About Us

Community Matters Yorkshire has a long tradition of providing support for organisations and social enterprises. Our Business Support team has a wide range of experience, having delivered similar services for a national charity and Leeds City Council.

Welcome to Community Matters

We are here to offer guidance, support, and advice to not for profit organisations across the UK, including community groups, voluntary organisations, childcare providers, charities, and social enterprises.

Our aim is to provide a sustainable and effective hub of learning, support, and knowledge enabling local communities and voluntary organisations to grow and achieve through the provision of high-quality advice, information, learning and training opportunities accessible to all.

We know that it can sometimes be overwhelming when it comes to setting up a non-profit organisation or keeping on top of the latest requirements and opportunities available to the voluntary and community sector.

Our Services

We have a team of experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly staff and volunteers who are here to help.

We have lots of free resources, learning opportunities and guides available on our site, and a calendar of training events throughout the year.

We also have a subscription programme which includes access to useful templates and help sheets, our funding database and ongoing email and phone support.

If there is something you’re not sure if we can help with, please do get in touch and we will try our best to help signpost you to someone who can.

Quality Assurance
Legal Requirements
Planning & building control
Community Engagement
Wellbeing Champions
Healthy Eating
Creative Communities

Our Project Work

Alongside our advisory and support service, we also work closely with families, children and young people through projects aimed at helping create happy and healthy communities.

We enjoy working in collaboration with other agencies and are open to discussing potential partnership opportunities that help support the voluntary and community sector.

Find out more about our current projects →


Our History

We launched in 2010 as Community Matters Yorkshire offering support to families and childcare providers across the Yorkshire district.

We have grown and developed our services over the years and are proud to offer a central hub of expert advice and guidance to the community and voluntary sector nationally.

Meet Our Team

Geoff Banks

Community Buildings Development Officer

John Wilson

John Wilson

Project Manager

Adele Cooper-Reynolds

Volunteer Manager & Community Development Worker

Our Values


People have unique and often complex stories. We take timeto listen and understand before we offer our support.


We adapt to changes in policy and the law so that our advice and support is as helpful as it can be.


Our advice and support helps people and their organisations solve urgent challenges.


We help people and organisations to develop their skills and knowledge to solve issues within their communities.


Our priorities are determined by the real needs of the people we serve.


We work with anyone who shares our vision or helps make change happen for communities and the people within them.


We focus on giving the right advice rather than judging the people or the organisations who need it.

Where To Find Us

Community Matters delivers Community Development work that is currently targeted in Leeds. In addition to this support is offered to other Not for Profit organisations across the United Kingdom.

Clayton Business Centre
Midland Road
LS10 2RJ Leeds

0113 450 4866


Our Vision