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                                                                                                   14 July 2023


Hello {$firstname}

Welcome to our monthly newsletter for current and future volunteers. 

In this edition:

  • Volunteering opportunities include: Health & Wellbeing Champions in Merstham, Trustees, Mediators, Gardeners, a Pianist and many more.
  • VARB News: Watch the first of our short videos where volunteers talk about their journey, join us and meet Active Prospects at our next 'Meet the Organisation' online event-Weds 26 July and subscribe and like our YouTube channel.
  • Small charity spotlight: Prison Advice Care Trust (Pact)
  • Other News: Chatty Café at West Central Café in Redhill, 16 and 17 year old's, find out how to sign up to the NCS Grow Your Ambition programme.
  • Training:  Happiness Habits Surrey - 6 week online training course.

Best wishes,

The VARB Team

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      Do you know we have over 300 volunteering opportunities on our website that are searchable by postcode, interests, activities and the times you can offer?  If you can't find what you're looking for in this newsletter please head on over to our website.


      Click on the opportunity title to find out more. If you are interested, then you can make a "Quick Enquiry" using the black button.


       👶🏽 The National Childbirth Trust - Their aim is to build welcoming and inclusive communities that improve the wellbeing of parents especially in the Reigate and Horley areas. ​They are looking for Community Volunteers. A flexible role, where you will support local parents by leading one of their easy to set up regular events such as Bumps & Babies or Walk & Talk, or help organise one of their well-known Nearly New Sales.  They are also looking for Community Builders to engage with parents to find out what services are needed in the local community. You will build a team of community volunteers in your area who will offer inclusive, low-cost events and activities​.


      📢 Merstham Community Facility Trust (MCFT) is looking for Health & Wellbeing Champions, an informal role for those who currently live in Merstham. You can positively support the health and wellbeing of Merstham residents by promoting health information and opportunities within the places you live, work and spend your leisure time. This role can play a natural part in your everyday life with the purpose of making the places you live and work just that little bit healthier by gently encouraging and supporting those around you to make healthier choices. Health champions also support our local network through confidentially sharing success stories. Training is provided.


      🏘️ The Victoria Almhouses provides affordable accommodation at two sites in Reigate and Redhill. The Charity is seeking to strengthen its Board of Governors (Trustees) supplementing the existing range of skills and experience.  Ideally they are seeking candidates with one or more of the following skills: Building Surveying, Finance, Social Care, Health Care and Statutory Compliance.


      🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Home-Start East Surrey are looking for Home Visiting volunteers to visit families in their own home once a week for 2-3 hours, offering non-judgmental and confidential emotional and practical support to local families with young children. Their next prep training course will start on Thursday 28th September until 30th November 2023 (excluding half term 26th October) from 9.30am - 2pm in Redhill.


      ☎️ Furnistore is looking for Admin volunteers to provide general administration in a warehouse/showroom environment. This role entails answering the phones (especially on Tuesday and Friday afternoons); responding to messages received via email or phone, including booking in collections and deliveries. Travel fares on public transport will be reimbursed and a light lunch provided.  They are also looking for someone to cover the school holidays.


      💼  Mediation Surrey CIO provides Community and Intergenerational Mediation, and Coaching to help deal with anti-social behaviour and Family Mediation across Surrey.  Helping to resolve disputes and create peaceful neighbourhoods.  They are seeking volunteer Mediators to work with clients to help them reach resolution.  To volunteer with them you will need to attend their combined online Intergenerational and Community mediation training commencing 2nd October.  Training will be 14 x 3 hour online sessions, 3 consecutive weekdays per week.


      ❤️ The Children's Trust is the UK's leading charity for children with brain injury. They are looking for a variety of volunteers at Tadworth Court and in the local community for the following roles:

      👀 Be My Eyes is a free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people. The app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers from all over the world through a live video call. As a sighted volunteer you can help just by installing the Be My Eyes app. A blind or a low-vision user may need help with anything from checking expiry dates, distinguishing colours, reading instructions or navigating new surroundings.


      ♿ Surrey Remap comprises volunteers whose objectives are to design and make equipment for the disabled which they are unable to obtain through commercial sources. Their volunteer 'engineers' often work closely with professional Occupational Therapists and carers. They are seeking Case Officers to communicate referrals from health professionals, disabled people, and other individuals to members of your branch. You must have an excellent telephone manner being warm, approachable, and confident and be available to receive and initiate telephone contact with clients and healthcare professionals during normal working hours.


      💻 Reigate & Redhill Local & Family History Group is keen to find a Website Designer who has experience of website building, ongoing maintenance/ updating.  This role would suit someone who's employed as this can be done from home as and when required.

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        Welcome to our first series of short videos where we meet Amy Leigh who volunteers at The Merstham Mix Café as a Front of House volunteer.  

        Please click hear to find out how volunteering has changed her life for the better.

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        VARB lauched a new online service called ‘Meet the Organisation’ last month. The events are a great way for you to get more in-depth information about particular organisations, and learn about their volunteer roles. Even if you attend the event there is no pressure to sign up to anything, but it might help you decide whether a volunteering opportunity is the right one for you. The events are all online, a representative from an organisation will attend and possibly a current volunteer present, talking about the work of the organisation and how volunteers are involved. This is also the perfect place to come with any questions you might have before you start your volunteering journey!


        Upcoming ‘Meet the Organisation’ Events


        Please click on the organisation below to register and to find out more about them. Once registered you will get an email containing your confirmation. VARB will be in touch in due course with a link to join us on Zoom.

        Past 'Meet the Organisations' Events


        The Include Project - click here to watch Alix and Jacob talk about the amazing work they do.

        Did you know that we have our very own YouTube Channel?  Please visit our channel to watch our videos and give us a 👍 and subscribe.

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        Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) is a pioneering national charity that supports prisoners, people with convictions, and their children and families. They provide caring and life changing services at every stage of the criminal justice process: in court, in prison, on release, and in the community. 


        They are looking for Family Service volunteers to support family members and carers and, by extension, people in custody at: 

        The purpose of being a Family Service volunteer will be working as a member of the Family Services team, to volunteer across all areas of the service, which may involve one or more of the following family support services: a welcoming visitor centre facility; play and children’s services and/or refreshment services. The role will mainly involve working with the families and carers of prisoners and their families in the Prison visitors centre and visits hall.


        If you would like to Mentor prisoners, and people who are on probation, resettle back into the community through practical and emotional support, then please apply.  For this role volunteers will be working in prison before release, and then after release in the community to continue engagement with services.

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        Having a chat can really brighten your day – before you know it you are smiling and feeling a little lighter. West Central Coffee Shop in Redhill have joined with the Chatty Cafe Scheme to bring you even more opportunities to sit and shoot the breeze over a cuppa!


        Pop in on a Thursday from 10am - 12pm and look for the yellow sign on the table – grab a drink and pull up a seat!  Click here for more information.

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        16 and 17 year old's sign up now to the NCS Community Experiences programme in Surrey and you will have professional guidance to grow: self-confidence, life skills, employability and a sense of community.  You will be taking part in the NCS Grow Your Ambition programme with Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development (SOLD) at one of two outdoor learning centres either near Guildford or Dorking.  Some of the sessions will include adventurous outdoor activities which might include climbing, high and low ropes, woodland skills, archery, orienteering, team tasks and much more. They work on a challenge by choice basis so each individual works at their own pace and does what they feel is the most challenging for themselves.  The volunteering days are organised within SOLD and you will work with young people on their holiday activities as well as working with the Estates team. The programme is FREE, you just need to commit to all the dates in your programme which start in July 2023 and consists of 3 distinct learning experiences over a 6 day period, which focus on strong personal development and a social action purpose. You choose which dates and design of programme work best for you, commit to that programme and book
        your place on-line.

        To sign up, take a look at the outline structure of the programme and dates, download more information here.

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        Happiness Habits 6 week online training course is for people who want to learn how to live happily and spread happiness to those around them. Created to help people tune in to what really matters in life, connect with people around them and find small ways to start taking action. This course is for anyone interested in exploring how to create happiness for themselves or others. Maybe you’re someone who could do with some new approaches to try out in your own life. Or maybe you’re passionate about creating happier communities and a happier world.  Either way, by coming together with others locally on this course you can find the inspiration and support you need find the actions that work for you.  

        The course starts on Tuesday 3rd October at 9pm.

        Click here for further details and registration.

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