The Voluntary Solidarity Fund : A charity accelerator

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In these uncertain times, this is an opportunity to get know and support brilliant projects around London helping those who need us the most

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The Covid-19 pandemic is the single biggest disruption to society and the global economy since World War II. Over time, its aggregate economic impact may prove to be even greater. As governments grapple with very difficult trade-offs, there is a real risk that new classes of poor are emerging ; and those who are already marginalized will find it increasingly difficult to break out of a vicious cycle of poverty, neglect, loneliness, hopelessness, homelessness, substance abuse, and human trafficking. Private initiatives, especially charity as a form of social safety net and guarantor of social cohesion, have never been more important than at the present time.

Unlike many charities, the VSF does not offer front-line support to those in need. Rather, it acts as a facilitator, enabler, and force-multiplier for charities which do offer that support. The specificity of VSF’s mission is the Chinese proverb: ‘give a man a fish, he will eat today, but teach a man to fish and he will eat forever.’ VSF teaches women and men to fish through the know-how, capital and volunteering it deploys among the charities it supports. Those charities are selected, among other things, specifically because they provide education, training, health, legal and other support over and above the provision of immediate needs such as shelter, food and clothing. In this way, VSF helps those who are socially and economically excluded to reinsert themselves productively into society and the economy by breaking free from the shackles of dependency.

Join us to learn more about the inspiring projects we are accelerating and be part of the change!

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