VAAC E-bulletin 8th June 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




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 


Tea & Coffee Club

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


From 15th May to July 17th

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 

The future of non-profit marketing - preparing for AI - Digital on Zoom


Thursday June 8th 1pm - 2pm

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


Saturday 10th June

Angmering In Bloom Plant Sale & Coffee Morning - Village Hall, Station Road, Angmering, BN16 4HL


Saturday 10th June 10am - 12.30am

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

Charity Football Tournament - Arun Sports Arena, Ford Airfield, BN18 0HY


Sunday 9th July

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

On-line launch of the CAVEAT Toolkit - digital event.


Wednesday 28th June 2023 from 1pm to

VAAC Networking Event

Felpham Memorial Village Hall


Thursday 6th July 2pm - 3.30pm

Outdoor Screening Top Gun - Madehurst Cricket Club, Madehurst Nr Arundel BN18 0NN


Saturday 2nd Sept from 6.30pm




Funding News

  • As part of its new 10-year strategy, Heritage 2033, the National Lottery Grants for Heritage programme is doubling its upper limit for applications from £5 million to £10 million – its first increase in twenty years – to offset some pressures of inflation and the cost-of-living crisis. The next deadline for projects over £250,000 is 17th August 2023. 


  • Sussex Community Foundation (SCF) regularly host funding advice sessions for guidance on how to prepare your application. The next session will take place on Thursday 27th July 2023 from 1030am – 12pm.




Available Funds


See all the details and more vacancies on our website

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


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