“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Winston Churchill

Building partnerships with your community can also bring benefits for your business: delivering your core values; building staff loyalty and motivation; strengthening teams and gaining positive exposure.

Here are just some of the ways you can get involved:

Team Challenge

Short projects - Big impact

Team Challenge

A great way to get involved if you have limited time. VARB can provide details of local organisations looking for help with a range of projects.

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Adopt a Charity

Find a local charity to support this year

Adopt a charity

The support of your business in helping to fundraise could make a huge difference to one of these small local charities.

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Employee Volunteering

Develop your skills, whilst giving something back

Employee Volunteering

VARB has a range of local individual volunteer opportunities; both short term and on-going.

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Sharing resources

Low cost ways to make a difference

Sharing resources

Can you help - with office furniture and equipment, with storage, with advice, with a van?

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Download Business & Community Partnerships Directory Spring 2018


Below are some current volunteering requests suitable for team challenge. The Business & Community Partnerships Directory Spring 2018 (available to download above) gives many more examples of how you can get involved with your community. For further information please contact info@varb.org.uk.

Fundraising Challenges

Requested by: most local charities!    Suitable for: Teams and individuals

There are lots of ways to get involved in fundraising for a local charity that you would like to support.  Team members are needed to take part in organised challenge events such as marathons, skydives and cycle trips.  For the slightly less active, why not organise a fundraising event with colleagues (either independently or alongside charity staff).  Ideas include mufti days, cake sale, quiz night etc.

Painting & Decorating Volunteering

Requested by: Furnistore    Suitable for: Teams of up to 8 people

Furnistore is a Redhill charity that recycles donated household goods and furniture and resells to the community at affordable prices.  They would welcome assistance repainting their warehouse in Redhill, used for the recycling and storage of Furniture.

Skills Based Volunteering

Requested by: Live at Home      Suitable for: Teams with transferable skills

Live at Home is a project run by charitable organisation MHA in Redhill, Reigate & Banstead.  It offers services and support to help older people lead independent and active lives.  Support is requested with staff and volunteer training in areas such as marketing, photography and IT (e.g. making the most of Excel or Powerpoint).

Volunteering with people

Requested by: Active Prospects     Suitable for: Teams of 3 – 10 people

Active Prospects is a registered society that supports independent living for vulnerable adults and people with disabilities.  They are seeking volunteer teams to deliver activity sessions in art, music, board games or basic IT for people with additional needs.  Could run as a half day or full day.

Environmental Volunteering

Requested by: Gatton Trust    Suitable for: Teams any size

The Gatton Trust is a conservation charity that maintains and promotes access to the parkland and gardens of Gatton Park, Reigate.   They offer a range of environmental team days where you will work alongside trained staff and volunteers.  Projects in 2018 include: installing tree guards;  planting up new garden features; pond maintenance; scrub clearance and tree planting.

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Employee Volunteering

Do you match any of the following short term opportunities?

  • Advice needed on updating web sites and using social media
  • Help developing a communications strategy
  • Human Resource guidance on staff recruitment and contracts

Search the volunteer database (on the VARB website under Volunteering) to find individual volunteer roles – including one off, short term or on-going opportunities. The database includes volunteer roles across North, Mid and East Surrey so you can search for opportunities close to where you live or work.

Adopt a Charity

Many businesses (and schools) select a local charity to support each year. There are lots of fun ways to show your support:

  • holding fundraising events (from cake sales to golf days)
  • undertaking a sponsored challenge for your charity (from head shaves to sky dives).

It’s not just about fundraising, You could also offer your time as volunteers or maybe help with resources.

Contact VARB for a list of local charities who would really welcome your support.

Sharing resources

Do you have any surplus iPads or laptops that need a new home supporting people with aphasia and a relationship counselling charity?

Do you have a meeting room that could be used for training by a Redhill charity? Or storage space that could be used by local Foodbanks to enable them to accept larger donations of stock?

Could you offer paper and/or printing to a Domestic Abuse charity or Age Concern?

Do you have any corporate merchandise or unwanted gifts that could be used at fundraising events and as raffle prizes?

See the “Business & Community Partnerships Directory” above for a list of current resource requests.

Business Case Studies

SGN helping Redehall School

“Just a note to say thank you for organising our 2 volunteering days at Redehall School. Both groups thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the Head was very appreciative of our efforts.” Team Leader, SGN
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Nationwide at Active Prospects

“Just wanted to update you that since the VARB event about corporate volunteering – we have since had Nationwide come to do a garden makeover for us and they are now looking at quarterly support and fundraising for us.” Sue Stockman, Active Prospects