Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester


News and updates 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. Send your news to Jenny.

Latest News from VAAC

Thu 25 November 2021

VAAC Blog - Volunteering in the age of Covid (and beyond)

Read the first post on our brand new VAAC blog in which we explore how the landscape of volunteering has changed since the start of the pandemic and how organisations can think more creatively about the roles they offer to attract more volunteers.
Volunteering in the age of Covid blog

Thu 11 November 2021

Second Community Transport Forum

Our second Community Transport Forum (led by Community Transport Sussex) was held on Thursday 11th November, with local charities and community groups coming together to discuss gaps in the provision of community transport in Arun and Chichester. Community Transport Sussex are working in partnership with multiple providers, community groups, stakeholders, statutory bodies and their network of charities to help local people who struggle to access public transport due to age, disability or because there is a lack of safe or adequate public services in their area. Look out for future events and updates!

Wed 27 October 2021

Volunteer Co-ordinators Network Meeting: Updates on Volunteer Management

Thank you to Anne Marie Zaritsky, Head of Volunteering at Royal Mencap Society for an informed and interesting discussion with members at the VCN meeting last Friday. We shared some good connections and discussed the challenges and good practices that took place in 2021.
Look out for details of our next Volunteer Co-ordinators Network meeting coming soon!

Thu 14 October 2021

Prospecting and Researching Trusts, Foundations and Grants training

VAAC’s latest Fundraiser Network Meeting on Wednesday 13th October was the first of five fundraising sessions by fundraising specialist Lucy Stone of No Stone Unturned Fundraising. 25 Members attended to learn about Prospecting and Researching Trusts, Foundations and Grants. Lucy outlined where to look for information from various online sources including directories and the Charity Commission website. She also answered specific questions from Members about CICs, timings, trustees and contacting funders.

Comments from our Members included:
“Well facilitated, the presenter was superb, experienced, knowledgeable and willing to share her expertise and support with extra information”.
“Very clear, interesting and helpful. Great pace.”
“This was a very well presented and informative session. It was not patronising in anyway which some can be. I look forward to the other sessions and to learning some more”.

This was the first in a series of 5 fundraising sessions with Lucy Stone.

Thu 7 October 2021

VAAC General Networking Eevent

We held one of our popular VAAC networking meetings by zoom on Tuesday 5th October. It was great to see some of our members virtually and to get an update on what everyone was doing. Ideas and news were exchanged including a discussion about the recent Volunteer Recruitment Fair, and we swapped some great ideas about possible future venues.

The meeting was well received by our members and comments included “Really welcomed [the] opportunity to connect”. We are looking forward to our next meeting in December which we plan to hold face to face in Littlehampton.

Sun 3 October 2021

Petworth Community Garden Celebrate 15 Years

The sun shone, and the ukuleles played as Petworth Community Garden celebrated its belated 15th birthday last week; a year later than planned due to the Covid Pandemic.

The event was a chance for all those who have been involved in the planting and growing of the garden over so many years, for all the groups, families, friends and supporters of the garden to come together, reflect and celebrate.

Read more from Founder Director Kate Green

Fri 1 October 2021

Meet the Funder - Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

VAAC’s latest Fundraiser Network Meeting on Thursday 30th September was a Meet the Funder Q&A event with Amy Loaring, Partnership Development Officer from the office of Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.

8 Members attended and enjoyed the opportunity to put forward specific questions to Amy about the Safer in Sussex Community Fund (SISCF). One Member said: “Well-organised, friendly, made easy including by your team at VAAC. It was great to hear a funder say that they recognise that funding applications need to be simplified. It was also good to hear exactly what we would need to do to be eligible”.

For more information about how to apply to the Safer in Sussex Community Fund (SISCF), its criteria and deadlines: visit: www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk

Fri 24 September 2021

Meet the Funder 1:1 with BBC Children in Need

On Wednesday 23rd September some members of the VAAC Fundraiser Network joined in a Meet the Funder 1:1 with BBC Children in Need.

Members met Pam Bacon, the regional officer for the South East, via Zoom for a 20 minute 1:1 discussion about potential projects. Feedback included: “Great sessions, very helpful and nice to speak to the funder directly. Very well organised event”.

For more information on BBC Children in Need’s funding opportunities, visit: https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/grants/

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