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

Use your skills and experience to maximise your impact

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 Employee Volunteering Opportunities in Reigate & Banstead – Winter/Spring 2020

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.

Update on PPE and how you can help

Surrey County Council has provided the following update on the PPE situation (19.5.2020).

PPE Update

  • The availability of PPE continues to improve
  • Government supplies are increasing, and we are now receiving our bulk orders from all over the world. This has significantly reduced costs for items such as gloves (from £13 to £4 per box)
  • PPE donations from businesses across Surrey have now exceeded 100, 000. We will be writing to these businesses to formally thank them for their contributions and to build relationships as we progress through the recovery phase and beyond
  • Sewing groups across the county are making medical scrubs for health and care workers following the Handmade for Heroes campaign.

PPE – How people can help

Sewing scrubs
We know that scrubs are tricky to sew, and this is only a project for expert sewers. They need to be made to a specific pattern which can be printed on a home A4 printer. These are the patterns provided by Public Health England. Each organisation or provider may have their own specification requirements – please check with who you are supplying to ensure whatever you produce meets their required standards and specifications. More information on our Coronavirus pages here.

Please keep fabric as clean as possible and work in a room without food or animals. We also ask that you wash any completed items at 60 degrees and iron before distributing to the organisation.

Donate materials
If you have access to new, unopened, high quality and professional materials you are able to donate for our sewing groups, we would be delighted to hear from you. We are looking for:

  • Poly cotton (darker colours) – 50% cotton/50% polyester or can be 35% cotton/ 65% polyester
  • Herringbone cotton tape (20mm wide)
  • Polyester thread (preferably Gutermann or Madeira).

If you can help please get in touch at ppe.donations@surreycc.gov.uk and we will match you to a sewing group who would benefit.

Cutting fabric
If you have access to equipment used to cut fabric, we can pass on cut fabric to our sewers who may need this help. Please contact us at ppe.donations@surreycc.gov.uk if this is a service you can offer.


One Letter, One Smile

One Letter, One Smile is a volunteer opportunity for everyday writers and artists to reach out to older people who feel isolated by writing an individual letter.

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak we are looking for Pen pals to write to older, vulnerable people that are feeling lonely and isolated. Many people over the age of 70 are at a greater risk of developing mental health issues. They have the pressure of increased health anxiety, combined with a lack of regular social contact.  Some local charities and public services have identified older people who are no longer able to participate in the social activities they provided and as a result may be at risk of isolation. To help maintain a sense of community connection for these older people and to brighten their days, we are looking for Volunteer Pen pals to write a letter for each of these clients.

The letters can be handwritten or typed (ideally in a reasonably large font size). You can write about whatever is of interest. Some ideas include the following (however please feel free to use your own ideas):

  • yourself and your household – how you are dealing with the impact of Covid-19
  • your plans for the future
  • books or TV shows you are enjoying/have enjoyed
  • tips on passing the time – simple recipes/gardening ideas/gentle exercises
  • If you have children, then please encourage them to provide a drawing or a short letter or poem to be included. Or if you are an artist, feel free to include a drawing of your own.

Please send letters/drawings to: admin@varb.org.uk. (Either scan/photograph handwritten letters or send as an email attachment).

Please note your letters will be read by a volunteer or staff member from Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead before being distributed to older clients. We recommend you do not include a postal address. However, if you would be happy to receive a response, please include your full name. If the recipient of your letter wishes to respond, then we will arrange this via email.

Writing a single letter would be great and would lift the spirits of an older person. If you have time and feel able to make a longer term commitment then a weekly letter would be lovely, until regular social activities can resume.


Recruitment paused for COVID 19 Community Support Volunteers

Thank you to the community of Reigate & Banstead for your fantastic response to covid-19.

Over 880 volunteers have registered to provide help via our website and we know many hundreds more volunteers have been active within their neighbourhoods.

Because of the many generous offers of support, VARB has decided to pause the recruitment of new volunteers.  Over the next few weeks we will be focussing on matching registered volunteers with volunteer requests and identifying more opportunities where people can provide support at a neighbourhood level.

If you have already registered to volunteer, thank you – we will keep you updated on requests for help through our weekly volunteer email and hope to be in touch with you as matching requests arise.

If you want to help out, but have not registered to volunteer, then please think about ways you could support your neighbours or friends and family.  This could be through a friendly phone call, an offer to pick up shopping or an invitation to share a meal (dropping off their portions!).  Being a good neighbour is a great way to “volunteer” both now and in the future.

 

 


Offer your business help for Covid-19 response

The Government is requesting businesses who may be able to assist in the response to Covid-19 to register their offers of support through the website:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-support-from-business

The support needed includes things like:

  • medical testing equipment
  • medical equipment design
  • protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser
  • hotel rooms
  • transport and logistics, for moving goods or people
  • manufacturing equipment
  • warehouse or office space, for medical use or storage
  • expertise or support on IT, manufacturing, construction, project management, procurement, engineering or communications
    social care or childcare

If your offer of support is very local you can also let Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and Surrey County Council know about it by registering here or email communitypartnerships@reigate-banstead.gov.uk

 


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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