VAAC E-bulletin 12th May 2023

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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 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 


Sussex Snowdrop Trust Charity Walk - Arundel Castle Park, BN18 9AU


Sunday 14th May, start between 1pm & 3pm

Cinema Night - A Man Called Otto


Book here - Tickets £6


Monday 15th of May, Doors open 8pm

Community Interpreter Event

Heene Community Centre - 122 Heene Road Worthing BN11 4PL


Thursday 18th May 2023 anytime between 10am – 1.30pm

Charity Supercar Track Day

Goodwood Motor Circuit, PO18 0PH


Saturday 29th July, 9am to 5pm

May Celebrations at The Chapel

Various Locations


Various events running from 7th May through to the 26th May


Fete in the Park

Petwork Park


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





  • The Sussex Health and Care Mental Health Collaborative VCSE Grow funding stream is now open. The Funding is available to support the growth and development of the Mental Health VCSE Sector in Sussex. There is a total budget of £125,000. Deadline: 12 noon, 25th May 2023.
  • Benefact Group’s Movement for Good giving programme is back with awards of £1,000 and £5,000 to give to charitable organisations helping those in need.  Nominations are open until 17th December 2023. 
  • Lloyds Bank Foundation has launched a new £3m Racial Equity Fund for people who face inequity because of their race or ethnicity.  Deadline: 5pm, 31st May 2023. They will be hosting a webinar on 20 April 2023 at 10.30am - 12:00pm where they will be talking through the eligibility for this programme and answering questions. If you’d like to join, you can register for this here
  • Aviva, in partnership with WWF and the RSPB, is giving £1m to support community groups across the UK to protect and restore nature in their local area via their Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund.
  • Hubbub has announced new 'Food hubs' grant funding for Community Fridges. Deadline: 11.59pm, 31st May 2023. 
  • The Art Fund has reopened their Reimagine Grants Programme. Deadline: 26th May 2023.
  • The Youth Endowment Fund‘s Positive Activities grant round is now open to applications. Deadline: 5pm, 26th May 2023

Funds with Short Deadlines

  • Applications are now open for the National Lottery Awards 2023. Deadline: 12pm, 16th May 2023.


See all the details and more vacancies on our website

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