Working in an area of Leeds with high levels of deprivation, we do everything we can to help our young people reach their potential.Find out more Donate Here
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We work with 7 to 19 year olds surrounded by drugs, criminality, violence and loss as day to day norms, predominantly within Beeston & Holbeck: raising aspirations, providing support and safe environments in which to belong, we empower them to holistically grow.
We engage those who often fall through the gaps of other provisions, who have very limited opportunities in life, train up young-adults as volunteers, and provide broader community support, around social-care, schooling and health.
We develop early engagement projects for 7 to 12 year olds and focused projects for 13 to 19 year olds – aimed at those most likely to end up in abusive relationships, prison, job-less or dropping out of school. Year round we provide: drop-in’s, mentoring, group work, trips, creative art and sport-based holiday camps. We provide safe spaces in which to grow and belong.
Throughout the pandemic we have worked hard to stay connected to our community, providing activity packs & food parcels.
How you can help
We long to see young people’s physical and mental health, as well as their emotional literacy, life-skills, self-confidence, respect, aspirations and life-expectations improve from poverty to possibility. Your donations will help us do that.
Our programme provides over 90 different activity sessions each week and caters for almost 2000 members. Activities include ballet, football, cheer leading, youth clubs, boxing, hip hop, tap dance, rugby, gymnastics, performing arts, and music. We also provide school holiday programmes that provide disadvantaged children with healthy meals each day.
Our activities and services are open to all and we have a particular focus on reaching out and engaging children and young people who live in poverty and deprivation and who may be facing challenges in their lives. This includes newly arrived young people, children in care, young offenders and children with special educational needs or a disability.
How you can help?
We are a safe and welcoming club. We've realised that the children and young people who come to us after school often want to stay well after their activity has finished - so we want to make the best use of that time. Your donations will help us provide activities, coaching, mentoring and a proper meal. Thank you.
Far too many children in Leeds don’t have access to a laptop and the internet. Without equipment these children fall further behind. And statistics tell us that once they fall too far behind, it impacts their life chances. Not because they did anything wrong or because they didn’t have the ability. But because they didn’t have a laptop.
So what can you do?
You can give us your spare laptop. And we can upgrade it and give to a child that needs it. And we’ll match your gift with a gift of data. So even if the parents don’t have the internet, the child does. So the child can keep up at school and grow in confidence and improve their life chances. All because of your laptop. But they need it now. So please act today. Thank you.
From song-writing classes to guitar lessons, keyboard sessions to learning how to create your own music show or podcast - and everything in between. Generally, we help people to gain control over their lives and find avenues into employment, further education and other positive social activity by providing a range of inclusive and creative projects, courses and events so that people have the opportunity to learn a range of musical and personal skills. And we found ways to carry on doing all of that throughout lockdown.
Specifically, we run the following projects:
Man About Town, which inspires and encourages men who are socially isolated to engage back in to the wider community through a series of creative, practical and fun sessions including both music and the digital arts. Since April 2020 we have run events online or outside.
Get Your Act Together delivers free music sessions for 11 to 18 year olds who do not have access to music education through other routes. These have been delivered online and, when possible, in a large venue with lots of space.
During the summer of 2020 we ran outdoor socially distanced music sessions in Leeds mental health facilities for people who were completely isolated from friends and family.
How you can help.
Like a lot of grassroots community organisations we run on a shoestring! Your generous donations will help us provide headphones and other equipment to people who couldn't otherwise afford them so that they can take part in our sessions. We run loads of events online so head over to our social media to find out how you can learn more about what we do and join in the fun!
Leeds-based charity Getaway Girls empowers girls and young women aged 11-25 to build confidence, resilience, skills and aspirations in a supportive environment.
We offer practical and emotional support to vulnerable young women, including help to find a safe place to live, employment and training and support on issues they face like domestic abuse, mental health or exploitation.
In 2019 our charity, now in its 30th year, won the National Children and Young People Now Awards for children and young people's charity and youth work organisation of the year.
How you can help
It's been a tough year, so this Christmas we would love your help to provide young women and children with care packages and wellbeing packs. We'll be including essentials like masks, hand sanitiser and basic toiletries but would like to include some treats; pamper product, small gifts and food.
“We want young women to know that we care and want to help them build stability in their lives and reach their potential.”
Working together to make #Holbeck the best place to live, work and play for all generations.
At Holbeck Together we are supported by grants, contracts and donations. Contributions come in all shapes and sizes but all of them make a difference.
During the pandemic we are coordinating a full community response. It has been a phenomenal team effort so far and the outpouring of support from people living and working locally has been incredible. However demand for our services continues to rise and we need all the help we can find.
This is how your donations will help
£5 – delivers a hot, nutritional meal and doorstep wellbeing support to someone who is isolated
£10 – provides a crisis pack to a vulnerable person, with food staples and winter warmth items to combat winter pressures
£25 – provides ‘start-up’, wrap-around digital support to an older member of the community to get connected
£50 – delivers engaging programme of at-home activities, with a focus on wellbeing, to 50 people of all ages who can’t get out
£100 – Keeps our vital community transport on the road for a week, ensuring older members of the community can remain independent and local families can visit and enjoy green spaces.
We support people in the Seacroft and Killingbeck community. We help them access food and other essentials and keep a sense of connection when they might be feeling isolated. Providing everything from food parcels and wellbeing packs to phone calls and online community groups, we are here for everyone throughout the pandemic and every day.
How can you help?
We’re spreading some festive cheer and need help to provide Christmas dinners for older people, who will be more isolated than ever this year.
We’d also like help with our toy distribution so that every child has something to open on Christmas morning.
The effects of the pandemic will be severe and long lasting, all donations will help us to support people with food, medicine, mental health and wellbeing and to create positive moments for children and families. We’ve set up a PayPal account and thank you so much for your kind donations.
St Vincent's is unique in Leeds. We have a wide range of services under one roof, so we can help each person we work with in ways tailored to meet their specific needs. We know that people's issues are complicated, and there is not always an easy answer. At St Vincent's we combat the root causes of these issues to give people the tools to build a brighter future for themselves.
How you can help.
Your donations will help us provide hot meals, emergency food parcels and to continue the range of ways we support people in our community.
From 2nd December until Christmas Eve, the ‘Kindness Christmas’ team are asking customers passing through the Merrion Centre to come and drop off items for those children in West Yorkshire who may for whatever reason not be able to receive a gift this festive season.
With over 12,000 families registered, new gifts (however small) are needed to be incorporated into Festive Hampers which the team hope will bring some joy to families this Christmas.
The Christmas Dinner is an annual project founded by the poet Lemn Sissay MBE for communities to provide a Christmas Day for care leavers aged between 18 and 25. One they’ll never forget!
Our Vision: no care leaver will be alone on Christmas Day
Our Mission: We will mobilise local communities across the UK to put on scrumptious and magical Christmas Day dinners for Care Leavers aged between 18 and 25, turning Christmas into a time to cherish.
Our team of volunteers are diverse and from mixed disciplines: care professionals, professional creatives etc., teachers, lawyers, doctors, ex mechanics, anybody... They embody the values of The Christmas Dinner and come together to realise the vision. They look after every element of the event, from present wrapping, collecting food donations, dressing the venue, to helping cook and entertain on the big day itself.
The Christmas Dinner is collaboration, building a community around the care leavers, our guests, and create a caring sharing ‘family’.
How can you help?
We're part of a national effort to support care leavers. Last year there were 14 Christmas dinners around the country. Your donation helps this grow every year.
Earlier this year, Leeds Irish communities delivered over 300 "Craic Packs" to people across Leeds. Each person is nominated by someone who cares about them but who can’t visit themselves just now, to make sure they know that help is always available.
Each packs contains a taste of home with some Irish goodies, and a whole lot of love - including pictures and letters from primary school children, and a postcard with the number to use if they ever need a helping hand or a listening ear.
We have found this is a great way to reach out because any of us could be lonely, feel vulnerable or just need a bit of craic in these troubled times.
Now that Christmas is around the corner, we want to reach out again with a special Christmas Craic Pack!
Our aim is to get Christmas Craic Packs out to about 500 people in Leeds.
You can help by:
- donating some money to help us buy all the right things to make these packs a very special Christmas gift
- donating a wrapped gift, Irish goods or a picture, poem or Christmas card to add into the packs
- nominating someone you think would like to get a Craic Pack. By phone on 07904 246 531 or by email to email@example.com
Drop off points are at the Irish Centre on York Road or the Leeds Irish Health and Homes office on Wyther Lane until 10th December- but please call ahead to check so we can make sure we are being Covid-safe.
We’re hoping to get lots of support for this so please help where you can!
Ping Pong 4 U is for everyone - and we mean people of all ages and abilities! We have a unique programme of Adapted Ping Pong Activities APPA) which means we can include everyone in this wonderful game. We teach blind people to play, we have programmes to suit people with dementia, autism, people recovering from serious illness and we love to use it to use it with children and young people. It builds confidence, fitness and coordination, its simple to set up, can be played on any surface and most of all its fun!
How you can help
We want YOU to join our movement to bring more fun and stimulation to people of all ages and abilities all around Leeds.
During the pandemic we have provided ping pong kits to children and families across Leeds who may be isolating or who are missing seeing their friends in the school holidays. We then give them access to our online videos so that the fun can begin! We also provide training in APPA so that other people can learn to teach and inspire. Could you support that work by 'paying forward' a Ping Pong kit? Please visit our donation page - all donations most welcome, thank you.
Slung Low is an award-winning theatre company specialising in making epic productions in non-theatre spaces and we lend our equipment and vehicles to help others. We manage The Holbeck: the oldest working men’s club in Britain, running the bar as a traditional members’ bar and the rest of the building as an open space for artists and a place where others present work that otherwise might not get to be seen in Leeds. We also run a Cultural Community College where adults come to learn new cultural skills.
During the pandemic we realised that our community was struggling, our families needed food and other essentials. So, to respond to that, we reinvented ourselves and have, since April, been running a foodbank for families in LS11. It’s not means tested and people don’t need a referral. If they need help they can come to us.
How can you help?
We provide food for over 200 households a week and your donations will help continue this vital support for as long as it is needed in the community.
Dance opens up a world of opportunity for our children and young people. We work across Leeds, in some of the most deprived communities of our city. We use dance as a creative pathway to improve health, fitness, creativity and overall wellbeing. All DAZL activities are accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
We use dance to reduce inequalities and raise aspirations - our key aims:
1. Participation – Engaging inactive children and young people through high quality dance as physical activity
2. Community Leadership – Engaging and empowering local people/ communities
3. Partnerships – Supporting and delivering the wider health/ social care agenda
4. Artistic Development & Progression Support – Developing and nurturing new & existing local talent
5. Celebrating Communities & Performance Opportunities – bringing the whole community together and championing positive achievements
How can you help?
Your kind donation means we can welcome more children and young people into our DAZL community!
Created from a legacy gift, The Old Fire Station aims to be a completely self sustained community asset. We depend upon our room hire income and fundraising events to be able to support the local community in East Leeds - one of the most deprived in Leeds.
We need local business and charities to use our meeting room spaces. The income from that funds our activities and community events such as our annual Vintage Fire Engine Day, Christmas Fair and Community Christmas Dinner- and being a welcoming, supportive environment for everyone.
This year all of these events and our room hire has been severely effected by the pandemic and we are in great need of support to remain open and available for the local community.
How can you help?
Donations to The Old Fire Station will be used to support our work in the community. We have some really wonderful groups like our Craft and Chat Club or our local Men's Group - your donation will ensure that these and more can carry on.
Being part of The Tribe Youth Group helps young people to develop life skills, self confidence and self esteem.
We're here for 100 young people every week offering courses in first aid, budgeting and cooking as well as creative sessions. Members also have the opportunity to take part in the I am Me project which is about health and fitness helping the young people to gain confidence and belief in themselves.
Our Tribe also supports our local community - they helped to set up a school uniform exchange over the summer, giving away good quality second hand uniform to people who needed it.
When we have been unable to meet during the lockdown, we have continued our sessions over Zoom so that we make sure we stay in touch.
We're raising funds so that we can create activity packs for members who for whatever reason can't attend. Our Tribe are already missing out on so many things during the pandemic - we want to make sure they know we are always there for them.