Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester


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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 July 2021

Celebrating another year of VAAC

Thank you to everyone who came along to our AGM on Wednesday 21st July. It was really lovely to see so many of our members and partners, and to celebrate not only our successes, but also all of the amazing achievements of the voluntary sector over the past year.

Thank you to Ian Noble for a very interesting overview of the Charity Mentors scheme.

Our Annual Impact Report is now available to view by clicking the link below.

VAAC Annual Impact Report 2020 21

Thu 15 July 2021

Volunteer Co-ordinators Network meeting - Exploring the changing landscape of volunteering

Thank you to all who attended the Volunteers Coordinators event on Thursday 1st July, where discussions focussed on the multiple challenges and opportunities impacting volunteer management now. Organisations shared their experiences and future plans, such as the use of technology to help with the increase in digital and remote practices, as well as the barriers to those more diverse groups.

Thu 24 June 2021

Fundraiser Network Meeting - Meet the Funder - National Lottery Community Fund

Some members of the VAAC Fundraiser Network attended a Meet the Funder Q&A event this week with The National Lottery Community Fund.

15 Members attended and enjoyed the opportunity to put forward specific questions to Local Funding Officers Sarah Owen and Claire Webley about the popular Awards for All and Reaching Communities funds.

One Member said: “That was a very helpful event – many thanks for hosting it and many thanks to the speakers who were clear and their presentations were very helpful”. For more information, visit: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/

Thu 17 June 2021

Fundraiser Network Meeting - Meet the Funder - Artswork

VAAC’s latest Fundraiser Network Meeting – Meet the Funder – Artswork on Wednesday 16 June was led by Beccy East, Programme Manager for Arun Inspires – a three year programme of cultural investment in the district of Arun. Beccy gave a brief presentation about the new fund, how best to apply and tips on completing the application form.

Those that attended said: “Really useful session, not just for applying to this fund, but more generally.”

“I really appreciated how thorough Beccy’s presentation was. Everything was so thorough I think it answered all of my questions. Beccy was very clear that we can make contact with her afterwards which was great.”

Read more about the Arun Inspires Fund

Wed 2 June 2021

Happy Volunteers' Week 2021!

As this week is Volunteers’ Week, we want to take the time to say Thank You to all the incredible volunteers who support our charities, groups and communities across Arun & Chichester. You make such a massive difference to people’s lives and we think you’re all amazing!

Look out on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter) to see messages of thanks across the week. And don’t forget to tag us in your posts so we can share them too!

Mon 17 May 2021

Please share your funding successes!

Please tell us about any successful funding applications you have had and in particular if VAAC has, even in a small way, contributed to your achievements.

This could be as result of a referral with the Development Team (a meeting/email/phone call), a funding search undertaken by VAAC on your behalf, a fund you you saw in one of VAAC’s monthly Funding Focus, or a Fundraiser Network Meeting, Funding Surgery or Meet the Funder event that you attended.

This information forms part of our impact reporting to our funders and we would also just love to hear about your successes! Please email Chris Caspari.
Thank you.

Thu 13 May 2021

Volunteer Co-ordinators Network Meeting - Inclusivity and Diversity

Our Volunteer Co-ordinators Network met on Thursday 13th May to discuss the important topic of diversity and inclusion in volunteer management, focusing on how we can do that well as an organisation. We had speakers from Community Works and Sanctuary, and a video from the South Downs National Park, sharing their experiences.

Discussions centred around the importance of being intentional about inclusion and about recognising someone for who they are and the skills people can bring, rather than targeting a person to fit a specific quota which can be a negative experience. Different ideas were shared on how we can be more inclusive, which included simplifying the volunteering process, language and looking at volunteer roles. We also discovered how beneficial this can be for the whole organisation.

Accompanying documents:
Sanctuary slides
VAAC presentation

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

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