Join the movement
By choosing to join VAL you become part of a movement representing the social sector in Lewisham.
We support and equip voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises to deliver high-quality services, and work with them to strengthen the collective voice of the communities they serve.
Our strength lies in the skills, expertise and commitment of our member organisations who inform our collective voice and shape our work.
Voluntary and Community Sector Forum
Five good reasons to join VAL
Support, advice and consultancy
Boost the quality of your work by tapping into the experience and knowledge of our Development Support team. We have expertise in fundraising, finance, social enterprise, marketing, capacity building, training, safeguarding and more!
Have access to information and resources, including sector news and policy updates through our regular VAL-Bulletin and website.
Training and events
Take advantage of discounted prices on our training to help you build the skills and knowledge you need to improve your service.
Make new contacts and build on existing ones through our events and online community.
Have your say
Influence policies that affect the people of Lewisham by participating in sector-wide for.ums.
As a member of VAL you'll receive
discounts on training and other services (typically 25%)
regular information updates about what is happening in the sector
opportunities to network with local organisations
a stronger voice in debates about issues facing the sector
voting rights at elections to select representatives from VAL members to strategic partnerships
opportunities to shape VAL by nominating a member to the board or becoming a trustee of VAL
Membership of VAL is only £20 a year. Five-year membership is only £50.
If you are a community organisation or group either based in Lewisham or carrying out community activity in the borough, join us!