Engaging with local charities and voluntary organisations brings benefits for your business:
- Staff retention and motivation is increased
- Opportunities for positive publicity
- Employee volunteering develops new skills and strengthens teams
Here are just some of the ways you can get involved:
Below are some current volunteering requests suitable for team challenge in the run up to Christmas 2017. If you are already planning for the New Year then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for 2018 opportunities or watch this space:
Each year the Rotary Club of Redhill Redstone takes its Santa sleigh through the streets to collect for charities and community projects. They need volunteers to follow Santa’s sleigh calling on houses and collecting from onlookers.
This would be a suitable activity for small teams (maximum 12) or individuals.
Collections take place between 6pm and 9pm on the following dates/areas:
12 December Whitebushes Estate
14 December Redstone Hill
18 December Watercolour/ Park 25
20 December Outwood & Smallfield
21 December South Nutfield
If you are interested please contact email@example.com or call 01737 763156
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a local charity and would like to get involved in this fundraising and PR opportunity then please get in touch – there are a few dates left.
Where: Gatton Park, Reigate
Suitable for: Teams any size
Fancy burning off a few mince pies? Why not volunteer with the Gatton Trust and help with the restoration and maintenance of this local heritage site. You will be working outside alongside trained staff and volunteers who will guide you through every step of your task – helping to prepare the gardens for Christmas and Winter. More information: email email@example.com
Suitable for: a team of 20 volunteers
Help make Christmas a bit brighter for ten elderly Live at Home members, by taking them out for a morning’s Christmas shopping. The day starts at 9.15am with a briefing at the Live at Home centre in Redhill. Working in pairs, the team will then escort members (mostly in wheelchairs) around the town centre. A group lunch will be served and the members depart at 2.30pm. There is an option to stay on at the Centre and help wrap Christmas presents and write cards – with some background Christmas music and a lovely atmosphere!
More information: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Download Team Challenge Opportunities Summary (pdf)
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
Below are some current volunteering requests suitable for Employee Volunteering:
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.
Do you have any surplus office furniture or equipment that needs a new home?
Could you provide a spare desk for two days a week to help a small, Reigate-based mental health charity?
Do you have a meeting room that could be used for a training event for a Redhill charity?
Below are some current resource requests and offers:
Download Shared Resources Summary (pdf)
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