Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester

Events & Training

Annual General Meeting

VAAC celebrates another year of supporting local organisations.

Local charities and community groups came together on 17th July to Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and to help them celebrate another year of helping local organisations to thrive.

Hilda Sherwood, Chief Executive from VAAC says ‘it was great to see so many of our member organisations and we loved having them there to help us celebrate another great year at VAAC. We’ve worked hard this year, with some challenges, but the feedback from our members has been very positive and we look forward to helping even more groups thrive over the next year. ‘


During the AGM, held at Tangmere Village Centre, guests heard about the organisations VAAC has continued to support and empower over the last year. Without our members, we would not exist. Membership is free and at the end of March we had 403 members, an increase of 11% from the previous year. We support a lot of smaller organisations as well as the larger ones with topics ranging from funding, trustees and looking for volunteers.
Each year we send out our flourishing or floundering survey to ask our members about the sector and what their priorities are.

Thanks must go to the following for their support during the year:

  • Mark and Alex Spofforth for trustee training
  • Gareth Sear, Business Manager at Chichester University, who we worked with on a joint programme in March looking at social enterprise, training and 1:1 advice
  • Pathfinder Mental Health Alliance, we enjoy hosting Sandie in our office
  • WSCC, ADC and CDC who have committed to fund us for another 3 years

Tony Sneller, our Chair, reflected on change and how VAAC is adapting to this, which is also true across the Voluntary Sector. Is is important for us to be there for voluntary and community groups through these dynamic changing times.
The evidence is there with Hilary Spencer retiring as Chief Executive in March and Hilda Sherwood taking over. Tony thanked Hilda, it is never easy following someone who has been in post for so long, and he thanked the staff for supporting Hilda.

Local Community Networks (LCNs)

Once the VAAC business part of the meeting was finished, Julie Hodson, Local Community Network Delivery Lead, Coastal West Sussex CCG gave a presentation on the LCNs and social prescribing. This was well received with attendees describing it as an ‘excellent presentation’ and ‘very informative.’ Attendees were able to interact with Julie after the presentation and it is hoped that this will open a wider dialogue between the LCNs and the voluntary sector and lead to improved ways of working together.


The community lunch that followed was a chance for VAAC staff, trustees, members and partners to catch up, meet other organisations that work locally, form new relationships and share ideas and plans for the future.
We were pleased to have Cllr Wendy Eve, Mayor of Arundel and Cllr Elizabeth Hamilton, Chairman of CDC present.

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