The latest State of the Third Sector in Leeds report – Published in 2023 with 2022 data

The most recent State of the Third Sector in Leeds report is sponsored by TSL, co-funded and co-produced by Forum Central and Voluntary Action Leeds and prepared by Nifty Sustainability CIC.

Building on previous research in 2020 this report examines underpinning data  to provide an important insight into the scope and reach of the third sector in Leeds. It demonstrates that in its diversity and range of services, the third sector continues to play a vital role in our city’s communities and ecosystem.

The report shows much to celebrate: a sizable Third Sector working across important areas of work with diverse beneficiary groups. However, it also shows a picture of a sector – which like our public and health sector partners – is under significant stress.

Between 2020 and 2022, the sector has experienced a:

  • 10% drop in the number of registered (charitable) organisations
  • 25% drop in the number of volunteers reported to the charity commission
  • 34% drop in the paid workforce

For further findings, view the infographic and read the full report, which is structured as follows:

  • Executive summary
  • Approach and methodology
  • What has changed and why it matters relating to:
    • The composition of the Sector, its overall size, the number and size of organisations, and the income it generates
    • Communities, beneficiary groups, and areas of work
    • Funding and finance
    • People working and volunteering in the Sector

Third Sector Leeds (TSL) Response

TSL has released a response which highlights key learnings and actions:  TSL Response to State of the Sector Report Update 2022/23.

Infographic of key findings

This is an image of the graphs found in the State of the Sector report. It contains info on. How many Third Sector organisations there are, How many of these 1,373 registered charities contribute to health and care, What is the number of organisations by size, and what is their typical income, How many people work in the Third Sector and thew changes between 2020 and 2022 data.     This image contains graphics from the State of the Sector report. It contains info on How the Third Sector is funded and resourced, What is the typical number of staff per organisation size, Key areas of work, and What is the estimated proportion of organisations in different areas of work.

State of the Sector 2020

The State of the Sector Report has been produced by Nifty Sustainability CIC and Leeds Beckett as part of Harnessing the Power of Communities work, funded by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, to make sure the third sector is a sustainable, central part of the health and care system – recognising that the person-centred approach of the third sector is key.

A study of West Yorkshire Combined Authority, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, and Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership areas

The findings have been carefully reviewed to identify gaps and where additional research is needed, particularly to ensure underrepresented groups and least heard voices are reflected.