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

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.

Wed 8 September 2021

Come to our Volunteer Recruitment Fair

Come along to our exciting Volunteer Fair at the Assembly Room, Chichester on Friday 17th September, 11am – 3pm.

Speak to local organisations that are looking for volunteers just like you! Find out what roles they have available and how you can get involved.
Goodies bags for first 75 attendees and free refreshments!

Volunteer Fair Flier Final
Find the event on Facebook

Thu 22 July 2021

Celebrating another year of VAAC

Thank you to everyone who came along to our AGM on Wednesday 21st July. It was really lovely to see so many of our members and partners, and to celebrate not only our successes, but also all of the amazing achievements of the voluntary sector over the past year.

Thank you to Ian Noble for a very interesting overview of the Charity Mentors scheme.

Our Annual Impact Report is now available to view by clicking the link below.

VAAC Annual Impact Report 2020 21

Thu 15 July 2021

Volunteer Co-ordinators Network meeting - Exploring the changing landscape of volunteering

Thank you to all who attended the Volunteers Coordinators event on Thursday 1st July, where discussions focussed on the multiple challenges and opportunities impacting volunteer management now. Organisations shared their experiences and future plans, such as the use of technology to help with the increase in digital and remote practices, as well as the barriers to those more diverse groups.

Thu 24 June 2021

Fundraiser Network Meeting - Meet the Funder - National Lottery Community Fund

Some members of the VAAC Fundraiser Network attended a Meet the Funder Q&A event this week with The National Lottery Community Fund.

15 Members attended and enjoyed the opportunity to put forward specific questions to Local Funding Officers Sarah Owen and Claire Webley about the popular Awards for All and Reaching Communities funds.

One Member said: “That was a very helpful event – many thanks for hosting it and many thanks to the speakers who were clear and their presentations were very helpful”. For more information, visit: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/

Thu 17 June 2021

Fundraiser Network Meeting - Meet the Funder - Artswork

VAAC’s latest Fundraiser Network Meeting – Meet the Funder – Artswork on Wednesday 16 June was led by Beccy East, Programme Manager for Arun Inspires – a three year programme of cultural investment in the district of Arun. Beccy gave a brief presentation about the new fund, how best to apply and tips on completing the application form.

Those that attended said: “Really useful session, not just for applying to this fund, but more generally.”

“I really appreciated how thorough Beccy’s presentation was. Everything was so thorough I think it answered all of my questions. Beccy was very clear that we can make contact with her afterwards which was great.”

Read more about the Arun Inspires Fund

Wed 2 June 2021

Happy Volunteers' Week 2021!

As this week is Volunteers’ Week, we want to take the time to say Thank You to all the incredible volunteers who support our charities, groups and communities across Arun & Chichester. You make such a massive difference to people’s lives and we think you’re all amazing!

Look out on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter) to see messages of thanks across the week. And don’t forget to tag us in your posts so we can share them too!

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