Community Volunteering


​Retail Assistant​Furniture Link​Guildford

Furniturelink is a local community based furniture charity which aims to reduce landfill by approximately 10 tonnes per month, and provide affordable furniture to all, especially those most desperately in need.

Here at Furniturelink, we need some assistance to help with the bric-a-brac, sorting it all out, pricing it etc, and then displaying it so people will want to buy it. We are based in Merrow Business Park, which is easily accessible by public transport.

You will be joining a friendly team who are busy carrying out house clearances and accepting donations of furniture to sell in the main shop.

Volunteering improves a person's communication skills and self confidence, areas that are so important for everyone.

The role would suit someone with some spare time, who is reliable, with a positive "can do" attitude and able to offer us a minimum of 1 day per week, and a maximum of 6 days per week. (9am – 4pm)

We offer reasonable travel expenses, refreshments and lunch will be provided

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​Contact: Hilary Bindi email    or call 07970 229789  on a Tuesday or Thursday. ​ ​


​University Correspondent​Guildford Dragon newspaper​Guildford/Home based

​Are you interested in journalism? Looking to gain experience in local news reporting? Here's a great opportunity to volunteer for a local paper as a Surrey University Correspondent.

Overall  - Be The Dragon's correspondent for all University of Surrey stories.

Target - producing at least one university related article per week


a. Sub-edit university press releases (includes development of working relationship with UoS PR team)

b. Produce a regular column on university related topics

c. Advise Dragon staff on university matters

Self motivation
High level of literacy (ability to sub-edit)

Competent photographer

Good knowledge of University of Surrey

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Contact: Martin Giles, ​ ​ ​ ​
​Sports Editor​Guildford Dragon newspaper​Guildford/home based

​Are you interested in journalism or sports reporting? Why not volunteer as Sports Editor for a local paper?

Overall  - Taking responsibility for The Dragon's Sports Section.

Target - producing at least two sports related articles per week

a. Sub-edit sports stories submitted

b. Attend selected sports events and report - including photography  (Press tickets should be obtainable for most local events)

c. Optional: Produce opinion pieces on overall sports scene in Guildford Borough

d. Optional: recruit one or two sports reporters

Self motivation
High level of literacy (ability to sub-edit)

Competent photographer

Enthusiasm for sport

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​Contact: Martin Giles, ​ ​
​Social Media Outreach Volunteer​Roots for the Future​Home based
Roots for the Future is a Godalming-based social enterprise start-up. We bring people together to plant trees in their communities to tackle local environmental problems such as poor air quality and flooding. We invite all ages to participate, and envisage that our involvement of children and young people will help to inspire the next generation to address climate change with environmental solutions.

You can see a short video of one of our recent local projects here.

We are recruiting for a volunteer to help us with our social media and are keen for that individual to be local student. It would particularly suit a student who is passionate about environmentalism and sustainability, if not studying a relevant subject. We would like someone who can preload relevant posts on twitter and facebook and who can increase engagement and grow our following. As the posts can be scheduled, it can fit round the student's other commitments.

Estimated Time Commitment: Can be discussed but around 3 to 5 hours per week.

Service/IT Volunteer​Open Hands community group​Christ Church, Guildford
​We're looking for an IT literate volunteer to help with the Open Hands church based community group I run at Christ Church in Guildford on alternate Saturday afternoons.

The group is for adults with learning disabilities, other disabilities and mental health difficulties. It is well supported with a team of DBS cleared adults. The applicant will be part of a team of volunteers and will not be on their own.

The details of the role are as follows:

  • What? To operate the laptop during the church service and ensure the correct powerpoint slides appear on the overhead screen. This will occasionally include showing a video clip as part of the powerpoint. All content will be provided on a memory stick. Laptop, etc will be provided and initial guidance given. Scope to learn how to operate the sound desk too for anyone particularly interested.
  • When?  4.30pm – 6pm on alternate Saturday afternoons. Next service is 15th April then fortnightly after that til mid July. Break for summer. Resume fortnightly in September.
  • Where? In Christ Church, Waterden Road, Guildford. GU1 2AZ.  Parking available. 5 mins walk from London Road railway station and from bus routes. Refreshments (tea & cake) provided.
  • Who?  Anyone who is competent with fairly basic IT skills. 

Contact: Paula Bell, Open Hands group leader, on 01483 569002 or 07501 080351 or email: ​ ​

​Role Play Volunteer​Surrey Police​Guildford

The Foundation Training team regularly run intakes of new police officer recruits (probationers). Elements of their course require probationers to evidence their knowledge via assessed training practical exercises. Volunteers will support our probationer training through role playing various scenarios. ​ ​

Volunteers will need to be able to portray different characters in a wide range of scenarios.

Practical scenarios for training currently include a variety of offences and non-offences such as reporting for summons, criminal damage and shoplifting. Volunteers will be asked to play roles including victims, offenders and witnesses. Volunteers are able to select the role plays that they would like to assist with at times most convenient to them. Scripted briefs are provided to role players, and qualified training staff will assess the students’ performance.

Key Responsibilities:

To follow a scripted brief during a role play and provide consistent performances across role plays in order for trainers to accurately assess students' performances. If requested, volunteers may be required to provide feedback to trainers relating to a students performance.

No previous experience is necessary but volunteers will need to have the confidence to be able to role play within a range of different scenarios, which may include both co-operative and uncooperative roles.


​Contact: Apply online here ​ ​


Community Engagement Volunteer​Surrey Police​Guildford
Would you like to contribute to Policing in Your Neighbourhood?

Are you able to commit four hours of your time each week to your local Neighbourhood Policing Team?
If so, then becoming a Community Engagement Volunteer may be the perfect opportunity for you! The most important part of this role will be to improve the engagement we have with our communities and community groups.

This volunteer role is for you if:

  • You enjoy working with others to achieve shared goals
  • You have an interest in your community and would like help improve the relationship between community groups and Surrey Police
  • You can communicate clearly and enjoy working with lots of stakeholders at the same time

You will provide effective community liaison to help us ensure that your local community, council, organisations, groups, partner agencies and individuals are kept informed of our policing activity.

Through your actions, you will make a valuable contribution to reducing the fear of crime and improving communication channels. This will enable our local policing activity to be targeted to address chronic and repeat issues that cause disproportionate harm to your community.

As a Community Engagement Volunteer you will be involved in a rang of activities including:

  • Helping Neighbourhood Policing Teams to keep local people informed of Surrey Police activity
  • Developing tailored local messages with the Borough Inspector which promote positive local policing and ensure consistent community messaging
  • Providing a consistent point of contact and dialogue with the Safer Neighbourhood Teams to ensure that engagement is maintained with all partners/stakeholders
  • Assisting with the coordination and development of local Neighbourhood Watch Schemes and other similar Watch groups such as Country Watch

Your enthusiasm and commitment will help you to integrate into your busy neighbourhood policing team, working alongside Police Officers and Police Staff.

Key to your success as a Community Engagement Volunteer will be your interpersonal and communication skills. You will need to be able to summarise information into concise and informative updates, applying attention to detail to ensure that community messages are always accurate. You may be asked to use technology and social media to engage with our communities but we will support you to do this. 

You will need to have administration experience (including the ability to use Microsoft Office programmes such as Word and Excel) and your ability to plan and organise will help you to complete key tasks within your volunteering time with us.

Previous experience of volunteering, community engagement and/or working within police environment would be advantageous but is not essential as you will be fully supported by your policing team.

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​Kitchen Server

​Footsteps ​Guildford
FOOTSTEPS is a drop-in centre open on Sunday evenings and Christmas Day in Guildford town centre, at Beverley Hall in Haydon Place. Our aim is to help homeless and needy people in and around Guildford.
We serve up to 40 men and women each week. Approximately two thirds are 'regulars' and the rest are more itinerant.
​We meet at 4.30 pm at the Beverley Hall Community Centre, we heat up home made soup and lay out a spread of sandwiches and cakes. At 5pm we serve the drinks and food to the homeless and needy who come into the Centre. We have an open door policy and in an average evening have about 30 people come in.

We clear up and close the Centre at 7pm.

Two experienced key holders are always there to oversee everything.

Time commitment: One Sunday, 4.30 - 7pm in about every six weeks.

​Contact: Simon Platt,


​Circles Volunteer​Circles South East​Guildford and the surrounding area

Circles South East has been recruiting, training and supervising volunteers to contribute to work carried out in the field of sexual abuse since 2002. In that time we have worked with over a thousand volunteers. Some people think you need specialist knowledge or experience to undertake this work safely and effectively. While we welcome relevant experience it is not necessary.

All we require from people thinking of approaching us to volunteer are the following qualities:

  • Reliability
  • The ability to commit two to three hours a week (initial training takes two days)
  • Emotional stability and maturity
  • An ability to maintain personal boundaries
  • To be 21 or over

That's it! We do however insist that you undertake a minimum 2 days of  initial training before you can start.

If you elect to undertake our initial training course, you will be introduced to:

  • Attitudes and beliefs towards sexual abuse
  • The role and responsibilities of a Circles volunteer
  • How Circles work
  • Motivational interviewing techniques
  • Sexual offender treatment methods
  • Boundaries and self-care
  • How to engage with sexual offenders effectively
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​Contact:Carly Hickey, Circle Coordinator for Sussex and Surrey, 07464828143


Marketing Assistant​Guildford City Football ClubGuildford​

​Guildford City FC is a non-league club based in Guildford. Revived by a group of volunteers in 1996, they currently play in the Combined Counties League.

Role requirements:

To help devise a marketing plan for the club with the aim of increasing support on match days.

To assist in the delivery of the plan including assistance in the design and production of marketing material.

Liaise with Club media manager on media marketing.

Assistance to digitise the clubs 35mm photographic archive (desirable).


Barry Underwood (Club Secretary) 07757 730304


Community Cafe Assistant​New Life Baptist Church​Guildford

​Come and help build community in north Guildford by volunteering with general cafe skills - serving, preparing food / drinks, clearing and welcoming our customers. No experience needed.

Adhoc or regular volunteers welcome. Come along for 2-4 hour sessions, regularly flexible.

​Contact: Emily, Cafe Manager, 01483 235185, 


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