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.

Practical Support

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Practical Support

Administrative support, advertising and publicity and DBS checks for volunteers

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Volunteer Recruitment

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Volunteer Recruitment

Recruiting and working with volunteers

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Fundraising

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Fundraising

Help finding funding and resources; assistance with grant applications, collecting evidence and claims

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Training & Information

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Training & Information

Training and networking events; signposting to resources and campaigns

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Practical Support

  • 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)
    Working with Voluntary Action Mid Surrey we can process DBS checks. This is a free service for volunteers.

Fundraising

  • 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.

Volunteer Recruitment

  • 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 Managers’ Network puts you in touch with other local volunteer managers and provides advice on working with volunteers.

Training & Information

  • TRAINING & EVENTS
    VARB works with a number of organisations to deliver training and networking events for voluntary sector staff and volunteers.
  • SIGNPOSTING
    Through our web site and e-news we signpost to services and information relevant to local organisations, including news and campaigns.
  • RESOURCES
    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.

Keep Volunteering Voluntary

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.”

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Building Better Partnerships

Thanks to funding from The Big Lottery, VARB is working with 80 local organisations to build partnerships. We are matching up "surplus" resources with where there are resource needs. For example, an organisation may have a minibus that is only used during the week - it could be hired by a local sports club at weekends. There may be room for a spare desk in an office which could be perfect for a new organisation starting up.  VARB is focussing on three areas: premises, transport and skills. We are currently part way through interviewing the local organisations.  In June we will be producing the individual reports giving details of potential matches and we will hold our Resources Match Making Event. There is still time to take part.  Please contact nina@varb.org.uk for details.

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