Voluntary Action Sheffield

supporting voluntary and
community action

About VAS

lady at conferenceVoluntary Action Sheffield (VAS) is an independent voluntary organisation supporting the development of the voluntary and community sector (VCS) locally.

VAS provides a wide range of support and services to groups, helping those that are starting up, as well as organisations that are already established. We are committed to equal opportunities and to making our services relevant and accessible to smaller, community based groups.  Find out more about VAS's full range of services and support. In addition to support for groups, some of VAS’s services are directed at individuals, particularly volunteers and people who use health and social care services in the city.

VAS has an intermediary role, supporting and facilitating joint working between voluntary and community groups and with statutory bodies; and helping to ensure that the interests and concerns of the VCS are properly represented. Find out more about VAS membership options

VAS is a member of the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) and works particularly closely with NAVCA members in South Yorkshire and across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

VAS also owns The Circle in Sheffield city centre, providing office accommodation and with conferencing facilities for hire.

Registered charity (no. 223007) and a company limited by guarantee (no. 215695), governed by a Board of Management (Trustees) nominated and elected by its members. 

2016 saw the 90th anniversary of VAS's incorporation as a voluntary sector organisation.

Throughout the year we held a number of events to celebrate this landmark year, to raise awareness of the important work of the VCS in Sheffield more broadly, as well as reflecting on how VAS's role and support has changed and evolved over the years to respond to local needs. 


Our celebrations included...

  • A bumper Volunteer Fair and Street Party as part of our Volunteers Week celebrations to celebrate 90 years of volunteering in the city, and to thank all of Sheffield's volunteers for their contribution to our city. Find out more
  • Our first Sheffield Make a Difference Awards  to celebrate and recognise the fantastic work of the sector, and the quiet heroes working across our city.  Find out more