Building partnerships with your community brings benefits for your business: demonstrates your core values; builds staff loyalty and motivation; strengthens teams and creates opportunities for positive exposure.

Here are just some of the ways you can get involved:

Team Challenge

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Team Challenge

There are opportunities to volunteer for teams sized from 5 to 50+ . VARB can provide details of local organisations looking for help with a range of projects.

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Adopt a Charity

Find a local charity to support this year

Adopt a charity

The support of your business in helping to fundraise could make a huge difference to one of these small local charities.

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Skill Based Volunteering

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Skills Based Volunteering

VARB has a range of local skills based volunteer projects suitable for individuals and small teams

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Sharing resources

Low cost ways to make a difference

Sharing resources

Can you help - with office furniture and equipment, with storage, with advice, with a van?

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Download Corporate – Charity Partnership Opportunities in Reigate & Banstead – Winter 2019/20

TEAM CHALLENGES

Below are some current volunteering requests suitable for team challenge. The Corporate – Charity Partnerships Opportunities (available to download above) gives many more examples of how you can get involved with your community. For further information please contact info@varb.org.uk.

Christmas Gift Wrapping – Redhill

A number of local charities are looking for small teams of volunteers to help with charity gift wrapping sessions in the Belfry shopping centre, Redhill.

A minimum of two volunteers (maximum around 5) are needed between 10am and 4pm to staff the gift wrapping stall and wrap presents for members of the public in exchange for donations to charity.  The Belfry provides the space and equipment (paper, cutter, ribbons, collection buckets etc.) free of charge.  All you need to bring is enthusiasm for present wrapping!

For further information and to check which dates are still available contact Nina Porter  nina@varb.org.uk  01737 763156


Twelve days of Christmas at local Foodbanks

There is likely to be a huge demand for the services of Foodbanks over the winter months.   Could you or your company organise a collection of food among staff and/or customers to help out this Christmas?

St Matthew’s Foodbank in Redhill –  St Matthews are running a ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ appeal.  They are encouraging everyone to bring along some of the twelve items they most urgently need to meet the needs of their clients.  Although not as romantic as two turtle doves, the following will help vulnerable people greatly in the weeks ahead.

  • Sugar, small bags
  • Fruit Squash
  • Cream Crackers
  • Coffee, small jars
  • Mash
  • Noodles, small packets
  • Tomato Soup
  • Tinned Cold Meat
  • Chicken Soup
  • Cooking Oil
  • Long-life Milk
  • Tomato Ketchup

Please bring your items to St Matthews Church, Station Road, Redhill, RH1 1DL on weekdays, 10 am – 4pm until the 14th December.   For further details about the St Matthews Foodbank see here

Loveworks is a Reigate based charity that runs foodbanks in Woodhatch and Merstham.  See here for details of their requests and Christmas appeal.

The Horley Foodbank, run by volunteers from local churches, is collecting food and household items.  See here for details of their requests and drop off times.

In Banstead, the Epsom and Ewell Foodbank, part of the Trussell Trust, is running a Chrsitmas appeal.  See here for details of how you can help.


Team volunteering at Gatton Park, Reigate

Suitable for: Teams of up to 25

Bring your team to Gatton Park for a day of volunteering outdoors and help to restore this historic estate. Projects can be tailored to your group and involve conservation or maintenance work. Trained staff and volunteers will guide you through every step of your task. Projects include maintenance of historic gardens, scrub clearance, path building, woodland management and planting projects.

Contact: Volunteering@gatton-park.org.uk or call 01737 649 068.


Team Volunteering with Surrey Care Trust, Redhill

Suitable for: Teams of 10-20 people

Where: Allotment site near Earlswood Lakes, Redhill

Surrey Care Trust provide learning, training and mentoring to support young people and adults in improving their chances in life.  They have recently opened a large allotment site in Redhill which is being developed through a partnership of volunteers, mentors and clients.  Help is needed with a range of garden tasks including planting, pond development, creation of new beds and other projects.  There is a polytunnel for shelter and hot drinks can be provided.  Volunteers are asked to bring their own lunch or use the café at Earlswood Lake.

For more details contact Zahra.Dhaimish@surreycaretrust.org.uk (Available Monday to Wednesday) or call 01483 426990.


Fundraising Challenge Events

Requested by: YMCA East Surrey      Suitable for: Teams/individuals with stamina

Are you looking for your next challenge?  YMCA East Surrey has a programme of events and activities to support their fundraising throughout the year and would love to welcome you to their team:

  • Fun Run  Sunday 3 May 2020 – 5 and 1 mile fun runs and family sporting event in Priory Park, Reigate
  • Bruges 3&1  Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 June 2020 – Cycle from Redhill to Bruges in 1 or 3 days
  • Welsh Seven Summits  Friday 12 – Sunday 14 June 2020 – Climb seven summits in the Snowdonia National Park in one day
  • Raid Pyrenees  Monday 6 – Sunday 12 July 2020 – Epic coast to coast ride from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean across the Pyrenees in 100 hours
For more details visit the YMCA website here.


Environmental Volunteering – Downlands

Requested by: Downlands Partnership    Suitable for: Teams of up to 6  (Larger teams by arrangement)

Contact: downlands@surreycc.gov.uk    ( 01883 341140                

A wide range of practical environmental volunteering opportunities to help with maintaining and restoring Surrey’s glorious countryside.  Smaller corporate groups (up to 6, no charge) are welcome to join in with the scheduled task programme dates (Tues/Wed/Thurs) – See www.downlandsproject.org.uk .

For larger corporate groups 6+, suitable tasks need to be discussed with the Downlands team in advance.


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Skills Based Volunteering

Could you or your team help with any of the following skill based, short term volunteer projects?

  • Advice needed on updating web sites and using social media
  • Help developing a communications strategy
  • Human Resource guidance on staff recruitment and contracts

See the list of corporate-charity partnership opportunities above for details of the different charities asking for support or contact VARB for details.

For ongoing individual volunteer roles, search the volunteer database (on the VARB website under Volunteering). The database includes volunteer roles across North, Mid and East Surrey so you can search for opportunities close to where you live or work.

There are many local charities who are looking for new Trustees to help guide their organisation. Younger trustees of working age would be particularly welcome. Search the database for roles (use keyword “trustee”) or contact VARB for further details.

Adopt a Charity

Many businesses (and schools) select a local charity and establish an ongoing relationship. There are lots of ways to show your support:

  • offering employee time as volunteers – helping with practical tasks and/or at a more strategic level
  • support with fundraising e.g. holding events (from cake sales to golf days) or undertaking indivual challenges (from head shaves to sky dives)
  • promoting the cause amongst employees and customers e.g. becoming “dementia friendly”; raising awareness of domestic abuse.

Contact VARB for a list of local charities who would welcome your support.

Sharing resources

Do you have a meeting room that could be used for training by a Redhill charity? Or storage space that could be used by local Foodbanks to enable them to accept larger donations of stock?

Could you offer paper and/or printing to a Domestic Abuse charity or Citizens Advice?

Do you have any corporate merchandise or unwanted gifts that could be used at fundraising events and as raffle prizes?

See the “Corporate Charity Partnership Opportunities” Directory” above for a list of current resource requests.

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