Surrey Council Information and Services


Time for sugar swaps

Change4Life is back to help kids cut back on sugar

Did you know that there are seven sugar cubes in a can of fizzy pop? From sugary cereals to after school snacks and puddings in the evening, it’s surprising just how much sugar there is in some of the food and drinks we give children every day.

This can damage their health because sugar means extra calories which cause fat to build up and this can lead to heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes. Don’t forget that eating too much sugar can also cause tooth decay.

To help you and your kids cut back on sugar all you need to do is sign up to Change4Life Sugar Swaps to find out about healthy alternatives. There are loads of great ideas to help you throughout the day:
  • Breakfast swap – some cereals are full of sugar so why don’t you try out some healthier alternatives such as porridge. You can add some chopped banana to make it the perfect start to the day for you and your children.
  • Drinks swap – swap those cans of fizzy pop for sugar-free drinks, water or lower-fat milk.
  • After school snack swap – replace chocolate, cake and crisps with carrot sticks or unsalted nuts to keep the kids going through until dinner time.
  • Pudding swap – you can still enjoy a treat in the evening by making a healthy blackberry and apple crunch with some oats and low fat yoghurt. There are lots more tasty pudding recipes on the Change4Life website
To find out about more ways to reduce your family’s sugary intake and receive your FREE pack full of tips and money off vouchers, visit the Healthy Surrey website.


Surrey Libraries want every resident to have access to their library, including those who have difficulty getting to a library due to ill health, disability, mobility problems or caring responsibilities, no matter what their age. 

Our current range of services include: 

  • Library Direct Friends & Family - where a relative, neighbour or friend can borrow books on behalf of a reader. We currently have over 700 Friends and Family Clients in Surrey. 
  • Library Direct Home Service - where Surrey Libraries provides a checked volunteer to select and deliver books for a registered client. We currently have 137 volunteers and over 230 clients in Surrey.
If anyone would like to find out more about the range of services on offer, they can take a look at our webpage.

Cold Weather Plans 

SCC has provided us with this link which gives information about which roads they will be salting and gritting over winter and how highways are planning for this. 

One Stop Surrey

Worried about a neighbour or an older person? One Stop Surrey is a simple process that can help!

If you know an older person who you feel may benefit from a little bit of support to keep them living safely and independently at home, they may benefit from completing the One Stop Surrey checklist.

One Stop Surrey is a commitment from partner organisations that will go some way to ensuring that potentially vulnerable individuals are able to receive information and support from a number of agencies, and where appropriate, access services that will improve their safety and independence, helping them to live and age well.

By completing a simple checklist with either a professional, family member or friend, a resident can indicate the kind of
information and support they would be interested in receiving. This completed checklist needs to be returned to Age UK Surrey, either by email to [email protected] or via the website to enable them to be processed and followed-up with information or service provision.

One Stop Surrey signposts to services such as home fire safety checks, befriending services and handyman schemes. The process offers an opportunity to support people who may not otherwise be in touch with statutory health and social care agencies.

If you would like a copy of the checklist posted to you, or would like to contact us via post, our address and contact details are: One Stop Surrey Coordinator, Age UK Surrey, Rex House, William Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4QZ

One Stop Questionnaire


Keeping People Safe at home and in their Community

Physical, emotional and financial abuse can affect adults of any age but older people are particularly at risk. Everyone deserves to be treated with care and respect. If you think someone is being abused call the confidential helpline 0300 200 1005 or speak with your GP or healthcare professional. For further information about the Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board, or to watch the film ‘Keeping People Safe at Home and in their Community’ visit