Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester


Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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

Latest News from VAAC

Mon 17 August 2020

NAVCA: #HeartOfOurCommunity

Local infrastructure organisations provide valuable support to their communities every day. But during the COVID-19 pandemic their support has been vital. The #HeartOfOurCommunity campaign is a celebration and a thank you to all their members for their dedication, hard work and sacrifice during these difficult times.

Mon 17 August 2020

The Big Health and Care (Socially Distancing) conversation

The Big Health and Care (Socially Distancing) conversation
Patients and the public are at the heart of what we do. We strongly believe that involving the public in planning NHS and social care services is key to ensuring that they meet the needs of the population that we serve, which is why we are holding the Big Health and Care (socially distancing) Conversation across Sussex.
As part of the Big Health and Care (Socially Distancing) conversation, we are calling to the public and local community groups to help play a key role in helping us understand people’s experiences of care during the Covid-19 crisis.
We are focusing on a number of key areas, in partnership with Healthwatch, where we know services and how they are accessed and delivered have changed during Covid, and we would like to ask for your help in gathering feedback.
The key area for the next three weeks is mental health and wellbeing.
Some of us went for long walks, some of us filled our diaries with virtual quiz nights and many of us perfected our banana bread recipe! How did you look after your mental wellbeing during lockdown?

The feedback on these areas will contribute to wider engagement on these topics, with clear recommendations; this will be fed into the relevant Recovery work streams.

How can you get involved?
We want to make sure that we understand what it has been like for people if they have needed to use health and care services during Covid across Sussex – what has worked well, and what could have been better? If you didn’t access services when you thought you needed to, why not? What changes should we maintain, and what needs to go back to normal.
This is your chance to tell us your experiences, ask questions and share your ideas as we move towards restoring services.
To feed in your views and experiences, you can:

  • Visit the website and share your experience, ask questions, and more!
  • Invite the Public Involvement Team to your (virtual) group meeting for us to hold a discussion with your members to gather their feed back
  • Call the team on 01903 708411
  • Write to us at: FREEPOST RTUZ-ECYG-ERRK, Attn: Public Involvement Team, NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Brighton, BN3 4AH
    We would love to hear from you, and please do let us know if we would be able to come along and visit your group or meeting, to hold discussions with you and provide feedback to help inform the Restoration and Recovery of services.
    Please contact the West Sussex Public Involvement Team through Vicky Smart to discuss further.

Thu 13 August 2020

CDC COVID recovery grants

CDC have just published their COVID 19 recovery grant. There are two streams, 1 for businesses and 1 for VCS.
The VCS criteria is – Grants of up to £1,000 towards the costs incurred of keeping staff, volunteers or clients safe during the crisis – Larger grants up to £5,000 towards measures you are putting in place to recover from lockdown. The grants are offered on a 50% match fund basis. The opening date is 20th August for 4 weeks
Recovery grant

Wed 12 August 2020

Arun District Council Discretionary Business Grant

ADC still have remaining Discretionary Business Grant funds and for that reason they have widened their criteria. They are now able to pay grants to small charities / voluntary groups who trade and have ongoing property costs (rent etc), as long as their income is down.

The application process is online, in the same way as for businesses, and they cannot qualify if they have already received a Small Business Grant because they have premises. These will be small payments of up to £1,000 to small charities/groups with volunteers that can demonstrate a loss of income (at least 25%) for the period March – June 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. They must be based in Arun. We take account of income at point of receipt. Bank statements will be required to evidence loss of income and our decision is final, there is no right of appeal against a refusal to pay a grant.

The link to the form is here

Tue 28 July 2020

National Information

All the national information needed around COVID-19 can be found on the government website.

Tue 14 July 2020

Voluntary Sector Response to COVID report

Voluntary Sector Response to COVID report
Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester (VAAC) and Healthwatch West Sussex (HWWS) are working collaboratively to gather information from VCS leaders about the impact of COVID 19 on their organisation; the challenges, concerns and future plans. The learning from this survey will help our integrated care system to be more responsive to the changing needs of communities as they navigate an uncertain future and define a new normal.
This report provides a snapshot of the views captured via our online Resilience Survey completed by 44 VCS organisations that provide services across the Arun and Chichester area. The survey was designed in conjunction with sector leaders and consisted of 21 questions to assess the impact of COVID 19 on service provision, staff, volunteers, service users, funding and forward planning. The survey was promoted through e-bulletins from VAAC and HWWS.
We are also working with Sussex Community Foundation (SCF) who will use the survey information to help plan and shape their funding of grants to best meet the needs of the VCS at this time.
Healthwatch VAAC + Survey June 2020.

Thu 11 June 2020


New campaign website launched

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

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