This volunteer had never had a job in an office. She volunteered at VAC for 1.5 years which helped her develop essential skills to help her in her search for paid employment, including skills in IT, admin and communication.
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.
Len Lauk, local Camden resident, began volunteering with VAC in July 2013 to help with admin and ICT. Len quickly took on more roles and was soon instrumental in helping VAC to demonstrate impact through it’s case study programme. Here Len tells us why volunteering was so important for him and how it helped him secure paid work in a local Camden civil society organisation.
Peter Simonson, a local Camden resident, began volunteering with VAC in April 2014 on the volunteer Heath Advocacy Project. Here Peter tells us about the difference the project is making in the community, and how volunteering has helped him gain valuable skills in the public health field.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
Ali Griffin (then Assistant Director for Culture and Environment at Camden Council) talks about VAC’s relationship with the council and how we worked together to tackle strategic issues in the borough. Ali: “I think there was definitely a shift in approach from 2010 – 2013 in to trying to lift everyone’s aspirations really, and be […]
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? […]