Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester


Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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

Latest News from VAAC

Wed 2 December 2020

Artswork - new funding for creative projects with vulnerable children in Arun

Artswork is pleased to announce a new stream of small grant funding for vulnerable children and young people in Arun which may be relevant for you, or your partners’, work. The funding is to support new creative projects for children and young people who have been particularly affected by the impacts of Covid as a result of poverty, inequality, illness, disability, race, being in the care system, young carers, young migrants or for other reasons which you may define.

Funding and application form

Tue 17 November 2020

New Government Volunteering Guidance now live and joint statement from NCVO, Volunteering Matters and NAVCA

New GOV.UK guidance aimed at organisations and groups helping them to understand how to involve volunteers safely and effectively in their work during COVID-19 is now live and can be accessed here.

This guidance complements other GOV.UK guidance on volunteering and helping others safely during the pandemic, which are aimed at potential and existing volunteers.

NCVO have published a joint statement together with Volunteering Matters and NAVCA, about volunteering during the lockdown.

Tue 3 November 2020

New National Restrictions from 5 November

As COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries, the Government  is introducing new national restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020.

Key takeaways for the voluntary & community sector include:

  • The new national restrictions will apply to England from Thursday 5 November 2020 with all non-essential businesses having to close their premises from midnight. There is a full list on the government website and, crucially, there are exceptions for childcare and groups providing mutual support.
  • The Coronavirus Retention Scheme has been extended for a month with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked up to a maximum of £2,500. The scheme will remain in place until December.
  • Business premises forced to close in England are to receive grants of up to £3,000 per month and local authorities will be getting funds to provide local business support.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are struggling to find the right information you need to run your group. We may be able to provide support, give information or offer training. Please email lucie.maldoom@vaac.org.uk

The implications of the new restrictions for volunteering are outlined here: The implications of the new restrictions for volunteering

Wed 21 October 2020

WSCC COVID-19 alert level, weekly data and Outbreak Control Plan

Information about the current alert level, how WSCC will respond to local outbreaks and their weekly report on the latest number of cases and deaths in the county. The current alert level for all district and borough councils in West Sussex is medium.
West Sussex Council Covid-19

Wed 14 October 2020

Enabling the Voluntary and Community sector to support people beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

VAAC and Healthwatch West Sussex have just published their third report looking at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) locally. This report illustrates the characteristics and challenges of the VCS response to the pandemic, and makes recommendations for how the sector can become more sustainable and continue to be responsive to the communities’ needs.
Healthwatch VAAC Enabling the Voluntary and Community sector to support people beyond the COVID 19 pandemic

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

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