VAAC E-bulletin 26th October 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


If you have a position to recruit for or some news that you would like VAAC to help promote and the deadlines fall between our e-bulletin publication dates please don't hesitate to get in touch to find out how we can help.



New Year, New Possibilities!

Come and join us at our exciting Volunteer Recruitment Fair taking place at Rustington Methodist Church on Saturday 13th January 2024 from 10.30am-1.30pm. It’s your opportunity to meet potential new recruits, discuss the roles you have available, hopefully sign up some great new volunteers and network with your fellow community groups and Charities. VAAC staff will also be on hand to offer expert advice you might not even know you need!


There are 30 spaces available, but over half of these are now booked! If you are thinking of attending please get in touch. In the spirit of fairness, we will operate on a first come, first served basis - so please book your place early to avoid disappointment. Tables and chairs will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring display materials for your table and banners to showcase your organisation.


Our focus for this event is ‘New Year, New Possibilities’ - let’s work together to show all the benefits of volunteering in 2024 and explain all the new possibilities a voluntary role can open up!


If you’d like to attend, please email [email protected]. Its free!


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.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service

Our objective at West Sussex Fire & Rescue is to sustain the most vulnerable people in the community, to live in suitable and safer homes: avoiding harm, injury, hospital admission, or loss of life. We aim to achieve this by working closely with our partners to identify Fire Risk Awareness to offer Safe & Well Visits in their homes. Safe & Well Visit is an opportunity to Make Every Contact Count to promote risk reduction, health & wellbeing, with the opportunity of a conversation about Community Safety and an opportunity for intelligence in Safeguarding and Self-Neglect Concerns.


For more information click here.


Phil King Live at The Barn - Main Road, Southbourne, West Sussex, PO10 8EZ


Saturday 28th October 7.30pm - 10pm

Upcoming Events - Various locations and dates.


From 31st Oct to 16th Dec

Volunteer Co-ordinators Meeting: Autism in the Workplace

The Shore Community Church (formerly known as Opengate Bognor Regis Baptist Church)

73 Victoria Drive Bognor Regis PO21 2TD


Wednesday 1st Nov 10am - 11.30am


No Stone Unturned: Trustee Training. Fundraising options for your organisation. Digital Event.


Wednesday 8th November 6pm - 8pm

Local Heroes Ladies Night - Bognor Regis Youth & Community Centre, PO21 5JZ


It's free!


Saturday 18th Nov 7pm - Midnight


Supporting Families Earliest Help Partnership Information and Networking Event - Arun East Family Hub, The Wickbourne Centre, Clun Road, Littlehampton, BN17 7DZ


Wednesday 22nd November 9am - 1.30pm

Winter Fair - The Bognor Makerspace, 58-60 Longford Road, PO21 1AG


Saturday 25th November 10am - 3pm

Grittenham Barn Christmas Market - Grittenham Barn, Tillington, Petworth

GU28 0PG


Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November 10am - 4pm


Community Groups Signposting Network Event


5th December 2023 from 9.30-12.30

No Stone Unturned: Managing your relationships with your donors and funders. Digital Event.


Saturday 9th December 10am - 12pm




Funding News:


From 1 November, small specialist charities supporting people to overcome complex issues will be able to apply for unrestricted grants of £75,000 from Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales.  There will be a free webinar on 9th November 2023 (10:30 to 12:00pm).

Big Give’s inaugural Arts for Impact Matched Funding campaign will support arts and culture charities working to achieve societal impact across the UK. The aim is to raise £2m over seven days between 19th and 26th March 2024. Deadline: 15th December 2023.

The Ludlow Trust manages over 250 grant-making trusts, typically set up by wealthy individuals within their own lifetime. To match charities looking for funding with the objectives of these trusts, an online platform has been set up – the Ludlow Funding Enquiry Gateway.


Charity Excellence - Our Free Funding Bid Writer Has Launched



Aviva - Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund, deadline: 11.59pm, 1st November 2023.

Project Giving Back - Gardening Funding 2025, deadline: 3rd November 2023.

British Science Week 2024 - Community Grant Scheme, deadline: 11.59pm, 6th November 2023.

Royal Society of Chemistry - Outreach Fund, deadline: 6th November 2023.

The Road Safety Trust - Large and Small Grant Programmes, deadline: 5pm, 7th November 2023 (for both).

Scottish Government - Scottish Connections Fund, deadline: 5pm, 8th November 2023.

Grand Plan, deadline: 11pm, 9th November 2023

Charles Hayward Foundation - Social and Criminal Justice Main Grants Programme, deadline: 10th November 2023.

Department for Energy Security and Net Zero  - Heat Network Efficiency Scheme, deadline: 10th November 2023.

Screwfix Foundation, deadline: 10th November 2023.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation - Storytellers Fund, deadline: 10th November 2023.

Golsoncott Foundation, deadline: 11th November 2023.

Lloyd's Register Foundation - Small Grants, deadline: 11.59pm, 13th November 2023.

IVAR - The Jane Hatfield Award, deadline: 13th November 2023.

Archives Revealed - Scoping Grants, deadline: 17th November 2023.

Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, deadline: 17th November 2023.


See all the details and more vacancies on our website

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