VARB is an independent charity that offers advice, information and help to local voluntary, community and faith groups.
We also campaign to ensure the interests of the voluntary sector are taken into account by local government and other statutory authorities.
- ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
For smaller organisations, VARB offers photocopying and laminating services at reasonable rates. We also have display boards, a flip chart and projector available for loan free of charge.
- ADVERTISING & PUBLICITY
Voluntary organisations can advertise job vacancies and events free of charge on the VARB website and via our Enews. We can also assist with promotion via our weekly column in the Surrey Mirror.
- DISCLOSURE & BARRING SERVICE (DBS)
VARB can now process DBS checks using an online service. There is a small charge of £12.60 per volunteer to cover costs. Charges for DBS checks for paid staff are £54.60 for an enhanced check or £37.60 for a standard or basic check.
- FUNDING EVENTS
We hold local events to provide information about funding opportunities and enable you to meet with potential funders. See our Calender for details of future events.
- INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT
VARB offers 1-to-1 support with funding searches and applications at our monthly funding surgery – first Friday of the month. Book an appointment via our Calendar.
- FUNDING INFORMATION
Funding opportunities are promoted via our website and in our e-news.
- FINDING VOLUNTEERS VARB can help to promote your volunteer opportunities and match you with the right volunteers.
- TEAM CHALLENGE AND EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERS We can match your short term volunteer projects with teams of local employees who are looking for a challenge and want to support their community.
- WORKING WITH VOLUNTEERS Our Volunteer Coordinator Forum’s puts you in touch with other local volunteer coordinators and provides advice on working with volunteers. To find out when our next meeting is please email email@example.com
Training & Information
- TRAINING & EVENTS
VARB works with a number of organisations to deliver training and networking events for voluntary sector staff and volunteers.
Through our web site and e-news we signpost to services and information relevant to local organisations, including news and campaigns.
VARB is building a library of information resources, including useful guides on issues such as governance and finance, as well as examples of best practice such as health & safety or volunteer policies.
Projects & Campaigns
In addition to our core services, VARB supports a range of campaigns and delivers some one-off projects that benefit the voluntary sector and volunteers in Reigate & Banstead.
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.Categories: News, Projects And Campaigns, Downloads
VARB supports the Keep Volunteering Voluntary campaign and has signed the following pledge. "As charities and voluntary organisations we know the value of volunteering. Volunteering means people independently choosing to give their time freely to help others and make the world a better place. Workfare schemes force unemployed people to carry out unpaid work or face benefit sanctions that can cause hardship and destitution. We believe in keeping volunteering voluntary and will not participate in government workfare schemes.'Categories: Projects And Campaigns