We have recently moved and are now based in the Community Space opposite the Co-Op on Ham Road.

You can phone us on 01273 031520. As our phones are not always staffed please leave a message and we will get back to you. Alternatively, you can email us at

AVA’s History

AVA was first established in 1959 as Shoreham & District Council for Voluntary Service. We later became Adur Council for Voluntary Service, and ten years ago Adur Voluntary Action.

AVA is a locally based charitable organisation. Our purpose is to support community development across Adur. AVA also belongs to NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) which is an umbrella body for councils for voluntary service and lobbies central government on matters relevant to the sector.

Community development involves working with individuals, groups, organisations of all kinds, and businesses. It means bringing people together to recognise shared needs and work to ensure that these are met. Community development can also mean campaigning for local services or human rights, opposing discrimination, and standing up for Adur’s needs: economic, environmental, health, leisure, social care.

To the above ends we offer one-to-one support and advice to local charitable organisations on matters such as: becoming constituted; registering as a charity; raising funds; promoting themselves; finding meeting space; supporting/training volunteers; recruiting/managing paid staff or handling the book keeping. We also participate in research projects, especially to study local needs or services, and work hard to bring funding into Adur from outside. AVA also runs its own projects, such as Adur Online Learners which helps more people access the internet.