Here are some links to key local and national organisations.

Go to the members section for links to our members’ websites.


The Leeds Directory produced by Care & Repair offers information on services across Leeds that can promote independence and help to support people and their carers in their daily lives.

Time to Change

Time to Change is England’s most ambitious programme to end the discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems, as well as improve the nation’s wellbeing.

Leeds has a dedicated project supporting the Time to Change campaign. Volition is a member of the Time to Change Leeds Development Group, along with partners from the NHS, Leeds City Council and the voluntary sector.

For information about the national campaign go to the national Time to Change website.

Third sector forums and networks

Forum Central

The collective voice for the health and social care third sector in Leeds. It is a new partnership bringing together the members of Leeds Older People’s Forum, PSI Network, Tenfold and Volition, the combined membership stands at almost 300 organisations – large and small.

We work with the third sector to influence strategic developments across health and social care. Members are supported through sharing good practice, networking and partnership opportunities, and are kept informed about what is happening across mental health, older people, learning disabilities and physical and sensory impairment.


Or visit Forum Central Partner websites


Volition is a member of the leadership team of Third Sector Leeds (TSL). TSL is an alliance of voluntary and community organisations, charities, faith groups, and social enterprises working in Leeds. TSL aims to be the point for engagement with the third sector in Leeds; working together to influence decision making in the city and develop third sector policy on strategic issues.

Third Sector Leeds Leaflet (670kb)


Healthwatch Leeds

HWL is the independent champion of people who use health and social care services, created to gather and represent the views of the public. Download their leaflet (pdf 650KB).


Leeds third sector: general

Doing Good Leeds

This is the website supporting a unified and empowered third sector in Leeds.  Doing Good Leeds helps third sector organisations access the best help and advice on running their organisation. It also aims to involve and inform people in the big issues affecting the third sector in Leeds.

Doing Good Leeds includes a comprehensive, searchable directory of third sector organisations. This is based on a database that Volition is a partner in.

The Doing Good Leeds website is managed by Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) and you can find out about them, and Leeds Volunteer Centre there.

Leeds statutory sector

Leeds City Council

Includes sections on health and social care, community and living, advice and benefits, and housing.

You can find the 2012 State of the City report on the council’s website.

An A-Z Directory of Health & Social Care Services (updated November 2013) is available to download.

Leeds Health & Wellbeing Board

The H&WB Board brings together representatives from the health and care system, including the third sector and Healthwatch Leeds, to improve the health and wellbeing of the local population and reduce health inequalities. All members of the Board are listed on the website, where you can also download the Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy 2013-2015.

Leeds and York Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds and York Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health and learning disability services to people within Leeds, York, Selby, Tadcaster, Easingwold and parts of North Yorkshire.

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are NHS bodies that have responsibility for planning healthcare services for the areas they cover. There are three CCGs in Leeds:

Leeds North CCG, which has the lead for mental health contracts in the city

Leeds West CCG

Leeds South and East CCG.

A short guide gives basic information about all three CCGs, and can be found on each of their websites.

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Delivers a range of community-based health services, including primary care mental health services.

Integration of health & social care services

GPs and other health and adult social care staff are working more closely together to support older people and those with long-term conditions, including mental health needs, to improve outcomes and reduce the need for people to go into hospital or residential care.

For information about this major transformation project, go to where you will find case studies, factsheets and more.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Hospital services in Leeds.

Leeds Safeguarding Adults Partnership

The Partnership works with a range of organisations across Leeds to prevent the abuse of vulnerable people and ensure that those who have been abused receive the right help and support. It provides advice to the public and professionals.

National mental health voluntary sector

Mental Health Providers’ Forum

The national Mental Health Providers Forum brings together voluntary sector service providers to improve services for people with mental health needs. They aim to influence national and regional mental health strategies and share information and experience among their member organisations.


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