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Woking Homes. Oriental Road
Summer Garden Party 30th June 2012
The Friends of Woking Homes hosted their Summer Garden Party in the delightful gardens which surround the home. Residents, friends, relatives and staff joined the Mayor and Mayoress of Woking and Woking MP, Jonathon Lord on a rare sunny afternoon.
Guests were treated to champagne, canapes, strawberries and cream, spent the afternoon mingling with old and new friends. A well attended event, supporting Woking Homes, raised a fantastic total of £1763 from the cake stall, tombola and Grand Summer Draw.

Woking Homes Chief Executive, Yvonne Chandler was delighted and thanked staff and volunteers for their hard work and the Friends of Woking Homes for their hospitality and generosity.

Africa Relief Trust (ART) Volunteers Wanted

Africa Relief Trust (ART) Volunteers wanted for fund raising and Charity Awareness Events soon to be held at Kingsway House, 123-125 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6LR.

Contact Anthony Peers at

‘One-in-Four’ is the statistical ratio of adults who have experienced Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA). Our charity has been established for over 10 years in London and we offer specialist services to survivors of childhood abuse; sexual, physical, emotional and psychological. One-in-Four offers counselling and psychotherapy for anyone who has experienced or been affected by abuse. We work with people from the age of 5 years and older. We also offer a generic service where anyone can contact us who is seeking counselling with any issue. We also offer telephone and Skype counselling for those who feel unable to attend in person.

The Surrey branch of ‘One-in-Four’ has been established in Byfleet for just over a year now and is now able to receive referrals for counselling and psychotherapy services.

Woking Malayalees support Woking Hospice through movie screening

Malayalee community in Woking under the banner of Woking Malayalee Cultural Association (WMCA) raised more than £250 to support Woking hospice and Karunya Charitable Society. WMCA is a non-profit making organisation for the community members who are originally from Kerala, a Southern state in India.

Malayalam movie 'Kamath & Kamath' was screened in Woking ambassadors on 10 Feb 2013. A cheque for £151 was presented to Woking Hospice and £101 to Karunya Charitable Society, jointly by surrey county councillor Ben Carasco and WMCA president Johnson Kurian. Mr Johnson Kurian reminded '' we are proud of what we do, and the fact that we are a not for profit voluntary organisation entering into second year of community service functioning purely on members' contribution''. County Councillor Ben Carasco commented that “Woking Malayalees are a small community with big heart”.

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Wheelchair Dance Classes

With the help of Dutch instructor Corrie van Hugten, Caroline, Karen & Shirley have set up a wheelchair dance classes in Alfold Hall is on the Surrey / Sussex Border. I don't think it is strictly a charity, but I thought a link here might be a good idea. Just click the blue heading for more details.

Woking Branch Branch Enquiries and Help Line 01483 753651

Day Centre 01483 753650
Fax 01483 773896
Helpline 01483 753651

MOBILISE delighted at judge's driving ban
The disabled motorists` campaigning charity MOBILISE is delighted to hear that a judge has seen fit to ban a woman from driving for 21 days for fraudulently using a Blue Badge. Usually Badge abusers are just fined and so to see a judge actually banning someone from driving is a real step forward in the fight against Blue Badge fraudsters.
Sandra Benne from Lythemere, Orton Malborne, Peterborough was caught using a Blue disabled Badge belonging to her dead mother and is now facing the consequences of her selfish actions - 3 weeks without being able to drive.

Helen Smith, Mobilise Director of Policy and Campaigns said "Mobilise has campaigned for many years for harsher penalties to be issued to people who think that fraudulently using a Blue Badge is acceptable behaviour. By taking up the space that a genuine disabled person needs these people are hindering the ability of disabled people to go about their daily business. They are taking away the liberty of disabled people by their behaviour and I think that 21 days without being able to drive is a suitable punishment. Having a Blu e Badge is not some kind of perk and I`m sure that most disabled people would gladly swap the ability to walk well for a badge. I congratulate this judge on the decision he made and I hope to see many more judges following suit."

Sandra Bennett had parked her car in the city centre`s St Peter`s Road, using the badge, which had been issued to her mother, who had died two years earlier. Peterborough Magistrates` Court was told that Bennett had changed the expiry date from July 4, 2007 to July 4, 2009. Bennett claimed the incident when she used the badge was a one-off, and she denied altering the expiry date. But she pleaded guilty to a charge of "dishonestly making a false representation, intending to make a gain".

District Judge Ken Sheraton imposed a 21-day driving ban and fined Bennett £150. She must also pay costs of £55 and a victim surcharge of £15.

Afterwards, councillor Wayne Fitzgerald, the council`s cabinet member for environment, said: "The blu e badge scheme was set up to provide parking concessions to those with legitimate mobility problems, but, sadly, some people are intent on abusing the system.

"Peterborough City Council will not hesitate to take action against those who fraudulently use blue badges in this way. Such behaviour taints the reputation of legitimate blue badge users, and this case proves that the courts take a very dim view of it"

Mobilise hopes to see many more cases of driving bans in the future.
For more information on Mobilise visit

For the Baywatch campaign visit or call
01508 489449 / 0794125394

Runnymede GREENPEACE Group

All welcome to help out, for fundraising, direct action, public awareness and social events.   We meet 1st Tuesday of the month, The Kingfisher, Chertsey.  7.30.  Contact - Debbie  07788814689 or Julie 01932 872792
There has never been more urgency to combat climate change


Surrey-based Post Pals, a not-for-profit organisation founded by 16-19 year olds to send cards, letters and gifts to seriously ill children.

Post Pals is a project set up by five young girls, who themselves suffer from serious health problems,after they noticed the positive effect that a card or gift can have on a sick child.

They decided to join forces and launch Post Pals, which allows anyone, anywhere in the world to post a message, card or gift to a seriously ill child. Lottery funding helped them to set up the project, covering everything from internet access, laptops and the creation of the PostPals Website.



January 2010
New call back service and website

Local free telephone helpline FamilyLine Surrey has just launched a brand new website and callback service to enable them to support many more families in Surrey. The new eye-catching website contains lots of information on how to get support and help. One feature is the new call back service that allows people who find it difficult to call helplines during their working day to book a call back at a time that suits them.

To book a callback just email via the new website at - or email call the helpline (0808 8005678) and leave a message.

FamilyLine Surrey has been offering a free confidential helpline since 1994. This new callback service and website will offer help to families who find coping with life’s challenges while bringing up children and teenagers a difficult one. When a break up is occurring, children are being bullied, redundancies or money worries appear many parents find they don’t know where to turn and end up feeling isolated and alone. FamilyLine Surrey is here to listen, help and support all family members.

Jeff Travis Chairman of FamilyLine Surrey said “We see this new service as a great addition to the support and help we already provide and hope that it will enable us to reach even more families in Surrey”.

If you would like to contact us for support please use the webform on our website or email or alternatively call our helpline on Freephone 0808 800 5678. We are open Monday to Friday between 10.00am and 5.00pm and all calls and emails to us are confidential.

If you would like more information about FamilyLine or are interested in making a donation or volunteering then please call the admin line on 01306 743 233 or alternatively you could visit our website at

FamiyLine Surrey is a registered charity – number 1037462

in Woking

Home-Start is a national charity that recruits and trains volunteers to help families with young children, offering free support, friendship and practical help. Families are visited regularly in their own homes by volunteers who have all had experience of parenting. Our Preparation Course which is approximately 10 weeks, is informal, relaxed and fun and covers child protection, confidentiality and health and safety.

c/o Courtenay Free Church
Walton Road
Surrey GU21 5EQ


The Besom in Woking started in September 2006 as a result of many conversations about helping people in our local area, and as a result of attending the annual Besom Conference.

They are a bridge between the churches in Woking and the local community & take what people want to give, their time or money, skills or things, and find someone in need.

Go to for information.

Monday to Friday 07847 162971. Do leave a message and they will get back to you ASAP

The Age Concern Surrey website offers advice as well as a 50 Factsheats

Rex House, William Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4QZ

Tel: 01483 503414 - Fax: 01483 454614

Rural Community Council and a Council for Voluntary Service, providing support to both the voluntary sector and the wider community in Surrey.

Surrey Community Action Newsletter

Something Big gives big in 2011 Sally Pritchett, Nick Butcher and Fil Carver of Something Big present Jenson Newbury and his father with a cheque for £500.

Surrey-based creative design agency Something Big made 2011 its year to support several local charities – and what a busy and productive year it proved to be.

Sally Pritchett, director, Something Big, says:“We believe there’s more to running a successful business than simply having happy customers so we also like to give back to our local community. Which is why, this time last year, we made a pact to get more involved with worthwhile causes right here on our doorstep; and that’s exactly what we’ve done.” “In total, the Something Big team has given over 80 hours of their time and raised much needed funds to support an array of good causes. I’m very proud of their hard work and commitment and hope we can continue to do the same in 2012.”

In 2011 Something Big supported the following worthwhile causes in the following ways:

Children’s charity Disability Challengers – taking part in their business quiz, sponsored run and sponsored walk as well as joining up as corporate members of the Challengers Champions Business Club and helping them design and print their corporate leaflet.

Woking’s award-winning gallery and museum The Lightbox – working with the team to design, produce and print their latest what’s on brochure.

Registered wildlife charity Surrey Wildlife Trust – becoming a gold corporate partner and in turn helping to support the trust’s great work conserving all forms of wildlife in Surrey.

Budding racing driver Jenson Newbury of Jenson Racing – sponsoring a highly talented eight-year-old racing driver in a bid to help fulfil his dreams to be as brilliant as his Formula One namesake, Jenson Button.