VAAC E-bulletin - happy volunteers' week!

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



Updates from VAAC

Happy Volunteers' Week

This week marks the start of Volunteers' Week and we'd like to take the opportunity to say Thank You to all of the amazing volunteers that give up their time to help our local communities to thrive. In particular we'd like to thank the wonderful VAAC volunteers and Trustees who we'd be lost without!


Look out for some exciting news from VAAC coming towards the end of the week, and make sure to check out our social media pages for lots of celebratory posts!

If you'd like to join us in saying Thank You Volunteers, please download this poster and display it where everyone can see it!

POP in to see us!

Next week we'll be at the POP! shop in Bognor Regis. Come and say hello, find out about what VAAC can do to support your charity or organisation, find out about volunteering locally or just join us for a cuppa and a catch up! During the week we will be making a textile community ‘heart’ in preparation for our 10th anniversary celebrations in July, please feel free to pop in and give us a hand.


Someone from the team will be there Tuesday - Friday all day, and from 11am - 3pm on Saturday.

On Wednesday and Thursday morning we'll also be joined by Lodge Court who will be available to talk all things HR with you. They're looking forward to meeting you and will happily chat through any HR concerns or queries you might have.

Find us at POP!, 10 The Arcade, Bognor Regis, PO21 1LH

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022

VAAC would like to wish Her Majesty The Queen congratulations and our very best wishes on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee.


We hope that you have a fabulous weekend whatever you are doing to celebrate. Let us know on social media what you are up to!

Upcoming VAAC Events & Training

Case for Support Bootcamp - online/via Zoom
Wednesday 8th June 2022, 1pm – 3pm

Emergency First Aid at Work Training - Bersted Green Learning Centre

Monday 13th June 2022, 09.30am – 5pm

Writing for Impact: Making your applications stand out - online/via Zoom
Thursday 7th July 2022, 10am - 12noon

VAAC Annual General Meeting - Midhurst Methodist Church

Wednesday 13th July 2022


Save the date - more details coming soon!


Important Updates

NCVO volunteering news round-up, May 22


Small Charity Newsletter May 22


Opportunity to comment on the draft Constitution for the new NHS Sussex


As part of the Government’s Levelling Up mission, West Sussex County Council has been allocated funding to deliver “Multiply”, which specifically aims to help people improve their ability to understand and use maths in daily life, home, and work. In order to be able to direct the Multiply resources effectively, they ask that you complete their survey by Sunday 12th June


Your monthly NCVO bulletin: News and useful resources for charities


UK Shared Prosperity Fund - district councils are developing plans and ideas on this emerging fund, we are hoping to hold briefing sessions over the summer once we have greater understanding of what is being proposed in West Sussex
Arun District Council is inviting you to engage with them on the preparation of their Investment Plan for the fund

Member and Partner News

Chichester Canal recognises volunteer contributions during Volunteer Week 2022


Action in rural Sussex (AirS) is inviting you to take part in they survey so they can better understand the needs and aspirations of your groups and their communities


MSVA E-Bulletin, 27 May 2022


Your Amnesty Group Newsletter: May 2022


SPCC newsletter: Putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system


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





  • In case you missed it, read the latest edition of the VAAC Funding Focus
  • Get Grants May Bulletin - Meet the Funder Events
  • Applications invited for DCMS Youth Investment Fund Phase 2 Pilot. Deadline: 11.59pm, 19th June 2022
  • Charities that are addressing societal issues, to empower sustainable change and to improve the lives of the people and the environment in the UK, can apply for funding from the ShooSmiths Foundation. Deadline: 5pm, 24th June 2022
  • The Home Office’s Places of Worship Security Scheme offers grants to places of worship for the provision and installation of up to three security measures. Deadline: 11.59pm, 14th July 2022
  • The Leathersellers’ Company is providing grants to registered charities or CICs working to prevent the occurrence of and/or support recovery from Adverse Childhood Experiences. Deadline: 6pm, 30th June 2022
  • School for Social Entrepreneurs’ Community Business Trade Up Programme is offering a fully funded 12-month learning programme (12 learning days), a Match Trading grant up to £5,000, a community business mentor, and the support of a peer network. Deadline: 1pm, 28th June 2022
  • A new £3 million Platinum Jubilee fund will support village hall improvement projects for over 100 village halls
  • A social investment fund that will offer up to £25 million has been announced. Developed by Big Issue Invest, UnLtd and Shift, it offers ‘flexible and patient’ capital for early-stage social businesses to grow their impact

Funds with short deadlines


  • Mid Sussex Voluntary Action (MSVA) - Digital Content and Communications Officer
  • West Sussex Mind - Mental Health Worker - Crisis Cafe
  • Littlehampton Town Council - Community Resources Officer
  • Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove - Coordinator/Digital Inclusion Coordinator
  • Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove - Digital Outreach Worker
  • Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove - Finance Assistant
  • Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove - Senior Information and Advice Advisor
  • Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove - PAT Community Support Worker
  • Chichester District Foodbank - Warehouse Supervisor (Part time / Permanent Contract)
  • Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove - Dementia Support Workers

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


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