World Mental Health day

Today is World Mental Health Day – a good a day as any to talk about my explorations in Positive Psychology, otherwise known as “the study of what makes life worth living”.


What is the Charity Governance Code?

The Charity Governance Code provides an overview of best practice for managing charities and a useful structure for reviewing how your own charity measures up. There are different versions of the Code, with one designed for small organisations that takes into account the specific challenges that smaller charities face.

Rosario Guimba-Stewart, VAL trustee and  Chief Executive at Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network, encourages organisations to work together 

The many challenges many refugees and migrants currently face are immense. 
The government’s ‘hostile environment’ for illegal migrants is wrecking the lives of those who have the right to be here. 
Landlords are now required to check on tenants’ immigration status or otherwise face hefty fines; this practice encourages racial profiling and discrimination. 

Fun Palaces took place on the weekend of 6th and 7th October. 

Fun Palaces about ordinary people bringing their passons and skills to share with others, for free.
There were fantastic activities the public could try out. 
These varied from African dance to pedal power, and from life-drawing to wall climbing! 
Various community centres in the borough hosted Fun Palace activities. 
To find out more visit:

Making Lewisham a safer place for young people 

MP Vicky Foxcroft addressed a packed Children and Young People's Forum at the Riverside Youth Centre, Deptford, this week.
VAL's CYP Forum looked at a number of perspecitives on how to make Lewisham a safer place for young people. 
MP Vicky Foxcroft outlined the findings of the Youth Violence Commission's report. This report outlines key areas which the Commission would like to see policy changes in.

Children and Young People's Forum


Making Lewisham a safer place for young people 

18 September, from 10am, arrive 9.45am
Riverside Youth Centre, Grove St, SE8 3QQ
10.00 Welcome – Nalan Salih, CYP Forum chair
10.05 Making Lewisham a safer place 
10.20 Questions