Below are some current volunteering opportunities from our list. Click on one for more details.

Shop Volunteers – Age UK Charity Shop, Horley

Age UK charity shop in Horley are looking for Shop Volunteers.  There are many ways you can support your local Age UK Shop, whether it’s behind the scenes or on the shop floor. The volunteer roles include: serving customers (till work), sorting stock and creating window displays.  They need volunteers Monday – Saturday from 9am-5pm.  You need to be aged 18+ to apply for this role.

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Volunteer Patient Drivers – St Catherine’s Hospice

St Catherine’s Hospice are looking for volunteer patient drivers to use their own cars or to drive their minibus to bring patients into their hospice sites (Crawley or Woodhatch) or to hospital appointments.  You’ll need to be confident working with people from all walks of life, be able to sometimes have difficult conversations and able to work within strict boundaries.  Training is available and petrol will be paid at 45p per mile when using your own vehicle.

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Conservation Volunteers – Friends of Merstham Parks and Gardens

Their aim is to improve the greenspaces and woods of Merstham, for people and wildlife. They plant trees (mainly fruit) and hedges, create wildflower areas, cut down overly dense woods to encourage woodland flowers, create habitat woodpiles, put up bird and bee boxes etc. They supply free tea and cake, plus tools and basic training on the day. The group meets the first Saturday of each month.  You will need to wear sturdy footwear and waterproofs if wet. The location varies, but is always in the vicinity of Merstham.

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WALK LEADER – EAST SURREY WALKING FOR HEALTH

East Surrey Walking for Health are looking for enthusiastic and committed people to train as walk leaders to assist on their walks across Surrey.
They offer a range of walks (from 45 to 90 minutes) in various, mainly rural, locations.  Their next training will be Saturday 17th June in Guildford.

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Warehouse Volunteer – Furnistore

Furnistore are a charity organisation providing furniture and household goods to those on low income that rely on volunteers.  They are looking for volunteers to help in general around the warehouse, putting up and dismantling beds, wardrobes and other items of furniture.  Making lists of furniture needing to be brought over from storage, making sure all sold items are ready for deliveries.  Some lifting and cleaning of the warehouse will be involved. Timings: any day from Monday – Friday 10am-4pm.  Travel expenses will be paid. Lunch is provided.

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Volunteer Van Crew – Furnistore

Furnistore is a Redhill based organisation that finds new homes for pre-loved furniture, home furnishings and electrical goods. They restore donated items and offer them for sale at an affordable price and at a discounted price for those on means tested benefits.

Furnistore are looking for Van Crew to work closely with the Van Driver and the Warehouse Manager, you will need to be fit and in good health and able to lift and carry heavy and sometimes awkward objects. You will contribute to the daily delivery and collection of furniture. You could be involved in the following tasks: Travel on the van assisting in collecting and delivery of furniture. As dealing directly with the public you must be polite and courteous at all times. Follow all instructions from the Van Driver. To assist with loading and unloading the van. Assist in ensuring appropriate paperwork is completed accurately. Assist in ensuring any monies donated is safely stored and accounted for. Ensure that all furniture, household goods and appliances received into the warehouse are displayed attractively. You will be provided with the following which will be left on site: Furnistore fleece/t-shirt Steel capped boots and gloves. Long Johns if required. Timings: Flexible Monday-Friday 9.30am – 4pm. 1/2 hour lunch break (this is flexible as will depend on the loads on the day, you may choose to finish early instead). Lunch is provided. 15 minute morning and afternoon breaks.

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Registrar – Dorking and District Talking Newspaper

Each week, a team of readers and production helpers edit and make a recording onto cassette of the Dorking Advertiser. The cassette is then sent free to visually impaired subscribers, to help people keep up to date with the local Dorking community.  They are looking for a variety of volunteers including a Registrar, you would become part of a team of over 40 volunteers who assist with the weekly recording. The listeners return the memory stick with recording of the talking newspaper in reusable postal pouches. These pouches need to be prepared for the next recording to be sent to listeners.  The pouches need to be collected from Downs Solicitors in Dorking and returned to the United Reformed Church, West Street, Dorking, so any volunteer should be a driver or live in central Dorking. The register is held on an Excel spreadsheet so having a computer, printer and relevant IT skills is essential.

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Swimming / Class Volunteers – Brooklands School

Brooklands is a primary age (2-11 years) special school for pupils with severe learning difficulties, based in Reigate.  The children at Brooklands have a range of needs including severe learning difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorders and physical disabilities.

Volunteers could spend time in class working or playing with individual children, interact with children at playtime in the playground or go on educational visits outside school. They especially need volunteers who would be willing to help with swimming in the school pool.  They find that volunteers at Brooklands derive great satisfaction from the knowledge that they are able to help the pupils achieve, enjoy and flourish.

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Fundraising Box Collector (South East) – The Children’s Trust

The Children’s Trust are looking for enthusiastic individuals who enjoy interacting with people, to help coordinate the placement and collection of their fundraising boxes across the county.  The role will involve collection and distributing collection boxes, developing relationships within your local community and acting as an ambassador for The Children’s Trust.  Be a part of our team aiming to raise £76,000 this year to help support children and young people with brain injury.

What will the role involve?

  • Driving or being driven to and from local businesses within the local community to collect and replace fundraising collection boxes.
  • Communicating with various retailers and local businesses on the round thanking them for their support.
  • Building new relationships, and creating opportunities to place boxes in new locations.
  • Walking between retailers, bringing fundraising collection boxes back to the car.
  • Keeping a record of the location of the boxes, and marking up on the round sheet any new customers.

 What skills and experience will you need?

  • Experience of working on your own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication.
  • Full drivers license
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • A ‘can do’ attitude
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Domestic Assistant – Age Concern Merstham, Redhill and Reigate

A wonderful opportunity for someone who enjoys meeting people to come and “join their family”.  They are based in Merstham and run a day centre three days a week for older people from the local area. They pride themselves on providing a safe and friendly centre and are looking for someone who has a passion for cleaning to come along to help maintain a high standard of cleanliness. Timings are flexible to suit volunteers on Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Friday’s from 9am-3pm.

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Practice Interview Volunteers – The Beacon School

The Beacon School in Banstead are looking for volunteers to prepare students for the world of work. As such they are organising a practice interview programme for all their Year 10 students. Such a programme is vital for students who are about to go on work experience, apply for jobs or gain access to higher education. They can make the difference between success and failure in the job/college selection process and allows them to prepare for real interviews and to receive supportive feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of their performance in a practice interview. They need volunteers on the morning’s (9.30am – 12.30) of Tuesday 11th July, Thursday 11th July and 14th July.  Enthusiasm, previous experience in conducting interviews is desirable but not essential as a full briefing will be provided.

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Befrienders – Home-Start East Surrey

Home-Start East Surrey offer support, friendship and help to families under stress that have at least one child under five years old.  They are looking for Befrienders to visit a family once a week for two to three hours in their own homes, offering support and friendship in a non-judgmental way, with respect and confidentiality. You will stay with the family for as long as the need is there, one year is often the case. The only real qualification is experience of bringing up children, friendliness and a caring attitude are essential as well as an understanding of the pressures of parenting. Their next free 8 week preparation course is TBC.

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Visiting Volunteer Reigate – Mencap

Could you or someone you know make a positive impact on the life of a person with a learning disability? Can you spare 12 hours a year? Mencap are looking for volunteers to join the Mencap Visiting Service, an empowering service to people with a learning disability, after their parents have passed away.  You would need to volunteer around six times a year in your own time to support people to enjoy the activities they love. This could be anything from staying in for a cuppa and cake, to going on day trips and outings. Volunteers receive induction and ongoing support from the volunteering team, plus expenses and mileage.

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Care Buddy – Active Prospects

Care Buddies are needed for people with learning disabilities who live in Active Prospects Residential Care Homes. A Buddy will have a cup of tea with residents, play a board game, accompany residents on a trip to the park or seaside or help make the evening meal.  A warm caring and patient approach is needed rather more than a particular skill but gardening, cooking, IT or photography skills would always enrich the lives of their residents.  They have properties across East Surrey so volunteer opportunities are at various locations.

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Support Buddy – Active Prospects

Support Buddies are needed for people with learning disabilities who live in Active Prospects Supported Housing. A Buddy will accompany people they support on a trip out, shopping, to the park or to appointments. If a Buddy had a particular skill such as cooking they could help people they support prepare their evening meal, do some baking or if they are knowledgeable about IT they could teach some basic IT skills. A warm caring and patient approach is needed rather more than a particular skill but gardening, cooking, IT or photography skills would always help enrich the lives of their residents.  They have properties across East Surrey so volunteer opportunities are at various locations.

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Leaders – 6th Reigate Scout Group

This role involves working with young people, helping them to develop their potential. 6-8 year old’s meet Monday 5.30-6.30pm and the 8-10½ years, 10½-14 and 14-18 years meet Friday’s 6.00-9.00pm.  They need Beaver Scout Leaders, Cub Scout Leaders, Scout Leaders and Explorer Scout Leaders at their Scout group based in Redhill. The main reward is watching young people develop their potential in various Scouting skills. The roles are fun and challenging.  Having been in Scouting or Guiding will be an advantage but training and support will be provided.

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Domestic Abuse Support Adult Service – East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services (ESDAS)

East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services (ESDAS) is an independent charity providing outreach and associated services in the borough of Reigate & Banstead and the districts of Mole Valley and Tandridge. They are currently recruiting Female Volunteers (subject to Section 7(2)(e) of the Sex Discrimination Act (Women only) aged 18 and over, to assist their staff team, to work with adult survivors – 1:1 befriending/recovery support; providing emotional/practical support at ad-hoc appointments such as court hearings, housing appointments etc. service user feedback (by telephone). Their next 2 day mandatory induction training programme is TBC. References & DBS disclosure will be required. Enquiries from those with personal experience of domestic abuse welcomed but not essential and would be subject to an adequate recovery period. Availability during office hours essential for those wanting to support adult survivors and the use of a car is highly desirable.

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Telephone Friend – The Silver Line

The Silver Line is the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK, open every day and night of the year.  They are looking for Telephone Friend’s who will be matched with a Silver Liner that you call once a week. This role can be done from home or the office. All you need is access to a phone and the internet. They do ask for a commitment of at least one year and the ability to make your call on the same day and time each week. Friendship calls can be made between 8am and 8pm Monday to Sunday.

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Various Roles – Banstead Live at Home Scheme

Reigate & Redhill Live at Home Scheme will soon be running their new service Banstead Live at Home Scheme.  They are looking for volunteers from the Banstead, Tadworth, Kingswood area to help with transport, befriending helping at clubs  etc.  Awaiting more information.

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Fundraiser – VARB’s Festive Feast

VARB will be holding their Festive Feast again on Christmas Day 2017 and are looking for Fundraisers. The role will include approaching businesses, local authorities and commercial organisations for Sponsorship and donations. Maintaining relationships with media and sponsors and the administration or sponsorship records and donations.  We are looking for someone who has a good telephone manner, good communication and organisation skills.  The role will be adhoc to begin with but we will need someone probably once a week from November up to the event and post event up to January/February.

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Receptionist (Hillbrook House) – YMCA East Surrey

YMCA East Surrey are looking for a Receptionist to be based at Hillbrook House in Redhill.  The role will involve providing a friendly welcome to residents and members of the public. To help operate efficiently the Reception area, dealing with enquiries and concerns. Role includes answering phones, taking messages, letting people in and out of the building and a little light office work.  Timings:  Wednesday afternoons between 2-4pm.

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Volunteer Manager – Abbeyfield, Reigate

Abbeyfield in Reigate offer affordable high quality living for people who want to be independent and self-reliant as possible without the worry of maintaining their own home. Every effort is made to meet individual needs and they are a non-profit making organisation.  They are looking for a Volunteer Manager the role will involve:
•Conducting exit discussions with people leaving their voluntary role. Where you feel it is appropriate, give them a   gift to say thank you (for Duke of Edinburgh volunteers a certificate). Make sure ex-volunteer details are put on the  friends database.
•Encourage volunteers to take part in Abbeyfield social media, and other communication channels.
•Organise twice per annum thank you’s/get to know you socials for volunteers.
•Recruit new volunteers as gaps emerge – either trustees or other roles.
•Develop job descriptions for each new role as required.
•Organise and lead volunteer induction sessions with House Manager.
•Work with the volunteer administration manager to keep records up to date.
•Teaming up with the volunteer administration manager as appropriate, represent Abbeyfield Reigate at volunteer events locally.
•Check in regularly with volunteers regularly to ensure they are happy with how things are going.
•Communicate monthly with all volunteers updating them on activity and changes in the house.
•Provide a short monthly update to the trustee board on any issues/successes which the trustees should be aware of.

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ADMIN VOLUNTEER – FURNISTORE

Furnistore based in Redhill are looking for admin volunteers, the role will involve providing retail sales, administration and customer service in a warehouse/showroom environment.  This role entails taking phone calls, downloading messages and checking emails for furniture collection.  If you are Website/Facebook or Twitter savvy they would be pleased to hear from you. Timings:  Tuesday’s 12-4pm and/or Thursday’s 10am-1pm.  You will need to have good communication skills, a good telephone manner is required and some knowledge of computers however, full training will be given. Must be able to ensure the confidentiality of information relating to clients/customers and furniture donors.  Travel expenses will be paid and lunch is provided.

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Office Support – East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services (ESDAS)

East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services is an independent charity providing outreach and associated services in the borough of Reigate & Banstead and the districts of Mole Valley and Tandridge.  They are looking for a regular volunteer – currently on a Monday morning from 9.30am-1pm. To help with admin duties including mailshots, conference packs, laminating, photocopying, answering phone etc. We also sometimes require additional help at particularly busy times in which case this would be ad hoc. You will need to be computer literate, Excel and Word, with good organisational skills and a level of flexibility. Due to the nature of the work that East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services carry out confidentiality is a key part of the role, especially when dealing with sensitive information.

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Administration & Reception Volunteer – Citizens Advice Reigate & Banstead

Citizens Advice Reigate & Banstead are looking for Administration and Reception volunteers to volunteer at their office in Redhill. They are looking for volunteers to help out with admin duties, the role will include:  Reception duties, processing client information received at the bureau e.g. incoming and out outgoing post.  Filing and shredding, create, maintain and archive paper and electronic filing systems in accordance with the bureau’s systems and procedures.  Work collaboratively with other colleagues involved in the advice work process.  Provide a service that is based on sensitivity and respect for clients, liaise with and advise staff regarding support for individual clients, use IT for record keeping, where necessary.  Attend relevant internal and external meetings as agreed with the line manager, prepare for and attend supervision sessions/team meetings/staff and volunteer meetings as appropriate.  Undergo relevant training as identified with the line manager and any other relevant admin and support duties required to ensure the smooth running of the bureau.  Timings:  Wednesday’s and Friday’s.

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Honorary Information Standard Administrator – British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association

The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association is registered as a not-for-profit company with the Department of Trade and Industry.  They are looking for a volunteer to act as their Information Standard Administrator (an NHS England operated scheme for accreditation of organisations who provide health and social care information) to carry out other general office duties.  Full training will be given. Working in a modern office environment in Reigate, they anticipate that the role will suit someone who would like to volunteer with them 1 or 2 days a week from 10am until 3pm.

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Armed Forces Services Administration Assistant – Merstham Community Facility Trust (MCFT)

The trust are looking to recruit volunteers to assist the Facility Manager in the provision of services under development for the Armed Forces Community,  The main activities of the role are:
•To have some connection or understanding of Armed Forces Culture
•To assist in the marketing and development of the service’s
•To signpost people to other MCFT courses/activities and to other local organisations where appropriate
•To undertake varied administrative roles as requested
•To assist at Ben’s Place.

Training Provision:
•To undertake the MHFA Armed Forces Community Training
•All volunteers will be given induction training and will be offered the opportunity to develop their personal and work related skills through training offered both in house and by other providers locally. All reasonable expenses incurred as a result of attending training will be reimbursed.

Availability:
Monday to Friday for a 2 – 3 hrs per session, on a regular basis.

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Volunteer Coordinator – Loveworks

Loveworks raises awareness about social justice issues and local deprivation within the resourced Reigate community. They also design and run projects for disadvantaged people which make them feel valued and special.  Help Loveworks’ charity officer manage their growing volunteer database. Volunteers deliver the service, offer different skills behind the scenes and offer support at events as well as encourage friends and family to fundraise. Can you help to keep their volunteers supported, valued and engaged in their work?  They are looking for someone who can offer 2-3 hours on either one or more afternoons each week. They want someone who is good communicating with excellent project management skills.  Full training will be offered.

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Office Help – Land and City Families Trust

The aim of the charity is to offer short breaks to disadvantaged children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to enjoy the open spaces that the local surroundings can offer them. Many of the children experience unhappy family backgrounds and cope on a daily basis with the entirely undesirable but all too common problems of living in a big city. Sadly some of the children that stay at the house are subject to supervision and care orders.  The Old Pheasantry, based in Mogador can provide a safe environment in which the young groups can live and carry out group activities. It also provides a base from which the visiting groups of children can return from day trips such as a day at the seaside or local sports centres or just a day in the beautiful countryside that is just on our doorstep.  They are looking for some Office Help to help the Manager with general office duties e.g. diary management, responding to emails, answering the phone,listening to answerphone messages and responding to these.  Timings are flexible (Monday – Friday) and can be discussed with the Manager.

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RECEPTIONISTS – REDHILL COUNSELLING CENTRE

Redhill Counselling Centre is a registered charity, their aim is to provide “The provision of a high quality professional and confidential counselling service to the local community at a reasonable cost”. They have been awarded Accredited status by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy as a mark of its excellence. They are looking for Receptionists to answer the telephone, take messages for the administrator and help to set up rooms for the counselling sessions or to clear away afterwards.  Times: Monday – Friday evenings, from 5.45pm-9.00pm, normally the shift is split between two volunteers.

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Board Trustees

St Peters House Project support people living with or affected by HIV regarding their healthcare, continued wellbeing and independent living. To provide quality and responsive services that meet, reflect and support the diverse needs of individuals within local communities. The are looking to recruit a range of people to be able to oversee the governance, support their strategic vision and contribute to its leadership. They would like to hear from you if you feel you have the necessary experience in Communication and Media, Finances, Strategic Planning, Fundraising, and or senior management skills at senior level.

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Chefs – Reigate & Redhill Live at Home Scheme

Reigate & Redhill Live at Home Scheme aim to offer support and friendship to older people in the Reigate, Redhill, Merstham and Horley areas.  They are looking for chefs to cook the main meal at their Redhill Club on a Wednesday.

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Treasurer – Surrey Family & Mediation Services

Surrey Family Mediation Services (SFMS) is a not for profit organisation and has been providing successful family resolution services for over 30 years to couples and families. Based out of offices in Leatherhead, they have outposts throughout Surrey delivering their core services of Mediation, SPIP courses and provision of Contact Centres.  The Honorary Treasurer is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Charity.  If you have an interest in providing a small but highly valued contribution to easing some of the family stresses in society, then it is an exciting but challenging time to join SFMS.  They are currently looking to enhance their financial systems and processes so enabling greater analysis of financial information and ultimately provide improved insights for decision making by the Board. This is in the context of a new CEO recently joining the organisation and the intention to recruit a fundraiser to enable more diverse means of income generation, so helping more families. The treasurer role is initially required for 12 months to help support the CEO in implementing the necessary changes to create the right foundations and environment.

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Surrey Police – Rural Engagement Volunteer

This volunteer role is for you if:  You have an interest in your local community and would like help to develop a rural community network.  You can communicate clearly and enjoy engaging with lots of different people. You enjoy being part of a team who work together to achieve shared goals.  You will provide effective community liaison with a variety of rural bodies, residents’ groups, landowners and individuals on a range of issues, predominantly focusing on engaging issues of a rural nature and ensuring that those living and working in remote locations are kept informed of Surrey Police’s policing activity.  Through your actions, you will make a valuable contribution to helping them increase trust, confidence & satisfaction within rural communities and assisting in their overarching aim of preventing, reducing & solving crimes of a rural nature.

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PAT Tester, Redhill Charity Shop – The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army charity shop in Redhill are looking for an electrician or an individual with PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) testing experience to PAT test donated goods. Hours are to suit volunteer.  You must be PAT qualified and all work is to be carried out on site.

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Photographer – The Include Choir

The Include Choir is a community choir with a difference!  They are a choir for people with and without communication or learning difficulties – using Makaton signs and other inclusive communication techniques when they sing and rehearse.  They are looking to create a photographic record of the choir’s activities and events, which can be used to create visual supports for choir members, as well as for publicity / social media to raise awareness of the choir. The role will include: Attending The Include Choir rehearsals to take photographs.  Ensure photographs are sent on to Choir Director by following day. Provide advice around editing / uploading images to social media. Attend all concerts, or as many as possible. Time Commitments:  Attend at least four Include Choir sessions each term (7.30 – 9 on Wednesdays, 3 x 12 week terms. Attend concerts / performances / workshops as agreed each term (often 3-4 sessions per term)- period of attendance at each event is negotiable). Time commitment can be split between 2 or more volunteers if feasible.

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Newsletter Editor & Website Management – Banstead Horticultural Society

Banstead Horticultural Society is a small gardening club run by members who join the committee in a voluntary capacity and who are getting older. They would like to attract someone who would enjoy using their IT skills to support their work and keep them up to date with modern communications. Whilst this could mean ‘remote’ working, they would prefer to work with someone who would engage flexibly with them as a group. The newsletter at present is usually about 12 pages long, has a formal layout and regular articles which include numerous lists and dates. There are also delivery deadlines in place for 2017 and a commitment to work within or around these with agreement would be important.

The website requires an annual update of information, an annual review and regular amendment of the Home page to display the next events/shows for marketing. Some creative thinking and ideas would be welcomed, but not essential.

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Support Group Helper Secretary, Reigate – Parkinson’s UK

The Support Group Helper with secretary duties assists with general Support Group work, contribute ideas for fundraising activities, but mainly to support in an administration role and be the key contact between UK Office and the group.  The role involves taking minutes at the informal coordinators volunteer meetings which are held approximately 4 times a year. To take an accurate note of actions and distribute amongst fellow volunteers. To manage the membership list and informing membership at UK office of any changes. To help with any enquiries that come through the website. To keep accurate records safely and in line with the charity’s Data Protection policy.

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Support Group Coordinator, Reigate – Parkinson’s UK

The Support Group Coordinator takes care of all aspects of the Support Group, individually or part of a group of volunteers. The volunteer will ensure that the group follows the aims and objectives of Parkinson’s UK. Local groups are run by volunteers who usually have experience of Parkinson’s and are supported by professional staff. The local group network offers friendship and support to everyone living with Parkinson’s, their families and carers across the UK. They are looking for somebody to support their group based in Reigate. The role includes; Acting as a contact for local and UK office staff. Arranging speakers for group meetings, organising fundraising activities, room bookings and refreshments, entertainment, outings and meals out. And to agree with local Volunteer Coordinator an annual budget forecast. Group meetings are held on on the 3rd Thursday of the month (alternative months). The volunteer would also be asked to attend approx. 4 committee meetings a year. An ideal role for someone with strong leadership and organisational skills. Good communication skills and report writing skills are essential and being comfortable in a public speaking role would be beneficial.

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Braille Volunteer – SeeAbility, Horley

SeeAbility is a charity which supports individuals with sight loss and multiple disabilities. A resident at one of their homes in Horley would like to learn braille. He has learned some braille in the past and now wishes to take it up again; he is at stage/grade 2 and SeeAbility are looking for a volunteer to support him.  The day and time of the week when you volunteer can be flexible but they are hoping you can make a regular commitment e.g once a week, once a month.

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Summer Reading Challenge – Surrey Libraries

Summer Reading Challenge volunteering is part of Surrey County Council’s commitment to involving young people in library services, and is aimed at young people aged 14–25 years. The Summer Reading Challenge runs during the summer holidays every year and is a fun challenge for children which aims to keep them reading during the summer break. As a volunteer, you will be:

Enrolling children onto the Challenge
Giving them their rewards and incentives
Talking to them about the books they have read
Helping with summer holiday events and activities

Please note, volunteers are only required for this role during the school summer holidays but the library service is recruiting now.

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Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers

The Summer Reading Challenge runs during the summer holidays every year. It is a fun challenge for children which aims to keep them reading during the summer break.

Summer Reading Challenge volunteering is part of our commitment to involving young people in library services, and is aimed at young people aged 14–25 years. As a volunteer, you will be:

Enrolling children onto the Challenge
Giving them their rewards and incentives
Talking to them about the books they have read
Helping with summer holiday events and activities

Volunteers are only required for this role during the school summer holidays but the Library Service is recruiting now. For more details contact volunteer@varb.org.uk


Event volunteers – Parkrun in Reigate & Banstead

Parkrun is a national initiative offering free 5km timed runs on a weekly basis in public parks. To operate successfully they rely on the support of local volunteers. Volunteering at parkrun will typically take a full hour a week and a range of different roles are available.

Parkrun UK is an approved activity provider for DofE and their event teams will be delighted to assess you for either your Physical or Volunteering section.

Local Parkruns include Banstead Woods and Priory Park, Reigate – both are every Saturday at 9am.

For further details contact volunteer@varb.org.uk


Run Reigate Racemaker – Run Reigate 2017

Be part of the Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon, 10K and Canon Kids Race on Sunday 17th September 2017.  Volunteer roles range from directing runners on the route, giving out water to putting medals around their triumphant necks.  The Racemakers are a vital part of the day.  All Racemakers will get a free breakfast, a quality ‘Racemaker’ t-shirt and a free race place for 2018.  Volunteers needed form 7am till 12pm.

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Street Collectors – Kids for Kids

KIDS FOR KIDS helps children the world has forgotten, children in Darfur, Sudan, who live lives of inexcusable and unimaginable hardship. Their key project is a goat loan – they don’t believe in charity, they believe in enabling people to help themselves. Children are malnourished in every village. They are based in Dorking and lots of their fundraising activities are carried out locally to here, as well as in London and across the rest of Surrey.  They are looking for Street Collectors to be part of their team in a street collection on 23rd June 2017 in Dorking. All you need is enthusiasm and a big smile. Volunteering slots are available all day, so any time that suits you would suit them. Why not bring a friend or family member to make a fun day of it? The more the merrier – and the more raised for Kids for Kids!

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Country Fair Helper – Gatton Trust

The Gatton Trust will be holding their annual Country Fair on Sunday 2nd July they need volunteers to help with setting up, car parking & marshalling, refreshments – serving or dishwasher duty and children’s activities and children games.

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Friends of ESDAS – East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services (ESDAS)

East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services (ESDAS) is an independent charity providing outreach and associated services in the borough of Reigate & Banstead and the districts of Mole Valley and Tandridge.  They are looking for volunteers to join their Friends of ESDAS, who are volunteers that are asked to be available for ad hoc support such as, events, fundraising, interpreting, PR & marketing, graphic designing, publicity working members, giving short talks to interested groups, transport, etc.  All out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. You will be asked to provide a reference and will be welcome to attend Day One of the Volunteer Induction programme which will include a half day training overview of “What is Domestic Abuse” and will familiarise you with the workings and ethos of ESDAS. If you cannot attend this full day training there will be further information sessions available.

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Summer Screen – The Children’s Trust

Summer Screen is an outdoor cinema event held at The Children’s Trust national specialist centre in Tadworth. It is great event that holds two screenings on Saturday 1st July. The first screening will be of Secret Life of Pets during the day for families to enjoy from 1pm, screening at 2pm and an evening screening of Bridesmaids will be from 7pm, screening at 8pm. There will also be opportunities for their visitors to buy refreshments, dress up and have their photo taken in their photo booth, hire blankets, chairs, play on the outdoor games and take part in their raffles.  But they can’t run this event without the support of  fantastic volunteers.   They need your help to make this event a great success and to continue to support children with brain injury.1st of July:   The need volunteers from:  Day Screening: 10:30am – 4:30pm or Evening Screening 5:30pm – 11:00pm.

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The Supercar Event – The Children’s Trust

One of the most popular days in the Supercar calendar, The Supercar Event is going from strength to strength. With 16,000 visitors over the weekend of the 24th and 25th June 2017, The Children’s Trust needs an army of volunteers to support the event each day. If you want to be part of their team supporting The Children’s Trust, the UK’s largest charity for children with a brain injury, then this is the opportunity for you!
This is being held at Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh, Surrey from 7.30am-4.30pm.

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Earn Your Entrance – Gatton Park

Gatton Park’s  Earn Your Entrance scheme is the perfect way to dip your toe into volunteering. Volunteer with their park & gardens team in the morning and then enjoy free entry to their open day in the afternoon.  No experience needed, just lots of enthusiasm.  First Sunday of the month February – October. 10am – 12/12:30pm. Free entry to open day in the afternoon 1 – 5pm.

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If you want a very comprehensive list of volunteering opportunities, you can look at the Do-It website by clicking on the logo here. At VARB we post all our opportunities on Do-it. However, we appreciate it isn’t always easy to find exactly what you want among so many opportunities. If you get lost or need some help finding what’s right for you we would be very happy to help – just let us know!

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