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Interested in volunteering?

Central Surrey Voluntary Action (CSVA)
Working to support and shape best practice in volunteering and social action, CSVA run three volunteer centres located in Elmbridge, Epsom & Ewell and Mole Valley, helping charities recruit volunteers. Volunteering opportunities range from trusteeships, mentoring children and young people, befriending older people to ad hoc volunteering opportunities like conservation, dog walking and much more. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit https://www.centralsurreyvoluntaryaction.co.uk/volunteering to find volunteering opportunities in your local area. Alternatively, you can call the team on 01372 722 911 or email volunteering@csva.co.uk You can also pop into the Epsom and Ewell Volunteer Centre which is located at the Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom, KT18 5BY and is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 1pm.

Epsom Rotary
Epsom Rotary Club is looking for new members!  We help the local community and local charities in a number of ways. We meet in a variety of locations and on a variety of days, but primarily built around Thursday lunchtimes/evenings at Cuddington Golf club. For more info see www.epsomrotary.uk

Friends of Old Moat Garden Centre
The Richmond Fellowship own the Old Moat Garden Centre and they do fantastic work with people suffering from mental health problems, offering the opportunity to enrol for formal or informal training and work experience programmes in a realistic, commercial, but supportive environment. It offers training in nursery stock growing, propagation, vegetable and fruit production as well as contract gardening and cafe training, including food hygiene, barista training and food preparation. Help us restore their walled garden for use as a community facility  – contact Clive Richardson on 01372723698

Age Concern Epsom & Ewell is an independent community charity that has been working with older people in the borough since 1947.
Volunteers needed! We are always in need of reliable volunteers who can help to support our charity in a variety of ways. Whether you have fundraising experience and would like to help out at an event, are able to assist older people with IT support, want to befriend a local older person who may be feeling lonely or become a volunteer driver, there is a place for you here at Age Concern Epsom & Ewell as a volunteer! If you can help please contact Liz Hope for more information about volunteering on phone: 01372 732458 or email: liz.hope@ageconcernepsom.org.uk
A Men's Group opportunity: Are you 65+ and living in the borough? Would you like to meet like-minded men to share activities of your choice? We are here to enable you to do this! Call Steve on 01372 732463 or email: steve.boeje@ageconcernepsom.org.uk

The Sunnybank Trust - Friends to those with a learning disability
If only we could make more people smile! Volunteers needed for: Buddying, Advocacy, Fundraising, Social Clubs, Penpals. Contact Felicity, telephone: 01372 749871 or email: enquiries@sunnybanktrust.org For more info visit www.sunnybanktrust.org

Mary Frances Trust
We're always interested in hearing from people who might want to volunteer with us. Our volunteers are an important part of our organisation and we offer a comprehensive volunteer induction, on-going training and support.

Currently we're actively looking for:
- Volunteer for Foodbank in Dorking to meet clients and advise them of MFT activities/services that may be of help to them.
- Art group volunteers to help with art projects and the coordination of our various art and crafts groups in Epsom and Banstead.
- Volunteers to join our new fundraising group to help with fundraising ideas and organise events.
- Volunteers to help with collection tins to support us at local events.
- Ambassadors to represent us at local events to talk about the work that we do.
- Volunteer to facilitate our Creative Writing group in Epsom
- General facilitator (with car or someone who can travel by public transport) to take registers, support courses and work closely with our Area Co-Ordinator in Epsom and Banstead.
- Volunteer to facilitate and grow our Play Reading group in Epsom.

For any enquiries about volunteering, please get in touch with Anna Silver, our Volunteers Co-Ordinator, at anna@maryfrancestrust.org.uk or on 01372 375 400.

For when you need support

Age Concern Epsom & Ewell - please see info above.

Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell
Free, confidential, independent and impartial advice on a range of issues including welfare benefits, money & debt, employment, family & relationships, education & healthcare and consumer issues. Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell is celebrating its 80th birthday this year.
Drop in sessions: Mon 10am - 2pm, Tues 10am - 3pm and 5pm - 7pm, Weds 10am - 1pm, Thurs 10am - 3pm and Fri 10am - 2pm at The Old Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom KT18 5AG. Telephone advice service: Mon – Fri 10am - 4pm on 0300 330 1164. Visit www.caee.org.uk for more information.

Epsom Safe Haven - when you need support in an emotional or mental health crisis.
Open every evening from 6pm - 11pm
The Larches 44 Waterloo Road Epsom Surrey KT19 8EX
Safe Haven offers help and support to anyone going through an emotional or mental health crisis. It's an informal, safe space that supports each individual to take control of, and improve, their own mental health. No appointments are necessary, the team will greet people as they arrive and support them in a way that suits their needs. For more information visit www.surreydownsccg.nhs.uk/emotionalwellbeing

Let's Talk Epsom
Every Wednesday; 7.30pm - 9pm
St Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom KT19 8HA
A weekly self help group where people who are affected by any kind of depression can meet to share experiences and coping strategies with others in similar situations. For further details contact Allen 07817 471 656. Love Me - Love My Mind charity. Visit www.lovemelovemymind.org.uk

Epsom and Ewell Veterans Community Hub
First Wednesday of each month; 10.30am-12.30pm
Comrades Club, 1 The Parade, Epsom KT18 5BT
Come and meet up with your peers, seek advice, information and guidance from a selection of agencies that help with housing benefits, debt, employment, wellbeing and more. Pop in for a biscuit, tea and a chat. For more info visit www.britishlegion.org.uk    

Can Do!
Thursdays, 9.30am - 11am
Epsom Children's Centre, Pound Lane, Epsom KT19 8SD
New group for children with additional needs. Parent led playgroup for children from 0-5 years old with support on hand for families living in Epsom and Ewell. £1 contribution towards refreshments. No need to book just come along! Phone: 01372 749834, email: childrenscentre@epsom.surrey.sch.uk  Parking available at Court Recreation Ground KT19 8SB or onsite during school holidays.

Drugs stopped working? Time to draw the line? We can help!
Fridays; 7.30pm-8.45pm
St Martin's Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX
If you have a problem with cocaine or other drugs, we can help. Talk to Cocaine Anonymous: 0800 612 0225 (free from UK landlines); 0300 111 2285 (mobile friendly) For more info visit: www.cauk.org.uk  

Action for Carers Surrey
There are new contact details for local carer support enquiries across Surrey. For more info please see: http://www.actionforcarers.org.uk/what-we-do/adult-carer-support/

Epsom & Ewell Talking Newspaper
Epsom & Ewell Talking Newspaper is a weekly free audio news service for those who have difficulty reading. The Newspaper service includes local borough news, magazine articles and general features recorded weekly and distributed on a memory stick to local residents who are blind, partially sighted or have difficulty reading. For more information call 01372 721519 and leave a message or visit www.eetn.org.uk

Leisure activities

Conquest Art - Enriching the lives of people with disabilities
Conquest Art is a charity that work with those whose life is limited by disability and health issues, working creatively can bring relief, relaxation and an improvement in wellbeing and our groups also bring the opportunity to make new friends. Why not visit one of the groups, give it a try, use your imagination and let your creativity flow! All art materials are provided and you would receive a very warm welcome. Absolutely no art experience is necessary, just come along and join the fun.

Locations and timings for our five art Groups in Cheam, Ewell, Epsom, Stoneleigh and Worcester Park:
Mondays
Ewell: 1pm - 4pm; Christ Church Ewell, Cheam Road, Ewell, KT17 1AD
Stoneleigh: 2pm - 4pm; Stoneleigh Methodist Church, Stoneleigh Crescent, Epsom KT19 0RT
Tuesdays
Epsom: 2pm - 4pm; Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5AQ
Worcester Park: 1.30pm - 3.30pm, St Mary’s Cuddington, The Avenue, Worcester Park, KT4 7HL
Thursdays
Cheam: 2pm - 4pm; St Paul’s Church Centre, Northey Avenue, Cheam, SM2 7HS

Volunteers are the people who make Conquest Art possible. Could you join the team?
Your few hours a week could make a real difference to people's lives. All our art groups need a team of volunteers with a variety of different gifts from organisational skills, artistic experience to someone dealing with the money or making the tea. But most of all we need your enthusiasm.
We are currently seeking volunteer helpers willing to support our art group held at the Christ Church, Ewell every Monday from 1pm - 4pm. Please contact us for more information and we can arrange for you to visit the group to see what the role involves and to meet the other volunteers and members. Phone Tina on 020 3044 2731, email: enquiries@conquestart.org or visit www.conquestart.org

Stoneleigh Community Library
For information on what's on see: http://www.surreycommunity.info/stoneleighcommunitylibrary/

Gauntlett Boxing Club
The Barn, Horton County Park, Horton Lane, Epsom KT19 8PL
Sessions designed to suit all ages and abilities. Men, women and children are all catered for and all welcome to join our tailored sessions in a lively, fun and friendly atmospheres To book a free taster class, email: info@gauntlettboxingclub.co.uk Website: www.gauntlettboxingclub.co.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/gauntlettboxingclub Instagram: www.instagram.com/gauntlettboxing
Women’s boxing classes: Monday and Fridays 10am-11am; Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30pm-7.30pm - For women who want to get fighting fit, all abilities of fitness are welcome.

Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity Lottery - Join today and support your local hospital. For further details see www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/lottery

Do Yoga
Tuesdays; 6.30pm-7.30pm
The Crypt, St Martin's Church Hall, Epsom KT17 4PX
Be Strong. Be Healthy. Be Happy. For more info visit: www.doyogawithchar.com

Green Man Sword dancing taster sessions
Tuesdays 10 & 17 September (upstairs function room)
The Famous Green Man, High Street, Ewell KT17 1RX
Come and try traditional sword dancing - we're recruiting new members for our friendly team, no experience necessary. New members welcome at any of our practices or come to one of our taster sessions. Free of charges and open to all aged 16+. For more info visit www.greenman-sword.org email: info@greenman-sword.org www.facebook.com/greensword

The Heart & Soul Epsom Choir
Wednesdays; 8pm - 9.30pm
Unity Hall, Depot Road, Epsom KT17 4RJ
Do you enjoy singing? Fancy a little pick-me-up every week? Then come and join us. No audition, no neeed to be able to read music - just pitch up and sing! Bring a friend if you liek and come for a free trial session. To find out more and to book your free trial session call 07745 852836, email: roz@heartandsoulchoir.com or visit www.heartandsoulchoir.co.uk

An evening of meditation
Wednesdays; 7.30pm - 8.30pm (please arrive by 7.15pm)
Ewell Court House, Lakehurst Road, Ewell KT19 0EB
An introduction to meditation and mindfulness. Blankets, cushions and water will be provided. Please feel free to bring along an extra blanket. Cost £10 per session. Contact Susan Kinsey at Purple Feather to book on 07762 727 511 or email: susankinsey36@gmail.com Booking is necessary as spaces are limited.

Salsa -  For Beginners & Improvers
Wednesdays, 8.30pm-9.30pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
£8 per class/£6 for students and seniors. No booking required/no partner required. For more info visit www.lovetosalsa.co.uk or call mobile: 07584 188481.

Epsom Male Voice Choir - 'Come & Sing'
Wednesdays; 7.30pm - 10pm
United Reform Church Hall, London Road, Ewell KT17 2BE
The Choir rehearse every week and enjoy performing a wide range of songs from Show Tunes, Male Voice Classics and even tastefully arranged 'pop' songs, in addition to songs specially written by their award winning musical director. It is not a requirement to be able to read music and they learn from CDs or the computer, as well as at their rehearsals. For more info visit www.epsommalevoicechoir.org.uk or email: epsommvc@hotmail.co.uk

Phoenix Clog
Wednesday nights (11 and 18 September); 8pm-10pm (Special newcomer's introductory sessions on Wednesdays 12 & 19 September).
Viola Le Petit Dance Studio, (behind) 91 Chessington Road, West Ewell KT19 9UU
All are welcome! Lose those summer pounds by clog dancing. Learn North West clog dancing and come to one of our special newcomer’s taster sessions. For more info email: dave.anders@phoenix-clog.co.uk phone: 020 8393 9286 or visit www.phonenixclog.org

Try Morris Dancing with Ewell St Mary's Morris Men
Thursdays; 8.30pm or when you can make it
Scout Hut, 106A West Street, Ewell KT17 1XR
No experience necessary. Contact us on 0208 3974763 or 07761 824646 or email: contact@ewellmorris.co.uk or visit our website: www.ewellmorris.co.uk or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ewellmorrismen

Musical memories
Thursdays; 2pm - 3.30pm
The King's Church, Gibraltar Crescent (off Longmead Road), West Ewell KT19 9BU
Come with a friend or carer! Singing is a good physical exercise and when we sing together we listen to each other, we laugh together and we share happy moments and memories. Come and sing songs you love, new songs and songs you thought you had forgotten. A group especially for those with memory problems. For more details call Barbara on 0777 574 1994 or 01306 884 656.

D-Caf Banstead
Third Thursday of every month; 6pm - 8pm
The Banstead Centre, The Horseshoe, Banstead SM7 2BQ
An evening for people who have dementia, their carers and family. Come and join our friendly group for a chatter, tea or coffee, sandwich and cake. Transport is available for people living in Epsom and Ewell. £3 charged to cover costs. Just come along or contact Lyn on 07546 958299.

Flowing Hatha Yoga with Tara
Saturdays 10.30am - 11.30am
St Martin of Tours Church Hall, Epsom KT17 4PX
Please do bring your own yoga mat. For more info visit www.tarayoga.co.uk or phone: 07810 718144

Sacred Space
Every fourth Saturday of the month; 10am - 12noon
Christ Church, Epsom KT19 8NE
Church open for private prayer, meditation, quiet time. At 12noon there will be a short said service of prayers for healing and peace. All welcome.

Need help to get a job?

Stoneleigh Job Club
Tuesdays 10am - 12noon
Stoneleigh Library, 1 The Broadway, Stoneleigh KT17 2JA
Thursdays 10am -12 noon
Epsom Job Centre Plus ( aka the Community Hub) East Street Epsom
Helping you take the steps into work. This Job Club is for you if you're - seeking your first job, changing your career, need help with your CV, interview skills and more! From 18+ welcome every week and its all free to everyone! 1:1 Free coaching and support from trained volunteer coaches for finding that job, changing careers or returning to work after breaks, including confidence building; CV drafting and updating; interview preparation and review; IT basic skills for employment; job searching and applications; compassionate and caring and purposeful coaching with professional standards and support. Appointments online or website or phone or drop in if you are passing. Website: www.stoneleighjobclub.co.uk tel: 07941 231072, email: stoneleighjobclub@gmail.com Twitter and Facebook: @stoneleightjobclub  

The Ethos Project - Epsom Job Hub
Every Friday; 12noon - 2pm
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AQ
Visit the job hub if you are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week, or ring Nanette Chandler on mobile: 07904 908871. No appointment needed. Laptops/internet for job searching, get help with online job searching, help with job applications and CVs

Diabetes Management Course

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Free CV writing sessions

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Surrey Prepared

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Surrey Prepared is made up of councils, emergency services, the Environment Agency, utility companies and the voluntary sector who work together and with communities to plan and prepare for potential emergencies. For advice about protecting your home, or how your community can work together to prepare for emergencies, please visit the Surrey Prepared website

Free Red Cross Emergency App

If you are prepared, you are much better able to cope with an emergency. To help with this, the Red Cross have developed an Emergency App, which is free to download. It enables you to set up emergency alerts, including severe weather warnings and provides practical advice on what to do in a variety of emergency situations.

It is easy to set up alerts for more than one postcode or area, enabling you to warn and support loved ones who may not live close by.

Also included are:

  • a personal alarm and strobe light to attract attention in emergencies.
  • A location finder, so you’ll always know exactly where you are.
  • An ‘I’m safe’ notification that can be sent to your friends and family.

Find out more on the Red Cross Website (link https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/free-emergency-apps)

Help if power, gas or water get cut off – priority help for those who need extra assistance

If you or someone you know might need help if electricity, gas or water supplies get cut off, then extra assistance is available by signing up to a priority register.

All utility providers hold a register of people who need priority support in an emergency. These are people that:

  • are of pensionable age
  • are disabled or chronically sick
  • have a long-term medical condition
  • have a hearing or visual impairment or additional communication needs
  • are in a vulnerable situation

Support is also available for people with children under five.

As well as help in an emergency, there are other benefits to being on a priority register including advance notice of planned power cuts, identification and password schemes, and help with accessing prepayment meters and meter reading. To find out more about priority registers, you’ll need to contact each of your utility providers – their contact details will be on your bills.

Here there be dragons

Members of the Community & Wellbeing Centre had a special visitor last month, to coincide with Chinese New Year!Dragon

Following their lunch, a dragon dance was performed with live music for members.

The leader of the dance troop and the dragon head is one of the Wellbeing Centre’s Tai Chi instructors.

The Community & Wellbeing Centre is a friendly, local support hub for the over 55s and offers a number of social and recreational activities. We have a range of facilities all under one roof, including our entertainment hall, and communal dining. This is the focal point of the Centre where people can catch up with friends and check out the regular events and activities. The self service restaurant is open from 11.30am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.

Additional activities available include

  • Tai-chi
  • Line dancing
  • Whist drives
  • Arts and crafts group
  • Bingo
  • Indoor bowls
  • Chess
  • Computer classes
  • Singing

Wellbeing services include a hairdressers, a foot clinic and stay young exercise classes.

For more information on the Community & Wellbeing Centre visit our website

Epsom Community & Wellbeing Centre
Sefton Road
Epsom
Surrey
KT19 9HG

Our Voice survey for children and young people in Surrey

OurVoice_1Surrey County Council are running a survey for children and young people to share their views on the things that matter to them, their community, their health and happiness and give them a forum to have their voices heard.   

Please use the links below for the respective surveys: 

The OUR voice survey for Primary – 4-11 years

https://www.surreysays.co.uk/csf/our-voice-matters-survey-primary/

The OUR voice survey for Secondary/College – 11/12-25 years

https://www.surreysays.co.uk/csf/our-voice-matters-survey/

For more information get in touch with our.voice@surreycc.gov.uk

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