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Good Governance – some useful websites

 Below are some good sites for finding information and advice on governance issues – whether you are a new community organisation starting out or an established voluntary organisation updating policies or looking for specialised training:

Small Charities Coalition – provides a range of information, support, mentoring and networking opportunities especially for smaller charities and their trustees.
smallcharities.org.ukYou’ll find an excellent library of online governance resources

Charity Commission for England and Wales – the regulator of charities. It provides a wide range of useful free resources on different aspects of governance.  (Much of their guidance is also helpful for non charities.) See charity-commission.gov.ukYou can sign up to receive Charity Commission Newstheir quarterly newsletter, especially good for charity trustees. 

NCVO: National Council for Voluntary Organisations – Provides a very wide range of information and resources on most matters affecting the voluntary and community sector. It also runs a range of training courses (usually very good but a bit pricey) and has some excellent publications e.g. Good Trustee Guide. Find out more at ncvo.org.uk

DSC: Directory of Social Change – A leading provider of publications and training on voluntary sector issues at dsc.org.uk.

Regulator of community interest companies – provides information and resources at gov.uk/government/organisations/office-of-the-regulator-of-community-interest-companies

Social Enterprise UK – provides advice information and services to social enterprises and helps social enterprises to network at socialenterprise.org.uk

ACEVO: Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations – has a range of resources and training events aimed at CEOs of voluntary sector organisations.  See acevo.org.uk

AOC: Association of Chairs – supports Chairs of charities and not for profits to lead their boards effectively.  Provides a peer network, seminars and briefings.  See associationofchairs.org.uk

 


Foodbanks & Community Meals in Reigate & Banstead area – Christmas 2019 and Winter Update

VARB has updated the listing of foodbanks and community meals available in the Borough and included details of Christmas opening hours.  See the listing here (updated November 2019) Download

Foodbanks provide emergency food parcels for individuals and families facing a crisis.  Some foodbanks can also offer help with utility top-ups for heating and cooking and basic toiletries.

Community meals are hot meals that are available free of charge or heavily subsidised.  These are generally open to all (although some require pre-booking.)  They may be of interest to people facing financial hardship, in particular those without access to cooking facilities; or for those who are socially isolated and would enjoy sharing a meal with others.

  • If you are an individual who needs to access a foodbank you will usually need a voucher from a referral agency such as Citizens Advice Bureau or Community Debt Advice.  See here for a longer list of referral agencies.
  • If you are an agency and you would like to make referrals to a foodbank, please contact the foodbank(s) directly to receive referral vouchers that you can pass on to your clients.
  • If you are a local employer or group and would like to make a food donation, please visit the website of your local foodbank to see what types of food would be most useful and/or contact the foodbank to discuss drop off arrangements.  See here for further details.


National Volunteering Experience Survey

Time Well Spent is a major new report into the volunteering experience published by NCVO in January 2019. It is the result of a national survey carried out through YouGov’s panel (10,000+ respondents).

The survey focuses on volunteering through groups, clubs and organisations and includes data on recent volunteers, but also lapsed volunteers and non-volunteers.

The aims of the survey were to:

  • gain a rounder view of the different ways people get involved
  • look at how volunteering fits into people’s lives and the impact it has on them
  • understand people’s experiences across the volunteer journey
  • consider what a quality volunteer experience looks like
  • explore how to better engage potential volunteers.

Read the report


Voluntary Sector Leadership – Free Training from the Open University

The Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership  is offering access to free leadership courses to help leaders and aspiring leaders to adapt to the multiple challenges they face.

Introducing leadership in voluntary organisations, will involve approximately 15 hours of learning and will provide an opportunity for people who work within voluntary organisations, as paid employees or staff, to develop energetic, practical and thoughtful leadership practice. The course explores this rich concept from a number of different perspectives but emphasises that any group of willing people is capable of energetic, collaborative leadership. Learners will gain insights and practices to facilitate stepping into leadership. Core to the course will be developing a vibrant community of leadership within the voluntary sector, one that connects the academic, voluntary and political worlds, bringing together people committed to fresh thinking.

The second course: Collaborative leadership in voluntary organisations helps learners to reflect on and develop collaborative leadership practices that will make a difference. Collaborative leadership has achieved prominence in recent times as a way of moving beyond the figure of the leader to ways of leading that engage and energise a wider group of people. The course is aimed at people who work within voluntary organisations as paid staff or as volunteers, or for people who work regularly with voluntary organisations, such as public sector staff or politicians. This course involves around 24 hours of learning.

There are also a number of badged open courses funded by the Open University:  Introducing the Voluntary Sector and Working in the Voluntary Sector.

See here for further details


Health & Wellbeing Information Sources

The following websites, directories and resources contain a host of information relevant to health & wellbeing in East Surrey:


Accessing Corporate Resources in Surrey

Surrey County Council has launched two new tools to help local voluntary and community groups access support and resources from businesses.

The ‘Social Value Marketplace’ is a web site that enables Surrey not-for-profit organisations to post requests for corporate volunteers, goods and services or even donations. The site is linked to the Supply to Surrey procurement process; so businesses interested in tendering for Surrey contracts will be encouraged to visit the Marketplace for ideas on how they can fulfil tender criteria which requires them to add “social value” to their tender proposals. The Marketplace is also being promoted more generally to Surrey businesses who have an ethos of corporate social responsibility. To add requests for corporate support to the “Social Value Marketplace” you need to register your organisation and then post individual requests. The site is relatively easy to use. If you would like additional support a short guide is available here . However, if you would prefer VARB to post requests on your behalf then we would be happy to do so. Please email through details to info@varb.org.uk.
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Alternatively voluntary organisations active in Reigate & Banstead can be included within the local listing of opportunities for local employers to work in partnership with their community.  This is a local directory circulated to businesses and hosted on the VARB website here.

For more general advice on how to access corporate resources, take a look at the Toolkit developed by SCC in partnership with local businesses and voluntary organisations. It is full of top tips on how to forge successful relationships with local businesses. Available to download below.
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Surrey Information Point

To access a list of voluntary organisations that are relevant to health, social care and community activities go to the Surrey Information Point, run by Surrey County Council.


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