VCS Support in Lewisham – Changes Ahead
As you will likely be aware there are some changes ahead to how you, as a voluntary and community organisation or group, can find support and be inspired and equipped to help each other build a resilient and thriving community in Lewisham.
Rushey Green Time Bank (RGTB) are now funded by the borough to engage, connect and facilitate the sector and your work. Their work will focus on developing Lewisham Local, maximising the assets we already have across our community, involving cross-sector partners, and encouraging all to give and share in Lewisham and work together to tackle local issues strategically. Some of the key new initiatives that you will see from RGTB in the next few months include: an online portal that profiles local organisations and their good work, opportunities to give time and skills, opportunities to share community assets and needs, free training and skills sharing and local information and resources, help for organisations in crisis, charity leaders and trustees network and training and launching a local giving fund.
At the same time Voluntary Action Lewisham (VAL) will be ramping down a number of their infrastructure services as we approach the end of the financial year. However you can still access, for free, support on adult safeguarding; the CYP Forum; the Lewisham Changemakers programme for leaders and social entrepreneurs; workshops and one-to-one support on developing your organisation’s capacity to define, monitor and communicate your impact; training for sports event volunteers; funding news; and the Young Londoners’ Fund Network. VAL’s paid for services will also continue, including bid writing and consultancy, bookkeeping and accountancy services, funding search appointments, and general training and events. You can also still hire spaces at The Mulberry Centre.
METRO Charity are working closely with VAL, progressing through a due diligence process towards a potential merger. If this should go ahead, this would likely help secure the long term future of VAL and also pave the way for further front line services for the people of Lewisham around sexual health, community services, mental health, youth services and HIV support and prevention.
We would jointly like to invite you to this voluntary and community sector engagement event. This will be an opportunity to connect with the teams from RGTB, VAL and METRO alongside other infrastructure organisations in the borough. It will also be an opportunity to hear more about the changes ahead and ask any questions you might have. Please register on this link.
Philippe Granger, CEO, Rushey Green Time Bank
Christine Wykes Driver, Acting Chief Executive, Voluntary Action Lewisham
Dr Greg Ussher, CEO, METRO Charity