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

Fri 8 January 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 the role for you.
Closing date: Thursday 28th January 2021, 1.00pm
Interviews: Thursday 11th February 2021
Advert VAAC Development Team Lead Feb 21
Application Form
Introductory letter
VAAC Development Team Lead Dec 20 v1
VAAC Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

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.”

Mon 14 December 2020

Organised Crime and County Lines Briefing

Steve Morton, Safety Delivery Officer at WSCC and part of the Community, Safety and Wellbeing Team, returned to deliver the really useful and informative briefing on Serious & Organised Crime (SOC) and County Lines to a breadth of different organisations and community representatives. Raising awareness and educating organisations and the wider public on Organised Crime is important to disrupt it, and to prevent and protect people from getting drawn in and if needed to rescue victims. These briefings are supporting the Council in its pledge to tackle all forms of modern day slavery.

Through this briefing we learnt 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.

Tue 1 December 2020

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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.

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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