Our aims are
to improve the effectiveness of the voluntary, community and faith sector, serving Reigate & Banstead
to enable residents and employees to contribute to their community, through volunteering and social action
VARB is part of a national network of Councils for Voluntary Service and we work to guidelines set down by National Association of Voluntary and Community Associations (NAVCA).
VARB is also a registered Volunteer Centre, accredited by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
VARB receives funding from Surrey County Council, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and the Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group. This covers around 70% of our costs.
We continually seek additional funding to deliver projects that meet our core aims. In 2022/23 we are delivering the following projects:
- Volunteer Wellbeing Project – to encourage and support people to volunteer to reduce their risk of social isolation. Funded by the Community Foundation for Surrey and Surrey County Council Public Health.
- Banstead Volunteer Drive – to recruit more volunteer befrienders and drivers to support older people in the north of the borough. Funded by the Better Care Fund via Surrey County Council.
- East Surrey Hospital Volunteer Pilot – a development project to identify and test new ways that volunteers can support patients and staff in our local hospital. Funded by Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group.