Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester


Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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

Latest News from VAAC

Wed 3 June 2020

Companies House

Latest updates to Companies House services. Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill.
Companies House Coronavirus latest

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

Defra Food Charity Grant

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) launched a Food Charities Grant Fund. If you run a front-line not-for-profit or charity that provides food, you may be eligible to apply for a grant to support your organisation to provide food those who need it.
The grant aims to provide immediate support for a limited period of time to help to feed those most vulnerable due to the economic impacts of Covid-19. This ensures that they can access a continual supply of food in a time of increased demand. This will feed numerous cohorts of economically vulnerable groups including the homeless, the elderly and those in rehabilitation.

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

Kreston Reeves

Pathfinder – Charity and not for profit update

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

Coronavirus: Chichester 'UK' best council' in helping businesses

Chichester District Council has been praised for its work in helping small and medium-sized businesses bit by the coronavirus outbreak.

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

Tue 12 May 2020

WSCC Coronavirus update

Latest update

Mon 11 May 2020


See something say something campaign.
See Something Say Something poster 1 FINAL
See Something Say Something poster 2 FINAL

Mon 11 May 2020

Chichester Community Network

Chichester in Partnership has set up a small fund to help organisations that are doing things to address social isolation, supporting residents in current crisis. The maximum is £500 and they must be linked to a local organisation.

Mon 11 May 2020

Police Funding for Community Groups & CCG Community Connector Support Offer

Sussex Police have asked us to raise awareness with you all that you can apply to the Police Property Act Fund, which can provide you with a small grant to support some of the work that any charities or smaller groups of people are doing in the community to support COVID-19 at this time.

Even if you are not a registered charity, if you have someone that can vouch that the local group are assisting in the community where they can evidence your work, have volunteers, flyers etc. then Sussex Police just need to be satisfied with how this money is going to be spent and Olivia Carroll will just need to agree it as a sponsor.

Please could all completed applications be sent back to Olivia Carrol who will forward them on as sponsored.
PPAF Application Form

CCG Community Connectors Support Offer
If you’re struggling to access health services in Sussex, or need information from the NHS on any changes that are happening in services, please feel free to get in touch with the West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Community Connector team. We can help connect you with the right team in the NHS or signpost you to the right support within the CCG, Public Health and wider NHS, and in many alternative formats such as Easy Read or languages other than English, should you need it.
West Sussex queries: Lilly Kennard, Public Involvement Manager for West Sussex CCGemail lilly.kennard@nhs.net
Sussex-wide queries: Public Involvement Team for Sussex CCGs – email
Telephone: 01903 708400
Write to us at: NHS West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, Wicker House, High Street, Worthing BN11 1DJ

Wed 6 May 2020

Coronavirus Volunteer Toolkit

A toolkit for anyone helping with or volunteering with people with dementia during the outbreak.

Tue 5 May 2020

Not-for-profits guidance

COVID-19 guidance, information and advice for not-for-profits from LawWorks members.

Tue 5 May 2020

Mental Health Services

To help VCS organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services – or provide additional support – organisations can apply for a Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) grant.

Tue 5 May 2020


The NCVO have collated a list of funding opportunities that are available in response to the virus.

Tue 5 May 2020

Chestnut Tree House

Crisis appeal

Tue 5 May 2020

Voluntary Sector Response to COVID-19

Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester and Healthwatch West Sussex are working together to support the Voluntary Sector during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Recognising the tremendous pressure the Voluntary and Community Sector are experiencing as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are working collaboratively to share information gathered on the challenges and concerns, but most importantly to understand how as a sector we learn from these experiences.
Healthwatch + VAAC + COVID 19 + April 2020

Mon 4 May 2020

Healthwatch West Sussex

Your health and care insight into action #2 COVID-19 – 11-24th April 2020
Healthwatch has created dedicated coronavirus information and advice on their website and produced an FAQ that is being regularly updated. They have asked local voluntary and community groups including local COVID-19 response groups to help be their eyes and ears to hear peoples’ experiences of health and car service at this time.
COVID Health Care Insight Into Action (Healthwatch West Sussex)

Mon 4 May 2020

Resilient Communities Fund - Central Southern England

The fund is open for 2020. The 2020 round of the fund is focused specifically on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and community-based responses to assist the most vulnerable during the pandemic. The fund is open to parish and town councils operating in the central southern England network area.

Mon 4 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Summary of changes to the Care Act 2014

Message from the Principle Social Worker:
The government has put in place a range of measures to help local authorities deliver adult social care whilst managing the pressures caused by the current COVID-19 situation. These are changes to some local authority duties around assessment of people’s needs and their eligibility for council-funded care and support which are set out in the Care Act 2014. These measures are included in a new Coronavirus Act 2020 and are known as ‘easements’. Local authorities were able to put these in place from 31 March 2020. These measures are temporary and will only be used if they become absolutely necessary.
West Sussex County Council has produced a summary of the measures which are set out in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Changes to the Care Act 2014 on the provision of adult social care briefing which is published on the County Council’s website.
The County Council is not yet operating any of the easements.
A decision to use any of the easements would be agreed by the Director of Adult Social Services in consultation with me, as Principal Social Worker. The Cabinet Member for Adults and Health would be involved in the decision-making process. The decision would be informed by discussion with the leadership of the NHS West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Health and Wellbeing Board would be notified and kept up-to-date.
The decision would be communicated to all providers, people who use services and family and friend carers and would be reported to the Department of Health and Social Care.
Summary of changes to the Care Act 2014

Mon 4 May 2020

Charities: protection from cybercrime and fraud

Keeping your charity secure during COVID-19, webinar by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Thursday 7th May 2020, 1pm.

Tue 28 April 2020


COVID-19 service update

Tue 28 April 2020

Turning Tides

West Sussex charity Turning Tides launched an emergency appeal to support increasing numbers of homeless people through COVID-19 crisis.
Press release

Tue 28 April 2020

Chichester Community Development Trust

There are many ways you can work together and get involved with CCDT including joining their first virtual coffee morning.
Latest updates

Tue 28 April 2020

South Downs National Park

Support Map now available to help support through this crisis.

Thu 23 April 2020

Claim system now open for furloughed staff

You can now make your claim for the 80% of furloughed staff salaries through HMRC’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Before you make your claim:

  • Read all the available guidance at Gov.UK
  • Make sure you have all the information and calculations you need beforehand (calculator guidance is here).
  • Take a look through the step-by-step guide

Then you are ready to make your claim here.

Thu 23 April 2020

4Sight Vision Support

Covid-19 Update: Current Services details how we are currently supporting visually impaired people and their families across West Sussex at this time.

Mon 20 April 2020

Community Initiative Fund 2020/21

The 2020/21 Community Initiative Fund (CIF) and some of the changes made to this round in light of Covid-19.
As with last year there are two ways to access the fund depending on the amount required:

For projects where total project costs do not exceed £750 application is via the Micro-fund, a relatively short form which can be completed either on paper, or electronically. This form must be submitted slightly in advance of the relevant County Local Committee (CLC) for the area (see below for CLC dates) t

For projects where the total project costs exceed £750 applications must be made via the West Sussex Crowd. This involves the setting up of a crowdfunding campaign on the Spacehive Crowdfunding website. Each CLC can pledge a maximum of £5,000 to any campaign and the deadline for a project to be uploaded and ‘pitch’ completed is Thursday the 28th of May 2020.

Funding decisions will then be made by the County Councillors at the County Local Committee meetings which are currently scheduled for:
North Chichester – 2nd July
South Chichester 15th June

Covid-19 Update to CIF Funding

In light of the current crisis there have been a couple of things to note with the current round of CIF funding. Chiefly it has been considered that the focus for CIF allocation, for both the West Sussex Crowd and the Microfund, should be on building sustainable support solutions for our communities and addressing any specific gaps identified through our community hubs. This means that the criteria are now more flexible to include more revenue options when it relates to a project supporting our communities through this current situation.

Where a majority of members of a CLC wish to support any projects relating to Covid-19 ahead of the next round of CLCs we can also consider the use of urgent action decision to bring forward a funding decision to provide a quicker turn-around. For applications made via the Spacehive route, Spacehive have agreed to waive their fee for any projects created on the West Sussex Crowd during this time.
Application Form

Thu 16 April 2020

Community Pharmacy Surrey & Sussex Briefing Note

Covid-19: using volunteers to get medicines to vulnerable and shielding citizens
Community Pharmacy Surrey & Sussex

Tue 14 April 2020

My Sisters' House Womens Centre

Responding to need, My Sisters’ House are extending their domestic abuse helplines to include 8pm – 10pm in the evenings which includes live chat also via their website – clicking on the speech bubble on left hand side at the bottom.
NEW Helpline Times

Thu 9 April 2020

Tesco Bags of Help

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities.

Thu 9 April 2020

St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity

St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity is pleased to announce the launch of the VRF – Emergency Fund. This fund offers vital support to people experiencing homelessness.

Thu 9 April 2020

Barclays Package

Barclays launches £100m package for charities tackling Covid-19 crisis.
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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

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

Chichester Community Development Trust

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Thu 19 March 2020

Uk National disaster relief fund launched to help most vulnerable


Thu 19 March 2020

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

NCVO Information

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

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