Community groups and support in Guildford

Community groups carry out a vital role across Surrey, encouraging people to feel part of their local area, and helping support this area to grow and develop. They are about joining up and joining in to make things happen. We have a wide variety of community groups within Surrey. Below is a small selection of community groups and clubs in Guildford.

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Arts, culture and heritage

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The arts society Guildford

They promote and support the arts in their area through the activities of our young arts, heritage volunteers and Church recording teams. We also sponsor, with The arts society, a series of workshops at the Lightbox, Woking: Art in Mind is a series of artist led workshops for those with dementia and their carers. For more information visit The arts society Guildford.

Sports, health and fitness

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Guildford ramblers

There are regular opportunities for walking in this beautiful part of the countryside. For more information visit Guildford ramblers.

Community swimming pools and sports hubs

Community swimming pools and sport hubs are vibrant hubs of fun, fitness, and togetherness. A place for families, friends, and neighbours to relax, exercise, and create lasting memories. Whether it's a dip in the cool water, swimming laps, or lounging by the poolside, They are the heart of community enjoyment. For more information and to find your local community swimming pools and sport hubs see the list below:

To book a sporting facility visit sports facility bookings Guildford.

Community support

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Warm Welcome venues

We have re-opened warm spaces across Surrey, now known as Warm Welcome venues. Warm Welcome venues are open to all residents this winter free of charge – no matter your age or situation. Find out about Warm Welcome venues in your local area.

Guildford foodbanks

No one in our community should have to face going hungry. That's why local foodbanks provided nutritionally balanced food and support to local people who are referred to them. For more information and to find your local foodbank see the list below:

Guildford club for disabled

Here those with additional needs can relax, make friends, share experiences, and enjoy companionship. For more information visit Guildford club for disabled.

The CYP haven

Children and young people aged 10-18 can share their worries and how they're feeling, in a safe, confidential, friendly, and supportive space. They can help you through talking about what the issue is, and find ways to ensure you get the right information. For more information visit The CYP haven.

Guildford action

At Guildford action, we provide a safe, non-judgmental refuge for people who've fallen through the net, or out of everyday society. For more information visit Guildford action.

Leisure, park and green spaces

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Friends of Stoke park

This is a group who care about their local parks and open spaces, and want to improve these, to meet the needs of the local community. They also connect the council and residents, sharing their ideas about the park's future. For more information visit Friends of Stoke park.

Guildford allotments

Regardless of whether you are an experienced or novice gardener, an allotment could offer you more than you think - it could provide you with a new hobby, exercise and fresh home grown, even organic, produce. It's a great way to save money as well as encourage a healthier lifestyle. For more information visit Guildford allotments.

Parks, play areas and green spaces

Guildford has beautiful parks and green spaces where people can relax, exercise, and play. These spaces also allow people to enjoy the natural heritage and culture, provide habitat for wildlife, and contribute to improving local air quality. For details of parks, play areas and open spaces in Guildford, including outdoor gyms and paddling pools visit Guildford green spaces directory.

Hobbies, interests and clubs

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Guildford men in sheds

The men in sheds is a traditional leisure activity, that allows men to socialise, make new friends and learn new skills. For more information visit Guildford men in sheds.

Repair café Guildford

Free community service to reduce waste. They can teach you how to repair furniture, toys, bicycles and more. For more information visit Repair café Guildford.

Libraries, community centres and faith groups

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Surrey County Council Libraries

Our libraries are Where It Happens. Did you know that Surrey Libraries are the social, economic, learning and cultural hubs right at the heart of communities across Surrey. From rhymetime, crafts, coding and chess clubs, helping people to improve their computer skills, supporting new businesses, author talks, hosting reading groups and exhibitions. Your local library has it all. For more information and to find your local Library see the list below:

Community centres

Discover the heart of your community at community centres across Guildford. They offer a diverse range of activities and services for all ages, fostering connections, learning, and well-being. They are vibrant, inclusive spaces where friendships are forged, knowledge is shared, and the community thrives. For more information and to find your local community centre see the list below:

Please note: Our directory contains a varied range of service providers, many of which are not connected with Surrey County Council. The information has not been verified by Surrey County Council for accuracy. When contacting any service provider, we encourage you to take note of any safeguarding and health and safety requirements involved with the activity and to check if the providers have relevant qualifications for insurance purposes.

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