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Woking’s Voluntary Sector Fair welcomes hundreds of visitors

The return of Woking’s Voluntary Sector Fair saw hundreds of visitors flock to Woking Leisure Centre to discover what support and volunteering opportunities are available in the borough.

Now in its third year, this year’s event was the biggest yet with over 80 local organisations and community groups represented.

The fair provides visitors with the chance to speak to experienced volunteers about the benefits of voluntary work, while also learning about what health and wellbeing support they can access locally.

The fair originally started as a networking event for the voluntary sector to promote collaboration and co-ordination. Blair, Manager at Andy’s Man Club said: “We can sign post to each other and that is key. We need more events like this.” Harry from Mentell said “It’s really important for us to be here to network with others.”

Cllr Will Forster, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Voluntary Sector, said: “Woking has a thriving voluntary sector and many incredible volunteers who help make our borough the caring and inclusive place that it is. Despite the council’s difficult financial situation, we remain committed to supporting and promoting the voluntary sector and the Voluntary Sector Fair is a good example of this.

Thank you to all stallholders and visitors. Once again, it’s been a really productive event and I hope it leads to lots of really positive and rewarding opportunities and experiences for everyone.”

95 per cent of visitors to the Voluntary Sector Fair said they would recommend the event due to the “great variety” of stalls and the “very welcoming and knowledgeable” staff and volunteers.

One lucky visitor, Paul Whitnall from Woking, won a family ticket to see Peter Pan starring Anton Du Beke and Paul Chuckle at the New Victoria Theatre Woking, which was generously donated by ATG to acknowledge and celebrate Woking’s voluntary sector.

For more information about the Voluntary Sector Fair and to register your interest in next year’s event, please email






2023 Stallholders

Organisation name

Action for Carers
Active Surrey
Angelic Network Woking
Ashford & St Peters Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – Volunteering
Basingstoke Canal Society
Blossom LGBT CIC
Brooklands Museum
Brookwood Cemetery
Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards
Canalside Community Fridge
Cancer Testing South
CAP Woking – Welcome Church
Charities Aid Foundation
Citizens Advice Woking
Community Foundation
Conquest Art
County Care Independent Living Limited
Crossroads Care Surrey
Family Services
Freedom Leisure Centre
Friends Of The Elderly
Girlguding Surrey West
Global Sight Solutions
Good Neighbourhood Schemes Woking – Surrey Community Action
Grandmentors – Volunteering Matters
Guide Dogs
Guildford Diocese
Halow Project
Healthwatch Surrey
Holme Farm Community Project
Home-Start Runnymede & Woking
Let’s Read
Life charity
North West Surrey Health and Care Alliance
One You Surrey
Outline in Catalyst/ Catalyst Support
Pancreatic Cancer Action
Pro Drive IT
Qlic IT for Charities
ROC Woking/Lakeview Community Action Group
Royal Horticultural Society
Seniors Helping Seniors
Shooting Star Children Hospice
Sight for Surrey – Sensory Services
South Woking Community Food Bank
Surrey Anti-Slavery Partnership
Surrey Care Trust
Surrey Coalition of Disabled People
Surrey County Council – Communities
Surrey County Council – Your Fund Surrey
Surrey County Council Men’s Pit Stop and Andy’s Man Club
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service
Surrey Libraries
Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum
The Brigitte Trust
The Lighthouse
The National Lottery Community Fund
The Skill Mill
True Honour
Warmth Matters Project – Surrey Community Action
Woking and Sam Beare Hospice and Wellbeing Care
Woking Besom
Woking Borough Counci – Health & Wellbeing
Woking Borough Council – Volunteer Woking
Woking Community Transport
Woking Environment Action
Woking People of Faith
Woking Shopmobility
Woking Street Angels
Woking Strokeability
Woking Town Twinning Association
York Road Project
Your Sanctuary

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