University of Surrey volunteers make a difference

A BIG thank you to the volunteers at the University of Surrey for taking time out to improve the garden area at our Godalming office. The volunteers did a super job at painting the outside shed, which houses all the books for our charity bookshop and tidying up the garden.

The garden area has been transformed and can now be used for our wellbeing clients, offering them a place to relax in an outside environment.

The volunteers worked so hard that they did not stop for refreshments. We are very grateful for all their hard work and commitment.  As you can see from the photos below,  it's such an improvement so well done!

 

Surrey FA quiz The Welcome Wizards coach on their first season

Last year, The Welcome Project created a football team to help improve clients wellbeing. The team is called The Welcome Wizards and they play in the mental health league in Surrey, helping positively affect the lives of those who have experienced mental health problems. Clubcoach, player and volunteer Victor talks to Surrey FA about how the team’s first season has gone.  To read more click here.

Welcome Project Expanding

From 1st April 2017, The Welcome Project will be expanding to cover Spelthorne, Runnymede, Woking and North Elmbridge, working in partnership with Cornerhouse, Wellness With a Goal and Voluntary Services North Surrey.  We are really excited to be able to offer support to more people in Surrey and will be updating the website with information and contact details soon.

Wellbeing and Inclusion Football Tournament

The Welcome Project, part of Catalyst, held a Wellbeing and Inclusion Football Tournament in Frimley on Friday 16th June. Victor, one of our volunteers had the vision a year ago to make this event happen, aiming to encourage and promote wellbeing for people experiencing mental health in the community.  The response was fantastic as we had teams from the mental health league, Surrey Police and some professionals playing! There was some great football played by all teams and the winners on the day were the Surrey Police who won the Gold Cup and the Guildford and Waverley Revolutions won the Silver Plate.  It was evident from all the smiles and work rate that everyone enjoyed themselves and it really was a worthwhile event. 

We would like to thank all those that supported the event by participating and thank you to those that came along to spectate – we hope you enjoyed your day! And of course a BIG Thank you to Victor and The Welcome Wizards for making the event happen.

We’ve had some great feedback and we hope to be able to run another tournament next year.

 

Welcome Wizards team on tournament day

Welcome Wizards team on tournament day

Volunteers' Week

We would like to say a HUGE ‘Thank You’ to our fantastic volunteers for all their hard work and commitment within our project. Well done on providing an excellent service and choosing to give your time to help your local communities.

From dedicated volunteer counsellors, to the knowledgeable bookshop team and talented people running group activities like karate, football and creative writing – they add so much to helping people change.

To show our appreciation we will be taking part in the Volunteers’ Week campaign from the 1 -7 June and highlighting our volunteers throughout the week.

For Further Information on Volunteers’ Week please visit: http://volunteersweek.org/

The Welcome Project expands westward!

From the 1st April 2017, The Welcome Project will be expanding to cover Spelthorne, Runnymede, Woking and North Elmbridge, working in partnership with Cornerhouse, Wellness With a Goal and Voluntary Suppor North Surrey, as part of Community Connections.  Community Connections offers support for mental and emotional health and wellbeing with a variety of activities, groups and skills.  For more about Community Connections, click here.

Welcome Wizzards

The Welcome Wizards celebrate new season and new kit

 As the football season gets into full swing, the Welcome Wizards football team based at The Welcome Project Camberley got together for a bbq lunch and social.  The team has grown from a few clients and staff to regular attendance of up to 15 players and are rightly pleased with the new kit that the funding from Community Foundation for Surrey has provided. 

Want to find out more? Call 01276 409415