VAAC E-bulletin 28th April 2023

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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 Sharon Westcott



Updates from VAAC

Volunteers Celebration Picnic Private Garden of the Bishop's Palace, Chichester (11.30am - 2pm)

VAAC are delighted to invite you and some of your volunteers to our volunteer celebration picnic in the private garden of the Bishops Palace by kind permission of the Bishop of Chichester. This will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Volunteers Week and to thank your volunteers for all they do for you.



Help us to do something amazing. Join in. Lend a hand, Make a change.
To mark His Majesty The King’s Coronation thousands of organisations across the country are getting together to give us all the chance to help out in our own local communities.


Click on the button below to find out more. 

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 


Chichester Area Talking News Open Day – Talking News Recording Studio, St Richards Hospital.


Monday 8th May 10am - 4pm


Sussex Snowdrop Trust Charity Walk - Arundel Castle Park, BN18 9AU


Sunday 14th May, start between 1pm & 3pm

Cinema Night - A Man Called Otto


Book here - Tickets £6


Monday 15th of May, Doors open 8pm





  • The Phoenix Way Emergency Grant Round is a new £1m emergency grant round for Black, Asian and other minority-led organisations in England, which support children and young people and are dealing with rising costs. Deadline: midnight, 8th May 2023.
  • The Sussex Health and Care Mental Health Collaborative VCSE Grow funding stream is now open. The Funding is available to support the growth and development of the Mental Health VCSE Sector in Sussex. There is a total budget of £125,000. Deadline: 12 noon, 25th May 2023.
  • Benefact Group’s Movement for Good giving programme is back with awards of £1,000 and £5,000 to give to charitable organisations helping those in need.  Nominations are open until 17th December 2023. 

Funds with Short Deadlines



No current vacancies.

See all the details and more vacancies on our website

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