Like everyone else in the world, our year was shaped by COVID-19. We developed our COVID response early in 2020, not only to protect our own staff and volunteers but to provide ongoing support for local people in Leicester and Leicestershire.
Leicester was one of the most impacted cities in the UK. The city saw some of the highest infection rates in the UK at times and was in almost permanent lockdown from March 2020.
VAL’s role this year has been to continue offering vital support to local people, whether by contributing to Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s emergency COVID response by mobilising thousands of volunteers, or through supporting participants via our employability projects and helping people with learning disabilities to overcome isolation through lockdown.
Read on and see how VAL has continued its mission of helping people to change their lives for the better during one of the most difficult years in recent history.
In early 2020 VAL was assessed for the renewal of our Investing in Volunteers Accreditation. We received a glowing report from the assessor, with a particular focus on our work on developing the Volunteer’s Voice in the organisation, through volunteer meetings and training sessions to support the development of VAL’s volunteer opportunities and wider offer.
It wasn’t just young people from BAME backgrounds that faced difficulties. Many of the project’s participants had fears and concerns to some extent, so the project completely altered the way they delivered their service to ensure young people could still access support. To showcase this new model of delivery, the YES Project held their first webinar, #ReRoutingFutures – The New Normal.Read more
Luke completed the #CalenderClub Challenge to raise money for VAL and the Work.Live.Leicestershire (WiLL) project who supported his father Kevin through a tough time.Read more
VALUES Drama Group
Cookery in lockdown
Cycling group getting outdoors
Christmas at VALUES
Gaming over video chat
For some VALUES clients, like Zoe, taking part in virtual activities just wasn’t possible. VALUES put one-to-one support in place for Zoe to help her get out of the house and look after her mental health.Read more