Survivors’ Poetry is a national literature organisation dedicated to celebrating the creative expression of survivors of the mental health system and to promoting poetry by survivors of mental distress. Having attended our Introduction to Coaching and Peer Mentoring Course, Celia Potterton, Trustee of Survivor’s Poetry was able to mentor other trustees within the organisation to address some of the organisation’s key issues.
Camden Carers Service supports unpaid carers who live, work or study in Camden or care for a person who lives in Camden.
In 2009, Camden Carers Service moved into the VAC building as a tenant. The Director, Allegra Lynch, talks about some of the services they have used at VAC and how these have been beneficial for the organisation.
Home-Start Camden is a local charity dedicated to helping families with young children living in the London Borough of Camden. Cathy Carpenter, Director of Home Start Camden, came on one of our accredited training course in Operational and Strategic Management. Here she talks about how the course helped her coach her trustees to take a more strategic role in the organisation resulting in an effective strategic plan for the organisation.
The African Health Forum provides health services to the African community and African organisations and helps to raise the profile of the needs of these communities back to key policy and decision makers. Chickwaba Oduka, Trustee of the African Health Forum, talks to us about how her organsiation has benefited from VAC training on ‘Mental Health First Aid’ and a […]
Betknowmore UK is a new social enterprise offering outreach services and providing support and mentoring to people coping with issues around problematic gambling and addiction. In 2013, Frankie Graham, Director of Betknowmore, attended VAC’s Business Startup For Social Enterprise, Micro Enterprise, Sole Trader course at the Mary Ward Learning Centre. Q. What’s the background to Betknowmore UK? […]
The following case study takes a look at the role of a peer mentor and how the techniques they learnt through VAC training helped them work reflectively to adapt their teaching style to meet the varied learning needs of their mentees. This case study has been anonymised upon request. Q. Why were you interested in peer mentoring? It […]
The Terrence Higgins Trust is one of the UK’s largest sexual health charities. They provide support to young people on a range of issues. More recently they sought to place young people out into their communities to be the eyes and ears on the ground for their project through peer mentoring. Shani Williamson talks about how […]
Queens Crescent Community Centre is a registered charity providing services and activities for the local community. Jonathan Montgomery talks about support they received from VAC on their successful funding application to the Active Communities Fund. Q. You used VAC to support an application to the Active Communities Fund? The organisation here uses VACs training quite a lot. […]
Doorstep Homeless Families Project provides access to vital services for Homeless families living in temporary accommodation in the London Borough of Camden. Faced with severe funding cuts in 2011, Vicki Fox, director of Doorstep, approached VAC for support to develop a 5 year strategic business plan to help steer the organisation through uncertain waters.