VAAC E-bulletin 31st August 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.




If you’re looking for volunteers in Arun and Chichester, we can help you with recruitment by advertising on our website, in the local papers, on social media, on our App and in our volunteer enewsletter. To upload your roles, please visit our Volunteer Now page Are you looking for volunteers in Arun or Chichester? (
As a reminder, if we are currently advertising roles for you, please keep an eye on our referrals coming through to your email address and respond to the volunteers as soon as you can (we suggest by phone in the first instance as emails sometimes end up in junk mail). 
We understand that sometimes when we have sent referrals through and you have contacted them, the volunteers fail to respond to your contact. This can be a frustrating process but we really would like to encourage you to still initially respond to referrals ASAP (as above, we would always suggest giving them a call first) so that we’re all doing all we can to encourage volunteers. 
If you are no longer looking for volunteers, or if you are struggling to find the time to respond to volunteers, please do let us know and we can pause recruitment for now to save the volunteers’ disappointment if you are unable to get back to them, as this can often put them off volunteering altogether or demotivate them in their search. 
If you require any advice on volunteer recruitment, please contact our Volunteering Advisor, Tracy, on [email protected]


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.


Home Start HAF Summer Camp 


Various dates from 7th August

Dementia Support September Activities - various locations


Various dates from Friday 1st Sept

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


Saturday 2nd Sept from 6.30pm

Taster Day - 58-60 Longford Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 1AG


Thursday 7th September from 10am to 2pm

Sight Loss Awareness Day - Jubilee Hall, New Park Community Centre, Chichester


Tuesday 12th September 1 – 3pm

No Stone Unturned: Ask Lucy anything about fundraising. Digital Event.


Wednesday 13th September 10am - 12pm

DBS training workshop - Eligibility for DBS checks. Digital Event.


Thursday 14th September 10am - 12pm

Cowdray's Maize Maze & Sunflower Picking Patch - Cowdray Estate, Cowdray Park, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 0AQ


August 17th to 3rd September

Grow Digital Workshops - Mid Sussex, Crawley, Horsham, Adur & Worthing, Chichester and Arun.


From Tuesday Sept 19th

DBS training workshop - Legal duty to make a barring referral. Digital Event.


Thursday 21st September 10am - 12pm

Chichester Community Choir & Friends Concert of Classical & Folk Music - Boxgrove Priory


Friday September 29th 7pm

Safe in Sussex and West Sussex Mind Joint Abseil - Peacehaven Cliffs, Lewes, East Sussex, BN10 8QG


Saturday 7th October

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


Wednesday 8th November 6pm - 8pm

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


Saturday 9th December 10am - 12pm




Funding News:


Littlehampton Town Council’s Sports Excellence Grants Programme is now open to Littlehampton residents competing at county level to continue achieving and progressing in their chosen sport. With no age restrictions awards of up to £1,000 will be available to each recipient, but applications should be made for as little as needed to allow more people to benefit.  Deadline: 11th September 2023.

Crowdfunder‘s Cost of Living Emergency Fund is a match funding scheme to assist not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are helping to tackle food poverty relating to the cost of living crisis. Grants of up to £5,000 will be given conditional upon applicants first securing crowdfunding via Crowdfunder’s platform. Applicants should bear in mind that all projects must be delivered by 31st December 2023. The fund will close when all the funding is allocated.

Southern Water‘s Community Energy Grant Scheme is intended to support West Sussex based independently run community centres and spaces with energy costs to help relieve the pressure they face staying open during the winter months. Applications open on 3rd October and close at midnight on 31st October 2023.



Enterprise Nation - The Enterprise Nation Fund, deadline: 11.59pm, 14th September 2023.

The Finnis Scott Foundation, deadline: 4pm, 15th September 2023.

Ironmongers’ Company – Charitable Grants for Iron Projects, deadline: 16th September 2023.

Michael Cornish Charitable Trust, deadline: 18th September 2023.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs  - Landscape Recovery Scheme (Part of the Environmental Land Management Scheme), deadline: 12 noon, 21st September 2023.

Department for Energy Security and Net Zero  - Heat Network Efficiency Scheme, deadline: 22nd September 2023.

Souter Charitable Trust, deadline: 5pm, 22nd September 2023.

PRS Foundation - Beyond Borders, deadline: 6pm, 25th September 2023.


No Current Vacancies.

See all the details and more vacancies on our website

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