VASL goes to Westminster


VASL invited to Parliament launch

Maureen, 2nd row left with other organisations that shaped the Loneliness Strategy

VASL was invited to parliament on Monday as one of the charities that helped to influence and shape the Loneliness Strategy which was launched by the new Minister for Loneliness, Tracy Crouch.

“VASL spent a long time perfecting their Community Champions project which aims to reduce loneliness and isolation and we contributed to the loneliness debate.  We were fortunate that our local MP Neil O’Brien also took notice of what we have achieved.

“I was able to meet and chat with other Charities and organisations that have contributed to the document.” said Charity Manager Maureen O’Malley

Maureen, VASL Charity Manager, with Minister for Loneliness Tracey Crouch

“Tracy Crouch introduced the document and gave back ground.  She then introduced Jo Cox’s sister who spoke on behalf of the family.

Kim Leadbeater, Jo’s sister, on behalf of the Jo Cox Foundation said:

“I am delighted that the strategy for tackling loneliness is being launched today. The work on loneliness has been a hugely important part of Jo’s legacy and it is heart-warming to see how much progress has been made on the subject since her murder.”

“It was very moving “said Maureen, who had the opportunity to have a few words with Jo Cox’s mum and dad who were also at the event.

“After the launch I was given a tour of parliament and even got a chance to watch a debate in the house of commons chamber and with the Prime Minister taking questions about Brexit!

“However, for me, the focus was very much on what we have been able to achieve which is probably best left to a quote from one of our own clients

  • “ I have recently joined this wonderful organisation. I am realising that there really is a life outside my home. Thank you so much, especially with finding me such a lovely Befriender”


“It was a fantastic day and such an honour for VASL to be asked to attend, especially coming just days after we won runner up in the RCC Awards for the   Community Champions always say you come along as

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VASL Job Opportunity

Our My Mind Matters Project is looking for a

Mental Health Community Worker.

Is it you? Take a look at the ad below and get in touch with us if you think it’s for you.









Mental Health Community Worker

Salary: £19,000 to 21,000 p.a. pro rata
Hours:                                  Part time: 30 hours per week

Office hours are Monday to Thursday (9 to 5) Friday (9 to 4.30) plus the occasional evening and weekend

Duration: Fixed term contract until 30 September 2020

(with the option of being extended 1 year plus 1 year depending on funding)



Responsible to:

Office is VASL, Torch House, Torch Trust, Market Harborough  LE16 9HL but some proportion of the role will be community based in the Harborough District

Mental Health Community Team Leader

VASL is a local charity that provides a range of services for elderly, disabled or rurally isolated people including carers.


We are recruiting for a Community Mental Health Worker to join our friendly and supportive charity to deliver our My Mind Matters service, to support and empower adults with mental illness and their carers to maintain and improve on their own recovery. Provide individual support to enable individuals to self-manage their daily living, finances, physical health and emotional health and wellbeing. Co run workshop and advice sessions. Raise awareness of mental illness in Harborough District and building relationships with relevant organisations.


We are looking for someone who is friendly, enthusiastic and genuinely interested in people to join our team to promote and deliver this exciting project. This is an interesting position for someone who is organised, self-motivated and wants to make a difference to people, including their family and friends, with mental health in the Harborough District Community. Must have qualifications / experience with working in the mental health sector, ideally in the community.



If this is you, please apply:


More information is available in our application pack (CVs will not be accepted), please call 01858 433232 or email Applications can be submitted via email or post.


Closing date:9am Monday 29th October

Interview date:  Tuesday 6th November and Thursday 8th November 2018


(If you have not heard back by this date, unfortunately you have not been successful)


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