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Voluntary Action Reigate and Banstead eNews

20 October 2021
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Welcome to VARB e-news.  In this edition, an invitation to the Funding Fair - this year it's bigger than ever, as we join with Tandridge and Central Surrey.   We also include some NEW local funding opportunities, resources for trustees and a selection of local charity jobs (including senior roles).  

But first, congratulations are in order.  This time to The Garibaldi Community Pub in Redhill, one of the "Surrey Life Food Heroes" and winner of the "Back with a Bang" award.  Well done to everyone involved in this great social enterprise.   


Best wishes,
The VARB Team
Funding and Resources
Funding Fair for Central & East Surrey - Register now
Local and national funders will be talking about their future priorities and what makes a successful relationship at the Funding Fair on 10 November.  This is a free, virtual event for smaller voluntary organisations in Central and East Surrey.  Hear direct from funders and ask your questions.  Details and registration here

Borough Council Medium Grants now open
Grants of between £2,000 to £10,000 are available for projects that support the corporate priorities of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.  Applications are now open, with a deadline of 17 December.  If successful, you will be notified in February 2022 and the project must be delivered in 2022/23.  Details here.

Thriving with Nature Funding in Horley - Last Call
Grants of up to £10,000 available for creative community projects that are nature-based, improve health & wellbeing and are based in Horley.  Grants must be spent by March 2022.  Application deadline 22 OctoberDetails here.

"Every Drop Counts" Community Fund 
SES Water is offering funding to not-for-profit organisations in East Surrey to help improve water efficiency.  Projects could include: drought-resistant planting, installing water-efficient toilets/taps/showers, buying water butts, and plumbing repairsDetails here.

Free Holidays for Charities and Non-profits
The Landmark Trust is offering 50 free short breaks at their historic properties in March 2022.  The breaks could be a holiday for beneficiaries or "to allow management to develop their not-for-profit activities" ie. the best team awayday ever.  Deadline 2 December.  Details here.
Being an Effective Trustee
VARB recently held a workshop for new trustees looking at how to be effective as a trustee.  Top tips for all trustees: 
  • Understand your legal responsibilities
  • Look outwards at what is coming over the horizon
  • Keep it strategic, thinking about the big picture 
  • Behave like a leader   
A set of resources is available to help local trustees in these areas.  (Also includes links to Trustees Week resources 1-5 Nov).  See here.

Looking for Volunteers? 
If you would like to reach new audiences, check that your volunteer opportunities are included in the VARB database.  We send out a fortnightly newsletter to over 1600 potential volunteers and have a good success rate with featured opportunities.  Register or update your opportunities here.

First Aid Training
Saint John's Ambulance is offering free first aid training for voluntary organisations in Reigate & Banstead.  The training can be tailored to meet the needs of your volunteers or your clients/beneficiaries  (e.g. first aid for older people/children & babies).  Contact VARB for details.  
Other News
Christmas cancellation
Please note VARB will not be holding the Festive Feast (Christmas day dinner) this year.  To support our regular guests, we would like to know about any Christmas meals or activities for people who are facing Christmas alone, so we can share details.  Email: info@varb.org.uk


Reigate & Banstead Business (and charity) Awards
The 2022 awards have been launched and include a category for "Charity and Social Enterprise".  A great opportunity to promote your organisation (and meet @OrtisDeley).  Closing date 14 November.  Details here
Jobs
(Please send us a link if you would like your jobs added to our Vacancies page.)
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