of volunteering where your time can make a real difference. We've summarised some of these below. Why not explore these further for yourself? It could make a big difference to your life - as well as for others! You can contact them directly, or speak to one your local volunteer centre
to find out more.
Health Sector volunteers
Volunteers contribute to a vast range of health-related services and their presence in the hospital environment is invaluable. For instance, volunteering with the NHS
can help make the patients stay in hospital more pleasant whilst allowing professional staff to concentrate on patient care. Roles range from those with direct patient contact on the wards, to back-office roles. Whether you want to apply your ‘people’ or professional skills, or to provide essential administrative help, there will be a role for you.
To find out more, call:
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- Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust, Guildford: 01483 464847
- Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: 01276 526530
- Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust: 01932 723239
School governors are the largest volunteer group in the country and are drawn from all walks of life. What governors share is a passionate belief that all children deserve to have access to effective schools. School governing bodies are established by law as corporate bodies. Their main responsibility is to determine the aims and overall conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.
If you feel that you have the qualities to support a Surrey School, read more or contact the Governance team on 01372 834 481. The School Governors One-Stop-Shop also provides useful information.
Victim and Witness Support
Volunteers are trained to help victims to deal with the emotional and practical impacts of crime, working with partners in local government, the voluntary sector and criminal justice system. A national charity, Victim Support
helps to make sure that every victim is properly looked after, but to provide a friendly face, a listening ear and sympathetic support.
Telephone: 0845 389 9528
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Working alongside regular police, with the same powers, being a ‘Special’ is a fantastic way to contribute to your community. You will receive comprehensive training and support. What makes Special Constables
special is that they are all people who want to do something positive for themselves and their community and who can give some of their spare time to achieve this.
For more information on Special Constabulary in Surrey call freephone: 0800 328 7597
Community 'Youth Offender Panels'
For those that want help tackle youth crime in their neighbourhood, rather than just complain about it! A community Youth Offender Panel consists of two volunteers recruited directly from the local community, alongside one member of the Youth Offending Team. They talk to the youngster, the parents and (where possible) the victim of the crime, to agree a tailor-made contract aimed at putting things right.
Contact the Volunteer and Mentoring Coordinator on 01483 519 101.
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