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Stagecoach South Partners with Worthing Community Chest to Unlock More Funding

Stagecoach South Partners with Worthing Community Chest to Unlock More Funding

Stagecoach South and Worthing Community Chest have joined forces in a year-long partnership to enrich the local community. Stagecoach South has donated £2500 to Worthing Community Chest, a local charity dedicated to supporting projects and activities that benefit the residents of Worthing by awarding small grants to various groups, clubs, events, and other good causes.

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Departures and arrivals 2023

Departures and arrivals 2023

2023 has been a year of departures and arrivals for Worthing Community Chest. We’ve said our goodbyes to some much-missed people and welcomed others that we look forward to working alongside.

We’re looking forward to an exciting and productive year in 2024. We especially look forward to helping more local groups bring their inspiring projects and initiatives to fruition, enriching community life in Worthing!

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Rainbow Theatre

Rainbow Theatre

Given that the great bard himself considered all the world to be a stage, it is not without irony that we have bought a stage for a Shakespearean theatre company. I get one sentence out of it; Shakespeare could have fashioned an entire play. Rainbow Theatre have been...

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Worthing Pride 2018

Worthing Pride 2018

Every picture tells a story. That’s me at normal height, Catherine on tiptoes, Malcolm in a wig and a compere called Spice who is either 6 ft 10 or was wearing heels the size of a small building that I somehow managed to overlook in all the excitement. Maybe I was too...

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One Love Worthing

One Love Worthing

All too often, it seems, we don’t get to hand over our big cheque until some time after the headline act has gone home, made the tea and put the cat out. But that certainly wasn’t the case at Worthing’s wonderful One Love Festival in the Assembly Hall last weekend....

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Rags to (Worthing) Riches

Rags to (Worthing) Riches

Worthing Community Chest - the local charity that gives grants of up to £1500 to local groups and events - wants to recycle your old clothes and shoes. It’s so simple - putting your old pants, socks and slippers into one of our big green bins means that we can reduce...

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Worthing Rugby Minis

Worthing Rugby Minis

Trustees Karl and Martin went to present a cheque to Worthing Rugby Minis last week. Martin has reported back... A sunny summer’s evening saw the Worthing Community Chest team head to Worthing Rugby Club to present our giant cheque for £1,488 to the 'Rugby Minis'. The...

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Worthing Children’s Parade 2018

Worthing Children’s Parade 2018

Trustee Paul Willis went along to the Children's Parade last weekend to present them with a cheque for £1,500. Sounds like he had a cracking time... One of the highlights of the burgeoning events calendar in Worthing is the Children's Parade and now so many schools...

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May 2018 Appraisal Panel

May 2018 Appraisal Panel

Worthy Worthing Community Chest’s May Update It’s Naomi’s first blog for us! She went along to her first Appraisal Panel and helped us to award the most money EVER at a panel! The future is looking bright... As the newest kid on the WCC block I’ll admit I was...

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Soundcastle Cheque Presentation

Soundcastle Cheque Presentation

The cheque presentation to Soundcastle saw our giant cheque make its shortest ever journey from its home in the Town Hall to the Education Room in Worthing Museum. Trustees Shirley Robinson-Viney and Karl Allison, along with Charity Coordinator Catherine Attwood,...

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Meet Karl Allison, the charity’s new Chair!

Meet Karl Allison, the charity’s new Chair!

Worthing Community Chest has a new Chair! Karl Allison has already been a big part of the charity, he was Vice Chair and also chaired some of our Appraisal Panels. Let's learn some more about him and why he wanted to join the charity, over to Karl... I love Worthing,...

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February 2018 Appraisal Panel

February 2018 Appraisal Panel

This month's guest blogger is Trustee Ann Stimpson, she attended Feburary's Appraisal panel 'I have been a Trustee of Worthing Community Chest for 3+ years and part of a Trustees responsibility is to monitor the Grant Application process.  So I attended a Grant...

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#Scratchpad Cheque Presentation

#Scratchpad Cheque Presentation

This week Chair, Karl Allison and Charity Co-ordinator Catherine Attwood went along to Colonnade House to meet the Scratchpad team and present them with a chequ for £1462.69. Below is Karl's blog It’s a nice feeling, walking through the centre of Worthing or driving...

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Fred says Farewell!

Fred says Farewell!

At the end of 2017 Fred Weller stepped down as a Trustee at Worthing Community Chest. He had been a huge part of the charity for over five years. Here is his final blog for the charity. 'Some ten years ago I joined the committee of my Organ Club. Soon I had...

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Worthing Community Chest AGM 2017

Worthing Community Chest AGM 2017

On the 6th November it was our 2017 AGM. It was the perfect time to tell Worthing about all the work we have been doing over the last year! We had three fantastic presentations; The Worthing Society, Get it Together and Worthing Street Pastors. They told the board and...

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The Empty Plate Christmas Lunch

The Empty Plate Christmas Lunch

On the 20th December Trustee, Malcolm Brett, and Charity Co-ordinator, Catherine Attwood, went along to The Love It Hub in Durrington to meet The Empty Plate team and join their Christmas Lunch. The Empty Plate uses food that is destined for landfill to serve...

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Worthing Counselling Centre Presentation

Worthing Counselling Centre Presentation

We’ve all known it as the Offington Counselling Service for many years now. They’ve been making a massive contribution to the emotional wellbeing of our town since since 1983. They provide counselling for people who otherwise might not be able to afford it. So when...

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The Worthing Society

The Worthing Society

On Tuesday 26th September, trustees Fred Weller and Cllr. Tom Wye met Susan Belton, chair of The Worthing Society, in the vestibule to the lecture theatre in the basement of Worthing Library. Also attending were the Mayor and Mayoress who were there to help celebrate...

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2017 AGM

2017 AGM

It is the Worthing Community Chest AGM on November the 8th and we would love you to join us! Our AGM taks place  at 7.00 p.m in the Gordon Room of Worthing Town Hall. There have been many changes to Worthing Community Chest over the last year, but our work continues...

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August 2017 Appraisal Panel Results

August 2017 Appraisal Panel Results

The first Appraisal Panel of Worthing Community Chest's financial year met on Wednesday 30th August. Eight applications were reviewed, these ranged from a sports kit to medical equipment. The Panel is made up of recipients of previous grants, who reviewed all of the...

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Get It Together

Get It Together

Trustees Karl Allison and John Phelps went along to the Get It Together event on the 5th August. Karl kindly put together his thoughts of the day. “Hip-hop is an art form” read the sign in the window of Colonnade House, and it’s hard to imagine that even the grumpiest...

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Rowland Singers Cheque Presentation

Rowland Singers Cheque Presentation

In July The Rowland Singers invited Worthing Community Chest to one of their performances. Trustees, Fred Weller and Malcolm Brett went along to watch the show and present them with their grant cheque. Below is Fred's impression of the evening. Saturday evening, 22nd...

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Worthing Armed Forces Weekend

Worthing Armed Forces Weekend

Last weekend Worthing Community Chest went along to the Armed Forces Weekend in Worthing to present them with a cheque. Here is Trustee, Fred Weller's report. Despite the rather damp and windy day there were plenty of people attending the Armed Forces Weekend...

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Creative Waves Presentation

Creative Waves Presentation

On the 11th June Worthing Community Chest Trustee, Amanda Harris, and Charity Co-ordinator, Catherine Attwood, went along to the seafront to meet Creative Wave's Nadia Chalk and present the group with a cheque for £1,100. Creative Waves ran art workshops with young...

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Appraisal Panel Training

Appraisal Panel Training

Worthing Community Chest holds four Appraisal Panels a year. The panel has between ten and fifteen members who assess grant applications and award funds to local groups and projects. Our grant awarding process is unique in that the Appraisal Panel consists of members...

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May 2017 Appraisal Panel

May 2017 Appraisal Panel

May is the final round of the 2016/17 Worthing Community Chest funding. Fred Weller was the Chair of the Panel and seven groups were awarded over £7,500 in total. Below is Fred's report from the Panel. Wednesday 24 May saw members meeting at Field Place for the final...

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High Salvington Short Mat Bowls

High Salvington Short Mat Bowls

On May Bank Holiday Monday Worthing Community Chest went to  St. Michaels Church to meet High Salvington Short Mat Bowls Club. Grants Administrator Inga Lielgalve along with Trustees Tom and Malcolm went along to present a a cheque for £864 which the group was awarded...

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Worthing Town Football Club Cheque Presentation

Worthing Town Football Club Cheque Presentation

Worthing Community Chest awarded a grant of £945 to Worthing Town Football Club to fund the purchase of new footballs. Trustees Fred Weller, Paul Howard and Martin Ansell went along to meet the club and present their grant. Below is Fred's blog from the visit. On the...

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Worthing Drama Company

Worthing Drama Company

In November 2016 Worthing Community Chest awarded Worthing Drama Company a grant of £800 to help put on their production The Cemetery Club. The Drama Company kindly invited us along to see the production and Trustee Malcolm Brett attended. Below Malcolm tells us about...

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February Appraisal Panel Results

February Appraisal Panel Results

At the end of February, Worthing Community Chest trustee, Malcolm Brett, chaired the latest round of funding.He kindly wrote us a blog about the morning. As a trustee of the Worthing Community Chest it was my privilege and pleasure to chair the latest grant funding...

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November 2016 Appraisal Panel

November 2016 Appraisal Panel

Wednesday 30 November saw the Appraisal Panel meeting for the second round of grant applications in this financial year. Ten applications were considered, two of which were not approved. Of the other eight all but three were awarded grants for the amount applied for....

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Tide of Light 2016

Tide of Light 2016

November 5th fireworks, and plenty of excitement for the children as they gathered to watch the fireworks display on Worthing seafront. Worthing Community Chest went along to meet Tide of Light and present them with their grant cheque! Tide of Light gave 500 children...

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The Worthing Community Chest 2016 AGM

The Worthing Community Chest 2016 AGM

It's is the Worthing Community Chest AGM on November the 23rd and we would love you to join us! Our AGM taks place on Wednesday 23 November at 7.00 p.m in the Gordon Room of Worthing Town Hall. Our work in the community continues to be important and this has been one...

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Green Dreams Festival

Green Dreams Festival

At the start of October Worthing Community Chest went along to Field Place to the Green Dreams Festival, we were very pleased to award them with  a cheque for £1500. The funds went towards venue hire and a purchasing a new gazebo. The cheque was presented to Jerry Le...

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Become a Worthing Community Chest Trustee

Become a Worthing Community Chest Trustee

Worthing Community Chest are looking for new trustees to join their Board of Directors. With your help we can support even more groups and continue our aim of enabling social and economic well-being in the borough. Since 2001, the Community Chest has awarded grants to...

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Worthing Rotary Carnival 2016

Worthing Rotary Carnival 2016

Sunday lunchtime of the August Bank Holiday weekend saw Councillor Tom Wye, the Borough Council's representative on the Board of Trustees, and Fred Weller at The Steyne amongst a large crowd of people enjoying the festival that is the annual Rotary Carnival. We were...

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August 2016 Appraisal Panel Results

August 2016 Appraisal Panel Results

Worthing Community Chest gives a massive thank you to all the volunteer panel members for their valuable time and effort spent reviewing current applications. The panel consisted of ten previous applicants, all from local non-profit groups and organisations. It is...

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Worthing Allotments & Garden Association

Worthing Allotments & Garden Association

  Worthing Community Chest had the great pleasure of presenting a cheque for £1500 to WAGA (Worthing Allotments and Garden Association). Trustee Malcolm and new trustee Cllr Tom Wye were lucky enough to spend a beautiful afternoon exploring The Humber Avenue...

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Worthing Gymnastics Club

Worthing Gymnastics Club

In mid July the Worthing Community Chest team were invited to St Andrews School where Worthing Gymnastics club were holding their annual competitions and having prize presentations. Earlier in the year the club had been awarded £1388 towards the purchase of Air Rolls...

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Malcolm Brett, Worthing Community Chest Trustee

Malcolm Brett, Worthing Community Chest Trustee

Malcolm Brett is a Trustee of Worthing Community Chest and he also Chairs our Appraisal Panel twice a year. Malcolm was first introduced to the Community Chest when he applied for funding in 2010. Here Malcolm tells you about his Trustee journey. "As secretary of a...

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Worthing Croquet Clubhouse Opening

Worthing Croquet Clubhouse Opening

On Sunday the 19th June the Worthing Community Chest were invited to the official opening of Worthing Croquet Club's new clubhouse at Field Place. The Club has been based at Field Place for over ten years, but had to relocate due to the needs of the centre. As the...

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May 2016 Appraisal Panel Results

May 2016 Appraisal Panel Results

May is the final Appraisal Panel of the Worthing Community Chest financial year. 2015-16 has been amazing for us - we have supported 30 projects and awarded over £28,500! A huge thank you to the 2015/16 panel members for volunteering their valuable time. Before the...

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Old Barn Short Mat Bowls Club

Old Barn Short Mat Bowls Club

In May 2016 Worthing Community Chest Directors, Fred Weller and Andy Hammond, visited the Old Barn Short Mat Bowls Club to see them in action, and to hand over a cheque for £1008.72 towards the purchase of a new short bowls mat along with rubber starter mats. They...

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Root Experience Project: Oggbots

Root Experience Project: Oggbots

Worthing Community Chest Trustee, Fred Weller, and Charity Coordinator, Catherine Attwood, went to the Connaught Theatre on Tuesday 17th May to award a grant of £1000 to Root Experience. This will enable the Sussex Theatre Group to bring Project: Oggbots to Worthing...

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Friends of Homefield

Friends of Homefield

Worthing Community Chest awarded Friends of Homefield £499 to help buy a new bench. Catherine Attwood and trustee, Malcolm Brett, went along in April to present the cheque. Malcolm has written some words about our visit. Homefield Park could be described as one of...

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Superstar Arts

Superstar Arts

Superstar Arts are a learning disabled choir based at West Worthing Baptist Church. Worthing Community Chest awarded them with a grant to professionally record the choir singing and create a CD. In early March the team, along with local councillors Tom Wye and Bob...

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Appraisal Panel Grants February 2016

Appraisal Panel Grants February 2016

At the end of February Worthing Community Chest had the latest Appraisal Panel. This is where the panel review the applications and decide whether to award funds. The Chair of the panel was trustee Malcolm Brett, below is Malcolm's blog about the panel followed by the...

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ReRide Awarded £1,500 Grant

ReRide Awarded £1,500 Grant

Last week Worthing Community Chest visited ReRide to take a look at the work they do and to, more importantly, present them with a cheque for £1,500. ReRide was started as a Social Enterprise in 2011 by Worthing Churches Homeless Projects. The project takes donated...

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Better Business Show 2016

Better Business Show 2016

On the 28th January Worthing Community Chest attended the Better Business Show in the Assembly Rooms. We wanted to tell as many local businesses as possible about the amazing groups that we support. Our office volunteer, Lisa, was with us on the day. Below is her blog...

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Carols for the Community

Carols for the Community

On December the 9th, at Davison High School for Girls, Carols for the Community took place. The event was supported by Worthing Community Chest. There were eighty invited guests from the local community. Guests enjoyed carols sung by the school choir, a drama...

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Youth University at Davison

Youth University at Davison

In our March funding round Worthing Community Chest awarded Youth University at Davison £1,110. This was used to purchase a kit car which the students then build. Malcolm Brett and Fred Weller, two of our Trustees, visited YU at Davison recently. Malcolm kindly put...

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Sustainable Sussex

Sustainable Sussex

Lisa, our office Volunteer, writes our latest blog about our cheque presentation at Sustainable Sussex. In early October, Worthing Community Chest visited the Sustainable Sussex Chilli Farm to award 1500.00, which will be used to buy items, including a dehydrator, to...

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Applying for a Worthing Community Chest grant

Applying for a Worthing Community Chest grant

Our guest blogger today is Inga Lielgalve, Worthing Community Chest Grants Administrator. Her role is to review all of the grant applications before they are assessed by the Appraisal Panel. Here is her application advice. Writing a strong application when applying...

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Bartie Presents

Bartie Presents

This week we have a guest post from our volunteer, Tom: On the 22nd August I went along with three Worthing Community Chest trustees; Fred Weller, Malcom Brett, and Heather Foster to present Jess Estcourt and Rachel Gilmore of Bartie Presents with a cheque for £1,250....

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Worthing Skeptics in the Pub

Worthing Skeptics in the Pub

Guest blogger, WCC Trustee Fred Weller, reports from Skeptics in the Pub's Laughingstock Worthing Community Chest seeks to provide grant support to a wide range of groups, clubs and not-for-profit organisations throughout Worthing. One recently successful grant...

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Worthing Petanque Club

Worthing Petanque Club

Worthing Community Chest went along to the grand opening of Worthing Petanque Club's new shelter. We were very pleased to support the club with a grant for £1,000. The club are based at West Worthing Club and are play three times a week. The sun was shining on the day...

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Our New Website!

Our New Website!

After a couple of months of planning, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new website. We wanted a new website to show what we do and how we help groups in Worthing. The new application form will also make it easier to apply for our grants. We hope you like...

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Hairspray the Musical

Hairspray the Musical

Hairspray the Musical took place in April 2015, Sally McDonald from Worthing Musical Theatre Co. is this month's blogger. Worthing Musical Theatre Co. continually strive to present as professional a production as they can for the Worthing community. Rising costs hit...

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Willow Living Dome

Willow Living Dome

Guest Blogger - Ellie from Worthing WildLife. Worthing WildLife was formed in October 2014, with an aim to enhance wildlife habitats within the Worthing area, by involving the community with wildlife projects. During the February half term, a spectacular living Willow...

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