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 12 May 2022

VCN: How to support your volunteers and their mental health

During Mental Health Awareness Week, we held our first face-to-face Volunteer Coordinators Network meeting since pre-Covid, at Arundel Football Club. Sarah Day from Arun Wellbeing spoke on workplace health and the mental health first aid course, and Tracy Ashcroft from West Sussex Mind spoke on the Stress Bucket model. Members also had a chance to network afterwards over a cup of tea – something a lot of them have missed!

Thu 14 April 2022

Back to face-to-face networking!

Last week saw the much anticipated return of the VAAC face-to-face networking events! 26 local organisations came together at the Revelation Family Church, Chichester, and it was a very successful day of networking with groups sharing good experiences. We’re looking forward to more face-to-face events to come.

Tue 8 March 2022

Stewardship: Managing your relationships with your donors and funders

The last in the current series of five fundraising sessions delivered by fundraising specialist Lucy Stone of No Stone Unturned Fundraising, took place on Tuesday 1 March.

15 Members attended the Stewardship: Managing your relationships with your donors and funders session. Lucy provided examples and case studies of how to do stewardship to build long term relationships.

Here’s what some of our Members thought:
“Excellent ideas on how to network and build relationships with donors”

“It will help me to put together a stewardship matrix and build better relationships with our donors.”

Thu 27 January 2022

Volunteer Coordinator’s Network Meeting: Volunteer Updates for 2022

This morning, we enjoyed meeting (virtually!) for our first Volunteer Coordinator’s Network Meeting of 2022, led by VAAC’s new Volunteering Advisor Tracy Bowdery. We focused on Virtual (remote) Volunteering, Digital Volunteering and Micro-Volunteering, and we heard from Daniel Greenwood from the South Downs National Park Authority who told us about the Micro-Volunteering opportunities he offers.
To conclude the meeting we had a great networking session sharing some of the things that have, or haven’t, worked for you in volunteering over the last couple of years.
We look forward to welcoming you to the next meeting!

Wed 26 January 2022

Second Arun Older People's Forum

Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove and VAAC held a successful Arun Older Person’s networking forum on Tuesday, during which organisations in the local area shared the wonderful support work taking place. Key discussions highlighted gaps in need such as lack of transport, cost effective activities and more signposting to services. We look forward to the next meeting in the Spring.

Fri 21 January 2022

Untapped Fundraising Potential: How can you find new ways to raise funds?

The latest Fundraiser Network Meeting on Thursday 20th January was the fourth of five fundraising sessions being delivered by fundraising specialist Lucy Stone of No Stone Unturned Fundraising. 30 Members attended this Untapped Fundraising Potential session. Lucy as usual gave insight and ideas on new ways of raising funds, looking at a range of income streams to help organisations to be more financial resilient.

Here’s what some of our Members thought:
“This helps me in my role within the charity to look at alternative funding and how to go about it and who to network with”.
“I’m currently preparing our fundraising strategy so it is helping me consider how best to use our fundraising resources, the stats on ROI will be very useful for when I meet with the trustee board.”

Mon 10 January 2022

VAAC Members Feedback survey

Every 3 years we update our Strategic Business Plan in accordance with what our members tell us they want from us, as well as meeting funders’ requirements and considering internal and external factors.

As a valued member of Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester (VAAC), we are asking you to please help us review our current plan and design our next which will become operational in the Spring, by completing this questionnaire by Friday 18th February.

VAAC Member survey

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