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

Thu 26 September 2019

Selsey Networking Event

On 26th September VAAC held one of their regular networking meetings at the Selsey Centre, providing an opportunity for members to highlight their work, develop useful contacts and find out what support is available to them. The meeting was well attended, and lots of really good conversations took place. The VAAC development team were on hand to speak to groups individually, and the meeting also resulted in some new referrals and a new membership request.

Sat 14 September 2019

Littlehampton Town Show

On 14th September VAAC took a stall at this year’s Littlehampton Town Show. It was a really hot day and the show was extremely busy and well attended – there was a steady flow of visitors throughout the day. The team spoke to 35 individuals to advise them about volunteer opportunities and / or the support VAAC can provide to local community groups, and also gave out a large number of information leaflets.

Our mascot, Boris the gorilla, did really well and was very popular with both children and some of our patrons. We also ran a competition to guess his name, and the winner received a smaller version of Boris! All in all it was a really successful event to be involved with.

Mon 9 September 2019


VAAC would like to welcome Ellie Griffiths who has joined our team as Partnership Officer (Health & Wellbeing).

This is an exciting new post where Ellie will represent the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) and influence the plans and delivery of the Primary Care Networks in Arun and Chichester in order that the best possible services are available, connected and able to improve the health and wellbeing of residents in Arun and Chichester.

If you would like to speak to Ellie please call her on 01243 840305 or email her at ellie.griffiths@vaac.org.uk

Sat 7 September 2019

Stonepillow's 30th Anniversary

On Saturday 7th October, VAAC was invited to join Stonepillow’s 30th Anniversary event in Chichester which was a fitting tribute to their late Founder Rev. Hilary Parsons.
It was a huge success and very well attended by several Not for Profit organisations, with superb live music, BBQ, bouncy castle and entertainment.
We enjoyed meeting volunteers who needed more guidance, as well as encouraging prospective individuals to volunteer through our Volunteer Now! database of opportunities.

Wed 4 September 2019

Chichester Home Naming Competition Brief

Care UK are currently building their newest care home in Chichester (due to open in 2021).

All of their homes are named after things, people and places that are part of local history, so they would love our members to come up with the name of their home. The chosen name should reflect Chichester’s history and the winning organisation will be presented with a £250 donation.

Chichester Home Naming Competition Brief

Thu 8 August 2019

Weald and Down Living Museum - training day

July found the Development Team delivering a training session to 10 members of WDLM Staff. The classroom was in Crawley Hall at the heart of Weald and Down’s Historic town centre complex.

Despite being beautiful if not the hottest, sunny day for years the participants covered a range of volunteer management key areas.

The earlier session included – how to manage volunteers skilfully, and keep them motivated with support and supervision including having those difficult conversations.

The afternoon session covered the legal difference between volunteers vs employees and other aspects of the law that could catch you out if you were not aware they exist.

Wed 31 July 2019

Best Practice in Volunteer Management

In the beautiful setting of Hamblin Hall, on the 25th July 2019, we hosted our Best Practice in Volunteer Management training session, attended by over 25 organisations. Having the legal knowledge and resources to support the volunteers and make them feel valued, can lead to a good experience for both parties.

Organisations were given the latest guidance on communication, policies and procedures for effective engagement with volunteers as well as how to say goodbye with grace.

Tue 16 July 2019

Discover Your Future

Chichester Community Development Trust is embedded and respected in our local community; based in its heart they have an open door policy, with ongoing conversations and consultation a natural and integrated part of their operations.
A recent voluntary sector survey of long-term unemployed adults revealed 35% wanted to explore self-employment/business start-up but lacked the necessary support; since CCDT recently completed the renovation of a voluntary sector hub where they are based, they realised that as a small female-led organisation they are perfectly placed with the onsite facility and ability to help this group.
Aimed at women over 16 years practical and creative workshops alongside mentoring, marketing, finance, budgeting and networking sessions will lead individuals on a journey of tailor-made self-development, life-coaching, business advice, skills training and mentoring to enable them to improve their lives and self-sufficiency.

Discover you Future 2019 Background

Wed 19 June 2019

BBC Sussex starts the search for this year's Community Heroes

BBC Sussex is delighted to announce the return of the BBC Sussex Community Heroes Awards for 2019. This is the ninth year of the awards, recognising unsung heroes from across Sussex, with entries being sought in a variety of categories. They are designed to reflect everything from good neighbours to young achievers.

BBC Sussex starts the search for this year

Wed 12 June 2019

Thank you!

Thank you to Waitrose in Chichester for their generous cheque of £215 from their Community Matters scheme.

If any other groups would like to take advantage of the scheme, you just need to get a ‘Community Matters’ form from your local Waitrose and fill it in. Customer tokens are divided up between chosen charities each month and the funds awarded accordingly.

Don’t miss out, apply now!

Giving voluntary and community organisations in Arun and Chichester Districts the tools they need to succeed

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