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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

Some words from our outgoing CEO, Hilda Sherwood

"Four and a half years have flown by since I joined VAAC in October 2017, three of those in the position of Chief Executive. It is now time for me to change direction and seek a different rhythm of life – some call it ‘retirement’.

I am very grateful for being part of a sector that is full of passion, commitment and drive and for partners that desire to work collaboratively for the common good of all. 

I am especially thankful for the team at VAAC, for their support, flexibility, friendship and humour!   

I wish you all the very best for the future."


Thank you Hilda!

From all the staff and Trustees at VAAC, we'd like to say a massive thank you to Hilda. You've been a brilliant Chief Executive and have led us through some challenging times with dedication, wisdom and compassion.


We wish you all the best in your future adventures. We'll miss you!

And hello from our new CEO, Jackie Sumner

"Joining VAAC as their Chief Executive is a privilege as I know that the VCSE sector in Arun and Chichester is full of individuals who are committed to improving lives of local individuals, families and communities.


I am looking forward to working together so we can deliver sustained, meaningful and impactful change. This is now a higher priority given the negative consequences of the pandemic. The VCSE voice, our joint work and the partnerships we continue to build with the public and business sectors is key to effectively responding to these needs."


Read more about Jackie's previous roles and experience on our website

Brilliant opportunity to raise the profile of your organisation

If you’re a Chichester-based charity or community group then a brand new magazine is offering you an opportunity to raise your profile in the local area.

Chichester Life magazine is seeking to champion the best of West Sussex, and in a special Community-focused edition in May, they have asked VAAC to work with them to profile some of our amazing member organisations and the wonderful community action that takes place in Chichester (printed version dependent on funding, otherwise digital edition).

The promotion offered will range from a simple directory listing, to a business card sized advert or an A5/half page article. There may also be opportunities to be featured on the Chichester Life website and/or Facebook pages, and there is support available from Journalists and Creative Designers to help to create the content.

If you would like to take up this incredible offer to have your organisation featured in the magazine, please email Jenny to register your interest by Monday 4th April. 

We’re really excited to be working with Chichester Life to create a wonderful celebration of our local charities and community groups, so we hope that you will take up this exciting offer.


(Please note, inclusion and amount of coverage given to organisations remains at the discretion of Chichester Life magazine.) 

Upcoming VAAC Events & Training

Trustee Training – Fundraising options for your organisation (Rescheduled) - online/via Zoom
Thursday 31st March 2022, 6pm - 8pm

Chichester Networking Event - Revelation Family Church, Chichester
Monday 4th April  2022, 10am – 11.30am

Fully booked - waitlist available

Fundraiser Network Meeting – Digital Marketing for Charities - The Track, Bognor Regis Train Station
Wednesday 6th April  2022, 9.30am – 12noon

Prospecting and Research: How do you find the right funders for you? - Online
Tuesday 3rd May 2022, 10am – 11.30am

VCN: How to support your volunteers and their mental health - Arundel Football Club

Wednesday 11th May 2022, 10am - 12noon

Fundraiser Network Meeting: Meet the Funder - Henry Smith - online/via Zoom

Thursday 19th May 2022, 10am - 12noon

VAAC Annual General Meeting - Midhurst Methodist Church

Wednesday 13th July 2022


Save the date - more details coming soon!


Important Updates

Draft West Sussex Transport Plan 2022-2036 Consultation Report


Local BBC Radio across England wants to award great neighbours, key workers, volunteers and more in Make A Difference Awards


The FSI and NCVO partnership becomes new home of Small Charities Coalition HelpDesk for small charities



Member and Partner News

apetito supports vulnerable and elderly residents with more than just a meal; they also help combat the dangers associated with dehydration and malnutrition, and help alleviate the effects of social isolation too.


Platinum Jubilee: Organising a safe event guide from Zurich 


Sussex Green Living newsletter March 22


Hourglass’ new 24/7 Helpline to support older people at risk of harm and abuse


SPCC newsletter: Recruitment of extra officers and staff on track


Community Works Newsletter Adur and Worthing, March 2022


Yada Spring Newsletter


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



  • Reaching New Heights - fully funded leadership and coaching training for ethnic minority group staff
  • Free bystanders training aims to help services, businesses, and the public in Sussex to #DotheRightThing by feeling more confident in recognising and challenging misogynistic behaviour in their everyday lives



Funds with short deadlines


  • Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove - Dementia Support Workers
  • Turning Tides - Project Manager
  • Chichester District Council - Young Persons Social Prescriber
  • West Sussex County Council - Partnership Support Officer
  • Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove - Home Helpers
  • Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove - Director of Income Generation
  • Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove - Health Services Administrator

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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