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February 2017

From Adur Voluntary Action

Adur . . . a very interesting place

Following hard on from the film produced by Esteem, Company Paradiso and AVA Adur in Action (see, we are pleased to say that AVA is introducing an communications tool for use of all all local voluntary groups and charities. This will make it seriously easier to share information around our networks by "writing something once, then sharing it four ways".  is time-saving and easy to use, and can be used by volunteers to improve and broaden community communications.

What four ways of sharing? Any member will be able to publish to the community website, post directly to Facebook and Twitter, email newsletters and print newsletters. Whilst AVA will have access to the fully-featured tool,  the free version for everyone to use will allow small organisations to create email newsletters and publish to the website completely free, and also to have their own web presence if they haven't already got one.

You can join at and please get in touch with us on 01903 854980 or if you would like to discuss this further.  Voluntary Action Worthing are developing a similar resource along the coast with whom we will share postings, so if you are based in Worthing then contact them on
Two local organisations have recently formed a unique partnership, to further their shared aim of giving older people the freedom and choice to get out and about, to pursue their interests, and promote physical and mental wellbeing. Worthing based Breathing Spaces,  and  Transport Service, which is operated by the Royal Voluntary Service.
AVA's  Lancing Village Action window display showing the Royal Voluntary Service

There is plenty of evidence that gardening is important in falls prevention (helping to maintain good gait and balance) and also in dementia prevention and cognitive decline. Not everyone can continue to garden unassisted though, which is why Breathing Spaces offers assisted gardening in groups to support people. However, the Alzheimer’s Society says that 60% of people with dementia don't do the things they used to do because they worry about getting lost, 60% because of mobility issues and 70% due to lack of confidence. Certainly, Breathing Spaces finds that people who would like to come to their Garden Clubs often cannot get there on their own. Kenneth Francis who is living with dementia had been driving himself to the Mind and Memory Garden Club for a couple of years and says, “Garden Club has given me confidence to try new things. I always return home happy and content.” After a recent fall he was required to stop driving. Kenneth missed six months of Garden Club until Breathing Spaces and RVS were able to offer him the support of a Good Neighbour driver. He said this week, “I really missed coming here, the camaraderie. It just wouldn’t happen otherwise”.

Royal Voluntary Service - Good Neighbours Transport Service is supported by West Sussex County Council and West Sussex Forum for Accessible Transport. Breathing Spaces Garden Companions project is supported by Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group.


Please contact Jan Hamblett, Royal Voluntary Service 01903 851558 or

Claire Hunt, Breathing Spaces 07508 178590,


Consultation on cuts to Brighton and Hove's youth services

Please share far and wide, with as many young people as possible

Especially those in West Sussex who can  surely respond with a voice of experience

Background to Brighton and Hove Budget Proposals

The (Brighton and Hove)  Council Budget savings for 2017/18 include a proposal to make significant cuts to the Youth Service Budget. This is one of the budgets which funds services for young people in the city. The proposal is for a significant reduction of £800,000 on a net budget that is currently just over £1m, which would lead to the overall budget being just over £200,000.

The reduced budget will need to pay for a service that the Council must provide under the law - the advocacy services to all looked after children in the care of the council. (Described as a statutory service.)

The in-house services that are likely to be cut are targeted youth work including the youth information bus; 1-1 and group work around resilience on issues such as  self-esteem, anger management and risk taking ; Duke of Edinburgh for those outside mainstream school and those young people with SEND;  and the Youth Arts Award.

The council currently provides funds to a number of organisations which provide youth work under the Youth Services budget.  Once Budget Council has made a final decision the current provision will need to be significantly re-designed, and if the proposed cut to the budget is agreed it is unlikely that the council will be able to continue to fund any of the youth work provided by organisations listed below. Some of those services may not be able to continue in their current form or at all unless they can find alternative sources of funding. The cuts will affect the work of community based organisations and there will be a reduction in the delivery offered by the Crew Club, the Deans Youth Project, Brighton Youth Centre, the Tarner Community Project, the Trust for Developing Communities, the Hangleton and Knoll Project, the YMCA and the Young People’s Centre.

Other services for young people that the council will continue to provide or support include the Extended Adolescent service, the Youth Offending Service (YOS), RU-OK?, the social work Adolescent Pod, the Youth Employability Service (YES), Cherish, Extratime Ltd and Brighton and Hove Music & Arts (BHMA).

Families, Children & Learning Directorate of Brighton & Hove City Council have requested that a consultation takes place with young people across the city for their views on how these proposals may affect them. The results will be shared with the councillors who will be making the decision on the budget.

This is your opportunity to give them your views.Here is the link to participate:


 New to campaigning?

 Seeking to update your campaigning skills?

There's still a few places left on our one day campaign workshop in Brighton!

Whether you are challenging local authority, social care changes or protesting about climate change - if you want information and advice to help you be more effective, then this campaign workshop is for you!
The workshop provides the opportunity to find out how to develop a campaign strategy and identify the key tactics and skills needed to run an effective campaign, as well as the chance to meet other campaigners and develop your professional network.
You will learn about:

  • The key steps in planning a campaign.
  • Creating the most effective campaign messaging.
  • Influencing decision makers.,
  • Using the media to gain support.
  • Using social media as part of your campaign.
  • Feedback from previous Campaign Workshop: 

'I really enjoyed learning about how I could practically manage and implement a campaign. This has given me great insight on how to utilize the resources I have e.g. volunteer embed a successful campaign.'
'Really positive day with some excellent information. Friendly and knowledgeable trainer who encouraged everyone.’
Prices range from £200-£0 based on the size of your organisation and income.
To find out more or book a place visit:

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation is a registered charity that supports campaigners to make an impact. We aim to equip people with the skills to bring about change at a local or national level.

I was pleased to know Sheila McKechnie in the 1990s , and am certain that she would feel that campaigning skills are more vital than ever in today's world - Adrian, AVA)


Inland Waterways Association

are promoting

Canal Restoration Volunteering Holidays

Full details in booklets available from AVA at the Old School House, Lancing Village Action or Sompting Big Local. Or at


23 February 12 noon The Old School House

Our next network meeting is now set for Thursday February 23rd, 12 noon onwards at the Old School House, Ham Road, Shoreham-by-Sea. There is no speaker this time, but over lunch,  introduction of our new Chair, Andy Brook, followed by discussion about future activities, and presentation of the new  community website. There will also be a brief meeting of the Adur Community Co-operative, and discussion of its relationship to the Network.

Portlife Spring 1917

Did you know that Shoreham Port produce an interesting newsletter twice a year? Here's the link to view Portlife:


Celebrating 45 years of QueenSpark Books in 2017
 Brighton in 1972

Hard to believe, but QueensPark Books are celebrating their 45th anniversary! Here's what they say:

In 2017, QueenSpark Books celebrates 45 years of community history publishing, making us the longest-running organisation of its kind in the UK.

To mark this, we’re planning on looking back at Brighton in 1972 and that’s where we’d like your help! Do you have memorabilia – gig tickets, festival programmes, Brighton & Hove Albion souvenirs or other items you could share images of? Photos of Brighton places, people, transport, fashions? Memories of work, family life, nightlife in Brighton & Hove? If so, we’d love those to be part of our celebrations.
QueenSpark Books was born of the campaign to stop the spa being converted to a casino, and this video slideshow made at the time of our 40th anniversary revisits those early days with some great images of Brighton.

Looks very like editor's old car there in the forefront

So, especially if you can remember Brighton in the early 1970's, take a look at their evocative video here:

Adur Poverty Truth Commission

Adur Churches Forum are making good progress in establishment of a local poverty truth commission.

The aim is to ensure that people experiencing poverty are at the heart of debates and actions on this topic. Adur is  the most deprived local authorities in West Sussex, and Worthing is second. Local food bank use is burgeoning.  A poverty truth hearing has already been held, and Adur Voluntary Action supports this initiative wholeheartedly, because it seeks to help give a real voice to a large section of our community who currently lack one.

More details and contacts from  AVA (Tel 01903 854983)

Voluntary Action Worthing steams ahead



We were pleased to be invited to attend the AGM of  Voluntary Action Worthing in January, and to learn of their exciting plans for supporting community action and life. Whilst the focus differs from AVA's, we are clearly complementary. I was delighted to convey to the meeting the best wishes of the other CVSs in West Sussex, and to assure the VAW Board of our openness to future joint initiatives. Particularly exciting projects are their Worthing Interests me initiative, and their development of innovative local partnerships.


Don't forget that ACT's minibuses are available for hire to local groups at low costs, and we are also keen to recruit more drivers. Contact Sarah Leeding at AVA.

Pssst....grateful thanks to Lancing Parish Council for their valuable help when we encountered a serious problem in finding parking for our minibuses


Sompting Big Local is entering a new and interesting era with the election of its Partnership at this year's AGM. The Partnership is strongly representative of local people, to the tune of 200 years' of living in Sompting! The partnership have elected leads for each of its project areas, and is going to operate with a revolving chair at each meeting, so that everyone who so wishes gets a chance to take on this role.

SBL's Co-ordinator, Emma Crowter, is working closely with the Partnership Team, the Local Trust's representative Jim Boot, and with Adur Voluntary Action. She will be focussing on several key project areas, and Adur Voice will include regular updates in future issues.  Contact AVA or Sompting Big Local Hub (01903 905899) for more details.

AVA wishes Sompting Big Local all success for 2017


Sussex Defend the NHS

If like many of AVA's members you are concerned about the steady flow of national news about the NHS,  here are contact details of a local campaign


Contact details:

Volunteer Adur

Don't forget to take a look at our new local website, Here you can view local volunteering opportunities, and register as a volunteer or organisation seeking volunteers. AVA guarantees to contact personally every person who registers on the website, to discuss their requirements and do our utmost to find a matching opportunity. And we'll keep in touch to see how things go.
For more details, contact Sarah Leeding at 01903 854982 or

Adur Outdoor Activities Centre 

A monument to what used to be

Despite a local authority commitment to fighting to secure the Centre's future, and a consultation last October,  those who cross the bridge will have noticed that it still sits empty by the waterside. An ideal, beautiful location for water, countryside and other activities.

If people require an incentive to engage with the Brighton and Hove consultation on the future of the youth service, just take a look westwards.

Guess we should make the most of this ERDF-funded training!

The West Sussex Social Enterprise Network (WSSEN) and West Sussex County Council are involved in a very exciting project called the Spark Social Enterprise, which has been designed to help social enterprises develop and deliver high impact innovation leading to increased growth.

Project partners from the UK, Netherlands, Belgium and France are providing start-up and established social enterprises in the South East, with a week’s programme of opportunities (free of charge) that will include professional advice, training and networking opportunities.

Further info on the project can be found at the project’s website

This is an early invitation to join the programme, and to hold the week of 12th June in your diary for events in Brighton and Chichester. Activities are expected to include:

·         Training sessions including Master Classes

·         Focus groups providing peer to peer problem solving

·         Inspirational visits to innovation centres and social enterprises in the region

·         Great networking opportunities, including international contacts with policy makers, support providers, funders and other social enterprises

A full event programme will be shared with you in the next few weeks with details of how to register. In the meantime, to discuss the project and this offer or to express your interest, please contact

Job opportunities

Promoting Carer Recognition, Choice and Control

Our teams offer support to adults and young adults who are unpaid carers for family or friends.  To find and reach carers the charity needs to be high profile and well recognised as a local provider of personalised support for carer wellbeing.
Carer Wellbeing and Support Worker – Young Adult Carers
Salary £10,798 for 18.5 hrs (fte £21,597)
Littlehampton based
You will be working in the Coastal/Chichester location of West Sussex with young adult carers.


  • Do you have a good understanding of carers issues?
  • Do you have experience or working knowledge of the issues faced by young adult carers?
  • Do you have good communication and networking skills?

You will work as a member of a countywide-team to achieve recognition for all carers, provide information and personalised advice, support and advocacy for carers and work in partnership with local voluntary, health and social care services.
Essential qualities include understanding the generic and condition specific issues carers face, excellent interpersonal skills, experience in a relevant work role and commitment to high quality service.
We particularly welcome applications from people from a wide range of diverse backgrounds and cultural communities.
Please see the job description and application form -
Application closing date:       16 February 2017     Interviews:       28 February 2017
Charity No 1123359   Company 6418473

Remember to watch AVA's community video. And there are more to follow!
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