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Hard-working volunteer rewarded for his dedication with care and compassion

A hard-working volunteer has been rewarded for his dedication with a two-night stay by Room to Reward, a hospitality charity created to give something back to those who do so much, for so many, and ask for nothing in return.

Top volunteer Jason Wiggins pictured with Lorraine Yates from Voluntary Action South West Surrey's Welcome to Volunteering project.

Top volunteer Jason Wiggins pictured with Lorraine Yates from Voluntary Action South West Surrey’s Welcome to Volunteering project.

Volunteer Jason Wiggins was initially referred to the Welcome to Volunteering project, co-ordinated by Voluntary Action South West Surrey.

The project gives invaluable one-to-one support to people across the boroughs of Guildford and Waverley to access volunteering opportunities.

It helps people who wish to volunteer their time, skills and services, but who often need additional support to make that happen.

Lorraine Yates from Welcome to Volunteering has supported Jason, finding him additional volunteering roles to those he has already been involved in.

Lorraine said: “Jason spoke at Voluntary Action’s 2017 conference and at our annual meeting advocating the mental and physical benefits of volunteering.

“He is a well-respected, reliable and committed volunteer. He supports other vulnerable volunteers with care and compassion. He truly deserves this award, for the selfless way in which he supports local organisations and his community.”

In fact, Jason has volunteered in numerous roles over many years. He is currently volunteering in a charity shop in Godalming where he was a founder member of the team.

He also runs a user-led mental health support group. Jason set up this group when the funding and resources were withdrawn because he recognised the need and wanted it to continue.

Jason also supports the running of a weekly drop-in for people experiencing mental ill health issues.

Lorraine said: “He always arrives on time, is happy and cheerful and always on-hand to support members of the group in their hour of need. He shows genuine compassion and empathy towards everyone he meets.”

Voluntary Action South West Surrey’s recent Big Lottery funding success will allow it to continue its Welcome to Volunteering project for another five years.

For more details of the Welcome to Volunteering project and how it may help you or someone you know, contact co-coordinator Lorraine Yates on 07775 556772.

Click here for a previous story on The Guildford Dragon NEWS.

Free computer skills and confidence for work or volunteering course

A free course for people who have no, or very basic, computer skills and who want to become more confident for work or volunteering is taking place from January 29.

Screen Shot 2018-01-11 at 10.56.34It is being hosted by the Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership and will be held at The Bike Project, 109 Southway, Westborough, Guildford GU2 8DQ.

It runs every Monday from 10am to 3pm from January 29 for four weeks.

Those who complete the course will receive a City & Guilds qualification.

To book a place call Linda or Dave on 01483 481789.

See below for full details.

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All welcome to attend tea party to celebrate 10th anniversary of the Park Barn & Westborough Community Association

Make a date in your diary for Saturday, September 30, when the Park Barn & Westborough Community Association celebrates its 10th birthday with a free tea party and a free prize draw.

It is taking place at the Park Barn Centre, off Park Barn Drive, GU2 8EN, from 2pm to 4pm.

The prize draw will have a £150 and two £50 Tesco vouchers up for grabs.

As well as free refreshments, there will be music from the locally based Rhythm of Life community choir, craft activities for children, and a display of pictures showing past events the association has been involved with in the area.

Go and find out what the association does for the community of Park Barn and Westborough and how you may wish to get involved too. Its friendly committee members will be very pleased to talk to you!

Plus there will be a visit from the Mayor of Guildford, who will be thanking some of the long-standing and past members of the association.

Take a look at the association’s website www.weloveparkbarnandwedstborough.com that keeps the community up to date with what’s going on in the area. Be a friend of its ever-growing Facebook group www.facebook.com/ParkBarnandWestboroughCA/

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New yoga classes

A series of classes offering a gentle introduction for people wanting to increase their flexibility and strength and who are new to yoga are taking place in August.

thThey are aimed at men and women who want to do some gentle exercise, but who want to find out more before committing to a regular class.

Thursdays, August, 3, 10, 17, from 6pm to 7pm at St Francis Church Hall, Weston Road, Guildford GU2 8BU.

£6 per session, participants need to book on to all three classes. Total £18 to be paid at the first class.

Wear something to easily move in, such as jogging bottoms and a T-shirt, i.e. something that’s not too floppy.

To book your place and for more details contact yoga teacher Natalie Coleman on 07813 132701.

Email: info@nataliecyoga.com

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Westborough Warriors

A new free running group aimed at beginners of any age.

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Tuesdays at 10.45am (after the Run Active Group).

Meet at Bannisters field (opposite Guildford Tesco)

runactiveguildford@hotmail.com

Lynsey Brown on 0786 2226591.

Facebook page: Westborough-Warriors-Beginners-Running-Group


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