Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester


News and updates 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. Send your news to Jenny.

Latest News from VAAC

Wed 27 October 2021

Volunteer Co-ordinators Network Meeting: Updates on Volunteer Management

Thank you to Anne Marie Zaritsky, Head of Volunteering at Royal Mencap Society for an informed and interesting discussion with members at the VCN meeting last Friday. We shared some good connections and discussed the challenges and good practices that took place in 2021.
Look out for details of our next Volunteer Co-ordinators Network meeting coming soon!

Thu 14 October 2021

Prospecting and Researching Trusts, Foundations and Grants training

VAAC’s latest Fundraiser Network Meeting on Wednesday 13th October was the first of five fundraising sessions by fundraising specialist Lucy Stone of No Stone Unturned Fundraising. 25 Members attended to learn about Prospecting and Researching Trusts, Foundations and Grants. Lucy outlined where to look for information from various online sources including directories and the Charity Commission website. She also answered specific questions from Members about CICs, timings, trustees and contacting funders.

Comments from our Members included:
“Well facilitated, the presenter was superb, experienced, knowledgeable and willing to share her expertise and support with extra information”.
“Very clear, interesting and helpful. Great pace.”
“This was a very well presented and informative session. It was not patronising in anyway which some can be. I look forward to the other sessions and to learning some more”.

This was the first in a series of 5 fundraising sessions with Lucy Stone.

Thu 7 October 2021

VAAC General Networking Eevent

We held one of our popular VAAC networking meetings by zoom on Tuesday 5th October. It was great to see some of our members virtually and to get an update on what everyone was doing. Ideas and news were exchanged including a discussion about the recent Volunteer Recruitment Fair, and we swapped some great ideas about possible future venues.

The meeting was well received by our members and comments included “Really welcomed [the] opportunity to connect”. We are looking forward to our next meeting in December which we plan to hold face to face in Littlehampton.

Sun 3 October 2021

Petworth Community Garden Celebrate 15 Years

The sun shone, and the ukuleles played as Petworth Community Garden celebrated its belated 15th birthday last week; a year later than planned due to the Covid Pandemic.

The event was a chance for all those who have been involved in the planting and growing of the garden over so many years, for all the groups, families, friends and supporters of the garden to come together, reflect and celebrate.

Read more from Founder Director Kate Green

Fri 1 October 2021

Meet the Funder - Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

VAAC’s latest Fundraiser Network Meeting on Thursday 30th September was a Meet the Funder Q&A event with Amy Loaring, Partnership Development Officer from the office of Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.

8 Members attended and enjoyed the opportunity to put forward specific questions to Amy about the Safer in Sussex Community Fund (SISCF). One Member said: “Well-organised, friendly, made easy including by your team at VAAC. It was great to hear a funder say that they recognise that funding applications need to be simplified. It was also good to hear exactly what we would need to do to be eligible”.

For more information about how to apply to the Safer in Sussex Community Fund (SISCF), its criteria and deadlines: visit: www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk

Fri 24 September 2021

Meet the Funder 1:1 with BBC Children in Need

On Wednesday 23rd September some members of the VAAC Fundraiser Network joined in a Meet the Funder 1:1 with BBC Children in Need.

Members met Pam Bacon, the regional officer for the South East, via Zoom for a 20 minute 1:1 discussion about potential projects. Feedback included: “Great sessions, very helpful and nice to speak to the funder directly. Very well organised event”.

For more information on BBC Children in Need’s funding opportunities, visit: https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/grants/

Fri 17 September 2021

Volunteer Recruitment Fair

Our Volunteer Recruitment Fair took place in Chichester on 17th September, and we were really pleased to see some of our members again face to face. There was a real buzz to the whole day, and we had a very good turnout which will hopefully result in finding some great new volunteers. Thank you to everyone involved in making the day such a success.

Mon 13 September 2021

Arun Older People’s Forum

The first Older Person’s Forum in Arun was held by zoom on 9th September, facilitated by VAAC and led by Sarah Smith of Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove. 24 people attended and represented 20 different organisations working on the front lines with older people. It was great to hear what is being offered already in the district and ideas of how we can work more closely together, sharing resources and expertise. This group will form a network of providers, supporting each other and most importantly giving the best service possible to local residents.

The next meeting will be held face to face in November. Please keep a close eye out for the date and time on the VAAC website. If you are involved with older people in any capacity, you are very welcome to join us.

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