VAL Blogs


  • 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.

  • World Autism Awareness Week 2021

    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 2021.

  • 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.

  • Student Volunteering Week 2021 –Young Trustees bringing value to trustee boards

    Helen Oparinde, Development Officer in VAL’s Voluntary Sector Support team, celebrates Student Volunteering week and considers how young people can strengthen our local VCSE sector.

  • New Year resolutions for the local VCSE sector

    Helen Oparinde, Development Officer in VAL’s Voluntary Sector Support team looks forward to 2021 and considers what New Year resolutions we may want to consider.

  • UK Charity Week 2020 – Time to Celebrate and Donate

    Helen Oparinde, Development Officer in VAL’s Voluntary Sector Support team, reflects on 2020 in terms of charity fundraising, looking at how UK Charity Week can help raise the profile of the local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector as it continues to provide support during the pandemic into 2021.