VAAC E-bulletin - all the news and updates for and from the local voluntary sector

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



We are recruiting a Community Participation Officer (Health Outcomes)

Salary: NJC Scale point 20 (£25,991) pro rata.


Hours of Work: 15 hours per week (flexible).


Hybrid working – Bognor Regis Town Hall and home-working.


Contract: 6 months, with possible extension.

Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester is working closely with a range of partners to improve health inequalities, particularly supporting the cancer screening agenda. Our combined aim is to reduce preventable cancers, diagnose cancer earlier, and improve the quality of life.

We are looking for someone with experience of working in the Voluntary and Community
Sector and/or working in a Health & Wellbeing role within the Public Sector, who has excellent interpersonal and communication skills, is an initiative taker, with a true passion to improve health outcomes.


Advert Community Participation Officer (Health Outcomes)
Introductory letter February 2022
JD for Community Participation Officer
Application Form
VAAC Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form


If you would like to discuss this role further, please contact Hilda Sherwood (CEO) email: or call on 07572673012

Deadline: Friday, 25th February 2022 at 5.00pm

Can you provide a placement for a young volunteer?

We have been approached by a local school who are looking to launch a new exciting volunteer project for fifteen of their 14 year olds to do a week’s volunteering with organisations during Volunteers’ Week (placements needed for 6th - 10th June).


Could you offer a placement for a young volunteer, or even a team? If so, Tracy (Volunteering Advisor) would love to hear from you, and can give you further details about this project. Please email

Last chance to fill in our feedback survey

Every 3 years we update our Strategic Business Plan in accordance with what our members tell us they want from us, as well as meeting funders’ requirements and considering internal and external factors.


As a valued member of VAAC, we are asking you to please help us review our current plan and design our next which will become operational in the Spring, by completing this questionnaire. 


We appreciate your time and effort in doing this, and all information received will be carefully considered in our Strategic Review. The survey will close on Friday 18th February 2022. 

VAAC Membership and Referral forms now online

Did you know that the VAAC membership form and referral form are now online, making them even easier to fill in? Just go to our website, fill in the simple form, and that's it. We'll take it from there!

Membership form -

Referral form -

Upcoming VAAC Events & Training

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

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


Important Updates

West Sussex COVID 19 and Influenza vaccination update - 10 February 2022


Update on the Small Charities Coalition

Member and Partner News

SPCC newsletter: A step in the right direction for online safety


Covid-19 updates, budget, Dark Skies and more from WSCC


Children and Young People Plan for West Sussex survey, closes 23rd February


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



Nothing to report this week



  • In case you missed it, read the latest edition of the VAAC Funding Focus
  • The next round of applications for the Social Enterprise Covid Fund opens on 28 February and will be accompanied by information webinars in March
  • The Woodward Charitable Trust’s Summer Play Scheme will open to applications on the 1st March 2022 and close at noon on the 8th April 2022
  • Government opens Windrush Day Grant Scheme for 2022 applications. Deadline: 11.59pm, 18th March 2022
  • Consortium’s new grants for Under-Represented Groups within the LGBT+ Community has opened. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until 30th October 2022
  • Rewilding Britain is launching the Rewilding Innovation Fund to boost locally led land and marine nature recovery projects across Britain, including community initiatives and those focused on improving people’s health and wellbeing. Deadline: 31st March 2022
  • The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs is open to applications from young entrepreneurs in the UK who are looking to enter the creative industries and who have a desire to create and sustain social value through their enterprise. Deadline: 11.59pm, 31st March 2022
  • KFC Foundation is accepting applications for projects which empower disadvantaged young people in the UK to fulfil their potential. Deadline: 13th March 2022

Funds with short deadlines


  • Turning Tides - Roaming Night Worker
  • West Sussex Mind - Volunteering Manager
  • Sanctuary in Chichester - Operations and Volunteer Coordinator
  • Turning Tides - Project Worker
  • Turning Tides - Support Navigator (Arun)
  • Turning Tides - Advice and Assessment Worker (Permanent)
  • Turning Tides - Advice and Assessment Worker (Fixed term)
  • My Sisters' House - Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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


Registered Charity No. 1113641
Company Limited by Guarantee No. 5667986
Registered in England and Wales

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