Welcome to the Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester website

VAAC aims to provide information and news to local voluntary and community groups in the Arun and Chichester districts.

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We are a local organisation that promotes and supports voluntary and community groups in the Arun and Chichester districts.
We help the voluntary sector to develop by supporting existing groups as they grow.
We provide advice and training for new groups as they are set up.
We aim to ensure that the voice of the local voluntary and community sector is heard.

We are Core Funded by

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What’s Happening

Volunteers-Week-web-LogoVOLUNTEERS’ WEEK 1 – 7th JUNE 2015

Volunteers’ Week is coming up and we think that this is a great time to say Thank You to all the wonderful volunteers that help your organisation to thrive! We have designed the attached poster that you can print out and display in your premises to do just that. You may also want to display it in any areas that are visible to the public to make people aware of volunteering and to encourage other people to become involved!

Vols week posterWe hope you have a great Volunteers Week!

Click here to print off the attached poster




 Small Charities Day Competition 

I ♥ Small Charities Day will kick off Small Charity Week 2015 and we are running two competitions on Twitter and Facebook from the 15th – 20th June to help raise the profile of small charities, with added £200 cash prizes for the winners.

How to enter:

  1. Take a photo of yourself holding up a poster that reads: “I love (your charities name) because (why you love them)”
  2. Then simply post it to either Twitter or the Small Charity Week Facaebook page, depending on which competition you wish to participate in. Make sure you include the #ILoveSmallCharities hashtag when you post your photograph so we can track your entry.

This is the perfect opportunity to engage with current and new supporters and to remind them of your amazing work so start thinking about how you can participate today.

Full competition details and rules are on the Small Charity Week website

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Did you know it is small Charity Week 15th – 22nd June 2015

This is the biggest event in the small charity calendar so here at VAAC we are holding a Big Advice Day on Tuesday 16th June 2015.

FREE advice on any charity topic of your choosing from one of our team.
Book a slot to secure your place.

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VAAC is proud to be sponsoring the new Volunteer Friendly Award at this year’s Observer Community Awards!Vols

We are looking for nominations of organisations that really look after their volunteers: where the volunteers are respected, appreciated and made to feel part of the team; where they are offered training opportunities and are able to offer suggestions and make contributions to the way the organisation is run; where they can gain experience and learn new skills; and most-of-all where the volunteers are happy and love what they do!

If all of this sounds like an organisation you know, we want to hear about it!

The Observer Community Awards is a chance to give recognition for all the fantastic work that goes on in our local communities and to celebrate the people that go the extra mile to give their time and help others. The award presentation will take place on December 14, 2015 at Butlins in Bognor Regis.

To nominate the organisation/community group that you think deserves to win this award, contact us for a nomination form on admin@vaac.org.uk.


Monitor & EvaluateMonitoring and Evaluation Training – Monday 22nd June 2015, 9.30am – 12.30pm in the Council Chamber, Bognor Regis Town Hall. Come and join us to;

  • Identify your outputs and outcomes
  • Find out what data to collect
  • Explore different methods and tools
  • discuss ways of using and sharing your findings

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BaseVAAC Networking Event (Volunteering) – Thursday 2nd July 2015, 10am – 12pm at the Base Skate Park, Southern Cross Industrial Estate, Bognor Regis. Come and join us to look at;

  • Writing better role descriptions
  • Recruitment of volunteers
  • Introduction of Microvolunteering

please be aware, accessibility is by a short, single staircase to first floor room”

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VAAC has now been in existence for 3 years (as a result of the merger of Voluntary & Community Action Chichester and District (VCACD) and CVS-Arunwide. In light of this we want to take a view on the services we should provide to best meet the needs of our members and the wider Voluntary & Community sector.

VAAC Aims 2012 – 16

We have created a very simple / short survey asking for your views. Please take 5 minutes to complete this so that we can be confident we will continue to prioritise the correct areas of work. Click on the link below.


We also intend to hold 3 focus groups facilitated by our trustees to explore both the priorities and our ideas about how we can achieve them. If you would be prepared to take part in one of these, please let us know either on the survey or by emailing Carol at admin@vaac.org.uk / or telephone 01243 840305


May Funding FocusWelcome to the May edition of Funding Focus, our monthly newsletter about fundraising opportunities for our members.

This edition has a focus on grants for learning and skills projects as well as a round up of local and national funds.

Please also take a look at the front page where you will hear the latest about the European Social Fund opportunities and about our Big Advice Day, part of Small Charity Week

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