Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester


Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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

Latest News from VAAC

Thu 9 July 2020

Local Outbreak Control Plan

West Sussex County Council has produced a COVID-19 Local Outbreak Control Plan, as required by the Government. This details how local, regional and national organisations and responses will work together to prevent cases of the virus and respond to any local outbreaks.

Tue 30 June 2020

Re-opening Halls


Tue 30 June 2020

Government Changes - Shielding

Last week the Government set out its ‘roadmap’ for the future of those who are shielding.

From 6 July, people who were shielding:
• can meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing;
• are no longer required to observe social distancing with other members of their household; and
• can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household.

From 1 August, people who were shielding:
• are no longer required to shield and instead are advised to adopt social distancing and to minimise contact with anyone outside their household;
• are able to return to work – if working from home is not an option – on the proviso that the workplace is COVID-19 safe; and
• are able to go and buy food, visit places of worship and exercise whilst maintaining social distancing.
• Children who are clinically extremely vulnerable are able to return to school.

Additionally, food and medicine boxes facilitated by the National Shielding Service will stop as of 1 August.

Full details can be found here.

Mon 29 June 2020

Charities call for boost to Gift Aid amid pandemic fundraising shortfall

We are supporting a campaign calling on the Government to temporarily increase the level of Gift Aid that can be claimed on donations.
The change would mean that a £100 donation from a UK taxpayer would increase to £133.33 for the charity once Gift Aid had been claimed. This compares to £125.00 as is currently be the case.
The coalition estimates that this move could help charities to access an additional £450 million of much needed cash. It also includes changes to the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme to ensure it benefits all.

Read details of the campaign on the #NeverMoreNeeded website.

Mon 29 June 2020

Updated guidance regarding over 70 volunteers during COVID-19

If you are over 70 or clinically vulnerable the guidance on volunteering has been updated. You can potentially now volunteer outside your home if:
• the volunteering organisation does a risk assessment
• you can work in a separate area away from other people

Further information

Mon 22 June 2020

St Wilfrid's Hospice

We have now developed a virtual event version of Moonlight Walk, will host video conferencing for Make a Will Fortnight and plan to have our overseas treks later next year. Many thanks for all your ongoing support and we will be in touch soon.
Latest updates

Tue 16 June 2020

The Foyle Foundation's Small Grants Scheme

The Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme has re-opened for new applications from 1st June. It will operate until further notice under revised criteria for support reflecting the impact of COVID-19. The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.

Tue 16 June 2020

Sussex Crisis Fund moves to recovery phase

The criteria and guidance for the Sussex Crisis Fund that has been supporting community and voluntary sector organisations through the coronavirus outbreak have been revised. Grants of up to £10,000 are now available, under five core criteria, which look to the future and aim to support non-profits as they rebuild and recover from recent months.

Tue 16 June 2020

BBC Children in Need COVID-19 Next Steps Grant

The BBC Children in Need COVID-19 Next Steps Grant programme is now open. Eligible organisations will be able to apply for between £5,000 and £80,000. The deadline for this programme is 1st July 2020.

Sun 14 June 2020

Bereavement Support

Bereavement support during COVID-19.
We understand that this will be a very difficult time for you. When someone dies, there are a number of decisions and plans that need to be made, which can be difficult when you have lost someone.

Thu 11 June 2020


New campaign website launched

Wed 10 June 2020

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

The Fund has been expanded and improved to make more loans to charities and social enterprises affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

There has been a great initial response and they would like to make more organisations aware of the fund.

Mon 8 June 2020

New Covid 19 Digital Checklist for trustees

Some useful information for thinking about digital during the crisis and beyond. It’s got a good checklist and some useful prompts.
Digital checklist

Mon 8 June 2020

Process Matters 2

Using secure passwords

Tue 2 June 2020

Job Retention Scheme update

There are three major updates that will impact your business:
1. The current furlough scheme will close to new entrants on the 30th of June. That means you must put any new employees on furlough by 10th June at the latest.
2. A new flexible furlough scheme will launch from the 1st of July. This change will allow you to bring furloughed employees back on part-time hours and claim for the time your employees are not at work, to a set limit.
3. As of August, you must begin to contribute towards furloughed employees’ wage costs. The level of contribution will increase each month until the scheme closes in October.

Tue 26 May 2020

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

The Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund will open for applications at 10am on Friday 22nd May.
This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.

Mon 25 May 2020

Gov.UK - working safely

Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
Government guidance

Mon 25 May 2020

My Sisters' House CIC Women's Centre

Patron Dame Julie Walters DBE and CEO Julie Budge appeared on National Television on Good Morning Britain – Live with Lorraine – Thursday 21st May 2020 talking about women suffering domestic abuse in Lockdown.
Press Release

Mon 25 May 2020

WSCC Learning and Development Gateway

WSCC are working in different ways, through unprecedented and uncertain times. Behind the scenes, they have been working to convert vital face-to-face events to online resources, so you can still access support and learning. A round-up of new resources and online learning is available to you.

Mon 25 May 2020

Charity Retail Association

Charity Shop Reopening Pack

Mon 18 May 2020

Barclays Community Relief Fund

This fund is finally open!
Barclays 100 × 100 COVID-19 Community Relief programme is only for charities who have an income over £1m! Apply by Friday 22 May for a £100,000 donation

Wed 13 May 2020

Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October

Yesterday the Chancellor announced an extension to the current furlough system.
From the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.
The government will explore ways through which furloughed workers who wish to do additional training or learn new skills are supported during this period.

Tue 12 May 2020

Dads, families and coronavirus in lockdown........what could go wrong?

Home-Start Arun Worthing & Adur latest press release tells us what is changing within families for dads at the moment and how dads can help in lockdown.

Press Release

Tue 12 May 2020

Navigating loan finance during COVID-19

Good Finance is hosting a webinar on 27 May to discuss the new emergency finance options available for social enterprises and charities. This includes the Government’s Bounce Back Loans and the new Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund as well as other funding/finance available for VCSE organisations.


Tue 12 May 2020

Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has secured £10 million for domestic abuse safe accommodation charities as part of a £76 million government package of support to charities supporting vulnerable people including domestic abuse victims.

The fund will help ensure that:

Safe accommodation services can continue operating and keep bedspaces open for victims and their children fleeing from abuse during COVID-19 emergency.
Safe accommodation services can help more victims access these life-saving services.
We are inviting domestic abuse safe accommodation providers within England to apply and encourage applications from consortiums of service provider partners.

Bids should be submitted by 21 May 2020.
Emergency Fund

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

Spread the word