Business Doing Good in Leeds

Business Doing Good in Leeds is an Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) programme that supports businesses, Leeds City Council and other statutory organisations and their employees to connect with and support community and voluntary organisations.

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About Business Doing Good in Leeds

Business Doing Good in Leeds is an Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) programme run by Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL). Business Doing Good in Leeds is in an ideal position to help match employers with voluntary and community organisations across the city by providing the following ESV opportunities:

  • Community Challenges (team volunteering events): Full day/Half day

  • Skills-based volunteering where volunteers use their business skills to help a charity or community organisation

Business Doing Good in Leeds is able to provide a fully-customisable ESV service to meet the requirements of your organisation. We can also arrange ad hoc team volunteering days.

Business Doing Good in Leeds can find tailored and suitable opportunities for your employees based on what you are looking for.  We will take care of all the organisation, logistics, pre-briefing and evaluation. All your staff need to do is turn up to the volunteering opportunity and be enthusiastic! 

Business Doing Good in Leeds will ensure that all Health & Safety/Risk Assessment checks have been completed. We will also be there to support on the Community Challenge Volunteering days. We will brief the volunteers, organise a presentation from the host organisation, make sure the materials and equipment needed are in place and take photos on the day. Following the Community Challenge days we will produce a case study.

Things to think of before getting in touch with us

It may be valuable for your business to think about some of the following in advance of getting in touch with Business Doing Good in Leeds:

  • Is it an individual or team opportunity (for how many employees) that you are looking for?

  • Is it one-off or ongoing opportunities you are looking for?

  • Do you want indoor or outdoor activities?

  • When do you want to carry out the volunteering?

  • Do any of your staff have barriers to volunteering that would need to be considered?

Meet the Team

Sonja Woodcock joined VAL as ESV Co-ordinator in May 2014. She has previously worked in business development for a local voluntary organisation and for businesses in Canada and China. Sonja utilises her business skills and experience to liaise effectively between local businesses and third sector organisations. Sonja is actively involved with Feed Leeds and community food growing initiatives, and is able to draw on connections and city-wide strategies to ensure a variety of valuable volunteering opportunities.

Brendan Tannam is VAL’s ESV Support Worker. Brendan joined the team in January 2015. He previously worked for Science City York (SCY) on the Innovate York partnership programme with City of York Council. Brendan also has a background in the third sector as a volunteer coordinator with the Dublin Simon Community homelessness organisation and currently as Chair of the York Irish Association. Brendan’s role with VAL is to set up volunteering opportunities for Leeds City Council staff and encourage take up of this Employer Supported Volunteering.

Find out more

For further details ring 0113 213 2592 to speak to Sonja or Brendan, email or follow @ESVLeeds on Twitter.