Changing lives for over 50 years

VAL has been an active part of the local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector for over half a century.

Originally formed as the Leicester Council for Social Services in 1965, our work has constantly evolved with the times, but always kept local people at its heart.

Strengthening the local voluntary sector

VAL provides advice, support and training to charities and community groups across Leicester and Leicestershire.

With around 2,400 registered charities and an estimated 3,800 grassroots community organisations across the city and county, we help charities to reach their potential and continue delivering vital services within local communities.

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Overcoming barriers to employability

Since 2016 VAL has delivered two employability projects, funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. These partnership projects – the YES (Youth Employability Support) Project and the GREAT (Getting Ready for Work and Training) Project – aim to help those furthest from the labour market to overcome physical and social barriers and find work, training and education.

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Supporting people with learning disabilities

For over 20 years the VALUES project has provided people with learning disabilities in Leicester and Leicestershire the opportunity to learn new skills, make friends and have fun.

VALUES clients can pay with their Personal Budgets and are able to choose from a huge range of activities. The service currently employs dozens of support workers to support over 130 clients with hundreds of activities every week.

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