VAAC E-bulletin 9th Nov 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 only a few remain! 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!


VAAC have had a lovely message from a local 10 year old boy and his mum who are collecting chocolate advent calendars to donate to Mother and Children Refuges in the area. 

Would you like to donate an advent calendar (or a few!) to this cause? 
Tracy is coordinating our contribution to this collection at Bognor Town Hall – if you would like to donate, please drop it into us at VAAC, or contact [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.


Upcoming Events - Various locations and dates.


From 31st Oct to 16th Dec

Project: Bognor Regis Wayfinding Scheme

Bognor Regis Town Football Club

Nyewood Lane Bognor Regis PO21 2TY


Tuesday 14th November 10am - 12pm

Adjusting to a Diagnosis of Dementia - Chichester Grange Care Home, Chichester


Tuesday 14th November 2pm - 4pm

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


It's free!


Saturday 18th Nov 7pm - Midnight


Carers Rights Day - Wick Hall
76 Wick Street, Littlehampton, BN17 7JS 


Wednesday 22nd November 10.00am - 1.00pm

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

Cross Pollination Workshop - Graylingwell Chapel, Blomfield Drive, Chichester, PO19 6BZ


Wednesday 22nd November 12.30pm - 3.30pm

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


Saturday 25th November 10am - 3pm

Grittenham Barn Christmas Market - Grittenham Barn, Tillington, Petworth

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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:


The Movement for Good 4th and final special draw is for charities supporting young people. There will be 10 prizes of £5,000. Deadline: 10th November 2023.


The Peter Sowerby Foundation has launched an open call for proposals to support up to 5 organisations to receive initial funding of up to £500,000 for the launch or scale-up of existing initiatives to tackle the UK’s most pressing health issues. To be eligible, organisations must have a minimum turnover of £5m and have a national reach and the potential to scale programmes. Deadline: 5pm, 14th December 2023.


The British Gas Energy Support Fund has been set up in response to the increasing cost of living and rising inflation to help eligible British Gas customers with fuel debt of £250 to £1,500 to pay their energy bills over the coming months. Funding is being made available to help financially vulnerable people who are struggling to pay their energy bills.


The Cash for Kids Cost of Living Fund will support families in the South of England who have a genuine need for help and are suffering from disadvantage due to the crisis. Grants of £50 per child are available which can be used for basic essentials. Service providers who support vulnerable children, including schools, social services, health professionals and charities, can apply on behalf of the families they work with.


Chichester District Council has received government funds for UK Shared Prosperity and Rural England Prosperity. The funding is to be distributed to businesses, community groups,  charities, social enterprises, sporting organisations and cultural bodies to deliver projects that build pride of place and increase the life chances of its residents. The deadline for both funds is 3rd January 2024 at 6pm.


NextEnergy has launched the Solar Impact Fund to support communities living near its assets across West Sussex. The funding programme will provide grants of up to £1,500 to any social or environmental projects that focus on improving education and skills. Deadline: 24th October 2024.


The second round of the Southern Railway’s Your Station, Your Community Improvement Fund has reopened and is accepting applications from registered charities, CICs, community groups and other not-for-profit organisations such as community rail partnerships, schools & colleges, business partnerships, town councils and parish councils. The fund will support causes under the following key themes: mental health, education, and employability skills amongst marginalised groups, as well as diversity and inclusion and environmental sustainability. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. Deadline: 15th December 2023.



Alec Dickson Trust, deadline: 12 noon, 13th November 2023.

Art Fund - Going Places, 24th November 2023.

Home Office  - Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme, deadline: 26th November 2023.

Magdalen Hospital Trust, deadline: 30th November 2023.

Castle Studies Trust, deadline: 1st December 2023.

Henry Moore Foundation, deadline: 11pm, 1st December 2023.

International Tree Foundation - UK Community Tree Planting Programme, deadline: 1st December 2023.

Ironmongers’ Company – Charitable Grants for STEM Projects, deadline: 1st December 2023.

The Phoenix Way – Children and Youth Round, deadline: midnight, 3rd December 2023.

Tree Council - Branching Out Fund, deadline: 3rd December 2023.

Ogden Trust – Physics Education Grants, deadline: 4th December 2023.

Clarion Futures - Community Green Grants, deadline: 12 noon, 6th December 2023.

Association of Independent Museums - Arts Scholars Brighter Day Grant, deadline: 5pm, 8th December 2023.

Youth Endowment Fund - Testing for Impact Round,  deadline: 5pm, 8th December 2023.



No current vacancies - please check back in the next E-Bulletin.

See all the details and more vacancies on our website

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