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AVA is stunned and saddened  by the terrible air crash just north of Shoreham on Saturday. We send our thoughts and sympathies to everyone affected.

 What would be the result of an economic cost benefit study of this year's air show?Or if the costs this year were discounted against any economic benefits accrued over the coming decade? And that is just the economic costs, there would also be a need to weigh the human and emotional costs against the emotional gains to those who love the air show. This is where we all rely on the capacity of those in responsible positions to make balanced and informed judgements. Adur - a community in shock - and Shoreham - never to be the same again- have probably never asked more of our local politicians, MP and others who will make or influence decisions about the air show's future.

This year's International Neighbours Event will be on Saturday 3rd October and not as originally stated 27th June. This change is due to the Community Centre building works.


Three years of shame ( )
Three years on from the end of London 2012 and £425 million in raided lottery cash owed to charities and communities across the UK has not been repaid, and the new Government has gone silent on the issue. Read more here. ( )


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

Article in NAVCA News June 2015: NAVCA_News_article_2015.docx 


Adur Access and Mobility Group, 10.15am  Friday 25th Sept, Adur Civic Centre, Members' Room 

Adur Community Network 1st October The Old School House: Julia Lilliewhite to speak on Churches Against Poverty

AdurCommunity Network, 10th December, The Old School House: Susan Saunders to speak about Adur Lions Club 

Adur i-pad club first Monday of the month,  10-12 Old School House from 1 Sept

Lancing Village Action, ipad club, first Saturday of each month from 1 Sept