Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester

About Us

West Sussex Infrastructure Alliance

The organisations previously known to you as ‘CVS’ or Councils for Voluntary Services provide support and development services (infrastructure) to voluntary and community groups across West Sussex.

Between us, we support around 1,500 voluntary / community organisations and encourage and support volunteering and volunteers who all contribute to a thriving voluntary community sector in the County.

A Vision for the Future

As part of our commitment to partnership working and sharing best practice, we have been meeting regularly as the ‘CVS Network’ since 2008 and have worked together collaboratively on a project basis. We have now agreed that it will be both productive and beneficial for us and our membership to create a more formal structure to support our future shared working.

We have formed the West Sussex Voluntary and Community Sector Infrastructure Alliance (WSVCSI) or ‘the Alliance’ as we hope it will become more widely known. The Alliance became operational on the 1st April 2019.

We will be keeping you to date with developments and asking for your views as our ideas take shape. It will in no way impact on our local relationships with member organisations and partners – but should help us work more effectively, making best use of our shared skills and expertise.

Volunteers' Week 2020

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.

want to say “Thank You!” to all of the amazing volunteers who give their time to support our local communities.
During all the worry, uncertainty and upheaval of the last few weeks, while the Covid-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down, one spark of positivity has been the massive community response and in particular, the amount of people that have volunteered to help out.

Add to this the massive army of volunteers who already regularly give up their spare time to support charities and community groups; helping to ensure that essential services are provided, that people can access support groups and social activities, and that our communities can get the help and support they need; and there really is a lot to be thankful for!

We are aware that over the last few weeks a lot of people volunteered to help, both through national schemes such as the NHS Volunteer Responders, and through local channels such as the WSCC Community Hub, and may have been disappointed not to have been assigned any tasks. But they want to assure them all that their offers of support were very gratefully received and it is heartening to know that if anyone needed help it was always available. The community have really come together, and they have made it much easier for people to get through what has been a very worrying time for everyone.

So this Volunteers’ Week, join them in saying a big “Thank You!” to all of the people that have volunteered in recent weeks, and over the past year, in whatever shape or form that might have been. Volunteers are amazing and make a massive difference to our local communities and the people within them. So Thank You!

Community Works asked several people to film Thank You videos for Volunteers Week which you can view below.

Caroline Nicholls, Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex

Adam Doyle, CEO of CCGs in Sussex

Karen Breen, Interim CEO Sussex CCGs

VAAC Volunteers’ Week art competition – To enter our competition, your child simply needs to design a sign saying “Thank You Volunteers”; you can use the attached template if you would like, or a plain piece of paper or card. Once you have made your sign, please send us a photo, either of your child holding the sign, or of the sign displayed in your window to enter. Don’t forget to make sure your sign is proudly displayed afterwards so that you can help us to say a massive thank you to all the amazing volunteers that help our local communities.
One lucky entrant will be chosen at random to receive a lovely prize generously donated by LuvSweeties in Bognor Regis.
Please find attached an entry form which must be filled in and returned to us with your child’s competition entry. We will not be able to accept any entries without parents/carers permission. Entries need to be received by 9am on Monday 15th June, and please note that all photos may be used for promotional purposes for the duration of this competition.

Plans for Volunteers' Week

Crawley Community Action

  • Thank You email to those on our Volunteer Centre database not currently matched with a role.
  • Thank You emails to all our Prescription Plus Befriender volunteers.
  • Social Media posts, to include quotes from volunteers.
  • Website post.

Community Works
The Volunteers’ Week webpage
The videos to say thank you and the stories on the site are our pubic thank you and we have asked other organisations for what they are doing and will be sharing on social media etc.

In addition to our webpage, we are going to be posting to our social media platforms, so if you could ‘like’ of ‘follow’ us on Facebook and Twitter you could share or re-tweet our messages and we would be able to do the same for any messages that you put out.

Facebook, Community Works
Facebook, Volunteer Centre

All our Volunteers Week ‘activities’ this year are based around social media. So we are Tweeting and Facebooking about supporting and thanking volunteers (e.g. the: #cheersforvolunteers campaign today), keeping an eye on what our member groups are doing and how they are celebrating and ‘liking’ and reposting their posts, as well as NCVO’s, NAVCA’s, VolunteersWeek’s, Town Councils etc.

We included an item in our e-bulletin (and on social media) about ways to thank volunteers during lockdown (e.g. emailing certificates, organising virtual parties etc.), and asked our member groups to tag us in their social media posts, so we can promote them.

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