festiVAL 2019 - A celebration for everyone we work with in the third sector

Over 100 people attended festiVAL in an event which made us realise just how important it is to bring everyone in the sector together, and to celebrate all the hard work being done across Leeds.

This year we decided it was time to do our AGM differently, not just as an opportunity to talk about VAL, but to celebrate our shared objectives and all that we are trying to achieve together, as a sector.  

On 26 September we did just that!  We held the first ever festiVAL — a celebratory festival for everyone working in the third sector and a change to bring everyone together. 

The day exceeded our every expectation, with over 100 individuals working in the third sector attending to enjoy an eclectic mix of creative activities — with live music from Paradise Steel Band and the Jazz Trio a range of activities delivered by community groups and organisations working across Leeds and workshops including singing, pottery, dance and Tai Chi. 

We must give a special thank you to over 15 partners who joined us to deliver something special as part of the day including: 

RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield and District

The Conservation Volunteers

Hyde Park Source


All in all it was a fantastic, festive way of showing and sharing the impact we make as a sector — as well as meeting up with lots of new and familiar faces. 


Due to the success of festiVAL 2019, we will be making festiVAL an annual occurrence. We hope that festiVAL 2020 will be even bigger and better, so be the first to get involved by signing up to the Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) mailing list —Sign up here.  

Charities up and down the country, from small and local, will be taking part in the social media campaign #YouMadeItHappen, which is all about charities taking the time to share with their supporters how their support makes a difference by using the hashtag #YouMadeItHappen.  You can find out more about how you can involved here — https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2019/09/10/youmadeithappen-2019/

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