Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead (VARB) is a local charity that supports voluntary, community and faith sector organisations in the borough of Reigate & Banstead. We also support volunteering by promoting volunteer opportunities and placing individual and corporate volunteers with local voluntary organisations

VARB is part of a national network of Councils for Voluntary Service and we work to guidelines set down by National Association of Voluntary and Community Associations (NAVCA). VARB is also a registered Volunteer Centre, accredited by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Funding of VARB

VARB receives core funding from Surrey County Council, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group. For 2018/19 we have also secured funding from the Gatwick Foundation via Community Foundation for Surrey, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, The Santander Foundation and The Gatwick Airport Community Trust.
Thank you to all our funders – our work would not be possible without you.

Meet the Team


Nina is the chief officer and leads on supporting voluntary organisations
Nina Porter
Chief Officer
Lisa leads on volunteer matching and support
Lisa Irwin
Volunteer Centre Manager
Caroline leads on communications and office management
Caroline Foxton
Office Manager
Annette Cooper
Aspire Project Co-ordinator

Meet the Trustees


Alisdair Semple
Chair of Trustees
Arthur Browne
Arthur Browne
Trustee
Anne Cotterell
Trustee
Jonathan Essex
Jonathan Essex
Trustee
Cllr Keith Foreman
Trustee (RBBC)
Stuart Matthew
Trustee – Secretary
County Cllr Barbara Thomson
Trustee (SCC)
Gill Williansom
Trustee
Trustee Vacancy – contact VARB for details