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.

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Latest News from VAAC

Tue 10 December 2019

Littlehampton Networking Event

We hosted another successful networking meeting at St Mary’s Church Hall, Clymping. The meeting was well attended by a good cross section of groups from both Arun and Chichester areas, and some really good conversations took place and useful contacts were made.

We wish all our members a very Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year at our next networking event which will be taking place in the Petworth area in March – look out for details on Eventbrite in the coming weeks.

Tue 3 December 2019

Local Community Transport Forum for Chichester District Local Community Network

A forum was held on the 21st November 2019 at Tangmere Village Centre. 24 people attended, split into 4 groups, from a wide range of the Voluntary and Community Sector and statutory partners.
Short presentations were carried out by Kate Nichols, LCN Delivery Manager – detailing what the LCN is and the priorities arising from them, Jo Fishwick – a talk on what social prescribing is and how it has developed and Matt Roberts – telling the group about what Community Transport Sussex has been doing in our area and future proposals.
Three questions were asked to the groups; What’s working well? What are the challenges? What changes would you like to see.
Feedback was very positive from the forum and the Community and Voluntary Sector re engaged and willing to support a project which can tackle community transport issues.

Mon 18 November 2019

Volunteer Co-ordinators Meeting

VAAC held a very well attended event today focusing on Risk within Organisations working with Volunteers. Attendees were briefed on the importance of assessing volunteers and organisational risk within policies and procedures. This event was supported by Croner Specialist consultants who updated members on current and future Employment, Law, HR and Health & Safety.

Wed 13 November 2019

Trustee Event

On 13th November 2019, VAAC held a Trustee Event supported by AFVS (Advice for Voluntary Sector) Andy Strajnic who presented how to run an effective board meeting. This was followed by Samantha Wright from VAAC’s Development Team who focused on Trustees Audits looking at key skills, knowledge and experience. The evening ended with a very informative session from Lucy Hammond, Kreston Reeves on Trustees Governance and the latest legislative updates.
We would like to thank all the attendees for their contribution to this successful event.

Thu 7 November 2019

Front room of BGLC

Newly decorated lockable room available (4m 70cm x 2m 14cm) for one organisation or shared spacae for hot desking/counselling within Bersted Green Learning Centre, Hazel Road, PO22 9DZ.
Use of shared kitchen and toilets, including a disabled toilet.
£220pm or part thereof.
Please contact Chris on 01243 840305 for more details.

Mon 28 October 2019

Flourishing or Floundering 2019 Report

‘Flourishing or Floundering? is an annual report collated by Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester on the state of the Voluntary and Community Sector in Arun and Chichester.
This year’s report highlights the fact that although many voluntary sector groups struggle to find funding to keep their organisations afloat, they are resilient and resolute in the support they offer their communities. The largest single group of beneficiaries are children and families, with youth and older people coming a close second and third. Over 5,500 volunteer hours are given to groups each week equalling a financial value of approximately £45,000. For full details please read our report. If you would like to become a volunteer, please register your interest here or call our office on 01243 840305.

Flourishing or Floundering 2019 Report

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

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