RAVS is an independent voluntary organisation constituted as an unincorporated association achieving charitable status in November 1996 for the benefit of the residents of the Borough. RAVS' core costs are funded under a tri-partite agreement between Runnymede Borough Council, Surrey County Council and Surrey Primary Care Trust. RAVS is an integrated Council for Voluntary Service and Volunteer Centre.
A Management Committee, comprising the trustees of the charity, run the organisation and is elected annually in accordance with RAVS constitution. It combines the Volunteer Centre and the Association for Voluntary Services and currently employs a Chief Officer, an Office Manager, a Volunteer Development Officer, Volunteer Placement Officer and two Administrators, all on a part-time basis.
The purpose of RAVS is to improve the life of the people in Runnymede by:
- promoting voluntary work
- supporting voluntary and community organisations
- being a voice for the voluntary sector
- identifying gaps in provision - working in partnership with other agencies
To achieve these aims RAVS works with voluntary and community organisations, statutory agencies and the business community to identify unmet needs in the Borough, to assist in the development of new organisations and services to meet those needs, and to facilitate liaison and the exchange of information.