Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL)

Voluntary Action Leeds

Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) is the Council for Voluntary Service in Leeds. We provide direct support services and specialist advice to third sector organisations across Leeds, helping them to carry out their work and ensuring they are well represented in partnership work.

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VAL is based at Stringer House (pictured above) in Hunslet, Leeds. See the find VAL page for a map and directions.

Supporting Links to Commissioning

Advice and support with commissioning is available through the Supporting Links to Commissioning project, managed by Voluntary Action Leeds. Helping organisations to be more aware of the commissioning agenda and procurement issues.

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Supporting Links to Commissioning (SLtC) understand how commissioning works in Leeds and can support you to understand how Leeds City Council approaches commissioning, how the Third Sector approaches it and what structures there are in place for you to become involved. 

The commissioning agenda is a factor driving third sector organisations to be better organised and managed. A lot of this is about organisational health, that is, having requires having good systems in place.

Commissioning is increasingly tending to focus on larger contracts and smaller numbers of them. Collaborating can enable groups to compete for contracts that they might be unlikely to win by themselves. SLtC can also advise you on collaboration and consortium building and helps organisations to be more aware of the commissioning agenda and procurement issues.

Help with commissioning

If you are looking for support and advice on commissioning in Leeds get in touch. 

If you have any questions about commissioning contact Richard Norton, Supporting Links to Commissioning Manager on 0113 297 7920 or email richard.norton@val.org.uk

Follow @sltcleeds to keep up to date with key commissioning developments and opportunities in Leeds

Payroll Services

With over 20 years experience and continuously excellent customer satisfaction, VAL's payroll service, VT Payroll, is the perfect solution for third sector organisations and small businesses.

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About us

Our dedicated team have each been with us for over a decade and are committed to providing the best customer service.

Why choose VT Payroll

  • We are proud to have received continuous positive feedback from every one (100%) of our customers

  • Unlike other providers, with VT Payroll there are NO HIDDEN CHARGES

  • Friendly and caring team who are willing to go the extra mile to ensure you get the best possible service

What VT Payroll provides

  • Salaries – paid on the 20th of each month or weekly

  • Calculation – of net pay including changes in salary rates, overtime & changes in hours

  • BACS – payment of net pay direct to your employees’ accounts

  • SSP, SMP, SAP, SPP, SPP(A) – Salary Sacrifice (Childcare Vouchers), Student Loan calculations and completion of relevant forms

  • Deductions – for Pensions, Simply Health, Give As You Earn, Trade Union subscriptions, attachment to earnings as well as statutory deductions for Tax, National Insurance, PAYE

  • Leavers – processed and P45s issued as required

  • Year End – all calculations made and appropriate forms completed and submitted on your behalf direct to the HMRC

  • Reports – we manage and provide: payslips, departmental analysis for all payments and deductions and salary costs; including invoices and statements

  • Help and advice – on all payroll matters

  • R.T.I (Real Time Information) – legislation that came into effect on 6th April 2013

Contact us on 0113 2977929 for an informal chat about your requirements and how VT Payroll can be of support.

Physical and Sensory Impairment Network

Managed by Voluntary Action Leeds, the PSI Network (Physical and Sensory Impairment Network - Leeds) is a network for disability issues in Leeds.

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PSI Network works with its members to share information and represent the interests and concerns of disabled people. PSI Network circulates information through a monthly newsletter and this website.

Find out more on the PSI Network page in the Voice & Influence section.

Room and equipment hire

At Stringer House VAL has a range of meeting rooms available for hire, at very competitive rates.

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VAL also rents out office space in Stringer House and hires equipment to third sector organisations.

Small groups support

Voluntary Action Leeds offers support to voluntary groups in Leeds, this support is available free to small groups in Leeds with an annual income of less than £100,000.

Kathy Faulks

VAL's Small Groups Development Worker, Kathy Faulks, helps voluntary and community organisations to:

  • Write and adopt appropriate constitutions
  • Find out about company and charity registration
  • Know what charity law applies to them
  • Find the right training
  • Manage their organisation
  • Fundraise successfully
  • Find out about policies and procedures

Get in touch

Contact Kathy by email on kathy.faulks@val.org.uk or call 0113 297 7920.

Third Sector Leeds

Third Sector Leeds (TSL) is an alliance that represents the Third Sector in Leeds - it is not an organisation that holds funds or employs staff in its own right.

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How does TSL work?

The work of TSL is directed the TSL Leadership Group, supported by TSL officers, representatives, working groups and input from staff at Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL).

TSL’s work is supported financially by Leeds City Council through its core grant to VAL, part of which pays for staff time at VAL that supports the delivery of TSL.

Training

Voluntary Action Leeds provides training for third sector organisations and small groups throughout the year.

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Courses are available covering a wide range of topics including:

  • Fundraising
  • Governance
  • Management
  • Skills development
  • Volunteering
  • Finance
  • Health & safety
  • Marketing and more!

Volunteer Centre Leeds

Voluntary Action Leeds manages Volunteer Centre Leeds. The Volunteer Centre helps individuals to find suitable volunteering opportunities and provides advice and support to organisations to set up and manage a volunteering programme and to find suitable volunteers.

Young Lives Leeds

VAL manages Young Lives Leeds, which supports the Third Sector to improve the lives of children, young people and families in Leeds, by giving organisations the voice, information and advice they need to build better services.

Young Lives Leeds offers access to opportunities for third sector organisations for their voice to be heard, to help shape policy and keep up to date with key developments within children’s services across the city.

It has contact with over 500 subscribers who provide services for children, young people and their families in Leeds.

Young Lives Leeds offers access to:

  • Support and development opportunities for your organisation
  • Opportunities to be involved in discussion and planning at a strategic level
  • Events and workshops
  • Information through newsletters and bulletins

Find out more on the Young Lives Leeds page in the Voice & Influence section.

In addition, Young Lives Leeds has responsibility for coordinating Talent Match partnerships in Leeds and Calderdale