Who we are

Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) is a charity whose goal is to change lives for the better in Leicester and Leicestershire.

VAL has been part of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in Leicester and Leicestershire for more than half a century. Our work has always evolved with the times but kept local people at its heart.

Over 50 years of service

VAL was originally formed as the Leicester Council for Social Services in 1965.

Elements of our original work still exist – we continue to provide an essential support service for local VCSE organisations and we help people into volunteering in our role as Leicester’s Volunteer Centre – but after 50 years we’ve adapted and evolved with the times.

Celebration cake with VAL 50 years icing

Changing lives for the better

Today, VAL goes beyond supporting the local voluntary sector to managing and delivering our own services to help local communities directly.

Through the YES Project and the GREAT Project, both funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund, we help local people to find work and training. Through SENDIASS Leicester and SENDIASS Rutland we help young people with special educational needs and disabilities, as well as their parents and carers, to find the support they need.

We’re always seeking new opportunities to serve our local communities and deliver essential services.