Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester


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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.

Members Funding Appeals

Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice
Jack is going to walk 7 widths of his garden for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice because his family want to show their thanks and raise vital funds – read more here

Home-Start Arun, Worthing & Adur
Packs of Joy will contain books, activities and essentials for vulnerable families with children under 5. They will be delivered to 80 Home-Start families across the Arun, Worthing and Adur areas – read more here

Latest News from VAAC

Mon 20 April 2020

Community Initiative Fund 2020/21

The 2020/21 Community Initiative Fund (CIF) and some of the changes made to this round in light of Covid-19.
As with last year there are two ways to access the fund depending on the amount required:

For projects where total project costs do not exceed £750 application is via the Micro-fund, a relatively short form which can be completed either on paper, or electronically. This form must be submitted slightly in advance of the relevant County Local Committee (CLC) for the area (see below for CLC dates) t

For projects where the total project costs exceed £750 applications must be made via the West Sussex Crowd. This involves the setting up of a crowdfunding campaign on the Spacehive Crowdfunding website. Each CLC can pledge a maximum of £5,000 to any campaign and the deadline for a project to be uploaded and ‘pitch’ completed is Thursday the 28th of May 2020.

Funding decisions will then be made by the County Councillors at the County Local Committee meetings which are currently scheduled for:
North Chichester – 2nd July
South Chichester 15th June

Covid-19 Update to CIF Funding

In light of the current crisis there have been a couple of things to note with the current round of CIF funding. Chiefly it has been considered that the focus for CIF allocation, for both the West Sussex Crowd and the Microfund, should be on building sustainable support solutions for our communities and addressing any specific gaps identified through our community hubs. This means that the criteria are now more flexible to include more revenue options when it relates to a project supporting our communities through this current situation.

Where a majority of members of a CLC wish to support any projects relating to Covid-19 ahead of the next round of CLCs we can also consider the use of urgent action decision to bring forward a funding decision to provide a quicker turn-around. For applications made via the Spacehive route, Spacehive have agreed to waive their fee for any projects created on the West Sussex Crowd during this time.
Application Form

Wed 11 March 2020

FNM - National Lottery Heritage Fund

12 VAAC Members recently met Jo McAleer of the National Lottery Heritage Fund in Chichester.
The popular funding surgery format allows groups to have 1:1 time with funders and discuss possible projects and funding sources.

Some comments from our Member groups:
“Well organised and really useful”
“Greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss and get further advice”

For more information about the National Lottery Heritage Fund, visit their website.

Wed 26 February 2020

Early Help Children's Services

Following feedback from staff, partners and the children and families who use the service, WSCC have taken stock of their brand, listened to the feedback and feel the timing is right to change the name of ‘Integrated Prevention and Early Help’ (IPEH) to ‘Early Help’ services.
They consider this change will make it much easier for them to explain the work they do in this area.

It is important to stress that this change is in name only. It does not alter the support the teams in Early Help provide, nor the strong local partnerships they have with us and rely on to deliver these services.

Wed 26 February 2020

Volunteer Co-ordinators Meeting

VAAC held a very well attended event for our members, who were looking to work with and recruit student volunteers for their organisations. Speakers from VAAC, Chichester University and Chichester College, presented their partnership working opportunities and services that Charities could access to recruit student volunteers. This was followed by a networking opportunity.
For more information please contact Jenny.

Thu 20 February 2020


The FSI’s Small Charity Big Impact Awards are a chance to shine a light on the valuable work of your organisation and to celebrate the impact you make.
Entries must be submitted by Friday 3rd April 2020.
More information

Thu 20 February 2020

Arun Biodiversity Forum

The Arun Biodiversity Forum is moving forward with some new ideas and would like some help. So, if you have an interest in any particular natural history subject and would be happy to help out with the occasional site survey, would you let them know at Arun Parks
The community group conference will be taking place this spring and will have speakers together with a walk and time for you to give a short presentation of your green space. Courses are being planned which will include first aid aimed solely at this type of outdoor work and sensible risk assessment advice. If popular, other courses can be considered as well as visits to other environmentally rich places.
More information

Mon 17 February 2020

Just Giving Data Request

There is an email doing the rounds from Just Giving titled “Coming Soon: Just Giving Data Project.”
It states: We wanted to email you to give you a heads up that we will soon be asking you for some additional information on your organisations’ Trustees/Directors, to help us comply with data and financial regulations.

The email is legitimate, which you can read Here

Our advice to any of you who use Just Giving for your fundraising is to carefully consider whether you wish to provide this information and if you do so to ensure that you have seen and understood the measures they plan to take to ensure the security of the data before you release any data to them.

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

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.
Applications by 31st March 2020.

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.

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