VAAC E-bulletin 25th May 2023

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Bringing you the latest updates in Arun and Chichester Districts and across West Sussex



Welcome to the fortnightly e-bulletin from Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester which we hope you will find useful. The following information, covers both Chichester and Arun Districts and West Sussex.


If you would like to include some information about your organisation including upcoming events, please contact us by emailing Sharon Westcott




Volunteers Celebration Picnic 

Chichester (Tues 6th June 11.30am - 2pm)


With Volunteers Week fast approaching, there’s a rather special event being held in the beautiful private gardens of the Bishops Palace for volunteers across the region. VAAC take great pleasure in inviting local volunteers to a summer picnic to help celebrate this important week and to give the various organisations the chance to say ‘thank you’ for the incredible contribution that volunteers make to the smooth running of charities and community events.


Organisations are invited to bring up to seven people along for the picnic and are actively encouraged to bring camping chairs, picnic blankets and even gazebos for some all-important shade. Any information you wish to display about your organisation will also be welcome at this unique networking opportunity.


The Bishop of Chichester has kindly given permission for the use of these tranquil gardens where guests will be joined and musically entertained by Cancer United’s ‘OutSing Cancer Choir’. Spaces are limited and will be issued on a first served basis. A small donation of £5 per organisation is all that’s required to secure a spot which will go directly to the Bishops Palace to show appreciation for the use of the gardens which nestle just inside the historic Roman city walls of Chichester.


Tea, coffee and celebration cakes will be provided to add to your own picnics. Bookings can be made via Eventbrite and priority will be given to VAAC members and partners although non-members and anyone from outside of the area can of course apply.

You Can Still Lend a Hand!


It was fantastic to see people coming together to lend a hand in their communities to experience how rewarding volunteering can be, and the power it has to make a change.


73% of volunteers say getting involved gives them more confidence, according to research by the NCVO. And over 7 million of you say you are more likely to volunteer as a result of seeing The Big Help Out in action!


The Big Help Out is not for one day only. Their handy app helps you lend a hand all year round. Just follow the link below. If you have an hour – fantastic. If you want to do something regular, there’s an opportunity for you!

Cost of Living Crisis

We now have a dedicated page on our website where we will be compiling all the information, resources and guidance that comes out in relation to the Cost of Living Crisis, and the impact on Voluntary Sector organisations. We will endeavour to share important updates through this e-bulletin as well, but please do keep an eye on the webpage to ensure you keep up to date with any changes or news. 


British Land have commissioned the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Bayes Business School to produce a series of factsheets to help their partners access the support they need, particularly as inflation increases the cost of energy, rent, supplies and wages. These factsheets will provide a range of information and links to resources covering topics from planning and operations to strategy and governance, and economic resilience during a time of crisis. They will aim to update and reissue this resource on a monthly basis for a further three months.

 Warm Spaces

Many organisations are opening their venues up to the public as "Warm Spaces" this winter, somewhere people can go to keep warm if they are struggling to heat their own homes. Look at the links below to find maps of the "Warm Spaces" that have been registered so far (please note there may be different locations on each site.)

If you are opening your venue as a Warm Space you can register on these sites as well, so that people can find out what spaces are available nearby.


Warm Welcome

Warm Spaces


List of ADC funded Warm Spaces 


May Celebrations at The Chapel

Various Locations


From 7th May through to the 26th May

Tea & Coffee Club

Jubilee Hall, Chalcraft Lane, Bersted,
Bognor Regis PO21 5TU


From 15th May to July 17th

Talk with Sculptor Philip Jackson

Fittleworth Village Hall School Lane Fittleworth


Thursday 1st June - 6.30pm


29th Commemoration Service Of The 1994 Genocide Against The Tutsi In Rwanda

St John's Cathedral, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth, PO1 3HQ


Saturday 3rd June - 1.30pm

Arun Events

Various locations


They are also looking for a new venue for their carer group in Bognor. Must be suitable for around 20 people and have disabled facilities. Let us know if you can help!


From June 5th to June 14th 

4Sight Vision Support Sponsored Walk - Angmering Park Estate, BN18 9PX


Saturday 10th June

St Margaret's Church Fun Day

St Margaret's Church, Angmering


Saturday 17th June

Dementia Support Events Calendar

Various locations


From 17th May to Sunday 18th June

Free Summer Play Scheme


From 24th July for 5 weeks

Charity Supercar Track Day

Goodwood Motor Circuit, PO18 0PH


Saturday 29th July, 9am to 5pm


Fete in the Park

Petwork Park


Saturday 8th July 12pm - 5pm, music to 8pm

Managing Your Impact, Making The Most of Evaluation and Monitoring



Thursday 15th June 2023, 10am to 12pm

VAAC Networking Event

Felpham Memorial Village Hall


Thursday 6th July 2pm - 3.30pm




Funding News

  • As part of Dementia Action Week, the McCarthy Stone Foundation will be awarding 30 grants of up to £1,000 to small dementia clubs and memory cafes across the country providing an invaluable service to people in the community.  Deadline: 26th May 2023.


  • The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities has announced changes to the £150 million Community Ownership Fund, to make it easier for communities across the UK to take over local assets that are at risk of closure.  Previously only available to charities and community groups, the Fund is now also open to applications from parish councils. Round 3 of the Fund will open to applications on 31st May 2023. 


  • The Big Give Christmas Challenge runs from 28th November to 5th December this year, and charities have until 7 July to apply. 


  • The Parkinson’s UK Physical Activity Grants Programme is open to applications from organisations that help people with Parkinson’s to participate in physical activity and sports.  Deadline: 30th November 2023.


  • A new round of the Individuals and Families Funding from British Gas Energy Trust is open and is intended to tackle fuel poverty by clearing the energy debts of struggling households and responding to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.  


  • The Henry Smith Charity’s Holiday Grants for Children Programme is accepting applications from youth groups, not-for-profit organisations and charities for trips taking place from 1 July to 30 September 2023. Deadline: 18th August 2023.


  • The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust is accepting applications from voluntary and community sector organisations that are helping serving and ex-serving Royal Naval personnel and their families.  Deadline: 30th December 2023.


Available Funds


See all the details and more vacancies on our website

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