VAAC E-bulletin 03/03/22 - all your local news and updates

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



Sharing volunteers and training

Are you, like many others, struggling after the pandemic to recruit and train new volunteers? Would you like an opportunity to work in collaboration with other local organisations, to make use of their resources and training, and to give your volunteers additional volunteering opportunities?

If so, please get in touch with our Volunteering Advisor, Tracy on

Would you be interested in First Aid Training?

We would like to know if any of our members would be interested in booking onto a First Aid training course if we were to offer one. There would be a cost to attend, but we would keep this as low as we can.


If this is something that your organisation would be interested in, please email Chris and let her know. If we have enough interest to make it viable then we will do our best to source a trainer and arrange it. 

Help for Ukraine

We have been receiving enquiries about how people/organisations can support the people of Ukraine. We only want to signpost people to organisations that we know can make a difference; who have the infrastructure, experience, know-how and connections on the ground. The Disaster Emergency Committee is an overarching organisation that co-ordinates charities in this way and they have said:


"The DEC is deeply concerned by the escalating conflict in Ukraine which is leading to a growing humanitarian crisis. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and assess it against our criteria for launching an appeal. You can find out more about when we launch an appeal here.
Several DEC member charities have launched appeals to help people in Ukraine. You can find out more and donate by following the links below:

Therefore, if people are wanting to support people in Ukraine and it's refugees we suggest that you go to one of the DEC organisations above who can then buy appropriate provisions.

New FREE fundraising training for your organisation

If you are operating in West Sussex or Brighton & Hove, we’re very pleased to announce our training programme around fundraising for this year.

Working with fundraiser Lucy Stone of No Stone Uncovered, we’ve designed a series of sessions to improve your fundraising skills.

The sessions in the programme are:

  • Prospecting and Research: How do you find the right funders for you? - May
  • Case for Support Bootcamp - June
  • Writing for Impact: How can you make your applications and letters to trusts and foundations stand out? - July
  • Ask Lucy anything about Fundraising - August
  • Untapped Fundraising Potential: How can you find new ways to raise funds? - September
  • Managing your relationships with your donors and funders - October

These sessions are aimed at smaller organisations who might have limited capacity for fundraising. You might be the only person responsible for fundraising within your organisation or you might not have much fundraising experience.

Upcoming VAAC Events & Training

Local Authority Designated Officer & Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub training - online/via Microsoft teams
Wednesday 16th March 2022, 10am – 11.30am

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

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


Important Updates

Latest policy and funding news for charities from NCVO


NCVO volunteering round-up February 2022


NCVO Monthly bulletin - February 2022


The Charities Buying Group helps charities reduce their expenditure, thereby enabling them to invest more in their missions and objectives. They have been securing the most competitive rates in the marketplace for essential services like utilities, telecoms, IT or insurance and passing the savings onto their members – becoming a member is free of charge


Member and Partner News

Love Where You Live Chichester newsletter


MSVA E-Bulletin, 24 February 2022


SPCC newsletter: Driving forward my 'Do The Right Thing' campaign


Amnesty International Bognor Regis, Chichester & District Group Newsletter: February 2022


New online platform and support to help people waiting for treatment in Sussex


Chichester District Council newsletter – Monday 28 February 2022


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


Nothing to report this week




Funds with short deadlines


  • West Sussex Mind - Sessional Support Worker
  • Sussex Prisoners’ Families - Volunteer Coordinator
  • Sussex Community Foundation - Head of Finance & Resources
  • Safe in Sussex - Peripatetic Refuge Support Worker
  • Safe in Sussex - Deputy Refuges Manager
  • Chichester Cathedral - Fundraising Apprentice
  • Turning Tides - Volunteer Coordinator
  • Turning Tides - Support Coordinator – Mid Sussex
  • Turning Tides - Substance Misuse & Wellbeing Workers
  • West Sussex Mind - Mental Health Peer Community Outreach & Development Worker - Adur
  • Chichester District Council - Social Prescriber

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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