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VASWS Trustees

Please note this is an unpaid role.

Voluntary Action South West Surrey, which helps to strengthen the local voluntary and community sector, is seeking new trustees and a treasurer.

It plays a key role across the boroughs of Guildford and Waverley, being to go-to place for people who need help and advice to find the right volunteer role for them. It also operates a social prescribing service on behalf of the NHS with a team of link workers who engage with patients to support them with a plan which can be a series of signposting or referrals to support in the community, in order to improve their health and wellbeing.

Voluntary Action also provides a range of advice to charities, organisations and community groups that includes good governance and advice on fundraising.

It is a charity itself and is a council for voluntary services, in that the work it does is on behalf of local authorities. With impending retirements of the current chair of the board of trustees, a new chair and new members of the board are required and also for the position of treasurer.

The board of trustees at Voluntary Action meet four times a year. It is seeking people who have more than three years experience in any of the following areas – governance, strategic development and planning, human resources, health and safety and safeguarding.

For the treasurer role, a person with many years of experience in accountancy is required.

Voluntary Action is extremely well run with two joint-chief executive officers, both of whom have been with Voluntary Action for over 10 years. Other staff also have much experience of the voluntary sector, and it’s a busy and invaluable community-focused service indeed!

In February, Voluntary Action moved from Castle Street, Guildford (where it had been based since 2008) to offices at Old Millmead, within Guildford Borough Council’s premise.

If you would like to be a part of Voluntary Action’s board or for more information about the roles, email joint CEO Caroline Keith at

Please note this article originally was written by David Rose for The Guildford Dragon News. The original article can be found here: Guildford Dragon NEWS (


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