is Adur's communities
 well-informed, free-thinking, working together


AVA supports National Coalition for Independent Action, Don't Cut Us Out West Sussex, NAVCA, Living Wage Foundation and Keep Volunteering Voluntary 

Esteem's purposeful Land Rover outside the Old School House. They must be going places! AVA is pleased to see Esteem making such good use of our offices and meeting space, and at the growing numbers of young people who are clearly enjoying their involvement in Esteem's work. Visit their website at:


Why face-to-face contact matters

Take a look at Susan Pinker's "The Village Effect: Why Face to Face Contact Matters", Atlantic, 2015.

Meticulously researched, Pinker's book spells out the fundamentals of why locally rooted voluntary action is so important to our health. Next time we are called to justify the value of our contribution, and why voluntary action should be funded, this is the book to quote! Copy available in AVA offices. 

 What kind of  future  for voluntary action? 

An independent mission: the voluntary sector in 2015 

Baring Foundation, Independence Panel, The Panel's fourth and final annual assessment. 

Download this important topical report here:  

The great non-discussion of voluntary action's future

a review of four 2015 reports

AVA's Chief Officer discusses four recent reports dealing with the future for voluntary action, and recommends a need for deep critical thinking at a local level before any proposals are adopted or agreed

Download from here: The great non-debate 2015 final version.docx


Volunteer recruitment event in Fishersgate to support Fishersgate Voice and Fishersgate Community Association, and Friends of Fishersgate Recreate Recreation Ground. Meet-in-Place, Laylands Road, 30th April 11-3. All welcome. 

Adur i-pad club first Monday of the month,  10-12 Old School House

Adur Community Network 21 May meeting  12.30 Old School House speaker,Carl Walker, National Health Action Party; 23 July, 

Lancing Village Action, ipad club, first Saturday of each month

Meditation class, every Tuesday 10-30 to 12.30

Internet and email learning classes, Lancing Village Action, contact AVA to book for May please