Charities

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Conquest Art is a Charity, inspiring people with disabilities and long term health issues to discover their creative energy and build self-confidence through art.

Dorking Group – meets every Thursday from 2-4pm at United Reformed Church, Main Hall, 53 West Street, Dorking, RH4 1BS.

Why not come along, your first session would be free and thereafter there would be a nominal charge of £1 per week, all art materials and refreshments are provided and you would receive a very warm welcome. Absolutely no art experience is necessary, just come and join us.

For further information on becoming a member or volunteer please contact us.

53 West Street - Dorking - Surrey - RH4 1BS

The Dorking branch of the NCT covers Dorking, Surrey and surrounding villages.

• The NCT (formerly known as the National Childbirth Trust) is a charity for parents and parents-to-be which is open to everyone.

• We exist to make the transition into parenthood as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

• We offer a wide range of support in pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood, information and opportunities to meet other local parents.

• We aim to give every parent the chance to make informed choices.

• We want to offer you the services you most need, backed up by the national resources of the NCT. If there is something you feel we should be offering you, let us know.

You don’t need to be a member to benefit from any of the NCT’s services, or to join in our social activities – we are here for all parents and parents to be. However, as a self-funding charity, we depend on the generosity of our members and supporters to continue our valuable work. Membership fees and donations allow us to keep our services accessible to all parents within our local community. You can join us by phone on 0844 243 7000 or online at http://www.nct.org.uk/get-involved/become-nct-member

All members receive regular newsletters and magazines, and are invited to join our friendly, informal committee. We offer many opportunities to contribute to our local work, whether you have a few minutes or a few hours to spare. Many parents find this a valuable and enjoyable way to keep their minds active during maternity leave!

Antenatal and Postnatal Courses

Our antenatal and postnatal courses are led by locally-based NCT-trained specialist workers. Antenatal classes offer informative support as you prepare for the birth. They aim to give parents an understanding of what happens in childbirth, reducing anxiety and providing the opportunity to look forward to the birth with confidence. Most importantly, the classes give you the opportunity to meet other parents due to give birth around the same time as you.

Our Early Days Postnatal courses are designed to help you feel confident about the decisions and choices that you make for you and your baby. You will be able to share ideas and experiences and help others to do the same and in this way support each other as you learn more about your skills as parents. Attending an Early Days course will help you find your feet as a mother and give you the confidence to parent your baby in the way that you feel is right for you and your family.

Discounted rates available for those on low incomes. Book early to avoid disappointment! To book a place on Antenatal and/or Postnatal courses email bookings4m@nct.org.uk or call 0844 243 6916 for details and availability. A full listing of courses available can be found on http://www.nct.org.uk/branches/dorking/courses

Bumps and Babies

This is a twice monthly get-together for mums with bumps and parents or carers of non-mobile babies. It is held at Burgundy & Black, St Martins Walk, Dorking on the first and third Fridays of the month from 2 - 4pm. Although these monthly sessions are targeted at mums with bumps and non-mobile babies, older siblings are welcome too. It is a chance to meet others for a chat and enjoy a hot cup of tea. There will be books and other resources available to borrow or buy. For more details visit our website at http://www.nct.org.uk/branches/dorking/events/bumps-and-babies

Social Events

The Branch runs frequent events especially for children to help entertain your little ones, such as our summer holiday activities, Easter Egg Hunt and Christmas party. Occasional evening events are held to give you the opportunity to enjoy yourself with other parents without the children too! All are welcome at these events. For more details visit our website at http://www.nct.org.uk/branches/dorking

Nearly New Sales

Looking for good quality nearly new baby/children’s clothes, equipment and toys? Come to one of our nearly new sales and you won’t be disappointed! Our nearly new sales are one of our most popular events and the place to buy baby equipment, toys, clothes and maternity wear. Sales are held four times a year and there are opportunities to both buy and sell items. For information on the next sale visit our website http://www.nct.org.uk/branches/dorking/nearly-new-sales

KIDS FOR KIDS helps children the world has forgotten, children in Darfur, Sudan, who live lives of inexcusable and unimaginable hardship. We are providing an integrated package of sustainable projects which parents tell us will help them the most – projects suitable to the region which have both an immediate, and a long term impact. We are enabling families to stay together, in their own homes. In Darfur mothers are forced to rely on their eldest son to search for work across the world in order to send money home so his brothers and sisters will not die of starvation. Because in Darfur children are dying. Kids for Kids transforms the lives of individuals and whole communities – but we desperately need your help.

Kids for Kids adopts whole villages, lifting them out of abject poverty. We are different, because our projects are what people tell us will help them the most. Our grassroots projects not only make an immediate difference to individual families – their children have milk to drink, a blanket to sleep under, a mosquito net to protect them from malaria, farm tools, blankets and mosquito nets – we are transforming the lives of the whole village, providing health care, veterinary care and, most important of all, water near at hand. We even plant trees, transforming the desert.

KIDS FOR KIDS has already adopted 81 villages – over 364,000 people whose lives have been transformed long term – in one of the most remote and inaccessible regions of the world. Children are hungry, thirsty and at risk. We know we can change their lives, for good, with your help.