Supporting the voluntary sector during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 outbreak we will maintain business as usual with support for the sector for as long as is practically possible.

During this period we would ask you to be patient with us. We will continue to issue regular updates on this website, via our newsletters and on social media.

Find out which services are available

Empowering you to succeed

We want to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to manage your charity, social enterprise or community group.

Online advice

Free help to find vital resources


Free and paid-for training

Face-to-face sessions

For those needing additional support

Paid-for consultancy

Services for groups with specialist needs

Here for local VCS groups

The Voluntary Sector Support Team is funded by Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council to support the local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.

Whether your group is just starting out or has been around for over 50 years, we can provide the tools, advice and support you need for running your organisation, developing your staff, or finding new avenues of funding.

We know that voluntary groups deliver vital services that often benefit the most vulnerable people in our local communities. We want to encourage a VCSE sector that is thriving, vibrant, and works in partnership to deliver social good across the city and county.

A dedicated team

A picture of the VAL Voluntary Sector Support team

Our team is here to support you with your needs, whether that’s finding new avenues of funding, setting up a new community group, or understanding the legal requirements of running a charitable organisation.