Supporting local Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) groups and organisations

Closed 12 Apr 2019

Opened 1 Mar 2019


Leicester City Council is committed to supporting a thriving Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) in the city. To this end, we currently commission support for local VCS groups and organisations in the following areas of their work:

  • Set up and management
  • Business planning
  • Organisational strategy
  • Financial management
  • Marketing and outreach
  • Social media
  • Income generation
  • Recruiting and retaining volunteers
  • Maximising benefits of volunteering
  • Responding to challenges, needs and opportunities
  • Measuring, demonstrating and understanding impact
  • Protected characteristics
  • Underserved communities
  • Keeping up to date with VCS issues
  • Social value

This non-statutory discretionary provision currently costs £162,000 per year. Most of this expenditure is met by the council, with a significant contribution from Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group.

The council acknowledges and values the VCS's contributions to the betterment of life for individuals, families and communities. We are continually seeking ways to refresh, renew and stregthen our relationship with the sector, so that we can help preserve and extend these positive outcomes.

Why We Are Consulting

As the council is in receipt of diminishing financial support from national government, we need to consider how we support the local VCS.

In the light of changing circumstances, we are seeking your views on our support for VCS groups and organisations in Leicester.

We want to hear about your experience of these support services: how they are being delivered now and what you think we might do in future.

You can respond to this survey either:

  • on behalf of a local VCS group or organisation;
  • as a member of the public interested in the VCS in Leicester.

What Happens Next

We will collect and collate the answers to these questions, the comments, opinions and views expressed here, to inform our ongoing conversation about future working with local VCS groups and organisations, with the intention of offering them appropriate support in preserving and extending positive outcomes for individuals, families, communities and neighbourhoods in Leicester.


  • All Areas


  • Trade unions


  • Adult social care and safeguarding
  • Children's social care and safeguarding
  • Neighbourhood services
  • Public participation
  • Volunteering and the third sector
  • City development and neighbourhoods
  • Community centres