Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester


VAAC Research (Health and Wellbeing)

By working with our colleagues in the Voluntary and Community sector, we have a series of independent case studies in Health and Wellbeing Development. They show examples of community organisations stories of adapting during the coronavirus and what the future holds for them.

Case Studies

Sun 10 January 2021

West Sussex Mind - how they adapted during the COVID-19 crisis

West Sussex Mind

West Sussex Mind is an independent local charity who support people with their mental health, provide specialist training and campaign to improve services and promote understanding.

Our work is driven by the needs and experiences of people with mental health problems. The advice and support we offer aims to improve people’s physical and mental well-being, strengthen self-esteem and confidence and promote strong relationships with family, friends and communities. We also help people get into education, training or work and achieve their personal and social goals.

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Fri 8 January 2021

Friends of Chichester Hospital - how they adapted during the COVID-19 crisis

Friends of Chichester Hospital

The Friends are proud to be entirely volunteer led and operated, supporting St Richard’s Hospital and local mental health services

All donations go directly to making a real difference for patients, visitors and staff.

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Fri 8 January 2021

Cancer United - how they adapted during the COVID-19 crisis

Cancer United

Cancer United is a unique cancer support charity for all those lives have been affected by a cancer diagnosis.

We aim to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of those with cancer from diagnosis onwards, inspiring them to embrace the things they can do and to refuse to be defined by what they can’t.
We are welcoming, caring and fun to be with so please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and see how we can help and support you and your loved ones.

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Tue 8 December 2020

Chichester District Foodbank - how they adapted during the Covid-19 crisis

Chichester District Foodbank

This organisation is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
They do not think anyone in the community should have to face going hungry. That is why they provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis.

Our food is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in our local area. there are Foodbanks in Selsey, Midhurst, Petworth and Chichester.

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Tue 8 December 2020

Pregnancy Options Centre - how they adapted during the Covid-19 crisis

Pregnancy Options Centre

Established in 1997, Pregnancy Options Centre provides free, non-directive counselling and support to women and men, facing unplanned pregnancy or struggling following a pregnancy loss, including a miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, therapeutic termination or after an abortion, They support both recent and historic experiences.

Pregnancy Options continued to be operational during COVID-19, providing support by telephone and video, something new for the organisation.

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