Important announcement: Changes to DBS charges from 1st of April 2022

From the 1st of April, DBS charges will be changing. 
Volunteers: £17
Staff Enhanced check: £62
Staff Standard: £40 
Invoices will reflect the changes from 1st of April 2022
CSVA is working with Surrey Downs Health and Care Partnership to invite colleagues in the voluntary sector to share their experience of good partnership working with colleagues from the health and voluntary sector at the Connecting Conversations 

We are keen to highlight best practices and outcomes you can achieve when working together in a partnership. If you are interested in taking part as a speaker at the event and want to find out more information on how to take part, please contact

Connecting Conversation

Are you unsure about what place-based integration means for you, and how it will impact your work? 

Are you excited by the possibilities of place-based working, and want to know more about how you can get involved? 

Then don’t miss our Connecting Conversations events! These online, interactive, sessions will give you a chance to: 

  • Meet colleagues from some of the partner organisations, and explore opportunities to work better, together 
  • Learn more about place-based integration, and what Surrey Downs Health and Care Partnership aims to achieve 
  • Understand your role in the partnership, and how you can support better outcomes for the people of Surrey Downs 
  • Hear from leaders and staff across Surrey Downs, and some examples of the difference that partnership working can make 
  • Sign up TODAY to confirm your place on one of the following dates: 
  • Thursday 10th March 12pm-1.30pm CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 
  • Wednesday 16th March 10am-11.30am CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Local News 

Surrey Matters website relaunched

Surrey County Council has unveiled a new look Surrey Matters - the council’s online magazine for residents. The website has been completely redesigned to make it easier to use and with residents’ interests at heart, so they don’t miss out on what’s going on in their county. With new features such as an interactive What’s On map showing events by event type.
Residents can also sign up to the monthly Surrey Matters newsletter to keep informed with the latest updates and news in the online magazine, listen to the podcast and find out what’s going on in their local area.

Autism Acceptance Week planned in March


It is Autism Acceptance Week from Monday 28 March – Sunday 3 April 2022.

This year, Surrey County Council is promoting the new All Age Autism Strategy, which has been co-produced with autistic people, their families and carers. As part of this, Surrey County Council is piloting an Autism Friendly Community in Redhill, before rolling this out across the County. This will be promoted at a launch event in Redhill on Friday 25 March 2022 during the day at the Harlequin Theatre and it would be great if professionals and autistic people could join. 

Professionals could:
  • Have a stall at this launch event
  • Help with handing out leaflets/ raising awareness
  • Hold your own Autism Acceptance event that Surrey County Council can promote through its networks.
If you are interested in any of the above, please contact: 
Phone: 07929863582


Cervical Screening Awareness Campaign running until 14 March

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, yet in England two women die every day from it. Screening can help stop cancer before it starts which is why the Department of Health and Social Care, together with NHS England and NHS Improvement, have launched a Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening Campaign.
You can help support the campaign by sharing the campaign resources within your community settings, through your social media channels and in your e-newsletters and websites. Campaign resources include posters, social media assets, website banners and email signoffs.

The full resources are available on the Public Health England Campaign Resource CentreYou will need to register to sign in. 


Resources to support local people 

 New Bereavement Support Groups starting in March in Ashtead and Redhill/Reigate

The Brigitte Trust is running free structured 8-week bereavement programmes run by a professional facilitator for anyone in Surrey struggling with their own grief and bereavement.

Download flyer here 
Download registration form here

Surrey Community Action’s Warmth Matters project will help low-income households

Surrey Community Action will be working with partners to provide advice and information to help low-income households to help them to save energy, save money and access services they need. 
This new funding will enable the project to: 
  • Provide advice sessions to households struggling with their energy bills
  • Launch four new energy clubs across the county
  • Attend fuel poverty and community events
  • Share resources to households in need of extra support.
The project will be helping with things like: 
  • Explaining supplier and tariff options, including time of use awareness
  • Priority Service Register awareness and registration
  • The Warm Home Discount Scheme
  • Energy debts
  • Ways to keep bills down and save money
  • Support sessions for charities and community groups.
Where you can find them?
Over the next 12 months, the project team will be available at various locations across Surrey, including: 
  • Food clubs across Reigate & Banstead including Redhill, Preston, Horley and Merstham
  • The Mole Valley Employment & Skills Hub
  • Guildford Community Learning Centre in Southway
  • Carbon Zero Guildford.
Individuals can also receive support by phone, email and via online zoom sessions. For more information and how to make a referral to the Warmth Matters Project please contact:

Get Men Talking initiative launched

"Get Men Talking", is a new Surrey initiative commissioned by Surrey County Council Public Health and delivered by Time to Change Surrey  to support men’s mental health in Surrey, raise awareness of suicidal behaviours and teach people how to start supportive conversations through free mental health training that could help to save lives.
Suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 in the UK. The aim is to target different male audiences across Surrey and encourage men to open up and have honest conversations. The campaign primarily engages with occupations which have a high ratio of both male staff and clients such
as builders, merchants, barbers, footballers and taxi drivers, but it is open to anyone living and/or working in Surrey or any organisation based in Surrey.

The initiative offers a combination of free Mental Health and Suicide First Aid training to support people to: 
  • feel more confident in having conversations about mental health with men
  • spot the signs of a suicide crisis
  • know how to interact
  • signpost to safety.
The project will begin rolling out in three of the highest risk areas for suicide in Surrey: Elmbridge, Woking and Guildford. Training
will take place in Surrey and online from March 2022. To register for Mental Health and Suicide First Aid training, please visit the Time to Change website.
Professionals, please promote and share these resources. For further information, please contact Joe Stroud:

Running Effective Meetings (Delivered via zoom)

Topics include:


  • Be able to describe the duties of the chair and other officers at a meeting
  • Have an initial understanding of some of the common issues which may arise at a meeting and how these might be addressed in the most effective way
Wednesday 16th March 10am-1pm

Facilitator: Kate Antoniou

or phone 0300 303 3464

quoting C3747800

Job Opportunities 

Client and volunteer coordinator


This position is for 1 year and might extend if further funding is secured.

Hours: Starting with 15 hours a week but might increase to 20 hours depending on work required on a self-employed basis. Any overtime beyond the working hours will be given in Toil. The post holder will be responsible for paying their national insurance and tax. WSS will not take any liability for this. The post holder will have to register with HMRC, and complete yearly self-Assessments as required.

For more information, please click here to download the recruitment information pack.  

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