Merger progress update

26 Mar 2020

VAL’s trustees and the Acting Chief Executive, Chris Wykes Driver, have continued to work closely with the team at METRO Charity ahead of the planned merger completion date of 1st April. Existing VAL staff, apart from the premises officer, are leaving at the end of March.

In recent months VAL has reduced its range of infrastructure services and completed existing contracts. Rushey Green Time Bank (RGTB) are now funded by Lewisham Council to engage, connect and facilitate the local voluntary sector.
 
From April, the new METRO VAL will continue VAL’s Young Londoners' Fund work, and deliver on strategic equalities - which includes supporting a regular Local Equalities Forum. 
 
METRO Charity will also work with local people and communities to supplement their offer of crucial frontline services related to sexual and reproductive health, mental health, hate crime, youth services and HIV support and prevention. 
 
As part of the merger process VAL members will automatically become Associate Members of METRO Charity. If you would prefer for your organisation not to become an Associate Member of METRO Charity, please email membership@metrocharity.org.uk . METRO VAL members will continue to benefit from being able to hire space at the Mulberry Centre at preferential rates.
 
VAL’s current trustees will form an advisory committee for METRO VAL. One of VAL’s current trustees will also be selected by VAL’s current board to be nominated for election to the board of METRO Charity.
 
If you have any queries about the merger please email info@valewisham.org.uk