Leeds ACTS (Academic Collaboration with the Third Sector) is a unique collaboration between Voluntary Action Leeds and the city’s three universities.

Turning Lives Around (TLA) was an early partner. Harnessing the power of academic research for the benefit of everyone, Leeds ACTS has brought together community groups, charities and voluntary organisations with Leeds University, Leeds Trinity University and Leeds Beckett University to understand what the voluntary sector needs and the strengths of higher education to make a difference.

ACTS has three main aims:

  • Build awareness of the priorities of the third sector and how academic institutions can help
  • Create effective working relations to find solutions
  • Find relevant expertise

Networking has led to mutually beneficial collaboration on research projects, opened access to funding and improved use of data for both parties.

Able to provide seedcorn funding, Leeds ACTS has been able to support projects researching men’s mental health, the role of canals in modern day society and the use of data in society.

For more information visit: https://doinggoodleeds.org.uk/leeds-acts/

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