Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester


News from the Local Voluntary Sector

Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester provide a weekly e-bulletin with all the latest news, events, funding, training and jobs that is available across our area and West Sussex.

It is not only for you but also ‘by’ you. Send us your updates and we will publicise your events, share your ideas or surveys and inform the local community about your group for free.

Latest News from VAAC

Thu 7 November 2019

Front room of BGLC

Newly decorated lockable room available (4m 70cm x 2m 14cm) for one organisation or shared spacae for hot desking/counselling within Bersted Green Learning Centre, Hazel Road, PO22 9DZ.
Use of shared kitchen and toilets, including a disabled toilet.
£220pm or part thereof.
Please contact Chris on 01243 840305 for more details.

Mon 28 October 2019

Training and Networking Events Questionnaire for 2020

We would be grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete this short questionnaire to help us plan our 2020 training and events programme for charities, voluntary and community groups and community interest companies.

Mon 28 October 2019

Flourishing or Floundering 2019 Report

‘Flourishing or Floundering? is an annual report collated by Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester on the state of the Voluntary and Community Sector in Arun and Chichester.
This year’s report highlights the fact that although many voluntary sector groups struggle to find funding to keep their organisations afloat, they are resilient and resolute in the support they offer their communities. The largest single group of beneficiaries are children and families, with youth and older people coming a close second and third. Over 5,500 volunteer hours are given to groups each week equalling a financial value of approximately £45,000. For full details please read our report. If you would like to become a volunteer, please register your interest here or call our office on 01243 840305.

Flourishing or Floundering 2019 Report

Thu 26 September 2019

Selsey Networking Event

On 26th September VAAC held one of their regular networking meetings at the Selsey Centre, providing an opportunity for members to highlight their work, develop useful contacts and find out what support is available to them. The meeting was well attended, and lots of really good conversations took place. The VAAC development team were on hand to speak to groups individually, and the meeting also resulted in some new referrals and a new membership request.

Sat 14 September 2019

Littlehampton Town Show

On 14th September VAAC took a stall at this year’s Littlehampton Town Show. It was a really hot day and the show was extremely busy and well attended – there was a steady flow of visitors throughout the day. The team spoke to 35 individuals to advise them about volunteer opportunities and / or the support VAAC can provide to local community groups, and also gave out a large number of information leaflets.

Our mascot, Boris the gorilla, did really well and was very popular with both children and some of our patrons. We also ran a competition to guess his name, and the winner received a smaller version of Boris! All in all it was a really successful event to be involved with.

Mon 9 September 2019


VAAC would like to welcome Ellie Griffiths who has joined our team as Partnership Officer (Health & Wellbeing).

This is an exciting new post where Ellie will represent the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) and influence the plans and delivery of the Primary Care Networks in Arun and Chichester in order that the best possible services are available, connected and able to improve the health and wellbeing of residents in Arun and Chichester.

If you would like to speak to Ellie please call her on 01243 840305 or email her at ellie.griffiths@vaac.org.uk

Sat 7 September 2019

Stonepillow's 30th Anniversary

On Saturday 7th October, VAAC was invited to join Stonepillow’s 30th Anniversary event in Chichester which was a fitting tribute to their late Founder Rev. Hilary Parsons.
It was a huge success and very well attended by several Not for Profit organisations, with superb live music, BBQ, bouncy castle and entertainment.
We enjoyed meeting volunteers who needed more guidance, as well as encouraging prospective individuals to volunteer through our Volunteer Now! database of opportunities.

Wed 4 September 2019

Chichester Home Naming Competition Brief

Care UK are currently building their newest care home in Chichester (due to open in 2021).

All of their homes are named after things, people and places that are part of local history, so they would love our members to come up with the name of their home. The chosen name should reflect Chichester’s history and the winning organisation will be presented with a £250 donation.

Chichester Home Naming Competition Brief

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