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About VALewisham

Voluntary Action Lewisham is a membership charity providing leadership and support to charities, community groups and social enterprises working to enhance the lives of Lewisham residents.

Our vision and mission

We want to see strong, vibrant communities that can take their place at the heart of every sphere of Lewisham life.

Our mission is to build a resilient voluntary and community and social enterprise sector that is responsive to the diverse needs of our local communities.

A movement for change

Lewisham's social sector is as diverse as the communities it serves. Charities, social entrepreneurs and community groups all work to make a difference in their local community or particular group, and together they form part of a groundswell movement for positive change in the borough.

What we do

We work to make services better and to strengthen the voice of the sector on the issues that affect the people our members serve.

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Diversify your funding

On 29 November 2016 #GivingTuesday will mobilise millions of people around the world to give their time, talents and money to local good causes.

This is your chance to capitalise on the success of this international giving campaign to help you boost your income and supporter base in Lewisham.

Would you like to raise over £75,000 for your community initiative? That’s just what Peckham Coal Line did.

How did they do it?
Come along on Tuesday 29 November to find out more about their story and how you can get started and succeed with your own crowdfunding campaign too!

Crowdfunding not for you?
Then find out more about how online giving schemes can help you boost your income through match-funding and support.

Join VAL and partners at this year's funding event: #GivingTuesday – Diversify your funding 10am – 12.30pm. funding options for your organisation including online funding and the Grow your tenner/ Give me5 campaigns too. You can sign up for this event taking place on Tuesday 29 November, click here to find out more and to book your place
29 Nov 2016 at 10:00am
until 29 Nov 2016 at 12:30pm
120 Rushey Green

Boost your digital marketing skills

Looking for ways to promote your services to your local community? Wondering how your organisation could get its message across to a wider audience?

Know a little about social media but want hands-on support in a low-key environment?

Then why not come along to our Digi-skills swap to find out how video clips, Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other free web tools could help your group?

Hosted in Lewisham Library, this informal event is particularly aimed at those from community and voluntary groups wanting to learn how to and/or improve how they use the social web.

Kate White from leading digital support charity Superhighways will be on hand for support, as well as a number of experienced 'digifiles'.

Register for free using the link
20 Oct 2016 at 4:30pm
until 20 Oct 2016 at 6:00pm

New groups Welcome to VAL session

Are you thinking about starting a new community group or non-profit organisation? How about a social enterprise? Or maybe you've recently set up a new group.

If so, this free introductory session is the place to start.

Come along and find out about VAL's services to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Lewisham. You will have the chance to talk about your project ideas and get some feedback. You'll also be able to network with others who are planning a new start-up organisation.

The event is free to attend but you must book online to confirm your place, as we have limited space.
28 Sep 2016 at 2:00pm
until 28 Sep 2016 at 4:00pm
120 Rushey Green

Start here! Setting up a social enterprise

Setting up a social enterprise can be a daunting, exhilarating and challenging experience. You’re joining a growing number of people and organisations wanting to do business and do good at the same time.

This workshop aims to help you turn your vision into reality. It's designed for those at the early stages of setting up a social enterprise business or a trading arm for an existing community organisation.

We will look at:

· the services or products you want to provide

· how you will meet your social aims and still make a profit

· choice of legal structure, and

· your next steps.

Who should attend?

· Individuals at the early stages of setting up a social enterprise business

· Charity and community organisation managers considering setting up trading activities or a trading subsidiary
22 Sep 2016 at 10:30am

Job opportunity: Lewisham Local Development Lead

Lewisham Local Development Lead (Part-time)

Voluntary Action Lewisham
Salary: £41,811
Contract: 21 hours p/w, 9-month fixed-term contract (possibility of extension)

We are looking for an experienced, passionate and entrepreneurial professional with a background in marketing and fundraising and associated commercial skills.

The role is to develop a local collaborative involving Lewisham Council, the voluntary and community sector, Goldsmiths University, businesses and the community at large.

The person we are looking for is likely to have the ability to develop a successful collaborative involving a wide range of organisations and the skills to inspire and galvanise a range of local actions to harness the resources and talents of local communities.

Lewisham Local is part of a growing London wide Local Giving campaign aimed at creating cross-sector collaboratives that tackle priority issues in each borough.

You will lead the establishment of the new Lewisham Local development collaborative through your ability to develop relationships, innovate, create networks, transform ideas into actions and effectively market this exciting cross-borough opportunity. Key to your success will be the development of a strategy for the sustainability of the Lewisham Local initiative.

For further details and an application pack please contact: Philippe Granger on 07525 456746 or by e-mail on

Closing date: Monday 1 August 2016

Interviews: w/c 15 August 2016