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Managing volunteers effectively – DutyMan system

In Covid 19 vol news, Home Page by Nina Porter

New and existing organisations may be managing a larger volume of volunteers than usual in order to support people in the community.  It will be increasingly important to have a good system in place for organising who is doing what, for whom and when.   Local charity, Renewed Hope Trust, has experience in this area and has strongly recommended DutyMan web …

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DBS and Safeguarding Factsheet – issued by Government 25 March 2020

In Covid 19 vol news, Home Page, News by Nina Porter

If your community or voluntary organisation is concerned about safeguarding issues, as your staff or volunteers are working with vulnerable people, then please read this Government Guidance on this issue.  Click here for the link to the Government website Most community organisations are unlikely to require DBS checks.  However, if you do, then VARB can process these for you.  Please …

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Funding available to community and voluntary organisations for Coronavirus response

In Home Page, News, Funding News by Nina Porter

Community Foundation for Surrey have opened their emergency grant fund to support community and voluntary organisations who are responding to the Coronavirus covid-19 crisis. Fund Aim and Priorities To support community and voluntary groups assisting in the relief effort, in easing the immediate difficulties communities are facing and to support their recovery over the coming weeks and months. Priority will …

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Help VARB help others – tell us about any community support you are offering

In Covid 19 vol news, Home Page, News, Consultation by Nina Porter

The response from residents and businesses to support others in their community has been outstanding so far; but a coordinated effort is important to ensure the most vulnerable people get help. If you are providing (or planning to provide) a community support service in Reigate and Banstead, or you know of such a service, please complete this online form. PLEASE …

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Register here to become a COVID 19 Community Support Volunteer

In Covid 19 vol news, Home Page, Team challenge by Nina Porter

Please click HERE to register as a volunteer. Over the coming months voluntary and public services in Reigate & Banstead will come under increasing pressure – more vulnerable people will need support at a time when organisations have reduced capacity. To help prepare, VARB is encouraging potential volunteers to register for a pool of Community Support Volunteers.   We will …

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Advice for Covid 19 Community Support Groups

In Home Page, News by Nina Porter

It is heartening to see so many people responding to the Covid 19 situation by organising into support groups and offering help to people in need.  However, many members of the community will be particularly vulnerable at this time and there may be people who seek to take advantage of this. VARB has put together some advice for informal and small …

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Volunteer Driving for Covid 19

In Home Page by Lisa Irwin

Are you considering being a volunteer driver to support the community as part of Covid 19 response? VARB is currently working with the local voluntary sector and councils to identify where drivers are needed.  Please bear with us whilst we complete this work to identify where drivers are needed most. To prepare you could first check your car insurance The …