Voluntary, community and faith groups in Surrey are supported by a network of Councils for Voluntary Service. They provide a wide range of services to support organisations and groups, including funding advice, training and information on areas like human resources and finance.
The Councils for Voluntary Service may also:
- Research community needs
- Provide a communications channel for voluntary and community groups
- Represent the views of voluntary and community groups to public bodies such as Surrey County Council
- Help to build partnership working
- Promote the Surrey Compact to help public organisations work better with the voluntary and community sector.
Surrey County Council, NHS Surrey and the Surrey boroughs and districts support the Councils for Voluntary Service financially and work closely with them for the benefit of Surrey communities. Some Councils for Voluntary Service may also include a Volunteer Centre, although some Volunteer Centres are independent.