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 13 February 2020

Bright Ideas Fund

The Bright Ideas Fund will reopen on 26th February 2020. The Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas through the start-up and planning stages with tailored business support, to the implementation stage with grants of up to £15,000.

Mon 10 February 2020

High Sheriff visits West Sussex

On the 29th January, Tony Sneller, Chair of VAAC, arranged for the High Sheriff to visit some of our organisations and projects in the north of our area. The whole day was a wonderful glimpse of superb work that is undertaken by so many volunteers and voluntary organisations in our fantastic part of the work. There is real value in meeting together and networking with a focus on the local area. The day included visits to the Sylvia Beaufoy Centre, Fernhurst Youth Club and Home Start in Midhurst.
In the High Sheriff’s words: “ What an utterly marvellous day, an extraordinary whirlwind of fantastic meetings and conversations. I couldn’t have been more glad to be shown round, and see both the more advanced and the more grass roots outreaches to help the community. I am just overwhelmed by people’s generosity in volunteering… the time they put in, the skills and creativity shown in what they offer, and the difference they make are all frankly staggering. Thank you for……such a fascinating varied day,……. for the kind provision of a fab lunch….it was all a total success and, although absolutely cross-eyed on return home (!) I was bubbling over with all the stories I had heard, and how energetic the volunteer sector is in NW Sussex!”

Thu 6 February 2020

Chichester District Council - Grants programme deadline approaching

Chichester District Council grants programme application deadline is Friday 14th February 2020. The council has recently reviewed the grants programme and set three new priorities for funding. Applications must be from organisations delivering projects or services meeting one of these priorities. These are:

  • Economy
  • Improving places and spaces
  • Targeted projects

There is still funding remaining for this last round of the financial year so if you meet one of the above priorities please get in touch.
All details are available here.

Thu 6 February 2020

Office Available at Bersted Green Learning Centre

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

Wed 5 February 2020

South Downs Centre

The Volunteer Conservation Fund will allocate grants of up to £5,000 annually (£2,000 is the average grant) to projects that enhance the National Park and include practical support of the Volunteer Ranger Service. Primarily for tools, materials and contractors – details available at South Downs Trust

Wed 5 February 2020

My Sisters' House

International Women’s Day event is being hosted by My Sisters’ House Women’s Centre on Friday 6th March 2020, 10am – 4.30pm at The Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis, PO21 1BL.

Thu 30 January 2020

How to use your data to improve your fundraising and the latest General Data Protection

Today we welcomed members of VAAC to a fundraiser network meeting on: the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and how to use your data to improve your fundraising.
We introduced Maureen Chaffe of Process Matters 2. Maureen is an expert in Data Protection legislation and the best ways for organisations to make sure they stay on the right side of the law and remain compliant. As part of her presentation she showed how using statistical data can improve your funding applications e.g. using demographic, location data etc and improve your knowledge of donors and popularity of web pages. During the morning attendees were shown the new code of Fundraising Practice October 2019.

The meeting was well attended and we would like to thank Maureen for giving us a refresher on remaining GDPR compliant.
If you were unable to attend but are a member of VAAC, please visit our members resources page for a list of the handouts available (templates of what you should have in place). If you cannot access these pages, please let us know and we will register you.

Tue 10 December 2019

Littlehampton Networking Event

We hosted another successful networking meeting at St Mary’s Church Hall, Clymping. The meeting was well attended by a good cross section of groups from both Arun and Chichester areas, and some really good conversations took place and useful contacts were made.

We wish all our members a very Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year at our next networking event which will be taking place in the Petworth area in March – look out for details on Eventbrite in the coming weeks.

Tue 3 December 2019

Local Community Transport Forum for Chichester District Local Community Network

A forum was held on the 21st November 2019 at Tangmere Village Centre. 24 people attended, split into 4 groups, from a wide range of the Voluntary and Community Sector and statutory partners.
Short presentations were carried out by Kate Nichols, LCN Delivery Manager – detailing what the LCN is and the priorities arising from them, Jo Fishwick – a talk on what social prescribing is and how it has developed and Matt Roberts – telling the group about what Community Transport Sussex has been doing in our area and future proposals.
Three questions were asked to the groups; What’s working well? What are the challenges? What changes would you like to see.
Feedback was very positive from the forum and the Community and Voluntary Sector re engaged and willing to support a project which can tackle community transport issues.

Mon 18 November 2019

Volunteer Co-ordinators Meeting

VAAC held a very well attended event today focusing on Risk within Organisations working with Volunteers. Attendees were briefed on the importance of assessing volunteers and organisational risk within policies and procedures. This event was supported by Croner Specialist consultants who updated members on current and future Employment, Law, HR and Health & Safety.

Wed 13 November 2019

Trustee Event

On 13th November 2019, VAAC held a Trustee Event supported by AFVS (Advice for Voluntary Sector) Andy Strajnic who presented how to run an effective board meeting. This was followed by Samantha Wright from VAAC’s Development Team who focused on Trustees Audits looking at key skills, knowledge and experience. The evening ended with a very informative session from Lucy Hammond, Kreston Reeves on Trustees Governance and the latest legislative updates.
We would like to thank all the attendees for their contribution to this successful event.

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

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

Giving voluntary and community organisations in Arun and Chichester Districts the tools they need to succeed

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