Volunteering is something that everyone can do…

The Aspire project designed to help and support anyone who faces challenges in their life into volunteering. We have a dedicated Project worker who will work with the potential volunteer in a non-judgmental and supportive manner. We can also provide support for attending interviews, help with journey planning and much more.


What can volunteers gain?

Volunteer-Now2The satisfaction and achievement of making a difference. It can also provide many benefits including;

  • The opportunity to make new friends
  • A great sense of well being
  • The chance to have fun doing something different
  • Increase confidence
  • Increase job and career prospects and new skills

Some of the ways to help make a difference…

  • Helping on local community projects
  • Caring for animals and wildlife
  • Spend time mentoring or befriending
  • Working outdoors to improve the environment
  • Using your administration skills

Take the Next Step into Volunteering

Our supported volunteering project is currently offered in Elmbridge, Epsom & Ewell, Mole Valley and Reigate & Banstead. Please download our leaflet to find out more.

To arrange an appointment please contact:
Tel: 01372 463587
Mobile: 07770 931932
Email: eamonn@vae.org.uk
Eamonn McNamee – Aspire Project Manager


Aspire Service Users Testimonials

Aspire Project has made significant impact on many people, helped them over came various challenges and help make a positive change.

“I have become happier in my life and improved my self confidence. Managing to get out of the house on a more frequent basis, helping to overcome agoraphobia. I have had a few jobs in the past and struggled with them. My confidence was extremely low but I knew I had to rebuild my life and volunteering seemed to be a safe environment. I felt confident to start applying for jobs because of volunteering. I am a completely different person from when I started volunteering; it has completely changed my life”. – Aspire Volunteer

“One of our Service users, who was supported under the Volunteer Centre Elmbridge Aspire project, was given so much confidence that he went on to find employment in a local coffee shop.  He still continues to volunteer once a week alongside his new job”- Support Worker

“The morning of starting my volunteering role, I was sick with nerves and had concerns that I would not be able to cope or be able to work independently. However I now know I can do this and my confidence has improved over this time”- Aspire Volunteer

“I am grateful for the friendly and kind environment and the positive feedback I received when I had done a good job” –Aspire Volunteer

“I think the project is amazing, the role has helped my son gain his confidence back and he has started driving again after stopping through lack of confidence. He has started to trust people a lot more. A Health Care professional who has worked with him for a while has mentioned how much he has improved since starting voluntary work” – Family Member

“Due to illness, I have been off work for a couple of years. Volunteering is a way of getting back into a rhythm of doing something practical and getting used to being with people again. My long term goal is to get back into employment.” – Aspire Volunteer

“I wanted to thank you for helping me to become a volunteer.  It has helped in all sorts of ways, as it definitely gave me back some confidence, as well as allowing me to get back into the swing of office life. I have thoroughly enjoyed being at the Rainbow Trust; you were right they are really friendly and made me feel part of the team straight away.  I am sad that I cannot continue to volunteer there but my new job is full time and I am looking forward to the challenge of a new role.  The job sounds interesting and I am sure that I am going to enjoy it.” – Aspire Volunteer