networking

Places and communities are stronger when organisations work together. Networking is a key element in the sustainability of a locality’s voluntary sector, enabling individual organisations to draw knowledge, strength and inspiration from others in the sector. AVA facilitates the bringing together of local voluntary and community groups to exchange information and experiences.

We listen closely to the needs, views and aspirations of Adur’s voluntary sector, and work to strengthen its voice. We monitor local developments, identify issues and bring them to the attention of relevant agencies as appropriate.

We contribute to various voluntary and statutory cross-sector fora, both within Adur and the wider county. We contribute to the shaping of national policy via our national federation, and can sometimes, through them, access funding to undertake activity in new areas of work. Activities and projects vary in focus and duration, but all reflect our strong commitment to working together with others to maintain and develop the voluntary sector in Adur.

Our base-line work in networking is Adur Community Network, which meets bi-monthly to discuss matters of mutual interest to the sector and to share information, knowledge and contacts. Anyone involved in community life locally is welcome to join the network and attend meetings. Occasional speakers on topics of interest to the sector are invited along as occasion demands.

Other networks and network involvements serve particular functions or interest groups, and may be long or short in duration. You will find our current networking commitments [in the list to the right. ?? Adur and Worthing Community Food Network, West Sussex Ukrainian Support Groups Network, VCS Emergencies Partnership, Local Information Network (EP LIN)]

(N.B. I think we need to keep the main text in the Networking page to statements about our approach, and put specific examples, apart from ACN, in links.)