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.
The work we do supporting local residents, community groups and organisations in Camden has a transformative impact on the local community. But don't just take our word for it!
Here you can read just a few of the stories from our service users about how our support has made a real difference to help bring about a better quality of life and more sustainable and resilient communities in Camden.
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.
South Hampstead and Kilburn Partnership (SHAK) supplies adult education services to local residents in the Kilburn ward. Its mission is to increase local community confidence and support community members in reaching their full potential. SHAK have a longstanding relationship with VAC, in particular the use of our Employment and HR advice service. Jane Lee (then Director) of SHAK tells us a little bit about why she found this to be a helpful service.
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.
Healthwatch Camden was established to help keep a spotlight on local health services. Local Healthwatch is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of local services. Here Healthwatch’s Director and Community Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator Lead talk about the support they’ve received from VAC and what it means being a tenant in the VAC building.
Abbey Communtiy Centre in the heart of Kilburn, provides a wide range of services and activities for the local community. VAC has twice facilitated their annual Away Day to help them update their strategic plan. Lindsay Richardson, Centre director, talks about how this support has made an impact on their organisation.
In 2011 VAC and Somers Town Community Centre began looking at the new Localism Act to see how planning policy could affect real change in the way that communities are able to shape and design their local neighbourhood. The project soon took off and here Sarah Elie talks to us about what difference this has made to the Somers Town community.
Matthew Upton is the Strategic Lead for Engagement and Consultation for Camden council and has been working with VAC on the Community Researchers Enterprise and the setup of the Healthwatch organisation. Here Matthew gives his perspective on how collaborative working with VAC has been beneficial for the council – and in particular local Camden communities.
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 […]
The Calthorpe Project is one of the UK’s oldest community gardens. It is also a Community Centre offering plentiful services and activities for local people. Calthorpe Project was one of the first organisations to sign up to VAC’s energy bulk-purchase network. Here their director, Louise Gates, talk to us about how they have benefited from the savings.