Volunteer Opportunities



Volunteer mentor Brett has received full training and on-going support from our Mentoring Manager, Sian Jones.

We are always delighted to hear from people wanting to volunteer.

We need your help in mentoring, providing learning support for young people, crewing and training people on the Swingbridge Community Boats, supporting our staff at events and office work. Our counsellors are volunteers, too.

Just a few hours can make all the difference and, of course, we pay your travel and other essential expenses.

Current volunteer opportunities

Volunteer mentors required

Unlike other charities I contacted, I felt that the Surrey Care Trust offered a more flexible approach to volunteering which would suit my work and time commitments. I was also impressed by the care that the mentoring team takes to make sure that a mentor is paired with the right mentee, which as I’ve discovered is critical to make sure the relationship will work.” Aimee

I really enjoy chatting to young people and it’s great to know that I can use my life experience to be of some help to them” Alison

I feel I have more patience now and a greater understanding of people. I’m probably better at expressing myself too and of course, I have such a sense of satisfaction knowing that I can help someone – doing something that’s so valuable.” Mike

Mentoring is a simple but effective way for one person to give their support to someone else who is going through a tough time or wants encouragement in making difficult decisions. We provide:

  • mentoring for young people and families who need help coping with life’s challenges
  • mentoring for adults who need some support to get back into work
  • mentoring for young adults aged 18-24 who are at particular risk of long-term unemployment
  • well-being mentoring for young people with mild to moderate mental health problems.

Do you enjoy a challenge? Are you patient and understanding? Open-minded and non-judgemental? Do you enjoy meeting people from all walks of life? Do you have time to meet someone regularly, usually once a week?

If your answers are YES then we would love to hear from you. We provide free training which will help you decide if mentoring is for you. There is no commitment if you decide it isn’t.

Read about Aimee’s experience of volunteering as a mentor here.  Find out how Tom has benefited from the support provided by volunteer mentor, Mike here.

Mentor training courses in your area

Our mentoring courses usually take place over several evening sessions or as a one day session.  Prospective volunteers will need to be able to attend ALL sessions during their training course. People are not making a commitment simply by taking part in the training – it’s how they find out whether they have the right skills and will enjoy this sort of work.  Those who do sign up as volunteers will need to commit to giving about an hour a week. Expert support is available for our volunteer mentors from our team of Mentor Co-ordinators.

For more information about joining us as a volunteer email mentoring@surreycaretrust.org.uk or get in touch with the Mentor Administration Assistant in your area listed below.

August 2022

Farnham: This one day course takes place on Tuesday, 23rd August 9.30am– 4.30pm at Hale Community Centre, 30 Upper Hale Road, Farnham, GU9 OJH

To book or for further information, please contact Zoe Holm on 07593 438144  email zoe.holm@surreycaretrust.org.uk.

September 2022

Virtual: This seven and half-hour, online course is delivered over three evening sessions on Thursdays, 15th, 22nd and 29 September between 6.00pm – 8.30pm.

You must be able to attend every session on your course.

To book or for further information contact Emma-Louise Lowe on 07712 653 315 or email emma-louise.lowe@surreycaretrust.org.uk.

Bagshot: This seven and half-hour course is delivered over three evening sessions on the 21st, 28th September, and 5th October between 5.00pm – 7.30pm at St. Anne’s Church, 45 Church Rd, Bagshot, GU19 5EQ

You must be able to attend every session on your course.

To book or for further information contact Zoe Holm on 07593 438144 or email zoe.holm@surreycaretrust.org.uk.

October 2022

Woking: This twelve hour course takes place over three weeks on Tuesdays, 4th, 11th, and 18th October between 4pm – 8pm at the Dianthus Building, Wishbone Way, Woking GU21 3RT.

You must be able to attend every session on your course.

To book or for further information contact Clare Hampton on: 07593 438146 or email: clare.hampton@surreycaretrust.org.uk


Other locations

New courses announced soon

For further information please contact the team mentoring@surreycaretrust.org.uk.


Find out more about mentoring

Our Woking Learning Centre is on the look-out for volunteers. The Centre hosts our STEPS to 16 programme which helps young people aged 14-16 who struggle with mainstream school to stay in education.

Learning Centre Volunteer Assistant

Our Steps to 16 programme manager is looking for a volunteer assistant to support the class teacher at our Woking Learning Centre on Goldsworth Park, Woking.

As a Learning Centre volunteer assistant you’ll:

– support the classroom tutor and classroom assistant with student learning. This can involve listening to students read, leading discussions, assisting with basic numeracy – with a small group (of up to six students) or individually.
– build social skills through recreational games such as pool, table tennis, preparing basic meals together and listening to music.
– help students develop their confidence and self-esteem.
Ideally you will have some experience of raising or working with teenagers – our current volunteers include a primary teacher and a police officer. But we value your strengths whatever they may be

We need someone every day between 9.30am – 2.30pm (term-time only) but any hours/days would be considered.

Lunch Assistant

We’re also looking for a volunteer Lunch Assistant to help prepare lunches for up to 20 young people.  This includes basic preparation/cooking such as pizza/pasta/jacket pots between 11.30 am and 1.30pm.

For more information, contact the Centre Manager on 01483 487037 or email richard.tweddle@surreycaretrust.org.uk

Events support

We need volunteers to help us run our flagship event – the Surrey 5 Peaks hikeathon.

Build on your college training with practical events experience for a local charity. You can assist with:

  • registration
  • event briefing
  • overseeing health and safety
  • manning and running check-points
  • managing the communications systems

Get your event management career off to the right start – call Hannah Gilmour at Surrey Care Trust on 07748 963617 or email events@surreycaretrust.org.uk

Swingbridge Crew

We’re looking for enthusiastic crew members for our community boats, Swingbridge1 and Swingbridge2. Experience is not required as training is provided but we do need people with a good sense of humour, patience and empathy to encourage our supported volunteers who may have mental health problems, mild learning difficulties or are dealing with addiction or the aftermath of family breakdown or unemployment.  Find out more about how our community boats are benefiting local people by reading our Trust Matters newsletter. For more information about volunteering on Swingbridge, email swingbridgevols@surreycaretrust.org.uk.

Allotment gardeners

The Gateway Allotment project is based in Earlswood and aims to help anyone at risk of isolation and the long-term unemployed to make positive changes by developing practical skills and to benefit from the therapeutic benefits of gardening. We’re looking for volunteers to join us on the allotment to carry out practical jobs and help to support our clients.  For more information contact our Allotment Co-ordinator, Zahra Dhaimish – email zahra.dhaimish@surreycaretrust.org.uk or call Zahra 07825 279573.

Interested in…

Mentoring? Contact Lucena Ellis by email or call 01483 426990

Working with Swingbridge? Contact us by email or call 07712 652675

Giving learning support to young people? Contact Sharon Tweddle at the STEPS Learning Centre by email or call 01483 487037

Counselling? Contact Sian Jones by email or call 07765 257022

Helping with events and fundraising? Contact Hannah Gilmour by email or call 07748 963617

Not sure? Visit our volunteering pages for inspiration

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