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 22 October 2020

Volunteer Co-ordinators Meeting

On 22nd October VAAC held its third successful online networking meeting for Volunteer Co-ordinators. It was a great meeting with lots of issues discussed & ideas exchanged. Topics included microvolunteering, virtual communication, keeping volunteers engaged, along with recruitment and retention of volunteers in a difficult Covid climate.

Mon 12 October 2020

Sussex CCGs 'The Big Debate'

The NHS and local authorities in Sussex would like to know about your experiences of health and care during the COVID-19 pandemic, so that they can improve the way services are provided in the future.
Click here for survey

Mon 12 October 2020

Sussex CCGs Partner briefing - Flu, October 2020

This briefing on flu includes a link to the Sussex flu campaign 2020 toolkit to enable NHS, Local Authority, voluntary and community organisations and Healthwatch to participate and collaborate on the flu campaign in Sussex.
Sussex CCGs Flu partner briefing 05.10.20

Mon 14 September 2020

Healthwatch West Sussex

Questionnaire for Voluntary and Community organisations within the rural north Chichester locality.
Click here for survey

Mon 14 September 2020

Safe in Sussex

Safe in Sussex are in the process of updating their 5-year strategy. To support them to understand how they strengthen their work and identify gaps in domestic abuse service provision, it would be extremely helpful if you could complete the survey below:
Closing date: 25th September 2020
Click here for survey

Wed 26 August 2020

Parish Councils Networking Meeting

The first network (zoom) meeting took place on the 25th August for town and parish clerks supporting local residents and voluntary and community sector groups.

Despite being in the middle of the ‘summer holidays and restrictions that Covid 19 has put in place’ it was well attended with 12 representatives from town and parish councils, a representative from each of the district councils and the county council as well as VAAC staff.

The Development Team started by taking the opportunity to explain the services and support that VAAC could give to bother the town and parish councils. Lucie Maldoom encouraged everyone at the meeting to seek the support of the Development Team who could cover everything from policies and procedures, risk assessments, funding and much more.

The most talked about subject was the impact of Covid 19 on local communities and individuals. It was recognised that community support for those most vulnerable came in all shapes and sizes reflecting their own unique communities. Discussions were had around setting up local community hubs, volunteering, GDPR and emergency planning.

It was agreed that further zoom meetings would enhance and support all town and parish councils, communities and community groups. More details on our events can be on our events/training page

Thu 13 August 2020

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

The Lieutenancies of East and West Sussex are working together to promote the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service scheme. There are so many brilliant community organisations and their volunteers who have really stepped to the fore during the crisis and deserve recognition. Please read the following news release for further information.
QAVS awards 2020

Thu 30 July 2020

CEO Forum

10 representatives from community groups and charities joined together on zoom to discuss’ Analysing and Managing Risk’ within their organisations.
This is a currently a hot topic with guidelines from government on how to stay safe during the COVID 19 crisis being widely debated and used.
During 3 separate sessions in break-out rooms, areas such as premises, volunteers, services, funding and staff were discussed. Lots of ideas were generated and shared knowledge passed around. Practical recommendations included materials to cover desks against the virus to collating questionnaires from volunteers about returning to their roles. A self-recovery framework document was shared asking questions on service delivery and funding forecasts.
Comments at the end of the session were ‘It was really helpful’, ‘a good use of breakout rooms for discussion’, ‘thank you, the event was very useful’.

Tue 28 July 2020

Life after Lockdown - is your organisation compliant?

Lockdown took us all by surprise and we had to make quick decisions to be able to maintain our services. Now that things are easing we need to go back and carry out privacy impact assessments to ensure that our ‘new normal’ does not breach our policies. This is especially important for those who plan to continue to work remotely.

GDPR Consultant Maureen Chaffe from Process Matters 2 facilitated a Zoom Q&A session from across the charity sector in Arun and Chichester on the 28th July to help 14 organisations. The charities and community groups were able to understand or fee reassured that they were compliant in GDPR in an emerging post lockdown world.

The Q&A session covered the advantages and pitfalls of working remotely: using video conferencing; handling ‘hybrid’ meetings where some people are in the office and some at home.

Comments from the session include;
‘excellent – a fresh and pragmatic approach with guidance to getting more information’
‘interesting and informative’

The next session will be on the 14th September 2020. To sign up follow this link.

Wed 22 July 2020

Volunteer Co-ordinators Meeting

On 22nd July 2020, VAAC held a successful online Event for Volunteer Co-ordinators, with input from Alexis Rogers from Sussex Wildlife Trust. Discussions focused on challenges of managing volunteering safely in a changing Covid environment including new risk assessments, insurance policies and incorporating Government guidance.

Thu 25 June 2020

CEO/Senior Leaders Meeting

The first CEO/Senior Leaders meeting was held via Zoom on 25th June and twenty-one leaders from a range of small to medium organisations in the Arun and Chichester areas attended.
We started by sharing the most surprising thing that we’d learnt about ourselves during lockdown. Several people said how they thought they and their teams had become more efficient without the distraction of office working, whilst others missed the camaraderie of being with colleagues. Some shared that they had gone exercise crazy and even one person said they now daily exercised at 6.00am in the morning in the garden!
The large group was divided into smaller groups via breakout rooms and shared how they had received support during the crisis and also outlined their current organisational positions. This was a good opportunity to discuss as leaders their hopes and concerns for the future.
It was agreed that the forum was one to continue and it expected that another will be scheduled within the next 8 weeks.

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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