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Values Education for Life

Welcome to Values Education for Life

Working together to improve the quality of life through education and training

We believe that all young people should have the opportunity to reflect on their personal values, to engage in group discussion about these and then to discuss and consider whether their values reflect what they sincerely believe.

 

Values Education for Life offers these opportunities to young people and encourages them to reflect on and discuss positive values and principles that will enable them to live a constructive and spiritually satisfying life. We then engage them in community activity that will allow them to test their principles against the reality of the world that they live in.

We encourage the young people we work with not only to reflect on their own values and the values of others, but to also engage in practical work that provides opportunities for them to help others in their communities and develop and understand the importance of being a thoughtful and principled member of their community.

 

For example, a group of young people volunteer to give up part of their weekends and holidays in order to visit and work with residents of a local old peoples' home.

Our Services and Projects

The Safe School

VEFL is developing a new school in North Warwickshire to support disadvantaged young people who have not succeeded in main stream education.

BBO Progress

Progress supports at least 840 young people aged 15 - 25 years old to oversome the personal barriers and challenges preventing them from engaging positively in learning or work and provides a clear pathway for young people to increase their skills and take the first steps on their future career path through training or employment.

Helping Hands

An intervention programme for young people at risk of social and educational exclusion delivered through the use of trained volunteer mentors and a process of values clarification and values education.

Service to Others

We encourage young people to make a difference to others within their communities through voluntary work. Through a formal framework of service the young person can develop as a person better equipped to face the challenges that they will face in their lives

TWO OF OUR TRUSTEES RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION FOR THEIR VOLUNTARY WORK FOR THE CHARITY

 

David Rowse and John Eyre were recently invited to the North Warwickshire Volunteer Awards 2018 ceremony by Wawickshire CAVA where they were each awarded a Special Recognition Award in recognition and appreciation for volunteering their time and support in North Warwickshire.

 

Not only do these two trustees volunteer a geat deal of time in order to organise our projects, but also to run them. For example, they both volunteer their time every Saturday to enable our project to operate at Drayton Court, and further time to organise our Building Better Opportunities project, together with an exciting new Helping Hands programme in Nuneaton to start in January 2019 and of course our new Safe School which is scheduled to open in the Autumn of 2020.

 

Like many charities, VEFL simply would not be able to operate without the enormous amount of time that volunteers donate to ensure current and future success.

A sincere thank you to all those who freely donate their time to enable non profit organisations to help others in our communities.

And even more interest.....

In late March trustees of the Heart of England Community Foundation are planning to visit our Service to Others project in order to see the work that the young people are engaged in with the residents of Drayton Court Residential Home.

In the past the Heart of England Community Fund has generously provided funding to support this project and trustees want to see what this funding has allowed Values Education for Life achieve.

More news will be able about the visit in the future and the trustees will be made very welcome.

A STEP CLOSER TO A NEW SAFE SCHOOL

 

At their recent meeting the Trustees of Values Education for Life decided to accept the recommendations of a Feasibility Study prepared by the Chair which moves the charity one step closer to establishing a new Safe School in the North Warwickshire area, focused on Nuneaton and Bedworth.

 

The charity is now setting up a sub-committee to take this exciting project forward, with a view to having the school operating from September 2020 onwards.

 

This project now has its own page on the website where further information is available.

 

 

 

THE 29th MAY 1961 CHARITABLE TRUST DONATES TO THE WORK OF VEFL

 

Values Education for Life is delighted to announce that the 29th May Charitable Trust has donated funding towards one of our projects for the next three years.

 

All of us at VEFL would like to thank the Trustees of the Charitable Trust for their very kind and much appreciated donation.

OPEN DAY AT DRAYTON COURT RESIDENTIAL HOME

 

For almost two years ten young volunteers have been visiting Drayton Court Resident home on a regular basis to play games, chat, befriend and provide companionship for many of the residents .

 

On Saturday the 21st April the home held an Open Day and our volunteers were involved in helping to make it a great success.

 

The weather was glorious and many of the events were held outside, some of them in the sensory garden that our youngsters raised money for and then planted. This garden has proved to be very much appreciated by many of the residents and as the weather improves will be increasingly used as a meeting point for our activities.

 

The Open Day included flower arranging, games, singing, dancing and many other events that went to make the event a great success

 

As part of our developing involvement at the home we have recently introduced a regular game of Bingo, which will involve even more residents in social activies in the future.

 

Below are a few of the photographs that were taken during the course of the day and which illustrate some of the activities which took place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a fabulous day and thoroughly enjoyed by all those who took part.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRAIG TRACEY, MP, JOINS VALUES EDUCATION FOR LIFE AS A PATRON VICE PRESIDENT

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Values Education for Life is delighted to welcome our local Member of Parliament who has kindly agreed to become one of our Patron Vice Presidents.

 

Craig Tracey was born in Durham and attended the city’s Framwellgate Moor Comprehensive School. His family come from a mining background in the North East.

Craig started his own Insurance Brokerage business which he ran for 20 years before being elected as member of Parliament for his home constituency of North Warwickshire.

He lives in Shuttington, near Polesworth, and moved to North Warwickshire in 1997 where he met his wife Karen.

In the build up to the 2015 General Election the Financial Times described him as "the sort of candidate who hardly happens these days... totally apolitical until seven years ago when he became increasingly incensed by the effect on his business of EU regulations and Labour indifference".

Local businessman Craig polled 20,042 votes in the 2015 General Election, a total of 42.3% of the vote. Despite North Warwickshire being Labour’s number one target seat, Craig significantly increased outgoing MP Dan Byles’ majority from just 54 votes to 2973 in one of the results of the night.

Craig Chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Insurance and Financial Services, Chairs the APPG for Women and Enterprise and Co-Chairs the APPG for Breast Cancer. He has previously been a member of the influential Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, drawing on his experience of running a small business and the insurance industry.

Craig has worked in parliament with charities Breast Cancer Now and Help for Heroes.

Locally, Craig continues to campaign for improved road safety, protection of the green belt, support for businesses to create jobs and apprentices and for a stable future for George Eliot Hospital.

Craig also campaigns against HS2 and its devastating impact on his local constituency.

In the 2017 general election local residents gave Craig a vast show of support by re-electing him in the North Warwickshire and Bedworth Parliamentary seat with 26,860 votes – a strong majority of 8510.

In January 2018 Craig was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Department for International Development.

 

Values Education for Life is very grateful to The Baron Davenport Trust, which recently awarded the charity a grant towards its work in the West Midlands.

 

 

Without this kind of support the charity would not be able to continue its work supporting and helping vulnerable teenagers make more sense of their lives and overcoming the difficulties which all too often stop them from succeeding.

Values Education for Life 01827 711425