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Who we are

Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) is an infrastructure organisation – what used to be known as a ‘council for voluntary service’.

 

Our work enables voluntary and community groups and organisations to do their work well and supports people to volunteer.

 

We want communities across the city to thrive and we work with volunteers, groups and organisations to make this happen.

 

Our vision

Our vision is that there is a thriving voluntary and community sector in Leeds, which works with communities to enable positive social action.

Our mission

Our mission is to strengthen and champion groups, organisations and movements to lead on achieving positive social change

Our values

Equity

Diversity

Accountability

Our strategic priorities

#1

#1

Working to enable voluntary and community groups and organisations to be sustainable, resilient and well-led.

#2

#2

Providing platforms for the voice of voluntary and community groups and organisations to be heard and have influence.

#3

#3

Championing community-led activity and solutions across the city.

#4

#4

Maintaining the stability of our own organisation so we can continue to deliver our priorities.

Our projects and services

We provide dedicated services for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Leeds.

Doing Good Leeds

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.

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Support for Organisations

Get help and advice about running a charity or voluntary group – whether you’re a volunteer, a trustee or committee member, or a paid member of staff. The areas of support covered are wide ranging, with topics on starting and managing third sector groups of all kinds, monitoring, finance, funding and much more.

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Volunteer Centre Leeds

Volunteer Centre Leeds is a hub with a location in Leeds which supports people into volunteering. It helps individuals find suitable opportunities and provides advice and support to organisations to set up and manage a volunteering programme.

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Giving Time

Giving Time works in partnership with the AMICABLE project, supporting people with lived experience of the Criminal Justice System into volunteering. The project is currently delivered in HMP Lindholme, HMP Low Newton and HMP Styal.

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Volunteer Managers Network

The Volunteer Managers Network provides the perfect opportunity for Volunteer Managers to connect and share good practice. The group is passionate about volunteering in Leeds and regularly meets to share ideas and come up with ways to make volunteering even better – discussing issues such as inclusivity and accessibility.

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Employer Supported Volunteering

Employee Supported Volunteering, also known as ESV is a scheme which enables people to volunteer with support from their employer. This may be in the form of time off for individual volunteering, team challenge events or an ongoing arrangement with a community partner.

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Networks and forums

We support and facilitate a range of forums and networks to ensure third sector organisations have voice and influence

Become an Essentials subscriber!

VAL offers a range of money-saving benefits for organisations that become a VAL Essentials subscriber.

  • x  Get 3 free job adverts on Doing Good Leeds page
  • x  25% off room hire
  • x  Discounts on training courses
  • x  And much more!

VAL YOU Services

Expertise and practical support for organisations and small businesses

VAL YOU is the trading arm of Voluntary Action Leeds, offering good value
services to organisations in all sectors.

Our services include:

  • Payroll
  • Room hire
  • Social franchising
  • Recruitment & associates
  • PR, marketing, and communications
  • Event management

All profits are gift-aided back to Voluntary Action Leeds to help third-sector organisations in Leeds.

Become a Member!

If you're a third-sector organisation or a small group in Leeds, become a VAL member.

It’s free to join and is open to all third-sector organisations in Leeds.

Support for Small Organisations and Groups

Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) is an infrastructure organisation – what used to be known as a ‘council for voluntary service’.

Our work enables voluntary and community groups and organisations to do their work well and supports people to volunteer.

We want communities across the city to thrive and we work with volunteers, groups and organisations to make this happen.

Find out more

Our Governance

Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) is a charitable company managed by a Board of Trustees. Registered charity number 225863 and company limited by guarantee in England and Wales number 555150.

To read our accounts please visit the Charity Commission website and enter our registered charity number into the search box. Copies of the VAL governing documents are available upon request.

VAL Trustees

Sarah Rogers (Chair)

Vice Chairs

Adrian Curtis – Finance & General Purposes
Sarah Rogers – Equality and Diversity
Andrea Edwards – Personnel

Elaine Barrow, Linda Evers, Emma Holmes, Robert Londo, Jane Tomlin, Lindsey Whitton, Rachel Robinson, Andrea Edwards, Jane Li, Claudie Ineson, Paul Landy, Neil Franklin, Chris Hollins, Wendy Tangen, Simon Jose

Voluntary Action Leeds is proud to have signed the Mindful Employer charter. We are committed to offering our employees an open and supportive workplace culture, where people can talk about their mental health.

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