Local, Quality, sustainable

The Surrey Hills is home to a wonderful array of rural enterprises with a diverse range produce, crafts, activities and places to stay.

Use this directory to help you experience the best of the Surrey Hills.

To find a great place to eat, a unique gift, a gorgeous getaway or a personalised service, start by choosing a category below then browse our wide selection of Members.

 

Surrey Hills Champion

Become a Surrey Hills Champion and be part of a growing network of like-minded individuals and organisations, who share the same love of the Surrey Hills and belief in the key values of sustainability, quality and local provenance

Oakleaf Enterprise


Oakleaf

Oakleaf Enterprise is a mental health charity which has been supporting adults throughout Surrey for 25 years. Based in Guildford, Oakleaf works to foster confidence and reduce social isolation by actively training, engaging, and supporting individuals with mental ill-health to empower them to participate as active members of society.

OakleafWe do this through 1:1 employment support; work-related training in gardening, IT and upholstery; a wide range of wellbeing activities that cater towards building confidence, physical health and mental wellbeing; and a counselling service.

Almost all of our support is offered free of charge. The number of people accessing our services has increased steadily over the past decade, and in 2021 Oakleaf supported 877 people.

Oakleaf also hosts the Guildford Safe Haven, a drop-in service which provides out of hours help to people and their carers who are experiencing mental health crisis, 365 days a year from 6-11pm. This is run in partnership with a fellow local charity and the NHS.

Our Story

OakleafOakleaf has provided vocational training and wider support to people with mental health needs since 1995 when an occupational therapy unit at the old local Victorian asylum, Brookwood Hospital, closed, relocating to Guildford. The charity was registered in 1997 and has operated for 25 years this September, supporting thousands of clients along the way.

Oakleaf has grown over the past several decades into the charity it is today, providing a wide variety of activities, training and support. In addition to supporting people with their mention health and employment goals, activities aim to improve physical and emotional wellbeing, with a focus on building confidence, social connection and self-esteem.

Through Oakleaf’s multiple social enterprises, additional income in generated whist creating employment opportunities for clients.

Love of the Surrey Hills

Our vision is to improve the lives of people managing mental ill-health in Surrey, and to promote awareness and reduce stigma. Our activities and services aim to achieve this vision.