About

VASL

Market Harborough has a long tradition of volunteering over many years, with the Volunteer Bureau being established as a charity in 1987 and South Leicestershire Council for Voluntary Services (SLCVS) set up in 1993. Both organisations were largely funded by Leicestershire County Council and Harborough District Council.

In April 2007, SLCVS and Market Harborough Volunteer Bureau merged to become Voluntary Action South Leicestershire, creating a single organisation to support and bring together volunteers and community groups.

‘Voluntary Action’ best described the aim of both groups then, and it’s still what we’re all about today – providing services, supporting community groups and building partnerships to meet community needs.

The merger brought together a number of local services including community transport, befriending for older people and information and support for carers.

Since 2007, we’ve expanded our services and provide more and more support to people in the Harborough District and throughout Leicestershire. Our work is funded by many different Trusts and Foundations including organisations like the Big Lottery.

We became a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee in April 2011 to help further our aims and make us more sustainable, ensuring our services continue to meet community need, even in challenging times.

A 3 year strategic plan  2015 – 2018 was firmly embedded in our organisation. VASL aims  to be the lead 3rd sector organisation in the Harborough area, providing services, supporting community groups and building partnerships between funders, service providers and other voluntary sector organisations.

Our  strategic priorities are:

• Meeting community needs

• Sustainable growth

• Organisational excellence

Information for Partners

We’re always happy to discuss new partnerships and joint projects, in order to meet the needs of communities, both locally and nationally.

If you’re interested in working with us, our senior manager Maureen O’Malley would be happy to talk to you on 01858 439267 or drop her an email on momalley@vasl.org.uk

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