January 2024 Update: Second call-out for expressions of interest in specific communities of interest and location.

To help ensure there is good spread of Welcome Spaces across Leeds and in relation to specific areas of need, a second call out is being shared.

If your organisation has a space that could be a Welcome Space in the following areas, or working with the following groups please complete the expression of interest form below:

  • Physical, Sensory and Learning Disability
  • Veterans
  • Faith-based (non-Anglican faiths)
  • Geographies:
    • Adel and Wharfedale
    • Morley North
    • Harwood
    • Calverley and Farsley
    • Ardsley Richmond Hill
    • Farnley and Wortley


Express your interest in becoming a Welcome Space by completing the online form: Welcome Space Expression of Interest form

As in previous years, Voluntary Action Leeds, Leeds City Council, Leeds Community Anchor Network and Forum Central are working together to develop a citywide network of Welcome Spaces which will provide places for people to come together, keep warm, and make connections through the winter months.

Last year over 120 voluntary and faith-based organisations stepped forward to become part of the network, with the busiest months seeing over 12,000 recorded visits to spaces across Leeds. Feedback shows that in these spaces people made new friends or tried out new activities and were directed towards services that could support them.

The Leeds Compassionate City Awards recognised the outstanding individuals, groups and organisations who were part of making it happen as  Warm Spaces project won the Community Project of the Year at Leeds Compassionate City Awards.

Leeds Community Anchor Network and VAL are now seeking Expressions of Interest for 2023/24, for not for profit and faith-based organisations to once again provide a safe, warm and welcoming space for your local communities.

Please read their guidance on becoming a Welcome Space here: Welcome Space Guidance.