Weekly update from VAAC 10/03/22

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



Welcome to the weekly 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 Jenny Garthwright



Sharing volunteers and training

Are you, like many others, struggling after the pandemic to recruit and train new volunteers? Would you like an opportunity to work in collaboration with other local organisations, to make use of their resources and training, and to give your volunteers additional volunteering opportunities?

If so, please get in touch with our Volunteering Advisor, Tracy on tracy.bowdery@vaac.org.uk

Access to Employee Assistance Programme, Health Assured

We know how much your staff and volunteers do for their communities and that the pandemic and all the associated challenges have taken their toll on many people’s health and wellbeing.  
We are delighted, therefore, to have been funded by Sussex Health and Care Partnership (SHCP) to trial a way of offering support to VCSE staff and volunteers across Arun and Chichester. VAAC is able to offer access to an Employee Assistance Programme, Health Assured, to 3500 voluntary and community sector staff and volunteers across Sussex. In West Sussex this support will be available to 1166 people.  


More information and how to access the support


Calling the EAP helpline Employee Guide

Help for Ukraine

We have been receiving enquiries about how people/organisations can support the people of Ukraine. We only want to signpost people to organisations that we know can make a difference; who have the infrastructure, experience, know-how and connections on the ground. The Disaster Emergency Committee is an overarching organisation that co-ordinates charities in this way and they have now launched their Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.


Donations to the appeal go to their member charities and their local partners responding in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries. DEC charities are experts in humanitarian relief with decades of responding to crises around the world – from earthquakes to floods as well as conflicts.


You can donate to the DEC appeal here.

Upcoming VAAC Events & Training

Local Authority Designated Officer & Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub training - online/via Microsoft teams
Wednesday 16th March 2022, 10am – 11.30am

Trustee Training – Fundraising options for your organisation (Rescheduled) - online/via Zoom
Thursday 31st March 2022, 6pm - 8pm

Chichester Networking Event - Revelation Family Church, Chichester
Monday 4th April  2022, 10am – 11.30am

Fundraiser Network Meeting – Digital Marketing for Charities - The Track, Bognor Regis Train Station
Wednesday 6th April  2022, 9.30am – 12noon

VCN: How to support your volunteers and their mental health - Arundel Football Club

Wednesday 11th May 2022, 10am - 12noon

VAAC Annual General Meeting - Midhurst Methodist Church

Wednesday 13th July 2022


Save the date - more details coming soon!


Important Updates

NCSC Small Organisations Newsletter - March 2022


WSCC Post-16 Transport Policy Statement and consultation


Budget and council tax, support for Ukraine, Covid-19 updates, and more from WSCC



Member and Partner News

The_Track is a co-working space in the heart of Bognor Regis for entrepreneurs, freelancers, business startups, small and growing businesses alike. A one of a kind shared space, superfast wifi, unlimited tea & coffee and a stone's throw from a stroll along the beach (not to mention it's handy location in Bognor Regis Train Station!)


SPCC newsletter: Rising to the challenge in tackling violence against women and girls


Hourglass is the UK’s only charity focused on the abuse and neglect of older people


For other news from the local voluntary sector, please see our website





Funds with short deadlines


West Sussex County Council Early Help Meet the Team event, Thursday 17th March, 5.30pm - 6.30pm

  • West Sussex County Council - Family Support Assistants
  • West Sussex County Council - Family Support Keyworkers
  • West Sussex County Council - Family Support Workers
  • Littlehampton Town Council - Amenity Team Operative
  • Littlehampton Town Council - Caretaker/Cleaner
  • Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove - Senior Integrated Health Coordinator

See all the details and more vacancies on our website

Core funded by West Sussex County Council and Arun District Council, Chichester District Council and Littlehampton Town Council


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