About us

We have been helping to change the lives of people in need in Leicester for over 140 years.

Our work is as relevant today as it was when we first began making a difference in 1876.

We now work throughout Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire and help over 5,000 individuals and families each year.

Find out more about our long history, purpose and our team below.  To find out more about our core work, visit the Changing Vulnerable Lives area.

We are also proud of all we achieved during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read about how we continued to change lives throughout the crisis here.

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Working to improve vulnerable lives for over 140 years

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Vision, Purpose, Beliefs and Mission

Find out more about our vision which is the driving force behind our work and how we aim to make a massive difference.

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History of Charity Link

We’ve been changing the lives of people in need in Leicester since 1876.  Today we support over 5,000 people in need each year throughout Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire. Find out how we began and how our service has developed over the past 140+ years!

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Staff, Trustees, Patrons and Volunteers

Find out about our small, dedicated staff team working in Leicester and our board of Trustees who decide the strategic aims of the charity.  We are also supported by our Patrons and Volunteers.

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The Goods Depot

The Goods Depot is the Charity Link’s exciting new social enterprise, supplying high quality goods to clients and the wider community whilst providing an sustainable income stream in support of the charity’s work.

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Trust Administration Service

Our expert service supports charities, not for profit organisations, charitable and philanthropic projects and schemes. We can help with the administration of your charitable work, provide governance support and help distribute funds on your behalf.

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Information for Journalists

Charity Link is delighted to help journalists with features on poverty and welfare issues and to talk about our work and impact.

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In the last three months together, we have helped 1778 people, including 717 children and provided £535,349 of support.

That's 2053 items to help improve vulnerable people's lives.

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133

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392

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213

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75

icon-washing-machine

437

icon-fridge-freezer

299

In the last three months together, we have helped 1778 people, including 717 children and provided £535,349 of support.

icon-utilities

133

icon-cooker

392

icon-bed

213

icon-clothes

75

That's 2053 items to help improve vulnerable people's lives.

icon-washing-machine

437

icon-fridge-freezer

299

"For me in these tough times you have been a huge help. I am extremely grateful – without you guys I would have really struggled. Thank you.”