VAC Facts

During 2014/15 129 groups were supported who work with vulnerable people in Coventry.

Of these; 

  • 75 BME groups received support - 18 organisations worked specifically to provide advice and practical welfare support to refugees and migrants
  • 40 new groups accessed support for the first time.
  • 104 groups were based in or working in priority neighbourhoods (4 out of every 5 groups).
  • 20 organisations supported work with people with disabilities or specific long term medical conditions including support for young people with terminal illness, people with learning disabilities and Mental Health Issues.
  • Children and young people were the focus of support for 1 in 3 organisations. 
  • Addressing the social isolation felt by many vulnerable older people in the city was the focus for the work of 15 organisations. 
  • Funding to the value of £1,936,165 was secured by 53 groups supported during 2014/2015.  Collectively they were supported to produce 70 successful applications.
  • During 2014/15 VAC delivered 17 training sessions attended by 239 delegates from 123 organisations.  Feedback from participants indicates how relevant and appropriate the training is at meeting the needs of small group staff, trustees and volunteers. 
  • 87 different organisations took 332 places at the health and social care, children & young people and community safety forums and seminars during 2014/15.
  • 3606 volunteer enquiries were received during 2014/15
  • 279 organisations were supported to recruit volunteers
  • VAC staff and volunteers attended 31 outreach events to promote volunteering during 2014/15
  • VAC membership annual survey results indicate that 91% of respondents were either very or fairly satisfied with the information they received from VAC.
  • 73.4% of respondents of the VAC annual membership survey stated they found VAC’s support in recruiting volunteers either very important or important.