Building partnerships with your community brings benefits for your business: demonstrates your core values; builds staff loyalty and motivation; strengthens teams and creates opportunities for positive exposure.
Here are just some of the ways you can get involved:
Download Business & Community Partnerships Directory Autumn/Winter 2018/19
Below are some current volunteering requests suitable for team challenge. The Business & Community Partnerships Directory (available to download above) gives many more examples of how you can get involved with your community. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requested by: East Surrey Domestic Abuse Service (ESDAS) Suitable for: Team/individual with communications experience
ESDAS is an independent charity providing outreach services to support survivors of domestic abuse. They would like help to work alongside their team to develop a marketing and communications plan that will identify their different audiences, messages and channels.
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.
When: Dates throughout December 10am – 4pm
Suitable for: Teams of 3-6 (or a larger team split into shifts)
The Belfry Shopping Centre in Redhill is kindly hosting a Christmas wrapping station throughout December with all proceeds being donated to a range of local charities. We need your help to staff the wrapping station between 10am and 4pm. Christmas jumpers welcome! More information: email@example.com
If you are a local charity and would like to get involved in this fundraising and PR opportunity then please get in touch.
Requested by: Downlands Partnership Suitable for: Teams any size
Ideal pre Christmas workout on 11th, 12th or 13th December. Join with rangers from the Downlands Partnership to undertake scrub clearance on Hooley Meadows to help restore this chalk grassland hidden gem. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01883 341140 for information.
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.
There are many local charities who would are looking for new Trustees to help guide their organisation. Younger trustees of working age would be particularly welcome. Search the database for roles or contact VARB for further details.
Adopt a Charity
Many businesses (and schools) select a local charity and establish an ongoing relationship. There are lots of ways to show your support:
- offering employee time as volunteers – helping with practical tasks and/or at a more strategic level
- support with fundraising e.g. holding events (from cake sales to golf days) or undertaking indivual challenges (from head shaves to sky dives)
- promoting the cause amongst employees and customers e.g. becoming “dementia friendly”; raising awareness of domestic abuse.
Contact VARB for a list of local charities who would welcome your support.
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
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