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:

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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Social Value Directory 2017 -DOWNLOAD


Below are some current volunteering requests suitable for team challenge. The Social Value Directory for 2018 is being updated and will be released at the end of February 2018 giving many more examples of how you can get involved with your community. For further information please contact info@varb.org.uk.

Gardening and Maintenance Days

Active Prospects, Redhill and Horley -a registered society that supports independent living for vulnerable adults and people with disabilities.  Active Prospects have a number of volunteer team projects across their properties in Redhill and Horley, including  garden improvement and maintenance projects.   For more information contact VARB.

Stripey Stork – Redhill

This is an indoor opportunity with a small local charity.  Stripey Stork collects donations of baby and children’s clothes and equipment, cleans and reconditions them where required and then distributes them via local NHS health care workers to families in need.  They would like help organising a workplace collection of baby/childrens’ clothes and equipment and then coming to Stripey Stork premises in Redhill to sort and package up clothes and equipment into bundles suitable for different age groups/gender.

Help is also required testing and making minor repairs to equipment and small items of furniture.   This task would be suitable for a morning or whole day activity for up to 12 people.

Winter Clear up with the Gatton Trust

Where: Gatton Park, Reigate

Suitable for: Teams any size

Why not get a group together to 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 Spring and Summer.  More information: email info@varb.org.uk

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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

Below are some current volunteering requests suitable for Employee Volunteering:

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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 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:

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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