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Coronavirus Update Joint statement

Date: Friday, March 20th 2020
Categories: All Leicestershire Activities & Events Groups & Forums

Coronavirus Update Joint statement Maureen O’Malley –Charity Manager and Linda Jones- Chair of VASL Trustee Board

VASL is a local charity based in Market Harborough, providing services and projects to improve the lives of people in our community.

These include support for family carers, young carers, older people who are lonely and isolated, providing volunteer transport to get people out and about, and activities and information to increase mental well-being.

We are a volunteer-involving organisation and most of our work is delivered by trained volunteers.

We are currently taking the necessary immediate and longer-term steps to support and protect our clients, volunteers, staff and partners from the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak, which is happening in the UK, Europe and around the World.

Our focus is to keep our services running, particularly those supporting vulnerable people: such as those using our carers support, mental health support, befriending services, and community transport.

At present, our priority is ensuring staff can run our critical services – Support for Carers, Young Carers, My Mind Matters, Community Champions, and VASL Community Transport.

VASL, like any organisation, has a duty of care towards the staff that work for the charity, our volunteers, and to the people that use our services. We have taken the step of temporarily closing our headquarters at Torch House and making some adjustments to the way we work and the services that we offer.

We are:

We will be:

We are still in the early days of the Coronavirus outbreak within the UK and things will become clearer regarding the needs, working methods, and services that we can offer. We will post regular updates on our website to keep you informed.

In the meantime, a summary of our services is as follows:

Support for Carers

Telephone: 01858 468543

Email: [email protected]

Young Carers

Tel: 01858 439268

Email: [email protected]

My Mind Matters

Tel: 01858 411383

Email: [email protected]

Community Champions

Tel: 01858 439262

Email: [email protected]

VASL Transport Scheme

 Tel: 01858 468499

Email: [email protected]

VASL  main contact details:

Tel: 01858 433232

Email: [email protected]

Further reading

Read the latest Government guidance at

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