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Doing Good Leeds is the website for the Third Sector in Leeds

The website’s purpose is to help third sector organisations access the best information, advice and support for running their organisation. It also aims to inform and involve people in the big issues affecting the third sector in Leeds.

Doing Good Leeds is underpinned by five core aims and values. These are to be:

  • Welcoming
  • Inclusive
  • Celebratory
  • Inspiring
  • Trusted

The Doing Good Leeds website is managed on a day to day basis by Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL), but draws together the combined experience of organisations that give support to the third sector and advocate on its behalf.

If you have any questions about the Doing Good Leeds website please contact VAL using this form or by emailing

What is 'the third sector' and what is its role?

The ‘third sector’ is an umbrella term that covers a range of different organisations that are neither public sector (government run) nor private sector (profit-making private enterprises).

You might know the third sector by a range of other names, including the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE), charitable sector and not-for-profit.

These terms all describe organisations which share the same fundamental elements:

  • Non-governmental
  • Non-profit
  • Values-driven.

Third sector organisations include:

  • Charities
  • Voluntary and community organisations
  • Social enterprises and cooperatives

Third sector organisations operate at all levels of society, from the very local to the national and the international, and they make a significant contribution to the health and well-being of society both in the UK and abroad.

In Leeds we estimate that there are around 3,500 third sector groups and organisations – ranging from citywide organisations with multi-million pound turnover, to small volunteer led groups in the community.

The diversity of the sector is what makes it so unique and we aim to provide the best advice and guidance for groups and organisations – enabling them to continue Doing Good in Leeds.

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