Voluntary community and faith sector (VCFS)

Surrey benefits from a vibrant and thriving voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS), also known as the third sector. It works alongside Surrey County Council and wider partners to support our communities and help deliver the 2030 Community Vision.

There are approximately four and half thousand registered charities and another ten thousand additional ‘not-for-profit’ organisations of all shapes and sizes operating across the county. The VCFS are important partners to the us, often supporting some of the most vulnerable residents and reaching those communities that we could not reach alone.

They also contribute millions of pounds to Surrey’s economy every year. They are integral to the Council achieving its ambition that ‘no one is left behind’ and delivering our key priorities such as empowered and thriving communities.

Information and services

Support for VCFS sector organisations

Support, networks, information and advice for the VCFS sector

Support offered by VCFS to residents

Where to find charities in your area that offer support

Getting involved in your local community

How to make a difference in your neighbourhood and get involved to Make It Happen in your community

Kings Award for Voluntary Service

A national badge of excellence for the very best voluntary organisations

Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS)

Providing a range of services including volunteer brokerage and advice on governance and funding

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