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 3 December 2020

Zoom General Networking Event

The final Networking Event of 2020 was held on Thursday 3rd December and it was great to hear some of our members telling us about some of their ‘good news stories’ from the year. After what has been a difficult year for everyone, it was lovely to focus on the positive things that have happened, and to hear how our groups have grown, adapted and continued to provide much-needed support for our local communities. Special mention goes to those who wore Christmas Jumpers or Hats! We hoped our members enjoyed it as much as we did, and found it useful to connect with other local charities and groups. See you in 2021!

Tue 1 December 2020

HM Government UK Transition

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Hospitality & Leisure

Thu 26 November 2020

Zoom Fundraiser Network Meeting – Back to Fundraising Basics

November’s Fundraiser Network Meeting topic was Back to fundraising basics – your organisation’s fundraising strategy. Over 19 people attended and we covered the steps involved devising a fundraising strategy. The meeting was very interactive comprising of three breakout sessions – all about brainstorming about what terms such as SWOT, PESTLE, Connectors are, discussing the pros and cons on various fundraising methods and lots of online networking.
Just some of the comments from groups that attended when asked: What 2 things will you be doing as a result of today’s event?

“Contacting 2 groups about sharing room hire”
“Meeting another attendee to share fundraising ideas”
“Researching new ideas mentioned today”
“An internal brainstorm to establish what contacts we have”
“Write more of a strategic fundraising plan”

And when asked: Is there anything you would like to comment about today’s event? One attendee said: “It was really good to attend the event and ‘see’ and talk to other people who are doing the same work as me. I really appreciate the support that VAAC have provided over this year. VAAC have continued to provide excellent resources, training, networking and funding support. Thank you to all of you and many thanks to Nina and Samantha for this morning”.

Wed 18 November 2020

Second Parish Council Voluntary Sector Network meeting

On the 18th November parish and town council representatives from across Arun and Chichester Districts met via Zoom with VAAC and the district and county councils to discuss, update and share their experiences of Covid and the impact on their communities. There were many positive stories of good practices and successes discussed in breakout rooms, and these will be circulated to other parishes unable to attend. A further meeting is planned.

Tue 10 November 2020

Zoom CEO/Senior Leaders Forum: Mental Health for Senior Managers

Mental health is a topic that many people are currently talking about due to the noticeable impact of lockdown on people’s health. Leaders from the voluntary and public sector came together on zoom to hear Michelle Spirit from MIND share her knowledge and expertise on the topic of ‘Leading and Managing Wellbeing’.

Several great tips were shared together on managing stress and anxiety, how personality traits can turn pressure to stress, looking after our own and our teams emotional needs and the importance of breathing techniques. One take-away from the session is to take time to connect with your team, not on a job related level, but on a personal one. Find out their interests, hobbies, likes and dislikes etc… This will bring relief to pressure and help connections flow.

Wed 4 November 2020

Marion Wilder - VAAC President since 2013

It is with sadness that we heard that Marion Wilder, our President, has passed away.
Marion has been a keen supporter of VAAC and a trustee since it was formed by the merger in April 2012. She had previously been a trustee of Chichester & District CVS, later Voluntary Action Chichester District, from around 1999.
Marion had been keenly involved in setting up the Graffham village store, a school governor and other activities in the village and was recruited as a trustee because of her interest in charities and communities. She was passionate about her community and a persistent advocate in improving the quality of life of all in the district. Her contribution to the trustee board and the wisdom and understanding that she brought was appreciated by her fellow trustees and the staff.
Marion resigned as trustee in December 2012 and was appointed president in July 2013 Our thoughts are with her family.

Thu 29 October 2020

VAAC General Networking Meeting

It was great to see some of our members at the General Networking Event on 29th October. As all our events at the moment, it was delivered via zoom, but still provided plenty of opportunities for networking, sharing of ideas and best practice and making connections with other charities/community groups. We hope to see you all at the next one!

Thu 22 October 2020

Volunteer Co-ordinators Meeting

On 22nd October VAAC held its third successful online networking meeting for Volunteer Co-ordinators. It was a great meeting with lots of issues discussed & ideas exchanged. Topics included microvolunteering, virtual communication, keeping volunteers engaged, along with recruitment and retention of volunteers in a difficult Covid climate.

Mon 12 October 2020

Sussex CCGs 'The Big Debate'

The NHS and local authorities in Sussex would like to know about your experiences of health and care during the COVID-19 pandemic, so that they can improve the way services are provided in the future.
Click here for survey

Mon 12 October 2020

Sussex CCGs Partner briefing - Flu, October 2020

This briefing on flu includes a link to the Sussex flu campaign 2020 toolkit to enable NHS, Local Authority, voluntary and community organisations and Healthwatch to participate and collaborate on the flu campaign in Sussex.
Sussex CCGs Flu partner briefing 05.10.20

Thu 8 October 2020

Organised Crime and County Lines Briefing

Steve Morton, Safety Delivery Officer at WSCC and part of the Community, Safety and Wellbeing Team, delivered this really useful and informative briefing on Serious & Organised Crime (SOC) and County Lines. We heard about the scale of the issues within West Sussex, some of the vulnerabilities, risks factors and warning signs that young people might exhibit, and what can be done to help to protect our communities and young people.

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.

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