Flashmob by NCS to raise awareness for Aspire

Flashmob happening right now in Redhill town centre. NCS "Team Emeke-Reigate 8" are raising awareness for our supported volunteering project Aspire. #aspirencs #bethere تم نشره بواسطة ‏‎Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead‎‏ في 16 أغسطس، 2017

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Volunteer Fair Update – NOW OPEN TO ALL ORGANISATIONS

It’s been three weeks since we announced our plans to hold two young Volunteer Fairs this autumn, and so far, the response has been fantastic! Plans for both events are well under way and we’re really excited about the way things are going. Despite this positivity, it has come to our attention that many organisations are keen to take part but …

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Nicola Dawes – Stripey Storks Commended by Prime Minister

VARB would like to congratulate Nicola Dawes, Stripey Stork and her team who wholeheartedly deserve this recognition for all their hard work providing this vital service within the community. Nicola Dawes, from Reigate, founded ‘Stripey Stork’ in 2013 after struggling to find a good home for baby items which her family no longer needed. She realised that there was a …

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R&BBC Grant Funding Programme

If you represent a voluntary organisation or community group helping the people of the borough, R&BBC want to help you. R&BBC award grants annually in the following categories: A public commitment from the Council to provide an agreed level of grant support over a fixed period. Paid to meet the cost of major projects – usually for building works – …

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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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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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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 …