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Lord-Lieutenant's Voluntary Sector Forum

Champions of the West Sussex Community

The Lord Lieutenant’s Voluntary Sector Forum provides support and encouragement to the community in West Sussex.  It harnesses the extensive networks and influence of lieutenancy members to bring together different areas of the voluntary world and forge valuable links.

A core group that meets on a regular basis draws together Deputy Lieutenants from across the county with representatives of the charity and community world to discuss current challenges and initiatives and look for practical ways in which the Lieutenancy can help.

Activities include: 

  • Promoting the King’s Award for Voluntary Service - a valuable award and a good test for community organisations.  For more information go to the King’s Award for Voluntary Service page or click here for the King's Award website.


  • Helping with succession planning for key community and third
    sector roles, including chairs and trustees.

  • Encouraging business engagement in the community.

  • Keeping close links with cross county charities, groups and community leaders.

  • Drawing together forum discussions on specific topics with a cross section of community leaders.

The forum’s members are:

Caroline Nicholls DL (Chair), Julia Aisbitt JP, DL, John Barclay DL, 

Neil Hart DL (High Sheriff of West Sussex 2021/22), Carole Hayward DL.

Current initiatives

Sussex Charity Mentors

Charity Mentors Sussex was established in East Sussex some five years ago to provide free business mentors to charities, community groups and not for profit concerns.  The forum is supporting the organisation’s expansion into West Sussex, helping to recruit new business mentors and trustees and promote the service to the voluntary sector.

Community Partners

Action in Rural Sussex - an independent charity that exists for all people living in rural areas of Sussex but especially those who are at risk of isolation and/or disadvantage, and for whom rural life brings an additional challenge and cost to their daily lives.

Sussex Community Foundation - a not-for-profit charity that makes grants to other not-for-profit organisations across Sussex, raising funds from donors in support of charities and community groups across West and East Sussex, Brighton and Hove.

West Sussex Voluntary Sector and Community Alliance - the alliance brings together the independent organisations working across West Sussex, providing support and development services to around 1,500 voluntary and community groups, as well as encouraging and supporting volunteering and volunteers. These are Community Works (for Adur and Worthing), Crawley Community Action, Mid Sussex Voluntary Action and Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester.

For more information about the Lord-Lieutenant's Voluntary Sector Forum please click here to contact the Lieutenancy Officer.

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