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Latest News from VAAC

Wed 24 March 2021

VCSE Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum

This was the first mental and health wellbeing forum held jointly with Mind West Sussex. This forum provided an opportunity for members to explore and unpack increasing needs for mental health and wellbeing support for staff and service users. Mind West Sussex led us through a stress bucket exercise which is a useful tool to unpack causes of stress and to identify wellbeing needs. There was rich participation from members with good questions being asked. People shared their experiences about what has worked well for them in supporting staff, volunteers and service users in talking about and responding positively to mental health needs. Some useful resources were recommended.

A key point highlighted was that an extra 13,000 will be needing mental health support. To meet this level of need it has to be a community response.

Based on the feedback from the meeting we will be hosting another Mental Health and Wellbeing forum

Fri 19 March 2021

Zoom Volunteer Co-ordinators Meeting: Health and Safety for your Volunteers

It was great to see some of our members at our recent Volunteer Co-ordinators Network meeting on Friday 19th March. We had a short update on the Health and Safety issues relevant to volunteer management, and then a lively discussion on issues including risk assessments, microvolunteering and ways of engaging volunteers remotely. As always, it was a brilliant opportunity for organisations to come together and share any worries or concerns they had, and shares ideas and best practice with colleagues in similar roles. We look forward to seeing you again at our next one!

Thu 18 March 2021

Zoom General Networking Meeting

We held another successful general networking meeting which was very well attended, giving our members the opportunity to chat with other organisations and share their experiences and knowledge. It was great to get an update on how groups are operating during the pandemic, and to hear some of the great initiatives that they are working on to support their local communities at this challenging time.

Thu 4 March 2021

Zoom Fundraiser Network Meeting – Gift Aid – Are you claiming it?

March’s Fundraiser Network Meeting topic focused on Gift Aid – a government scheme that enables registered charities to reclaim tax on a donation made by a UK taxpayer, effectively increasing the amount of the donation.

Paul Underwood, Director of Morris Crocker Charities Team, Morris Crocker Chartered Accountants outlined what to consider when applying for Gift Aid. A lively session with lots of questions from VAAC members.

Just some of the comments from groups that attended when asked for their feedback about the sessions:
“It was very useful for somebody with no previous experience of using Gift Aid as a funding tool”.
“All very useful”.
“This was a great help”.

Wed 20 January 2021

Charity Mentors Briefing

VAAC, together with MSVA and CCA got together on 20th January to host a briefing session with Charity Mentors and members of all three Voluntary Actions.
Charity Mentors is a voluntary organisation that offers free mentoring for leaders of charities and community groups.

Charity Mentors Briefing 20.1.20 (002) Ian Noble, the co-ordinator outlined the programme and gave opportunities to the attendees for questions. Natasha, also gave her experience of being mentored and the changes that it had made on her leadership. If you would like to know more about how mentoring can support your role, please get in touch with Ian Noble: mail@iancnoble.co.uk or hilda.sherwood@vaac.org.uk for a copy of the slides.


Thu 7 January 2021

'Introduction to becoming a Trustee with the FSI' webinar

We were pleased to join up with our colleagues from Mid Sussex Voluntary Action today for our ‘Introduction to becoming a Trustee’ webinar. Delivered by the FSI, this looked at what being a Trustee involves, how to find the right role and how to be effective. There was a great turnout with 21 attendees, and some great feedback including the following comments:
“Thank you so much for all this info – really really helpful and has given me lots to think about and explore”…
“Thank you so much for this meeting. I have really found it beneficial and now have a much clearer idea of what my role is.”

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