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Aspire Celebration

Volunteers, organisations and support workers have come together to celebrate to success of the Aspire Project, hosted by Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead at St Joseph’s Church, Redhill on Thursday 11th May 2017. After some heart warming stories were presented, volunteers were awarded with certificates to recognise their contribution to the community, and were treated to lunch and cake. The …

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Youth Social Action Fund – application deadline 7 July 2017

The Youth Social Action Fund is offering grants of up to £5,000 to groups working with young people between the ages of 10 and 20 years old (or 25 for young people with disabilities) in Surrey. It covers targeted programmes of activities to encourage and inspire young people in the county to become more actively engaged with their community. Activities …

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VARB’s “Big Thank you” Roadshow

On 2 June, as part of Volunteers Week, Mayor Cllr Newstead joined members of the VARB Team in thanking volunteers on a Roadshow travelling across the borough. We started the day at The Children’s Trust in Tadworth, meeting communications volunteers and fundraisers. Dalton Leong, Chief Executive, underlined the importance of volunteers to the Trust – in the past year alone …

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Free Finance Training – June 2017

Local voluntary organisations can access a range of free finance training during June 2017, provided by Kingston Smith & partners LLP and Surrey County Council. The training is suitable for trustees, volunteers or staff: 8 June – 60 Minute Guide to Understanding Charity Accounts – Redhill 19 June – Investment Appraisal – County Hall, Kingston 21 June – Optimising Income …

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Small Charity Week 19 – 24th June 2017

Small Charity Week is a national initiative supported by the FSI.  It is being held 19th- 24th June 2017 and will provide free initiatives, competitions and support over six days for charities or local community organisation with an annual turnover under £1.5 million. Events include: I Love Small Charities Day: Three social media competitions to win funds for your charity. …

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Funding & Resources Fair 2017 – Papers available

Thank you to the many funders and voluntary organisations that came along to the Funding & Resources Fair on 2 March.  Lots of good tips and interesting ideas.  Copies of the presentations and useful contacts are available in the download section here.

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Disclosure and Barring Service News

DBS Eligibility Tool DBS have published an eligibility tool on GOV.UK, to help you decide what roles and activities are eligible for standard or enhanced DBS checks. The tool will help you to meet your legal responsibility to confirm that the job role is eligible for a DBS check. Click here to use Eligibity Tool Statement from the DBS and Metropolitan …

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Thank you to all involved in VARB’s Festive Feast

The first VARB Festive Feast took place on Christmas Day 2016 and was a great success.  Over 100 guests and volunteers came together to prepare and enjoy a Christmas feast with all the trimmings!  Here are some of their comments “It was a very happy occasion.  Had it not been for you I would have had a lonely day at …

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Free Training for Voluntary Sector

A range of free/heavily subsidised training courses are on offer to the voluntary sector in early 2017.  Some of the courses are within the borough and others are further afield, but still within Surrey. Courses include: Health & Safety; Volunteers and the Law; Volunteer Recruitment and Retention; Lean Continuous Improvement; Writing a Successful Bid; Pre-Retirement training; Manual Handling. The courses …

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Tesco Bags of Help – more flexible funding

Community groups are being invited to apply for Tesco Bags of Help funding as the application criteria opens to allow for more communities to bag some cash for their project. As well as continuing to fund the development of and activity in outdoor spaces such as allotments and community gardens, grants will now be available to fund the purchase of …