Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester

Promoting and supporting
Charities and Community Groups
Across Arun and Chichester

Promoting and supporting
Charities and Community Groups
Across Arun and Chichester

Our vision is to see a strong, vibrant voluntary and community sector that supports, inspires and empowers individuals and communities throughout Arun and Chichester.
We do this through 1-1 support and advice, training and networking events, helping groups to start-up and develop their work.

Latest from VAAC

Upcoming Events and Training

We’ve got a number of brilliant events coming up over the next couple of months for our members, including Fundraising Training, our Volunteer Co-ordinators Network and a Meet the Funder event (with Henry Smith charity). Plus don’t forget out AGM on 13th July.
Find out more and book your spaces here

Introducing our new CEO, Jackie Sumner

Jackie has forty years’ experience across the fields of Housing, Community Development, Arts Development, Sports Development, Youth Services and Higher Education. Over her career, she has worked for charities, colleges and a range of local authorities to help instigate positive change in communities.

Read more about Jackie’s previous roles and experience: New VAAC CEO, Jackie Sumner

Jackie says;
“Joining VAAC as their Chief Executive is a privilege as I know that the VCSE sector in Arun and Chichester is full of individuals who are committed to improving lives of local individuals, families and communities. I am looking forward to working together so we can deliver sustained, meaningful and impactful change. This is now a higher priority given the negative consequences of the pandemic. The VCSE voice, our joint work and the partnerships we continue to build with the public and business sectors is key to effectively responding to these needs”

Welcome to the team, Jackie! :-)

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Upcoming Events

Thu 19 May 2022

Fundraiser Network Meeting: Meet the Funder - Henry Smith

Online - via Zoom

10am - 12noon

Our latest Meet the Funder event - we’ll be joined by Babs Evans from Henry Smith Charity. She’ll be giving an overview of their funding programmes and provide some tips. She’ll also be able to answer your questions. Come and chat with other fundraisers as usual and share your experiences and knowledge.

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Wed 25 May 2022

Fundraiser Network Meeting – Digital Marketing for Charities (Re-scheduled)

The Track, Bognor Regis Train Station

9.30am - 12noon

PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE! Come along to hear Marketing specialist, Victoria Hilditch, talk about the basic steps of how to develop a digital marketing strategy. Find out how to use Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to drive brand awareness and fundraising efforts. You will learn how to come up with content ideas and how to set objectives to ensure your social media isn’t just a ‘chore’ but is a successful part of your marketing. This hands-on session will be looking at the overall strategy so is perfect for anyone who knows how to use the platforms but doesn't feel like they are getting the most out of them.

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Wed 8 June 2022

Case for Support Bootcamp

Online / via Zoom

1pm - 3pm

Your Case for Support is a document that casts a vision for your organisation and tells donors why they should invest in your work. What do funders expect to see in a case for support and how can you make yours stand out? This session will give you what you need to ensure that your Case for Support works well for you.

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