Join the movement
Breaking news: VAL membership is now free of charge!
We've decided to remove the membership fee, so that we can offer membership to as wide a number of organisations as possible. The eligibility requirements for membership are that the organisation must be:
- a non-profit organisation or social enterprise
- working within the borough of Lewisham, for the benefit of Lewisham residents
- fully constituted, with a governing document
If you do not fulfil these criteria - particularly if you are a new startup group, out of borough, or a local branch of a national charity - we're still keen to work with you! Get in touch to find out how we can offer support or partnership, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To start accessing member benefits, such as free and discounted training, please complete the appropriate form:
By choosing to join VAL you become part of a close-knit, collaborative network - a movement representing the social sector in Lewisham.
If you are a community organisation or group either based in Lewisham or carrying out community activity in the borough, join us!
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