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.

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