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 Corporate – Charity Partnership Opportunities in Reigate & Banstead – Summer 2019

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.

Do you have IT, Marketing or Finance skills? Local charities need your help.

Did you know:

* Trusteeship is open to all ages, backgrounds and skill sets
* Trustees can be any level of seniority in their day job
* The level of time commitment is modest (around 30 hours a year)
* Most people don’t know what a trustee is or that trusteeship is open to them
* 96% of trustees said they had learned new skills and 84% said being a trustee made them happier. (Source: Getting on Board 2019)

Ten local charities are looking for Trustees to join their board.  These include: Abbeyfield Reigate; Citizens Advice Reigate & Banstead; East Surrey Live at Home; Home Start East Surrey; Loveworks; Mediation Surrey; Relate; Surrey Clubs for Young People and Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead.  Search our volunteer database for more details or contact info@varb.org.uk for a copy of the role descriptions.  

More information about the roles and responsibilities of being a trustee are available from the Charity Commission here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3

Our sister organisation, Tandridge Voluntary Action, are holding an Introduction to Trusteeship training day on 24 September 2019 – details available here  (takes you to TVA website).


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:

South Downs Trek | Sunday 18 August 2019 – Stunning 22 mile walk from Lewes to Eastbourne across Seven Sisters
Brighton 50 (B50) Beginners MTB Ride | Saturday 31 August 2019 – Off-road beginner’s cycle ride from Redhill to Brighton.
Fundraising quiz | Friday 27 September 2019 – Enjoy fish and chips and test your general knowledge at our fundraising quiz

Firewalk| Friday 8 November 2019 – Walk across red hot coals and take part in the experience of a lifetime


Volunteering with people

Requested by: Active Prospects     Suitable for: Teams of 3 – 10 people

Active Prospects is a registered society that supports independent living for vulnerable adults and people with disabilities.  They are seeking volunteer teams to deliver activity sessions in art, music, board games or basic IT for people with additional needs.  Could run as a half day or full day.


Environmental Volunteering – Downlands or Gatton Trust

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

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.  Or see Gatton Trust who welcome teams of up to 25 people for environmental conservation work at Gatton Park near Reigate.


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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.

Business Case Studies


SGN helping Redehall School

“Just a note to say thank you for organising our 2 volunteering days at Redehall School. Both groups thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the Head was very appreciative of our efforts.” Team Leader, SGN
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Nationwide at Active Prospects

“Just wanted to update you that since the VARB event about corporate volunteering – we have since had Nationwide come to do a garden makeover for us and they are now looking at quarterly support and fundraising for us.” Sue Stockman, Active Prospects