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 

A warm welcome to Esteem

AVA is please to welcome Esteem into the Old School House. Whilst they have been using office space in the building for some time, exciting new projects involving young volunteers mean that work can expand. Esteem will be using the large upstairs front room in the Old School House, and also our meeting rooms for some of their events. To find out more about their work, take a look at the website:


Clinical Commissioning Group commit to continued delivery of MSK services from existing service points: see webcast at AVA assumes that this public statement covers Southlands

See Lancing Village Action   


Peoples Health Trust Annual Review 2014 profiles Lancing Village Action 

Adur communities: well-informed, free-thinking, working together

Did you notice AVA's new website strap line? AVA is Adur's communities (what else?). In order to be a credible, effective and accountable organisation, we need to be well-informed, basing our actions upon accurate information and good consultation. If we were not independent and free thinking, prepared and able to to use our considerable shared brain power to weigh up issues for ourselves, then what would be the point? And we aspire, despite huge competitive pressures on us all, to operate co-operatively, because this we believe should characterise voluntary and charitable action. Together with a sharp focus on the needs of our less well-off citizens, and those experiencing particularly difficult problems in their lives, these values steer everything that AVA says and does. If you are in agreement, then we look forward to hearing from you.

AVA is looking closely at ways in which we can strengthen our dialogue and relationships with local people and groups. This will mean that our Volunteer Centre will be maintaining contact with everyone who approaches us as a potential volunteer, either with AVA or any other local organisation. We are interested in whether our support helps you, whether you find a rewarding role, and any other help we can offer. We are talking dialogue, not a one-off encounter. 

AVA will also be keeping in more frequent touch with organisations who register with our volunteer centre and who wish to recruit volunteers to help in their work. We want to know if we can work together more closely to support ourselves and our volunteers, by provision of training, learning opportunities, mentoring or other forms of mutual aid. We are also extending our local outreach centres right across Adur, offering local contact points for potential volunteers, members of the public and voluntary organisations which span Adur from Sompting to Fishersgate. The Shoreham and Lancing outreach points are run directly by AVA's own staff and volunteers, whilst the outreach point in Sompting is operated by Sompting Big Local, whose objectives are very similar to those of AVA, and whose team will be able to refer issues to AVA whenever appropriate. We are also planning a presence in Fishersgate very shortly.

So in three  ways AVA is moving closer to local people, local organisations and local issues. Call in and talk with us, share your skills and benefit from the wide pool of experience available within Adur's communities. Help AVA work with you, and in turn, please do all you can to promote and support AVA.


Adur i-pad club Wednesdays  10-12 Old School House

Adur Community Network January 22nd  meeting  12.30 Old School House speaker Martin Ladbrook on Charity Insurance. 

Adur Community Network March 26th meeting 12.30 Old School House speaker Graham McKindy, Lottery Heritage Fund