Surrey Heath VSNS

A member of the Surrey Heath, Surrey Business and Surrey communities

About Surrey Heath VSNS

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Visit our website at http://www.voluntarysupport.org.uk

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Find Your Volunteer Match

Would you like to help other people in your community, inspire a young person, take on a new challenge or use your skills and experience in a different way? Then why not volunteer?

We have lots of different volunteering opportunities in the boroughs of Runnymede, Spelthorne and Surrey Heath so depending on the area you live we can match you to the right role.

It is really simple to find a role that suits you - either look directly online on our website www.voluntarysupport.org.uk, click ‘Volunteer Now’ at the top left hand side of the home screen and scroll through the volunteering opportunities.

Or, maybe you would prefer to speak to someone about what's available locally and what might interest you. Please drop into our offices in Camberley or Chertsey or call 01932 571122 and our expert Jenny will be happy to talk to you about all aspects of volunteering. We really look forward to hearing from you soon.

Hello Spelthorne!

We are pleased that we are now supporting the voluntary sector in Spelthorne as well as Runnymede and Surrey Heath. We have a dedicated team focused on helping and growing the community, voluntary and faith sector across North Surrey.

If you know a Spelthorne voluntary organisation please let them know that we are here to help them.

Christmas Tree at St Paul's

Every year we look forward to taking part in St Paul's Church Christmas tree festival where local groups and businesses decorate a tree which are then donated local families who might otherwise not have one.
This year our Christmas tree is decorated with the names of businesses whose employees have volunteered in projects for local community groups and charities in 2016.
They have chopped trees, painted walls, wrapped and donated gifts, given website and social media guidance and generously shared their other professional skills in many areas.
We are very grateful for their enthusiasm and support. Many of the businesses we have hanging on our tree have helped on more than one project for more than one voluntary organisation.
If you are a voluntary organisation with a project or a local business whose employees would like to help our community please get in touch.

Christmas Volunteers

Each Christmas we are asked by current volunteers and the wider general public for volunteering roles with local organisations. Many appreciate how fortunate they are and prompts them to want to give back to their community.

If your organisation needs individuals or groups to help at a Christmas event please get in touch with us.

We can help - call 01932 571122 Voluntary Support

Volunteers Week 2016

Annually, Volunteers Week is the first week of June. Over 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year and this contributes an estimated £23.9bn to the UK economy. Behind these big numbers is a big contribution.

These 21 million people are a shining example of how we can all make a big difference to individuals and communities every day from improving the environment we live in, spending time with those who may otherwise be lonely and contributing to a range of other essential services and support. Such a big contribution is worth a big celebration!

Events are always a big part of Volunteers’ Week and last year over 750 events were posted on the NCVO events map from recruitment fairs to award ceremonies and tea parties.

This year Voluntary Support North Surrey are planning all three – an awards ceremony in Runnymede, a tea party in Camberley Theatre and a community recruitment event in New Haw Library.

The end of Volunteers’ Week will also coincide with celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s lifetime of service to more than 600 charities and organisations to which The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Communities across the UK have been encouraged to participate by holding their own street party or event.

The week is also a chance to inspire others to get involved. There’s huge choice out there but sometimes people aren’t aware of them or they have a particular perception of what volunteering is about. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and would like to talk about the roles available in North Surrey please contact us on 01932 571122 or 01276 707565 or have a look at volunteer options on our website

We have short term events for people to give volunteering a try. Event volunteering can be a really great, flexible way for you to get a taste of the volunteering experience.

We are also hoping to pilot some micro volunteering options during Volunteers Week. Microvolunteering is performing tasks in small increments of time usually through the use of technology to benefit voluntary organisations. People are increasingly looking for flexible volunteering that they can fit in around work or other commitments and we hope to get people in Runnymede and Surrey Heath using their skills, time and talents to help others.

If you are already a volunteer then thank you for your service. If you’d like to be a volunteer then we look forward to hearing from you soon.

VSNS Make a Differerence Day

With our mission to inspire volunteers to ‘get up, get going and get active’ we organised a Make A Difference Day in conjunction with The National Trust at Runnymede.  The weather was on our side and it was a huge success with sixty eight people from 7 different local businesses volunteering together on Tuesday 27th October 2016. The collective effort resulted in serious woodland coppice management and the cutting down of invasive hazel bushes and brambles.

Jamie the head ranger at Runnymede NT and  his team and volunteers spent the day with all the volunteers from BA, Enterprise Rent a Car, Chep, Salesforce, RHUL, RICOH and Voluntary Support North Surrey who worked extremely hard in the woods.  They certainly all made a difference and we enabled oak trees to continue to flourish.

Everybody really embraced the conservation spirit and their help is invaluable as we head into Winter.

Voluntary Support North Surrey and all the Rangers at Runnymede would like to say a big thank you to everyone who volunteered with us for Make A Difference Day.

Business Engagement in Runnymede and Surrey Heath

Employee volunteering, where staff at all levels donate time and skills during work hours to tackle local social issues, is an effective and powerful way for businesses to  invest in their people and local communities.

We want to encourage local businesses, charities and community groups to work in partnership by sharing ideas, resources and time to address the needs of the local community.

We have a small team of experienced Business Engagement Managers who will make it very simple for businesses to engage and volunteer with local charities and voluntary groups.  Corporate volunteering is mutually beneficial for businesses and voluntary groups. A 2010 survey by YouGov found that 96% of managers believed that workplace skills can be gained through volunteering and many managers believe that workplace skills can be gained through corporate engagement with charities and community groups.

Our Business Engagement team also assist local voluntary groups to identify potential projects and opportunities  and  then connect them with local businesses who can empower their staff to volunteer in those projects, skill share and fund raise. Volunteers drawn from the business world can bring skills and expertise that would otherwise be beyond the reach of many organisations.

So, if you are a business who would like to find a voluntary project for your staff or you are a local organisation who need help with a project please get in touch with us on  info@voluntarysupport.org.uk or 01932 571122