VAC is an independent charity that has been operating in Camden, London in one form or another for over 100 years. We are known as a ‘Council for Voluntary Service’ or ‘CVS’ for Camden. CVS’ up and down the country are a special type of charity known as infrastructure organisations. In VAC’s case, this means working with residents, community groups, charities and social enterprises, alongside other sectors and stakeholders, to help make Camden and the surrounding areas a better place for all who live, work or visit here.
To achieve this VAC’s core work wraps around three main themes:
Developing: local people, community organisations, community projects and partnerships through direct support, training and providing and sharing timely information, advice and guidance.
Connecting: local people, communities, community organisations and partnerships to support and work with each other and other sectors through networking, collaboration and brokering opportunities.
Influencing: enabling and supporting local people, communities and community organisations to shape their life chances and opportunities by influencing civil society and proactively participating in social action, policy development, the design and delivery of services and general debates about community matters.
VAC also embeds these key themes through its work with local communities and other cross-sector organisations (e.g. private sector, council and NHS) to run projects that address local need. This includes research projects, training programmes and innovative pilot schemes in areas such as safeguarding children, social prescribing, health inequalities, environmental justice and neighbourhood development.
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