At a glance

Here’s how we’re making a difference to communities in Harborough and throughout Leicestershire:

Our Harborough based schemes:

VASL Car Scheme

David; one of our volunteer drivers

Our Car Scheme  remains the most well-known and popular project with local people of Harborough providing a range of services for elderly, disabled or rurally isolated people who either can’t use public transport or are living in an area where none exists.

To find out more call Sandy Handley on 01858 468499 or email transport@vasl.org.uk

Young Carers

Our Young Carers Group meets on Youth Service premises and Leicestershire County Council provides additional staffing, which is all contributed in kind.   BBC Children in Need has supported this project for four years and  the project was also chosen by Women In Philanthropy (WIP) to be one their three projects that they supported through 2015/2016.  To find out more please call Hannah Currington on 07845 789782 or email hcurrington@vasl.org.uk

 

Community Champions

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This  Harborough District based project helps to reduce loneliness and isolation for people over 60. It was awarded five years funding in June 2017 from The Big Lottery Fund.

We are looking for volunteers to either visit or telephone people regularly to give the social contact or maybe accompany people on trips but most of all find ways to get that person involved with their own local community. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact champions@vasl.org.uk

Publicity

Harborough Fire Crew giving advice to Community Champions clients

Our  Digital Marketing and Publicity Co-ordinator  organises promotion of  our projects to the wider community, media and partners.  To find out more or to arrange a talk about our work for your group or business, please call Nickie Philbin on 01858 439264  or email nphilbin@vasl.org.uk

My Mind Matters

My Mind Matters is a Harborough based project set up to help you to take control of your life whilst living with a mental health diagnosis, to get information and advice if you are concerned about your own or a loved ones mental health or if you want to connect with people in your local area who understand what you are experiencing. To get in touch please call ring us on 01858 411383 or email; mindmatters@vasl.org.uk

Our Leicestershire County based schemes:

Support for Carers Leicestershire

Since July 2011, we’ve held the Leicestershire County Council contract to deliver ‘Support for Carers’ across the whole of Leicestershire. This developed our previous, local service to reach countywide. We’re receiving referrals from many different sources such as GP practices, statutory services, from within the voluntary sector and self-referrals.LCC re-awarded us the contract again in May 2015 and 4,332 carers were registered with us by the beginning of January 2017.  Every week more carers get in touch with us.  The service is developing new ways to identify and support carers: through the website, carer support groups, telephone befriending service, newsletters and working in partnership with voluntary and statutory services.

Oadby Support For Carers Group enjoying a day out

The website www.supportforcarers.org has effectively promoted events and services across the county to support carers, as well as keeping them updated with all relevant new information and legislation through our newsletters. To find out more call  on 01858 468543  or email maureen@supportforcarers.org

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