Guest blog: Martin Crow, Business Manager for Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board        

The word safeguarding is still most commonly used to describe when something has happened to an adult at risk of abuse and neglect, referring to the ‘duties’ to stop abuse, which  has a legal effect on a range of organisations, including the Local Authority, Police and the NHS. 
The safeguarding duties apply to an adult who:

What you can do to become a great safeguarding champion

If ‘safeguarding is everyone’s business’ what steps can you take to be a safeguarding champion within your organisation?
Martin Crow, Business Manager at Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board, shares his ten steps to being a great safeguarding champion. 
1. Person-centred approach
Ensure the service user is placed at the centre of all safeguarding related work 

Networking and Safeguarding Champions Events in Lewisham

Thursday 17 October 2019

In partnership with the Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board, VAL will be hosting four events across Lewisham in 2019-2020. Each one will bring together local people with lived experience, charities that work with them, and Board partners to ensure we work together to protect adults at risk of abuse and neglect in Lewisham.

The making of a CVS film…

The London CVS Network has created a film to promote the work of local CVSs.
London Plus, through discussion with network members, agreed to creating a film would be an interesting way to communicate what a CVS does.
Why is the film important? 

Welcome to our interim CEO, Martin Hunt

By Ben Beck, Chair of VAL
As many of you know VAL was unsuccessful with our recent grant funding application to London Borough of Lewisham. Whilst this grant has underpinned our work to support the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector for many years, we will continue to provide our core services in line with our charitable objectives. 

Lewisham Changemakers launch and networking at the Mulberry Centre

The launch and networking event led by co-creators Kareem Dayes of Lewisham Homes and our very own Christine Wykes Driver was a resounding success.  This informative session encourages social enterprises within Lewisham. These are projects/businesses with social objectives that continue to give back to the community.  Kareem and Christine led the session in front of a diverse audience, explaining how the programme’s aim is to give people the tools and support they need to become investment ready.