VAL Blogs


  • VALUES KickStart programme success

    During 2021-2022, VALUES took part in the KickStart scheme, a programme run by the government to help young people gain paid work experience and work-related training.

  • VALUES Seeks Feedback

    Over the course of 2021-2022 we have sought feedback from our clients, parents, caregivers and other professionals in a range of ways, including social media, emails and video-recorded messages.

  • VALUES Youth Sports Group

    This year we’ve been successful in securing a grant from Mencap and Sport England though their Tackling Inequalities Fund. With this money we were excited to start our new Saturday Sports group. This group engaged young people between the ages 16-25 from across the city and county. They’ve been supported by us to partake in a wide range of different sporting activities, including football, boccia, basketball and cricket. It’s been great to provide young people with the opportunity to get out at the weekend, socialise and keep fit; this has been difficult for everyone over the last few years, and that’s no different for young people and adults with learning disabilities. By providing this group, we have not only promoted the importance of healthy living but also reduced social isolation and built friendships.

  • World Autism Awareness Week 2022

    Mikaela Paterson, Team Manager for the VALUES project, talks about her experience of working with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder as part of World Autism Week 2022.

  • VALUES update – Settling in to the new normal

    Mikaela, manager of VAL's learning disabilities service VALUES talks about coming back to in person services and how we have had to adjust and learn.

  • Learning Disability Week 2021

    The theme of this year’s Learning Disabilities Week is Art and Creativity. Mikaela Paterson, Team Manager for the VALUES project, talks about some of the ways in which being creative can be beneficial to people with learning disabilities.

  • Small Charity Week: Celebrating and providing tips

    Helen Oparinde, Development Officer in VAL’s Voluntary Sector Support team, celebrates small charity week by highlighting some of the support VAL has given to local small charities and some tips to help others on their journey.

  • Volunteers Week 2021

    Helen Oparinde, Development Officer in VAL’s Voluntary Sector Support team, celebrates Volunteers Week by talking about how she volunteers, giving back to her local community.

  • International Women’s Day 2021 – Celebrating women’s achievements

    Helen Oparinde, Development Officer in VAL’s Voluntary Sector Support team marks International Women’s Day by highlighting the contribution that women make to the local VCSE sector.