VARB Forms & Event Papers
Promoting Volunteer Opportunities
Please complete an Opportunity Form for each new volunteer opportunity that you wish VARB to promote. If your organisation has not promoted opportunities before, please also complete an Organisation Form. Click on the form to download it to your device:
Funding & Resources Fair 2017 - Papers
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There are several foodbanks now operating within the Borough. For details see the listing here Download
If you are an individual who needs to access a foodbank you will usually need a voucher from a referral agency such as Citizens Advice Bureau or Community Debt Advice. See here for a longer list of referral agencies.
If you are an agency and you would like to make referrals to a foodbank, please contact the foodbank(s) directly to receive referral vouchers that you can pass on to your clients.
In addition to the foodbank listing, there are a number of providers of community meals – hot meals that are free of charge or heavily subsidised. These are generally open to all (although some require pre-booking.) They may be of interest to people facing financial hardship or for those who are socially isolated and would enjoy sharing a meal with others.
Below are some good sites for finding information and advice on governance issues – whether you are a new community organisation starting out or an established voluntary organisation updating policies or looking for specialised training:
Small Charities Coalition – provides a range of information, support, mentoring and networking opportunities especially for smaller charities and their trustees.
smallcharities.org.uk. You’ll find an excellent library of online governance resources.
Charity Commission for England and Wales – the regulator of charities. It provides a wide range of useful free resources on different aspects of governance. (Much of their guidance is also helpful for non charities.) See charity-commission.gov.uk. You can sign up to receive Charity Commission News, their quarterly newsletter, especially good for charity trustees.
NCVO: National Council for Voluntary Organisations – Provides a very wide range of information and resources on most matters affecting the voluntary and community sector. It also runs a range of training courses (usually very good but a bit pricey) and has some excellent publications e.g. Good Trustee Guide. Find out more at ncvo.org.uk
DSC: Directory of Social Change – A leading provider of publications and training on voluntary sector issues at dsc.org.uk.
Regulator of community interest companies – provides information and resources at gov.uk/government/organisations/office-of-the-regulator-of-community-interest-companies
Social Enterprise UK – provides advice information and services to social enterprises and helps social enterprises to network at socialenterprise.org.uk
ACEVO: Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations – has a range of resources and training events aimed at CEOs of voluntary sector organisations. See acevo.org.uk
The Surrey Skills Academy is currently offering the following elearning courses to voluntary sector organisations. Click on the course you require to access the elearning. If this is your first time accessing learning on the site you will be required to create an account in order to access the elearning. If you already have an account you will just need to login.
Surrey County Council has launched two new tools to help local voluntary and community groups access support and resources from businesses.
The ‘Social Value Marketplace’ is a web site that enables Surrey not-for-profit organisations to post requests for corporate volunteers, goods and services or even donations. The site is linked to the Supply to Surrey procurement process; so businesses interested in tendering for Surrey contracts will be encouraged to visit the Marketplace for ideas on how they can fulfil tender criteria which requires them to add “social value” to their tender proposals. The Marketplace is also being promoted more generally to Surrey businesses who have an ethos of corporate social responsibility. To add requests for corporate support to the “Social Value Marketplace” you need to register your organisation and then post individual requests. The site is relatively easy to use. If you would like additional support a short guide is available here . However, if you would prefer VARB to post requests on your behalf then we would be happy to do so. Please email through details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively voluntary organisations active in Reigate & Banstead can be included within the local listing of opportunities for local employers to work in partnership with their community. This is a local directory circulated to businesses and hosted on the VARB website here.
For more general advice on how to access corporate resources, take a look at the Toolkit developed by SCC in partnership with local businesses and voluntary organisations. It is full of top tips on how to forge successful relationships with local businesses. Available to download below.
The following websites, directories and resources may be of interest for information relating to health & wellbeing in East Surrey:
- The Wellbeing Prescription website gives details of services that receive referrals through the Wellbeing Prescription project running across East and Mid Surrey. Many of these services are also open to self-referral.
- The Healthy Surrey website is useful for health and wellbeing information in Surrey.
- The Surrey Information Point is a directory for adults and Family information service is a directory for children and families.
- Active Surrey is a physical activity directory in Surrey.
- For more information about where you can order FREE health and wellbeing leaflets check out this document.