Voluntary and Community Sector support services

Closed 10 Feb 2017

Opened 18 Nov 2016


The city council commissions services to support Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) groups and organisations in Leicester. Contracts are currently in place for the following services:

  • Supporting collaboration and guaranteeing a collective voice for the city’s Voluntary and Community Sector;
  • Providing infrastructure support to the city’s Voluntary and Community Sector;
  • Supporting volunteers and volunteering in the city.

This non-statutory discretionary provision costs £276,000 per year. Most of this expenditure is met by the city council, with contributions from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group.

The city council recognises and values how VCS groups and organisations help deliver positive outcomes for individuals, families, communities and neighbourhoods. We are committed to doing all we can to sustain an effective Voluntary and Community Sector for Leicester in the face of changing circumstances. We need to consider the place of such services in our programme for the forseeable future. That's why we are seeking your views on support for Leicester's Voluntary and Community Sector.

Why We Are Consulting

As the city council is in receipt of diminishing financial support from national government, we need to consider how we support the local Voluntary and Community Sector. Conversations are taking place with various partners about the contributions they might make towards these support services.

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 take part in this survey in one of three ways:

  • on behalf of a local VCS group or organisation;
  • as someone who uses services provided by a VCS group or organisation;
  • as a member of the public with an interest in how the city council supports the Voluntary and Community Sector in Leicester.


  • All Areas


  • All residents
  • Local charitable organisations, including faith communities
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Community organisations
  • Self-help groups
  • User groups
  • Service users


  • 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