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Mental Health First Aid Training – for Covid-19 volunteers

Surrey County Council are working with Education for Health to deliver a FREE half day course, delivered over two sessions in a virtual classroom, to become certified by the MHFA as Mental Health Aware This course is aimed at people working in the COVID-19 call centres, frontline volunteers and people who have been redeployed to…Read More


Offering support during bereavement

As volunteers or front line support workers, we may be coming into contact with people who have suffered a bereavement during the Covid-19 crisis.   This could be a new situation for many of us and we are uncertain about how best to offer support. Southampton Voluntary Services have produced a 45 minute online video…Read More


Can your organisation access Covid-19 government funding?

If your organisation hires out space as a community venue, for example church halls, sports clubs or community centres, then you may be eligible for government support. There are two different funds: the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Fund (RHLF). Somewhat unhelpfully the guidance for both is in one…Read More


East Surrey Mental Health Network Meeting – 21 May 2pm – 3pm

This will be an informal information sharing zoom meeting for voluntary and public sector providers of mental health services in East Surrey. The purpose of the meeting is to update each other on what mental health support is currently available and also to share any ideas on good practice/service delivery during Covid-19. We will cover…Read More


15 Free Communication Resources from The Media Trust

As we face a global shift to working remotely and socially isolating for the upcoming months, charities, large and small, are having to effectively leverage their digital communications in order to reach their audiences.  The Media Trust understands it’s a particularly difficult time for the sector, so they have collated some of the best resources…Read More


Next Steps – Strategic Planning support via Skylark

As it becomes increasingly clear that Covid-19 will be with us for some time, organisations are now starting to assess what this will mean for their future plans. This is not an easy task.   To assist, VARB is working in partnership with local charity support network, Skylark to deliver an introductory workshop and series…Read More


Third Sector Fundraising Conference 20-21 May 2020

Third Sector had announced  they were able to offer an additional 1,500 free places at their Fundraising conference for staff at registered charities - thanks to sponsorship by Salesforce.  Unfortunately those tickets went like hotcakes - however if you are a registered charity you can still attend for the bargain price of £5 +VAT. Link…Read More


Surrey County Council Covid-19 Hardship Fund – Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector

Surrey County Council (SCC) has established a hardship fund to assist local voluntary, community & faith sector (VCFS) organisations that have suffered financial and other losses as a result of COVID-19, to recover and become sustainable.  Please find below the guidance issued by SCC to all applicants: SCC’s overarching COVID-19 priorities will guide the use…Read More


The Voluntary Sector in Surrey and Covid-19 – SCA Survey results

The results of the survey carried out by Surrey Community Action have been published.  Over 250 organisations took part in the research, answering questions on the impact of Covid-19 on their work and finances.  The information will be used to inform and guide statutory partners, funders and other stakeholders to work effectively with the voluntary…Read More


Looking after your mental wellbeing

A new online wellbeing hub has launched enabling Surrey residents to access a range of mental health and emotional wellbeing sessions virtually from the comfort of their own home. Surrey Virtual Wellbeing is designed to become a one-stop-shop where those who require mental health or emotional wellbeing support can view, register and access online activities…Read More


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