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.

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Latest News from VAAC

Wed 24 February 2021

Development Team Lead

Are you passionate about helping Arun and Chichester community groups, charities and social enterprise companies to be strong and resilient?
Could you provide leadership to a small team that gives information, advice, training, and support to local VCSE organisations?
If you have experience of developing and delivering activities in a community setting, or knowledge of what it takes to run a voluntary organisation, community group or social enterprise (VCSE), this could be for you.
Salary: NJC 24 – £28,672 (pro rata = £19,373)
Hours: Part time (25 hours per week – Monday to Thursday)
Contract: Permanent
Based: Bognor Regis Town Hall and remote working
Closing date: Friday 19th March at 5.00pm
Interview date: wb 29th March 2021

The application pack includes the following;
Introductory letter
Advert VAAC Development Team Lead March 21
VAAC Development Team Lead JD Mar 21
Application Form
VAAC Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Thu 21 January 2021

Funding Surgery

VAAC’s Development Team hosted a Funding Surgery via Zoom for Members. The 1:1, pre bookable appointments are designed for Members to ask about anything related to funding from looking for funding sources, help with writing an application to a trust or foundation, discussing fundraising strategy, exploring pros and cons of fundraising techniques and more. Any Member organisation is welcome to book a slot, a free benefit to being a Member of VAAC. Here’s what a few of our Members think of the funding surgeries. “It was very helpful and we’ll be looking at some Trusts and Foundations not previously known to us”.
And: “So pleased and confident that we have been given help when it was desperately needed!”.

The next Funding Surgery, to take place via Zoom is on Wednesday 28 April, 10-1pm. Please book your 1 hour slot with an outline of what you would like to discuss to Chris Caspari at admin@vaac.org.uk. Alternatively complete a referral form at any time and the team is happy to help discuss funding requirements.

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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