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A Woking based charity that is doing good work in the community is Surrey Drug & Alcohol Care. The main activities of the charity are 24 hour telephone help line, 365 days per year giving advice and support to drug and alcohol users. A counselling service providing structured psychosocial inventions by BACP trained contracted professional Counsellors.They have an outreach team that provide educational talks to schools, colleges and other professional groups..

Web Site www.surreydrugcare.org.uk/


Your Sanctuary

Your Sanctuary is a local charity based in Woking that supports anybody who is experiencing domestic abuse. They were established in 1977 and are celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year. They run a 24/7 specialist domestic abuse helpline, a community outreach service for those victims living or working in Woking, Surrey Heath and Runnymede, two refuges for women and their children who are fleeing from violence and abuse from a partner, and a children’s service for children who have suffered. Their vision is for a world free from domestic abuse and some of their work also includes delivering workshops in schools and colleges to help young people understand what a healthy relationship looks like and where to get support if they need it.

Web Site www.yoursanctuary.org.uk/


Woking & Sam Beare Hospices have been caring for people in the heart of Surrey since 1996. For every patient we have looked after, every family we have supported, we have tried to achieve one thing – to offer the service that we want for ourselves and our own loved ones. Last year we provided end of life care to more than 1,200 local people and we are enormously proud of the quality of our care in our hospices and also for families in their own home. We are not part of the NHS and for every £1 we spend on patient care, 80 pence comes directly from voluntary contributions from our community.

For some time we have known that our ageing buildings are a barrier for our nursing team, making it so much harder to provide the very best service to patients and families, and we now urgently need a new, modern home that will allow us to deliver the very best hospice care for generations to come. The cost of this is £9.4m, and after a generous loan from Woking Borough Council, our fundraising target is £3.4m. We have already raised over £1.1m but we need a further £2.3m to complete the project. We very much hope that the Woking Swimathon organisers will consider making Woking and Sam Beare Hospices their chosen charity in this important year.

Web Site www.wsbhospices.co.uk


Woking District Scouts

Birchmere Campsite is located near Wisley Gardens and is the district campsite for Woking Scouts. It welcomes approximately 3000 youth visitors a year who come mainly from the Woking area but also from other areas in the UK. A long term aim was to replace an old wooden school campsite activity building which was over 80 years old and substandard. Fortunately a school in Hounslow had two pre-fabricated buildings to donate and so planning was obtained and they were moved to the campsite in March this year.

Web Site www.birchmerescoutcampsite.org/


Freemantles School Current Animal and Horticulture Area

We currently have a facility which allows students to be taught to care for rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens. It is set up using the TEACCH principles (a clear visual strategy which is used in a range of ways to increase the understanding of the world for children with Autism who are often struggling to understand what is happening and why). This enables them to carry out tasks independently. We have also found that students with extreme anxiety have become much calmer and focussed when brought into the animal environment.

Web Site www.freemantles.surrey.sch.uk/Our-School/Freemantles-Farm/