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Learn the art of woodwork at Lockwood Centre taster sessions

Man sawing a plank of red wood with a hand saw

Come along to a Woodwork taster sessions at Lockwood Activity Centre to learn all about the art of woodworking!

Visitors to our centre, based on Westfield Road in Guildford, will have the opportunity to extend their skills and acquire the knowledge of how to transform secondhand pieces of wood into new and exciting items, from garden features such as bird tables and planters, to key rings and wooden toys for children.

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Apprenticeship fulfils lifetime dream for Lewis

A picture from outside the Channel 4 building. A huge multi coloured 4 covers the front door

A lifetime dream has been fulfilled for a 21-year-old man with Asperger’s syndrome and autism after he secured an apprenticeship with Channel 4.

Since leaving college, Lewis Barlow-Hyde aspired to work within the media industry but he never believed that he would realise his dreams due to the barriers he felt he had to overcome.

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EmployAbility represent at Redhill’s Ability Fair

Surrey Choices exhibition stand

A jointly hosted event to promote employers and providers of Adult Social Care in the east of Surrey will be attended by the Surrey Choices EmployAbility team to promote both the current carer vacancies and the opportunities Surrey Choices can provide to people with a range of needs and disabilities.

Jobcentre Plus and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council have invited key organisations to Redhill’s Ability Fair, an information sharing event on Tuesday 21 March 2017 at the Redhill Methodist Centre, 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

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In the line up for the Mayor’s Variety Show

Surrey Choices Rhythmic Collision Dance Group

The Surrey Choices Rhythmic Collision Dance Company will be putting on a star-studded show alongside many of Guildford’s best performing arts groups in a show to celebrate contributions to the cultural life of the town.

The Mayor of Guildford’s Variety Show will be an afternoon of dramatic and musical entertainment with proceeds shared between the Mayor’s chosen charities. These charities include the Surrey Hills Trust Fund and the Mayor of Guildford’s Local Distress Fund.

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Send in your stamps to achieve something great

Red, blue and purple stamps scattered over a brown envelope

Did you know that your used stamps can help raise well needed funds for our chosen charities?
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Bletchingley Activity Centre Opens

Bletchingley Art Room

A site in Tandridge has successfully opened to customers of Surrey Choices to provide access to services in localised areas. The creation of this new service for the company comes before similar community based facilities in both Reigate and Caterham celebrate one year of operation.

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Enchanting Tales Art Exhibition

Art Supplies

Ochre Print Studio is delighted to announce their forthcoming exhibition, Enchanting Tales, at Guildford’s Harvey Gallery, in conjunction with Surrey Choices. Artist members of Ochre Print Studio regularly work with the clients of Surrey Choices under the Ochre PrintAble label. The exhibition will show prints and other works produced by Surrey Choices’ artist-clients attending a range of sessions at their Lockwood Centre; including prints, textile works and jewellery.

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Download your copy of our easy to read information card

Police

We strongly believe in providing information in suitable formats to ensure everyone has access to resources to be able to make informed decisions.

After our recent visit from the Diversity Team at Surrey Police, we were inspired to create an easy to use Police information card detailing how we can work with our local Police force to make us safe.

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Support us with onegoodthing so we can help our community

Two hands offering to give, donate or charity

We want to make sure our fundraising efforts for our chosen charities are packed full of fabulous things, that’s why we’re asking you to donate onegoodthing to be raffled in one of our many events throughout 2017.

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We smiled our blues away! An uplifting campaign for a positive start to 2017

Smile Your Blues Away

Trying something different, making small changes and keeping active were just some of the ways that Surrey Choices aimed to lift the spirits of it’s staff and customers during January 2017.

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First Aid courses to empower customers at home and in their communities

First Aiders - January 2017

A group of hard working customers have achieved their First Aid certificates, which were awarded to them at a presentation on Tuesday 24 January 2017 with their trainer Becky from the British Red Cross.

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Caring for nature in outdoor workshops

Bird Feeder

Feeding our winter feathered friends can be fun and informative especially under the guidance of RHS Wisley.

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Winter weather warning – 12 and 13 January 2017

Frozen footpath with a wood fence by the lake on a snowy winter morning.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow in the south east of England on Friday 13 January 2017.

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Stakeholder workshops to take place

2020 Strategy Logo

From January until March 2017, Surrey Choices will be holding workshops in order to work together with our customers, parents and Carers, staff and shareholder board to establish how we are going to achieve our shared goals.

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Supporting local charities in 2017

Two hands offering to give, donate or charity

As an organisation, we want to show support to charities that we know have contributed to improving the lives of people in Surrey.

Local charities do very important work for our community; they raise awareness of important causes and they may have been accessed by our customers across Surrey. These charities also create opportunities for people to volunteer and gain work experience which is strongly linked to gaining independence and community spirit.

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Smile Your Blues Away with Surrey Choices

Smile Your Blues Away

Surrey Choices will be taking a look at what it can do for the well-being and good mental health of it’s customers, staff and partner organisations as we launch our ‘Smile Your Blues Away’ month. We will be exploring a mix of ways to improve your well-being and happiness over four weeks of helpful hints and tips.

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Somersaulting into the show

Gymnastics Group Mid Surrey - December 2016

Our gym group from Mid Surrey were invited to perform at the Leatherhead and Dorking Gymnastics Club 40th anniversary celebrations. The Club organised an impressive show which boasted an Olympic and Paralympic theme that encompassed all age ranges and abilities in the programme.

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Apple pressing for a juicy offering

Apple pressing at RHS Gardens Wisley

Customers of Surrey Choices attended RHS Gardens Wisley to have a fun filled day taking the orchard harvest and preparing it for apple pressing. Our customers used their cookery skills to chop the apples to start the juicing process. This was followed by using a mincing machine before putting them in the wooden apple press.

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Surrey Choices Direction Radio welcome special guests

Direction Radio guests Tony King and Dave Ford

A unique digital radio station with listeners across the world, run by people with a range of disabilities, welcomed special guest visitors this week.

Direction Radio, which celebrated its first birthday earlier this year, welcomed Tony King and Dave Ford to the studio.

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Any dream will do this panto season

Joseph and the Technicolored Dreamcoat

Our active dance and drama group will be putting on a production of Joseph and the Technicoloured Dreamcoat on stage at our Guildford service.

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Upcoming / Recent Events

Enchanting Tales – Art Exhibition

Enchanting Tales - Art Exhibition March 201720 March – 1 April 2017

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