Adur Voluntary Action

A member of the Adur and Worthing communities

About Adur Voluntary Action

Adur Voluntary Action (AVA) is an independent movement of voluntary, community and charitable groups and a registered charity founded in 1959. Our members work co-operatively to support one another in mutual aid, self-help, and the building of warm, trusting networks of activity.

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Adur Voluntary Action recruiting now - Chief Officer

Chief Officer

Grade: NJC new SCP 23

Salary: £26,999 p.a. pro rata (actual £18,243 p.a.)

Contract: Two years, with continuation dependent upon future funding.

Hours: 25 hours per week

Benefits: 3% employer contribution to pension, Mileage allowance and 22 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays per year.

Base: Old School House, Shoreham-by-Sea. However, you will be expected to work flexibly across the Adur District, and occasionally out of area.

Responsible to: Board of Trustees via the Chair.

Closing date: 15th November 2020

Start date: January 2021

Interviews: Due to Covid-19 interviews will take place online at a time to be arranged with shortlisted applicants.

Full Details: Are available in the documents listed below. Anyone requiring a hard copy of the job application pack should contact Sarah by email or telephone 01273 091510

The following available at

  • Advertisement
  • Job Description
  • Person Specification
  • Application Form
  • Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Completed Application and EO forms should be either emailed to or posted to us (address is on the Application Form). Forms must be received by the closing date as above.

VCS Emergencies Partnership

The Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership (Emergencies Partnership) is a government backed partnership between national and local voluntary and community sector organisations. Adur Voluntary Action, together with other local organisations, is working with them in responding to the evolving Covid-19 crisis and want to let you know what this means for our work supporting you.

About the Emergencies Partnership

Emergencies Partnership recognises the crucial role that the voluntary sector plays, both nationally and locally, to support those in need. They see the increasing demands made on the sector and are here as a safety net:

  • To boost and enhance support from national to VCS organisations, and to help raise the profile of grassroots organisations
  • To further strengthen coordination of national and local response efforts during emergencies
  • To provide a single access point between government and the voluntary and community sector

What the Emergencies Partnership does

The Emergencies Partnership has four strands of work:

  • A national platform to gather intelligence on unmet need at national, regional and local levels
  • A request for support service for when the demand for support outstrips the supply available to meet it
  • Five regional multi-agency cells, with representatives from national and local voluntary organisations across England, to facilitate a more collaborative and coordinated response across the voluntary and community sector
  • One national volunteering cell which has national overview and provides a single point of contact for requests for large-scale volunteer support.

Working with you

Each regional multi-agency cell is built on a network of “Liaison Leads” drawn from local infrastructure support organisations. Crawley Community Action are acting as the Lead for Sussex.

We can work together with the Emergencies Partnership to support you in the following ways

Unmet need platform

We can share insights on specific emerging local needs, where people might be going without the support they need. This information can help in delivering the right support to the right people at the right time and any nationally significant insights can be shared with government.

Please get in touch to let us know if there are instances where demand for assistance at a local level outstrips supply and to what extent, for people:in urgent need of food

  • in urgent need of healthcare
  • in need of mental health support
  • in need of temporary accommodation
  • who experienced domestic violence
  • in need of support to use online services
  • in need of employment advice or training
  • in need of financial support
  • unable to pay for gas or electricity

Request for support service

  • We can seek additional support from the Emergencies Partnership for any specific needs which cannot be met through existing local networks.
  • We can feed such requests to the Partnership and this will be shared with representatives from voluntary organisations across England who can offer different kinds of support.
  • We will then keep you updated with this request and the support.

Local Coronavirus Covid-19 Support Groups

Southern Cross Covid-19 Support Group

Jenny from Southern Cross Covid-19 Support Group writes:

'Given the current situation and crisis we are facing, local groups have been set up around Brighton and Hove to offer help to people in need.

Leaflets have been delivered and posters distributed, but we realise that some elderly or vulnerable people won't be checking mail and could missthese. Due to the restrictions on movement we are also likely to be reducing the number of leaflets we can deliver.

My group is looking after the Southern Cross area of Portslade which covers (but isn’t limited to) the area between Portslade and Fishergate Stations and down to the beach.

The group would like to offer their help and support in any way needed and if there is anything you think could be offered, please do reach out.

This could include phone calls, prescription collection, grocery collection, help with delivering your service and anything else you think necessary.

The group can be contacted as follows:

Facebook group: 'Southern Cross Covid-19 Support Group'


Phone: 01273 011039

Lancing and Sompting Coronavirus Community Support Group

A facebook support group for the Lancing and Sompting area ' help those who are elderly, disabled or vulnerable during the

Coronavirus pandemic. We're here to help in whichever way we can, to ensure that those in need are not disadvantaged during this difficult time.'

Are other groups helping out in Adur during the current crisis? Please tell us about it! Email:


In this time of national crisis, Charities Aid Foundation has launched a rapid response fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to help continue the delivery of much needed support to our communities across the UK.

Further information and how to apply:

Groundwork South, Covid-19 update help and offer of FREE TRAINING

The following email received by Adur Voluntary Action from Groundwork South:

From: Elizabeth Mienert <>

Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2020 at 14:18

Subject: Groundwork South, Covid 19 update help and offer of FREE TRAINING

During the current Covid 19 outbreak isolation:

  • How will your clients cope in a power-cut?
  • Or cope with higher fuel bills?
Groundwork South can offer your staff FREE bespoke online training, using Zoom, MS teams etc to provide answers to these questions. Once trained your staff will be able to support your clients both now and in the future to keep well and safe at home and save money on fuel bills.

This is a valuable time to train staff that are not currently able to deliver their usual frontline tasks, and make available to them ways of helping their clients remotely.

The training includes signing clients up to the Priority Service Register and giving switching energy provider advice etc. which are vital right now, as people are having to spend more time at home in self isolation, using more energy than usual, and may be left stranded and unable to access services if the power goes down.

If you are interested please respond Yes to this email and we will contact you shortly to arrange training.

Kind regards

Elizabeth Mienert

Community Engagement Officer

Groundwork South

Office: 01273 022320

Mobile: 07736132697


Address: Echo 3, Maritime House, Basin Road North, Portslade, Brighton, BN41 1WR.


“working in partnership to support the community”

Coronavirus - video animations to support your work

VODA works in the north-east of England, supporting the work of voluntary and community sector groups.

As part of their coronavirus response, 4 really useful video animations have been produced:

With grateful thanks to Robin Fry of VODA.

Coronavirus - Two Grant Funds for voluntary and community groups

John Kelly, Chair of Adur Voluntary Action writes:

"In the Sussex Community Foundation (SCF) Sussex Crisis Fund item below, you'll see: 'Sussex Community Foundation is in touch with the infrastructure bodies who are working as hard as they can to support the sector in crisis. Information is being gathered about priority needs and this will be used to strengthen and develop the criteria for this fund'.

We at Adur Voluntary Action (AVA) are happy to receive any responses you may wish to make, collate and relay them to SCF as appropriate."

Best wishes and stay safe.

Sussex Community Foundation - Sussex Crisis Fund

The Sussex Crisis Fund has been set up to support the community and voluntary sector in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. It isdesigned to help fund the emerging needs facing our communities and the work of organisations whose operations and activities have been severely impacted during this period.

Emergency grants of up to £5,000 are offered to those immediately able to respond to the crisis; organisations with critical funding needs; and at a later point, depending on the success of the fund; larger grants of up to £10,000 to support the ongoing resilience of the sector.

Sussex Community Foundation is in touch with the infrastructure bodies who are working as hard as they can to support the sector incrisis. Information is being gathered about priority needs and this will be used to to strengthen and develop the criteria for this fund.

Grant requests will be responded to as soon as possible, aiming for decisions on emergency requests within 2 – 3 weeks.

Funding is offered to organisations delivering activities and services to support people who are directly suffering as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. We would also like to offer support to counter the loss of income and reduced fundraising potential for smaller organisations facing crisis as a result of the coronavirus.

Examples of costs:

Organisational running costs including volunteer expenses, staff costs, and transport

Small capital costs to support operational activity relating to the crisis

Specific costs that enable the charity to adapt to the current circumstances and continue to provide services to the community (e.g. computer equipment to enable staff or volunteers to work remotely).

Applications are to be made online using the following simple application form at:

Project examples:

Support for vulnerable people to keep help them keep warm and well fed

Support for people needing help accessing services and medical help

Enabling and encouraging use of technologies to help with isolation

Reaching out to isolated people by telephone, and befriending services

Adaptations for organisations who provide services to support the most vulnerable in our communities

Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust - Early Years' Preventative Work

Small Grants to Support Children’s Charities Affected by the coronavirus pandemic to support work, that will improve the life chances of some of the most disadvantaged children (aged 0-3 years) in England and Wales by investing in early intervention and preventative work.

One-off, unrestricted grants of up to £5,000 are available.

The Trust aims to improve the life chances of disadvantaged children aged 0-3in England and Wales. It offers funding to support early intervention and preventative work that will:

Improve the reach to targeted groups of 0-3 year olds.

Bring about improved defined outcomes for these targeted groups.

For the current application round, the following eligible organisations can apply:

Registered charities in England and Wales whose last audited accounts show an income of less than £750,000.

Charities that can demonstrate the likelihood of increased demand for their services and/or can demonstrate a loss of anticipated income attributable to the current pandemic.

Support is available for charities that work with targeted groups of 0-3 year olds in England and Wales to specifically improve the reach to these targeted groups and bring about improved defined outcomes for them.

The current round of funding is particularly aimed at supporting smaller charities and those that can demonstrate the likelihood of increased demand for their services and/or can demonstrate a loss of anticipated income attributable to the current pandemic.

There is a two-stage application process:

The first step is complete the pre-application checklist, which can be found on the Trust's website

Those who are eligible will then be able to complete a stage-one application form.

Organisations that are successful at this point will be invited to submit a stage-two application.

There will be two applications periods in 2020/21:

Round 1: Stage 1 application can be submitted between 16 March and 28 April 2020, with grants being made as soon as possible after the closing date.

Round 2: Stage 1 applications can be submitted between 5 October and 12 November 2020, with grants being made in February 2021.

For all enquiries contact: Jane Young, Director, Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust, Sylvia Adams House, 24 The Common, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 0NB. 01707 259259.

You're Invited!

The following from Switchboard - Brighton & Hove LGBTQ Switchboard:

LGBTQ History Club Presents: "The Lavender Line" - Switchboard archive: 45 years of listening

Sunday 29th March, 2.30 - 4.30pm Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

To mark our 45th year we've started to dig into our archives, looking through our call logs (anonymous handwritten notes kept by volunteers documenting calls and notes) which date back to the late 1970s. In this event, presented in conjunction with Queer in Brighton, we will be joined by Natasha Walker from Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline in London

who's been working with their archives to produce a wonderful podcast called The Log Books, bringing their call logs to life and contextualising the calls within significant moments in LGBTQ history.

Both organisations will share stories which have come to light through their investigations, talk of the ethics of sharing personal histories, the process of cataloguing, how they extract content and compare where they both are regarding this process.

LGBTQ History Club is open to all and free to attend, but please book a ticket as capacity is limited.

If you have any questions please email

Could your group or project put bikes to good use?

GTR - Southern Railway collect a significant amount of bicycles that are abandoned on station property; after all legal waiting periods expire we have a store of unclaimed bicycles to dispose of every month.

The Southern Rail Bicycle Dispersal Scheme wishes to donate these bikes to a selection of schemes from across the Southern Rail operational area.

We are seeking applications from organisations who operate on a not for profit basis in the Southern Rail area, to take at least one month’s supply of abandoned bikes (that are in a salvageable condition) – estimated to be 20+ bikes in a month. The registration process is simple – tell us what you want to do with the bikes and how your project will affect positive social change.

We are looking for projects that can demonstrate an upskilling element for marginalised people – whilst incorporating one or more of GTR’s core CSR priorities of: Homelessness, Young People, Mental Health and the Environment.

We will require annual reporting on the number of bikes received, the number of bikes recycled and further details on the use that the bikes have been put to with your client group.

No deadline is set on the application process, but the bike supply is limited! So please get your registration in early if you think your organisation would be able to handle at least one month’s supply of bikes. We will be in contact shortly with the organisations who have registered interest in the scheme to tell you of the exact start date.

For further details and/or application form please contact: Rob Whitehead - or phone : 07971 489325

Rob Whitehead

Community Engagement Officer (Southern and GX) | Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR)

Go-Ahead House | 26-28 Addiscombe Road | Croydon | CR9 5GA

A date for your diary - Adur Community Network

Adur Voluntary Action welcomes you to the next meeting of Adur Community Network - the place where voluntary and community groups in Adur meet, exchange information and ideas. Chaired by Andy Brook of Keep Lancing Lovely and Men in Sheds, the Network will meet from 11.00am to 1.00pm on Thursday 27th February at the Old School House, Ham Road, Shoreham by Sea, BN436PA. The agenda is flexible - tea/coffee and biscuits provided. To join the conversation, please contact