Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester


Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Specific news items regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic in the UK.

Latest News from VAAC

Wed 8 April 2020

Littlehampton Community Fridge

Fresh food parcel bag drop during current pandemic.
The Littlehampton Community Fridge has changed its service due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic and is hoping to still save good from being wasted and feed people who need it in the Littlehampton Community (4-mile radius as a guide) via referrals from agencies with clients in the area.
Littlehampton Community Fridge Parcel Delivery Covid 19 March 2020

Wed 8 April 2020

Volunteering opportunities in relation to the virus

Attached is a list of volunteering opportunities in relation to the virus. This will be updated as we are made aware of more opportunities to help.
Volunteers needed in response to the Coronavirus 07 04 20

Tue 7 April 2020

Volunteer Driving

Attached is a document from the British Insurers Association, with a list of insurers who cover volunteering in their normal drivers policy and who do not.
Volunteers should contact their insurers if volunteering is not covered.
Volunteer driving the motor insurance commitment

Tue 7 April 2020

Chichester Community Development Trust

Take a look at the CCDT virtual events to help you through lockdown.
CCDT Virtual Events

Tue 7 April 2020

Petworth Youth Association

Staying connected with Youth People via a virtual youth club. Specifically helping young people at a time when their other safe spaces and support structures have been taken away.
Staying connected

Tue 7 April 2020

Asda Volunteer Shopping Card

A volunteer doing your shopping, with a shopping card it makes it easier. The card provides a contactless, safe and secure way to allow others to shop for them.
Shopping Card

Mon 6 April 2020

My Sisters' House

Live chat every day via their website

Thu 2 April 2020

The Littlehampton Town Council

The grant aid 2020 scheme is not open until Friday 8th May 2020.

Thu 2 April 2020

Charity Excellence

Coronavirus Funders List Update

Thu 2 April 2020

My Sisters' House Womens Centre

Latest updates

Thu 2 April 2020


Advice on supporting volunteers during the pandemic
NCVO latest

Thu 2 April 2020

Sport England Funding

Funding to help sector.
We are making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
One part of this, our £20m Community Emergency Fund, is now open to applications from organisations experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations.

Wed 1 April 2020

Young Enterprise support during the challenge ahead

The Young Enterprise has digital toolkits of resources available for parents, teachers and youth workers during these difficult times ahead.
Digital Toolkits

Wed 1 April 2020

WSCC Coronavirus update

Message from Paul Marshall, leader of West Sussex County Council to residents.
WSCC Update

Wed 1 April 2020

Supermarket vouchers for children who get free school meals

Parents of children eligible for free school meals will begin getting weekly supermarket vouchers to try to help them through the coronavirus shutdown, ministers have announced. The government has acknowledged that the closure of schools was “dramatically affecting the lives of many families” and has introduced this new measure in a collaboration with major supermarket chains including Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys.

Schools will provide vouchers to families electronically – with parents showing codes on their phones at supermarket titles – or as gift cards for families without internet access.

Mon 30 March 2020

Charities Aid Foundation

Charities Aid Foundation has launched a small grants scheme for smaller charitable organisations. It is for grants of up to £10,000 for smaller organisations affected by the virus outbreak.

Mon 30 March 2020

Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice

Are your concerned about self isolating or social distancing?
Our social prescribers can help.
It is important that you do not fell alone when you are unable to get out. Our friendly team can offer you an ear to listen to your concerns or just have a general chat on the phone about whatever matters to you. We can also help if you are not sure how you could access a food bank or top up your gas or electricity.
Call us on 01903 725960 and one of our Social Prescribing team will call you back.

Mon 30 March 2020

Early Help Team

Accessing support from the Children and Family Centres.
In line with government advice and the fast moving situation around the coronavirus, the Early Help Team will stop delivering their normal offer from the Children and Family Centres from 23rd March 2020 until further notice. This will include stopping the provision of all groups and events for children, young people and families.
If you require advice, information or support please contact the appropriate number below between 09.00-16.30 Monday to Friday.
Early Help Team Contacts

Thu 26 March 2020

HMRC clarification for businesses

The reliefs and support being offered to businesses is still being clarified by HMRC, but below is our understanding of some of the key aspects of support to businesses. This includes VAT / Company accounts filing extension / Furlough workers – coronavirus job retention scheme / Income tax deferred payments / Corporation tax
HMRC clarification for businesses

Thu 26 March 2020

New symptom tracking app aims to slow spread of coronavirus

Kings College London is today launching a new app which tracks symptoms related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), allowing anyone to self-report daily.
Tracking app

Thu 26 March 2020

DBS Checks

Two important changes to DBS checking.
Online checking – no need to physically check the documents – more information

In this time of social distancing, most volunteer activities will not need a DBS check – only personal care (which volunteers will not be asked to do). Organisers of groups will still need safeguarding, data protection, equal opps, confidentiality and if doing so, handling money policies and procedures – more information

Thu 26 March 2020

Sussex crisis fund launched

New crisis fund from Sussex Community Foundation – up to £5,000.
This fund includes helping vulnerable people in self-isolation, support for the foodbanks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic or coordinating community responses. Final details around the assessment of applications are being worked out, but will aim to make decisions and get money to groups within 2-3 weeks.
Crisis Fund

Wed 25 March 2020

Inside Track

The latest edition of the ‘Inside Track’ newsletter produced by Kent County Council outlines some support and guidance for charities and businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Inside Track

Wed 25 March 2020

Be a good neighbour

We have noticed lots of people want to help as coronavirus causes more people to stay at home – this is great, but people are not always sure where to start and some are worried about safety or fraud. We want to encourage neighbourliness in these uncertain times, so please view our top tips below;
Top Tips

Wed 25 March 2020

Supermarket opening hours for the elderly and key workers

Supermarket opening hours

Tue 24 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector

Guidance to help with running your charity during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Tue 24 March 2020

A Letter of thanks from the High Sheriff

(Mrs) Davina Irwin-Clark, the High Sheriff of West Sussex, loves visiting charities and organisations directly but as this is now impossible, she has written a personal letter to express her most sincere gratitude and appreciation which she hopes will bring encouragement to all of you who work so hard on others behalf.
Thank you

Tue 24 March 2020

Coronavirus update: Citizens Advice in West Sussex

Please find a message below from the CEO of Citizens Advice in West Sussex (North, South, East), Emma Cross, regarding Coronavirus and their service. There are also links to resources which may be useful to you or the people you support.
Message from the CEO

Tue 24 March 2020

ICO Advice on data sharing and home working

“The ICO has published some useful guidance which can be viewed on their website
For those working at home, data security is of paramount importance. Please take care to log out when leaving your device so that another family member doesn’t inadvertently see the personal data of your customers / clients.
If you are struggling with networking, those using office 365 have teams available to them. This is a powerful sharing platform where you can have virtual meetings (which are recorded), chat in a secure environment and share and collaborate on documents.
If you need help please get in touch at processmatters2@gmail.com

Mon 23 March 2020

Martin Lewis Coronavirus Grants

Martin Lewis has made £1m available to fund urgent coronavirus grants of £5k to £20k to small registered UK Charities, or local arms of bigger charities.
Foodbanks, charities engaged in community aid, financial advice help and more – to help with specific UK coronavirus-related poverty related relief projects.

His hope is to get the money distributed within the next couple of weeks. Hi is looking for projects that are up and running, or are in the process of being set up. He wants to deliver help at speed.
Applications close midnight 25th March 2020. Apply online here

Mon 23 March 2020

NHS Volunteer Responders

Volunteer Scheme for the NHS. Your NHS needs you! Join the team today.
NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this they need an ‘army’ of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Our doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.
This programme enables volunteers to provide care or to help a vulnerable person, which is permitted under the new rules announced by the Government on 23rd March 2020.
Volunteers may be asked to show the active task they are responding to if asked.
Volunteer Scheme

Thu 19 March 2020

Members and Partners Notice

In the light of the Government’s latest advice on COVID-19 we have cancelled our events and training up until the end of April. This includes:
FNM SCF Fundraiser Forum – Bid Writing (23 April)
VCM Ways to help volunteers feel valued (30 April)
During April we will consider whether we hold our May/June events and we will let you know as soon as the decision has been made.

1:1 Support for Member Organisations

We recognise that this is a precarious time for many of our members, particularly those that rely on income from trading. We are here to support you and we will continue to do so through our referral system, by phone and email. We are making plans to work remotely which will not affect our support to groups. Please contact us by downloading our referral form from our website.

Looking for volunteers during the Coronavirus crisis?

If you are extending your services into the community and need more volunteers, please let us know so we can advertise these roles. We are getting calls with regard to neighbourhood support and we want to signpost volunteers to our member organisations. If you need to update your volunteer policies, please get in touch with us for templates and guidance. Please visit our website.

Please check our website, social media and notices for up-to-date information.

Hilda Sherwood
Chief Executive, Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester

Thu 19 March 2020

Free online training and advice for all voluntary organisations and volunteer co-ordination

NCVO Information

Thu 19 March 2020

Uk National disaster relief fund launched to help most vulnerable


Wed 18 March 2020

Funding Suggestions

Local and national funders are still adhering to existing deadlines. However, this could change. To keep informed, look at individual funding websites, VAAC weekly ebulletins, monthly Funding Focus and sign up to the following resources:
Useful Websites

Wed 18 March 2020

St. Wilfrid's Hospice Coronavirus

Here is the latest news regarding the impact of coronavirus on St Wilfrid’s Hospice’s core services and fundraising activities.
Latest News from St Wilfrids

At St Wilfrid’s Hospice they are very fortunate to have a wonderful volunteer team who are continuing to support the Hospice where they are able. However due to the restrictions laid out by the Government they currently need to find additional help on a short-term basis to volunteer on their Inpatient Unit providing support to the nursing team by meeting, greeting and providing refreshments for patients and their visitors, plus helping to keep the ward area clean and functional.
In line with the Government directive we can only accept people who are under the age of 70 and are in good health with no underlying issues. Training and support will be provided. If you feel you could be of assistance please could you contact the Voluntary Services Team by emailing volunteers.office@stwh.co.uk or calling 01243 755815. Thank you.

Closure of shops
St Wilfrid’s Hopsice will be closing all of its charity shops and their donation centre on Monday March 23rd from 2pm to minimise the risk of coronavirus to staff, volunteers, customers and supporters.
Their focus , remains, as always, on the provision of compassionate care to our patients and their loved ones, with the support of our local community more important than ever.

Mon 16 March 2020

Change to National COVID19 guidance

The Government have set out their amended advice re COVID-19 as we move into a ‘delay’ phase.

Key messages are:

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either a high temperature or a new continuous cough (This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious).
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital with mild symptoms.

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them your are staying at home. The NHS will not be testing those self-isolating with mild symptoms.

This has moved away from the focus being on travel from differing countries, 14 days of self isolation, ringing NHS 111 and such broad testing.

The big focus will be on supporting those most vulnerable i.e. older people, those with certain long term health conditions especially respiratory and immunosuppressed.

Visit www.gov.uk for more information

Mon 2 March 2020

Corona Virus - COVID 19

The West Sussex Public Health team have been working closely with Public Health England (PHE) who are leading the COVID-19 response and providing messaging for the public. PHE has published the latest guidance for educational settings to help advise pupils, staff and parents or carers regarding Coronavirus.
A poster has been created by PHE to accompany the guidance and should be downloaded, printed and displayed in all education settings. It is aimed at parents, carers, students and staff.
WS Public Health would like to emphasise the importance of hand washing with soap and water or hand sanitiser, if soap and water are unavailable, regularly throughout the day and advise catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue before binning and washing hands.
All new non-clinical guidance will be updated on this landing page and the COVID-19 page on the West Sussex County Council website provides links to both the latest Government information and also information about specific countries.
PHE also has a regularly updated blog to answer many frequently asked questions.

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

Spread the word