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 Corporate – Charity Partnership Opportunities in Reigate & Banstead – Spring 2019
Below are some current volunteering requests suitable for team challenge. The Corporate – Charity Partnerships Opportunities (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: YMCA East Surrey Suitable for: Teams/individuals with stamina
Are you looking for your next challenge? YMCA East Surrey has a programme of events and activities to support their fundraising throughout the year and would love to welcome you to their team:
- Fun Run | Sunday 5 May 2019 – Adult 5 mile and junior 1 mile fun runs in Priory Park, Reigate
- Paris 2-1 | Friday 7 – Sunday 9 June 2019 – Cycle 175 miles from Redhill to Paris in 1 or 2 days
- Chase the Sun | Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 June 2019 – challenge ride – 205 miles from Isle of Sheppey to Burnham-on-sea
- 10 Peaks Challenge | Friday 28 – Sunday 30 June 2019 – Climb 10 of the highest peaks in the Lake District in a day
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: Downlands Partnership Suitable for: Teams of up to 6 (Larger teams by arrangement or see Gatton Park)
Contact: email@example.com ( 01883 341140
A wide range of practical environmental volunteering opportunities to help with maintaining and restoring Surrey’s glorious countryside. Smaller corporate groups (up to 6, no charge) are welcome to join in with the scheduled task programme dates (Tues/Wed/Thurs) – See www.downlandsproject.org.uk .
For larger corporate groups 6+, suitable tasks need to be discussed with the Downlands team in advance. Or see Gatton Trust who welcome teams of up to 25 people for environmental conservation work at Gatton Park near Reigate.
Skills Based Volunteering
Could you or your team help with any of the following skill based, short term volunteer projects?
- Advice needed on updating web sites and using social media
- Help developing a communications strategy
- Human Resource guidance on staff recruitment and contracts
See the list of corporate-charity partnership opportunities above for details of the different charities asking for support or contact VARB for details.
For ongoing individual volunteer roles, search the volunteer database (on the VARB website under Volunteering). 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 are looking for new Trustees to help guide their organisation. Younger trustees of working age would be particularly welcome. Search the database for roles (use keyword “trustee”) 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 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 Citizens Advice?
Do you have any corporate merchandise or unwanted gifts that could be used at fundraising events and as raffle prizes?
See the “Corporate Charity Partnership Opportunities” 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