Bid to boost Chichester charity coffers

A unique and exciting scheme aimed at boosting the finances of voluntary groups across the Chichester district is being launched.

Voluntary and Community Action Chichester District, which helps charities and organisations in the area, is looking for volunteers to develop a fundraising hub to support many of the smaller voluntary and community groups. The hub will help groups apply for and obtain funding to enable them to continue their work.

The organisation said that as a result of government cuts, funding streams were becoming scarce with many small- and medium-sized groups struggling for income.

The project, which has been funded by Chichester in Partnership, has been specifically set up to meet the challenges in the district.

VCACD’s chief executive Kate Scales said: “We are looking to build a team of volunteers who can learn the skills needed to fundraise and work to support the amazing work of our smaller clubs and community groups.

“We are looking for people that can give up a day a week of their time for at least a year and in return receive a place on a short course run by the University of Chichester and support and supervision from the fundraising hub.”

Led by senior fundraiser Julie Budge, a team of ten trained supervised volunteers will support fundraising and bid writing, providing support, advice and information and hands-on help completing grant applications.

It will help groups who want support for smaller amounts of money while larger organisations will be able to ‘buy’ the time of the senior fundraiser rather than struggle to find the funds required to employ their own or pay consultancy fees.

VCACD is looking for volunteers who have good written and communication skills and have a willingness to learn and develop their skills. Good IT skills would be an advantage. The role would involve actual bid writing and developing fundraising strategies and systems within individual organisations.

As part of their training, each volunteer will be allocated their own organisation to support and will be based at the VCACD office in North Street, Chichester.

The opportunity would be good for people looking to develop their CV, get into work, change career and for those who want to make a valuable contribution to the community,

Volunteers will receive a free place on the introduction to fundraising course in partnership with the University of Chichester, which consists of four one-day workshops and ongoing training with the senior fundraiser.

For more information email Julie.budge@vcacd.org.uk or call 01243 782393.