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 Summer 2018
Below are some current volunteering requests suitable for team challenge. The Business & Community Partnerships Directory Summer 2018 (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: 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.
Requested by: Stripey Stork Suitable for: Teams of up to 12 people
Stripey Stork is a Redhill based charity that supports children and families experiencing hardship in East Surrey by redistributing pre-loved baby and children’s clothes and equipment. They would welcome assistance from employers who could organise a collection of clothes/equipment in their workplace. They would also welcome teams of up to 12 people to help sort and pack donated goods at their centre in Redhill. This could be for a half day or a full day.
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.
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.
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 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