Voluntary Action Worthing

A member of the Worthing and Adur communities

About Voluntary Action Worthing

Voluntary Action Worthing's objectives are to 1. Provide information, training and networking opportunities to enhance not-for-profit organisation capacity, impact and responsiveness. 2. To increase income and secure longer term sustainability 3. To sustain a vibrant marketplace for the flow and exchange of information, knowledge, opportunities and expertise, both between the not-for-profit organisations and business contacts.

Our values: 1. Facilitating 2. Empowering 3. Connecting

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We are taking the opportunity of making our final Forum a real big celebration of the last 25yrs of VAW supporting the local organisations and are keen to invite all our past members and organisations to join us.

There will be the usual networking opportunities plus the unveiling of a VAW glass window for the pier (see image below) followed by an afternoon tea.

If you are looking for funding during 2019, the Worthing Community Chest have been invited to speak about their role in the community and the projects they are looking to fund in 2019. They will be explaining the process / criteria for applying and you will have an opportunity to ask them directly about their funding policies.

Please let us know if you are able to come so that we can make the necessary catering arrangements. Time is running out - the event is next Thursday, 17th January 2.00-4.00pm at the Friends Meeting House, Mill Lane, Worthing.

To book a place contact the Partnerships manager on partnerships@vaworthing.org.uk or telephone Caroline on 0779 534 1542

Sad News From Outset Youth Action

There was more sad news this week about a local voluntary organisation forced to close. Outset Youth Action issued this news release this week:“We are sad to announce that Outset Youth Action will be closing operations at the end of August 2018. This has not been an easy decision, nor one that has been made lightly. This is the outcome that the trustees have worked hard to try to avoid. Unfortunately the climate for funding organisations like Outset Youth Action is extremely difficult at present, and does not show any signs of improvement. This has been made worse by West Sussex County Council’s decision to no longer fund any work carried out by Outset Youth Action. We would like to take a moment to say a tremendous thank you to all of our volunteers, and our advisors who have worked incredibly hard alongside the rest of our staff team across all of our communities over the past 41 years. We would also like to thank all of our supporting organisations, and we wish them all the best in future in continuing to support the young people of West Sussex.” Voluntary Action Worthing would like to add its appreciation and thanks for the sterling work carried out by OYA over the years to encourage and support young volunteers.

Your Views Wanted in the Ideas Zone

Have you visited the Ideas Zone at Worthing Library yet? Library staff are keen to hear from local voluntary organisations with ideas on how the library could be developed as a community hub. They already have plenty of ideas, for example exploring the possibility of bringing together libraries with children's services and registration services into the library building in Richmond Road. Other ideas might be better support for young people, an outside area, better links to the museum next door, areas for start-up businesses to access and even a community kitchen. A specially created Ideas Zone has been set up at the library and will be open until September 24th. The views of voluntary organisations will be especially welcomed. Why not pop along to the library and chat to staff in the Ideas Zone, telephoned 01243 777100 or share your ideas on line at www.westsussex.gov.uk/worthingcommunity.

Gathering Views for our Legacy Report

In preparing our Legacy Report, we at Voluntary Action Worthing will be wanting to gather the views from local organisations about their future needs if they are to survive and thrive at an increasingly uncertain time for the voluntary sector. Here are the thoughts of some local groups, from one of our Voluntary Sector Forums. “Making the public aware of how much effort goes into organisations, to prevent Sofa Syndrome and encourage people to volunteer and keep these services going!” “How to encourage volunteers and where to advertise. Should there be an event annually for the public to find out where / how they can volunteer for organisations and why they should.” “Wish list - a central exchange point for voluntary groups to meet and leave information and meet others.” “Continue with networking e.g, VAW Forum and Trustee Club. These are vital for sharing knowledge and giving a safe place to discuss all avenues of our organisations.” “Attracting new Trustees who will bring fresh impetus, partnering with other organisations in complementary areas.” And finally: “I wish for a Voluntary Sector with more young people involved in voluntary work and better work / family life balance for people with family responsibilities.” Lots of food for thought there!

Training Available to Worthing Organisations

A training programme providing support to Chairs and Vice-Chairs of smaller charities (with annual income under £1 million) is being organised in Brighton but is also open to Adur and Worthing organisations. A series of workshops will be delivered as part of the Association of Chairs’ Beacon Programme. The first workshop, on Being an Effective Chair, is on Friday 21 September at the Brighthelm Centre from 1.30 p.m. to 5.15 p.m. The cost to attend is £20. Visit the website www.associationofchairs.org.uk to book your place.

Rent Free Properties in Worthing

If your charity is looking for rent free property in the Worthing area, you may want to put in a call to Avire. This company is able to offer office space for charities which can be used fo charity work, administration, training or even just for storage. Sizes range from 700 - 1500 sq ft approximately. The properties are offered on a rent and business rates free basis, with only utility costs to pay. For further information and to arrange a viewing email lucyrobinson@avire.co.uk or telephone 01295 256338.

Be Part of Our Legacy

VAW’s Partnerships Manager, Caroline Condliffe, will be in touch shortly to ask your organisation to participate in an important new survey which will inform a major report we are preparing. This “Legacy Report” will detail what has been achieved by VAW over more than twenty years in Worthing but it will also seek to highlight the needs of the local voluntary sector if it is to continue to survive and thrive in the future. If there is just one survey you take time to complete this summer - please make it ours!

Could a Grant from Worthing Community Chest Help Your Project?

Worthing Community Chest grants can help support all manner of activities which promote health and social well-being. There are four rounds of funding a year - the next one is in August - but applications need to be made in the preceding month so if you want to apply for the August round you will need to get your skates on! The application process has been made as uncomplicated as possible so as not to deter smaller groups and organisations from applying. To check eligibility, contact the Grants Administrator on 01903 221080. Good luck!

Rags to Riches - Recycle for the Worthing Community Chest

The Worthing Community Chest, which gives out grants of up to £1500 to local groups and events is after your old clothes and shoes! Your clothes, towels, tea towels, sheets, shoes - even odd shoes - pretty much anything, apart from duvets, cushions and pillows, can be turned into cash which can then go to help the Worthing community. The condition isn’t important, just bag up your old “stuff” and take the bags to one of fourteen labelled big bins which you can find all around the town. Sites are Tesco’s at Durrington, Broadwater Shopping Parade, the Assembly Hall car park, Waitrose car park, Pond Lane recreation ground, Marine Crescent car park, Brooklands Park, Findon Valley Library, B&Q car park at Lyons Farm, Mulberry car park in Goring, Thomas a Becket car park, Carpenter’s Parade, West Worthing station and Worthing Leisure Centre. Turn your rags into (Worthing) riches!

Key courses on fundraising for Small Charities

With the support of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the FSI (The Foundation for Social Improvement) is delivering a heavily subsidised training event in Brighton on September 5th, offering small and local charities and community groups four courses on key fundraising topics. Training courses on offer include Developing your Fundraising Strategy, Developing Community Fundraising, Budgets, Management Accounts and Cash Flow Forecasting plus Gift Aid and How to Claim It. Places fill up fast and you can book a place by clicking on https://goo.gl/rLXtSg where you can also find more information about the courses, venue and timing of sessions.