Get involved

The shop and cafe will only be viable and a success with your unbridled support, it is essential we can mobilise different people with different skill sets. We already have a growing list of volunteers; if you haven’t already done so, please get in touch as we are very happy to welcome new blood to the team. You can contact us using the CONTACT menu option above or just send an email to

Volunteer opportunities

There are all sorts of roles in which to become involved: tending to the garden around the shop, general shop or cafe maintenance, working in the shop and general supporting the volunteers. It is also a great way of meeting local people. There will always be a Manager on duty so if you choose to volunteer in the shop or cafe you will never be on your own. For some it may be offering a spare hour or two a week, for others you may want to be involved less or more often. 

You may not feel you are best placed to help with the shop and café, rest assured, there is a place and a role here for everyone; from offering your experience in a specific working group, to helping share our news and making our events a success.

Giving back to the community, involving the younger people in our village

As part of our volunteer group we will be providing work skills for the younger members of our community, potentially giving them experience as Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers, whilst working towards their award. There will be a tailored volunteer experience to allow for social interaction for older members too, working alongside and in partnership with other charities and community groups in the area, notably The Therapy Garden, from whom we expect to source produce and also offer the opportunity for some of their clients to become involved in volunteering.

We also plan to make use of the local Community Bus to offer services to the elderly and disabled, which will be run on a volunteer basis.

Don’t miss out on our updates or if you would like to be added to our volunteer list and receive information please get in touch via our contact us page and we will add you to our community volunteer list.

Get involved at the planning stage.

We have already set up 8 working groups who are always looking for anyone who can volunteer their retail and operations and other relevant experience. Please let us know if you feel you have skills and experience to help our work streams

The work steams are:

  • Business planning
  • Premises and location (including internal fit out)
  • Fundraising, grants, shares and donations
  • Communications and marketing
  • Events
  • Retail and operations
  • Products and services
  • Legal and finance

Get involved with fundraising events.

As live events are currently on hold, we are exploring options for setting up the Normandy Pop up Cafe. Volunteers will be required to help run the Café and we are also looking for a small number of people to bake cakes, all ingredients will be provided. All volunteers will be subject to an environment inspection by Guildford Borough Council. If you already have a food business set up and can volunteer baking one or two cakes per-month please give us a call (Karen 07866 427 537)

Volunteers needed now:

  • Working groups: specific group or task experience, knowledge and skills.
  • Communications: Helping set up Community Forum meetings, deliver updates direct to households
  • Events: Help setting up events, organising specific elements
  • Pop up Cafe: Setting up and planning, baking, volunteering
  • Christmas event: Become part of the volunteer team, supporting before and during the event. Being Father Christmas maybe!
  • Quiz events: Setting up and planning, catering, quiz master, at the event support volunteering


We need as much help as possible to open the shop and cafe, if you are interested in sponsoring any element of the shop please get in touch.

Over the coming months we will be preparing sponsorship packages to outline where you can become involved and the benefits on offer.

Produce and service suppliers

If you are interested in providing us with your local produce or services, we’d be happy to hear from you. Please contact us by email: