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                                                                                             15th February 2024


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Welcome to our monthly newsletter for current and future volunteers.

In this edition:

  • Charity Spotlight: Christ Central - Front of House volunteers.
  • Volunteering opportunities include: Home-Visitors, Club Leader/Assistant, Walk Leaders, Social Media, Listening Volunteers, Dance Teaching Assistant, Fundraisers, and Conservation volunteers.
  • VARB News:
    • Volunteering at One off Events with Breast Cancer Now and The Children's Trust.
    • Sign up to our next Meet the Organisation event with Surrey Coalition of Disabled People (SCoDP)
  • Training: Good Conversations Online Volunteer Training.
  • Paid roles.

The VARB Team

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      Christ Central runs a busy coffee shop called West Central which is located in the heart of Redhill. It is the front door to a lively community church aiming to make a difference to people living in the area. It is also a volunteer-based charitable organisation so, as a volunteer, you will be a key member of their team.  They are looking for Front of House volunteers, the role could involve:

      • Clearing tables, washing up and putting away crockery and kitchen equipment.
      • Welcoming customers at the till including taking orders and payments.
      • Preparing food and serving customers.
      • Helping with other operational needs such as general tidying up/cleaning, restocking, assisting customers etc.
      • There will also be an opportunity to learn how to make great coffee and become a barista.

      You will be joining a wonderful team of people who love to work together and are passionate about serving their community. The team are welcoming and friendly and will soon make you feel at home.  A wonderful opportunity to grow your confidence and build your experience, as well as develop important life and professional skills.

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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 on our website.  


       👩🏼‍🌾  Surrey Young Farmers currently consists of 7 clubs (6 junior and 1 senior) who take part in a range of weekly term time activities such as go karting, countryside walks, farm visits, sports evenings, and craft evenings.  They are looking for Club Leader and Club Activity Assistants to join their Merstham Group on Thursday evenings.


      🧒🏽 Home-Start East Surrey work with families who are facing many different challenges, which may include physical or mental health issues, financial hardship, isolation, family breakdown, or struggling with children’s behavior. They are looking for Home Visiting volunteers who would be willing 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 nine week preparation course will be held in Redhill, and is scheduled to commence on 18th April until the 20th June, 9.30am–2pm.


      🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️ Ramblers Wellbeing Walks - If you are keen to support and inspire others to get active through walking then become a volunteer Walk Leader with Wellbeing Walks YMCA East Surrey. By volunteering on their Easy Access walks, you’ll be helping people in your community to get active and improve their health, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get. You bring your qualities and they’ll get you trained.


      📱 Active Prospects is looking for a Social Media volunteer to support it's charity Shop Re.Work.It Boutique situated on Reigate High Street.  They offer a dress agency to benefit everyone and stocks stylish high-end to mid-range fashion for men and women, through donations. They are looking for a volunteer who can offer 3-6hours a week to create colourful and eye catching content (both photos/graphics and videos.


       🏢 Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead (VARB) provides advice and practical support, including volunteer recruitment advice, to smaller voluntary, community & faith organisations in the Borough of Reigate & Banstead. We are currently recruiting new Trustees to join our board and bring new skills, experience, and diversity. 


      💃🏼 Tailfeatherdance CIC provides high quality dance and performance education for young adults with learning disabilities; meeting their aspirations and inspiring all to engage, create, develop and achieve. They are looking for a Dance Teaching Assistant who has dance/choreography experience and experience in enabling others to shine! They are also looking for an experienced Fund-raiser with the understanding of the grant application process, who has worked in the charity or arts sector.


       🏕️ Downlands Partnership is one of the three Surrey Countryside Partnerships, that carries out practical, targeted habitat management work and access improvements on many glorious countryside sites, which includes, Banstead, Chipstead, Hooley and Caterham.  They would greatly welcome some new Conservation volunteers to come and join their happy crew! There is no fixed commitment, you can join in on any of the local dates that you fancy, for a full (10-4) or half day (10-1).


       🏡 Growing Redhill is a community gardening group for Redhill and the surrounding area. It's run by a Management Committee group and is seeking a Chairperson.


      ☎️ Samaritans of East Surrey - As a Listening Volunteer, you would provide confidential emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. You can find out more at the next Discover Samaritans information event on Saturday 23rd March, 10am - 1pm in Reigate.


      👩🏽‍🦯  SeeAbility are looking for an Engagement volunteer to use your own life experiences to help champion the barriers faced by people who have learning disabilities, sight loss, and/or who are autistic, so that they can help to improve things.  Your role will support the Head of Engagement and his PA to help them deliver SeeAbility’s Engagement programme.

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              Volunteering at sporting and other challenge events can be great fun, and a good way to give your time without a long term commitment. They are also good for team volunteering days if your company offers time off for volunteering. Spring is on the way and there are a number of events coming up in need of volunteers including:

              • The Children's Trust are looking for Marshals for their Surrey Hills Hike on Sunday 17th March.
              • Breast Cancer Now are looking for Event Support volunteers for their Pink Ribbon Walk on Sunday 28th April.
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              VARB launched a new online service called ‘Meet the Organisation’ last summer. 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.

              Click here to watch all our past events on our YouTube channel.

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              Linking Lives - Good Conversations Online Volunteer Training
              This two and a half hour online session provides many benefits to anyone volunteering to host welcoming spaces for the public. This might include Café Drop-ins, Foodbanks, Warm Welcome spaces, Lunch Clubs, Places of Welcome, Community Libraries, Men’s Sheds or any other community initiatives.


              Benefits of the training to volunteers include:

                • Improves confidence in your volunteering role.
                • Enables you to recognise skills you already have, and how to apply them in your volunteer role.
                • Equips you with new knowledge and skills (that you can use in other situations as well as your volunteer role).
                • Provides reassurance that you are prepared to deal with a wider range of circumstances.
                • Highlights some unhelpful things most of us tend to do in conversation, and how to avoid them.
                • Aids in avoidance of embarrassing or awkward situations- Reduces personal risk.
                • Enables you to see enhanced benefit to your guests/service users, and to know you have made a difference.

                  £5 per person. If you have a group wishing to train together please contact them for options at: [email protected]
                  For dates, further information and to register click here.
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