A post-AGM update on VANEL activities

VANEL held our AGM via Zoom on 15th October 2020 and a big thank you to all our Members and Friends who attended.  The business of the meeting focused on the financial year up to March 2020, but following the AGM, Paula Grant, Chief Officer VANEL, gave a further update on what VANEL has been up to since April – especially in light of the more difficult and unique circumstances we find ourselves in.

Here, for those who were not in attendance, are some simple notes from Paula explaining that VANEL is in rude health:

“We can hardly say it’s been business as usual given the global pandemic scenario since March this year, however we at VANEL have done our very best to maintain a level of support for our members…

All staff continued to work at home delivering services remotely, supporting project clients and volunteers until early September when we started experimenting work from the office on Mondays and Wednesdays following the guidelines in place at the time and adapting what we do and how we work to stay safe and keep those we are supporting safe too.

We have managed to keep all business financial and administrative functions operating effectively whilst keeping our trustees fully briefed and engaged with us using the new world of online communications.

As with many disaster recovery processes, new approaches and opportunities emerge and we have participated in some of these at local regional and national level to help with the emergency response.

Some of our current initiatives and programmes include; neighbourhood networking developments; green grow box scheme; fresh food box delivery; hardship grant distribution; material mask making to name a few. We have survived so far and are more than set fair to continue supporting our member organisations and volunteers for the remainder of this financial year at least. So we’ll see you all again at our AGM next year ! ”

As always we’ll keep our website up to date as much as possible with our current services, programmes and developments and our staff are available via email/phone to answer your questions.