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:

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 Summer 2018

TEAM CHALLENGES

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 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.


Volunteering to support families in need

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.


Skills Based Volunteering

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.


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.


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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 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.

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