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 


Barbara Gray is the new Lewisham Mayoress 

We are delighted to hear that VAL trustee Barbara Gray is the new Mayoress of Lewisham - she was confirmed as the new Mayoress at a Lewisham Council meeting this week. 
Barbara will also be the advisor on BAME health inequalities. We look forward to hearing about Barbara's work in this new role. 


Adult Safeguarding - Anticipation and Prevention

This week we were at the Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board conference on Adult Safeguarding - Anticipation and Prevention.

Energy efficiency and how to save money

South East London Community Energy visited the VAL offices on Monday 25th March to deliver some training to staff about fuel poverty and how to save money on your energy bills. The two main areas of focus were how to improve the energy efficiency of your house and how to get the best deal with energy suppliers and navigate the energy market.

NCVO volunteer conference 

By Aparna Sapre

Members vote for sector rep to HWB board 

VAL members will vote for the Health and Wellbeing Board representative at an event on 12 February. 
Please see our events page to book a place for the event
Note that to vote you must have already be a full member of VAL. There are details of how to apply for free membership.