Voluntary sector support

We provide advice, information and support for voluntary and community groups in Elmbridge, working alongside organisations to best support the voluntary sector in the Borough, and aim to link residents with suitable services.  

Surrey Social Value Marketplace

Surrey County Council has developed the Social Value Market Place which aims to help support the development of relationships between the public, private and voluntary sector. For more information on the scheme including how organisations can sign up, please visit the Supply to Surrey website, or email social.value@surreycc.gov.uk 

Voluntary Sector Hub

Does your organisation require a small office occasionally or regularly? The Voluntary Sector Hub, based at the Civic Centre in Esher, can provide you with the opportunity to meet your clients, potential volunteers or members of the public. This facility is free of charge to those organisations that support the Elmbridge community and managed by Central Surrey Voluntary Action. For further information, please contact Central Surrey Voluntary Action on 01372 463587, or visit the  Central Surrey Voluntary Action website (formerly Voluntary Action Elmbridge). 

Central Surrey Voluntary Action (formerly Voluntary Action Elmbridge)

Support and advice is available from Central Surrey Voluntary Action who are able to offer a range of services such as funding opportunities, managing best practice in volunteering and recruiting volunteers. They also aim to offer an on-going service to suit the needs of individual organisations to assist with any specific needs they may have.

Please visit the Central Surrey Voluntary Action website for further information. Please note this website is currently in the process of being updated, however this organisation does support the voluntary, community and faith sector of Elmbridge.

Surrey Compact

The Surrey Compact represents a commitment to continually improve relationships between public organisations, the voluntary and community and faith sector, and organisations representing service users and carers.  It is an agreement that changes how partners behave, engage and work together at all levels. Elmbridge Borough Council has signed up to Surrey Compact and has to adhere to the Codes of Practice.

Please visit Surrey Compact to find out more information and to obtain copies of the Codes of Practice if you think it is relevant to your work.


Surrey Skills Academy

Surrey Skills Academy is a single point of information for people to access a wide range of training and learning opportunities including courses, information and signposting to partner organisations. Full information please visit Surrey Skills Academy's website.  

Voluntary Sector Forum

Elmbridge, in partnership with Central Surrey Voluntary Action, head the Elmbridge Voluntary Sector Forum on 4 August 2022. Over 50 people attended, representing 25 voluntary and community groups who work within the borough. 

Presentations were given on the following:

  • Updates on Community Support Services and the draft Elmbridge Connects Strategy.
  • The Elmbridge Community Lottery.
  • Support from the Funding and Sustainability Officer.
  • Current challenges with volunteer recruitment. 
  • Research commissioned by Walton Charity on poverty in Elmbridge.
  • Issues around the Cost of Living Crisis. 

If you would like to receive a copy of any of the presentations, please email the Voluntary Sector and Engagement Manager. 

The date for the 2023 VSF will be posted in due course. 

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