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 Rural Community Council Awards for the Rural Service Category.

Community Champions always say you come along as an individual and become part of a community.”

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