#GiveLeeds is here to make it easy for you to donate to grassroots charities and community groups in Leeds this Christmas.
It’s estimated that every Christmas people in Leeds waste £500,000 on unwanted gifts. At Zero Waste Leeds, we can’t stand waste! And this year more than ever, we want to do our bit to help to reduce waste – and do some good.
So we’ve set up #GiveLeeds – a month-long campaign to make it as easy as possible to donate to grassroots charities and community groups in our city.
Groups that have been there for people during COVID19, day in, day out – in the most challenging times most of us have ever faced. From lunch clubs to youth clubs, food parcels to theatre workshops, community cafes to socially-distanced walking groups – and just about everything in between!
And whilst that work has been done with such an amazing spirit of kindness and generosity, it has also come at a cost. Budgets are stretched – and traditional ways of raising money – supporters running marathons, cake sales in the office, or rattling tins in shopping centres – have all but disappeared.
That’s why we’ve set up #GiveLeeds, to make it nice and easy to donate directly online.
Inspired by #BuyLeeds – a citizen-led campaign to support Leeds businesses – #GiveLeeds is showcasing some of the brilliant charities and community groups in our city – and making it as easy as possible for you to donate directly to them.
Instead of that last minute panic shop this Christmas, why not give a donation to one of these amazing groups in lieu of a gift?
#GiveLeeds has been set up as a month-long campaign by Leeds-based social enterprise Social Business Brokers CIC – inspired by their Zero Waste Leeds project.
Social Business Brokers CIC was set up 10 years ago by Leeds-based social entrepreneurs Gill Coupland and Rob Greenland. Their aim is to come up with collaborative solutions to complex social problems.
They set up Zero Waste Leeds in 2018 – to build a movement to help Leeds to become a Zero Waste City.
#GiveLeeds has been developed as a campaign to achieve two main things:
The aim of the #GiveLeeds campaign is to showcase some of the great charities and community groups working in our city.
With so much brilliant work going on in Leeds, we won’t be able to promote them all. But we’ll start with groups that have offered support in communities across Leeds during COVID19, and who have been delivering “Healthy Holidays” schemes for young people and their families during school holidays.
With limited time and a tight budget, we won’t manage to promote everyone over the next month. But by showcasing groups on our website, and doing lots of social media promotion on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, we’ll do our best to tell as many stories as we can.
And we’re also hoping that people in Leeds will jump on the #GiveLeeds hashtag and tell us about who they’re supporting in Leeds this festive season.
Have a look through our site and click on the image for a charity or community group. That will give you a bit more information about them, and then you can click on the Donate button to be taken straight through to their donation page.
Each charity or group will have a slightly different set-up. Some may have a PayPal account, whilst others may have something like a LocalGiving page. Others might give you the option to donate directly to their bank account. Whatever options they’re offering, your donation will go directly to the group or charity. The donation doesn’t go via us – and we don’t charge anyone anything for being on the #GiveLeeds site. We’re just here to make it easy for you to find local groups to donate to online.
Whilst planning our annual #ZeroWasteChristmas campaign at Zero Waste Leeds, we found research suggesting that each Christmas in Leeds we waste around £500,000 on unwanted gifts.
Local charities and community groups have been there for us this year like never before. Trusted local groups, with strong local connections, have been perfectly placed to respond to the greatest crisis most of us have ever lived through.
All that extra work – whilst done with such a tremendous spirit of kindness and generosity – has come at a cost. And at precisely the same time, it’s become harder than ever to raise money to fund that work. So many of the traditional ways to raise funds – whether that’s a sponsored 10K, a bun sale at work or shaking a tin in a shopping centre – have all but disappeared.
Research from the Charities Aid Foundation confirms that face-to-face cash donations – alongside other fundraising opportunities – have reduced significantly this year because of COVID19.
So online donations are more important than ever right now. Hence why we’ve set up #GiveLeeds.
Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for people in Leeds to find out how to donate directly to charities and community groups in Leeds.
We’re also supporting them to get set up online – if they’re not already – by exploring with them the various options for raising funds online.