The History Of Valley House
In the beginning
To talk about the history of Valley House we must go back to the late 1970s. The community of Stoke Heath in Coventry saw young people from the local area were struggling and getting into trouble.
A group of volunteers came together and came up with the idea that with access to emergency housing, these young people could be supported to make a change. They approached the local council for help and were given a property - 84 Valley Road - and Valley House was born.
Since its beginnings in 1977, Valley House has grown from a single house to an entire organisation offering a range of accommodation and community based services for vulnerable people in and around Coventry; offering supported accommodation for victims of domestic abuse and young parents as well as hosting a weekly youth group for people in the community.
We also have our own community well being team in partnership with Citizens Advice and Accelerate which help support our service users with a wide range of issues including : how to apply for housing benefits, debt and money management, stress, self-esteem, anxiety and much more.
Our Vision, Mission and Values
Vision - Genuine opportunities for all, where people can respond confidently to the challenges of life.
Mission - To work alongside people to take control of their lives and create their own futures.
- We will seek to understand those we work with and value them.
- We welcome people of all backgrounds and life experiences.
- Those who use our services drive what we do. We work to deliver quality results and do what we say we will do.
- We will continually improve what we do by adopting new ideas and partnerships and by adapting as the world around us changes.
Our range of services includes:
Supported Accommodation, Floating Support, Outreach Services
We provide supported accommodation and floating support in the service users’ own home to individuals and families who are experiencing personal crisis and are vulnerable to multiple disadvantages and social exclusion. This includes teenage parents and victims of domestic violence and abuse.
We offer young people a safe space to meet others, acknowledge their potential, and enjoy new opportunities. We do this through a combination of group work and one-to-one support delivered both on site at Valley House and in the community.
Counselling and Support
We provide a range of counselling and enhanced support services for disadvantaged and isolated individuals. The service covers a range of emotional/psychological and practical issues, including deep-seated complex needs.
Follow the link for our Strategic Plan.
Valley House has recently achieved the Trusted Charity Mark award recognising the excellent work it does as a third sector organisation in England.
Trusted Charity is part of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NVCO) and is the only UK quality standard designed to help third sector organisations operate more effectively. Valley House was assessed against the 11 standards of effective practice in Trusted Charity, including in governance, leadership and management, managing staff and volunteers and managing money, and proved to meet all standards.
We are so pleased to announce that Valley house has received the Bronze award for Thrive at Work.
Workplace wellbeing is a huge challenge facing employers. Many organisations are still unaware of the role they can play in supporting their employee’s mental and physical health, with only 13% of HR and business managers in the UK believing their organisation has an effective wellbeing strategy.
All staff surveyed at Valley House felt the organisation takes positive action on the health and wellbeing of their employees. Employees felt communication in the organisation was good and they have ample opportunities to discuss their health and wellbeing with their Line Manager. They said they feel safe and supported in the workplace.
Senior management are committed to the wellbeing of staff and achieving the Thrive Award. A big thank you to Caroline Pike and Sharan Mattu; who have been responsible for driving this forward as the Wellbeing Champions for Valley House.