Voluntary Action Camden

Get involved

On this page you’ll find ways to get more involved with voluntary work in Camden and with us, such as volunteering or our forums.

Get connected

Become a member

Membership of VAC is completely free. Member organisations receive access to VAC information, networks and resources and can access support and advice on a range of issues.

Join one of our forums

Our online forums brings the voluntary sector together to discuss, share and learn about issues, opportunities and challenges facing Camden residents and the community groups supporting them.

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter

Every Friday we email out a newsletter filled with useful resources, news and information for voluntary organisations and residents in Camden

Volunteering

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We are able to offer varied volunteering opportunities to people wanting to improve their skills whilst doing something constructive to support the local community and voluntary sector in Camden. We also take on expert volunteers who can offer their time, skills, expertise and experience in a particular area in which we seek the relevant expertise.

For general volunteering opportunities in the borough, contact Volunteer Centre Camden, or go to OneCamden to find out more about volunteering in Camden and Covid-19 volunteering. Read on to find out more about volunteering with VAC.

Community Health Advocates

VAC recruits and trains Community Health Advocate Volunteers to work with local GP practices promoting community based health and well-being services.
The Community Health Advocates develop local knowledge which makes them an important link between communities and health service commissioners.

The volunteers build good relations with local GPs to support people to engage with health services and to access the services they need to maintain good health. The volunteers are also a voice for the community about what kinds of services people want in their neighbourhoods to help them to improve their health and stay healthy.

If you would like to know more about volunteering as a Community Health Advocate, please contact Mandira Manandhar on 020 7284 6573 or mmanandhar@vac.org.uk.

Trustees

If you feel you have something to offer VAC as a Trustee then we would love to hear from you. The Board of Trustees are elected annually at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and you must be a VAC Member to stand. The Board have powers to co opt members between AGMs.

To find out more contact Kevin Nunan, Executive Director: knunan@vac.org.uk.

VAC is managed by a Board of Trustees which is elected annually. Members of the Board of Trustees are nominated by VAC Members in accordance with the requirements of the Memorandum and Article of Association (our governing document).

The Board of Trustees is VAC’s governing body and sets the overall strategy and direction of the organisation. They also hold responsibility for are responsible for the efficient and lawful governance of charities and not-for profits. It employs a paid Executive Director to oversee the daily management of the organisation and to deliver the organisation’s aims and objectives.

Some of the roles of a trustee include:

  • To ensure that the charity remains true to its mission and values
  • To determine its strategy
  • To act as the point of final accountability for its actions and those of its representatives and staff
  • To safeguard its assets

Whilst Trustees often bring a wealth of skills and experience to the table, becoming a Trustee or Board Member often has unexpected benefits, for example, gaining extra skills, aiding professional development and networking with colleagues.

Who are VAC’s Trustees?

VAC’s Board of Trustees comprises 10 individuals (8 trustees and 2 observers) with experience of working in the voluntary and community sector. They have considerable knowledge of the borough of Camden and the needs and concerns of local residents. Together they bring to VAC a wide range of skills and expertise, from communications to community development, senior management, human resources, strategic planning and financial services.

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