The Leeds Fund was launched by LCF in 2016 to respond to a variety of needs across the city. Accepting contributions from individuals and companies who want to support the city where live and work, over the past few years The Leeds Fund strategic priority has focused on mental health.
The fund distributes #GiveLoveLeeds grants of up to £2,500, as well as larger Strategic Grants of up to £25,000, and Micro Grants of up to £500 to support new and emerging community activity across Leeds.
From supporting local luncheon clubs to enable elderly residents to get out of the house and socialise, to establishing a women’s peer support network to address a variety of mental health issues – in 2016/17 the Leeds Fund helped to make a positive impact to the lives of over 17,400 people across the city.
A Leeds Fund Strategic Grant of £24,920 enabled Getaway Girls, in partnership with GIPSIL and Shantona, to develop the Harehills Women’s Peer Support Network.
Through activities such as creating personal mental health first aid boxes to help calm in times of stress, the network is helping these young women to thrive through supporting one another.
As a result of the support given, so far 19 women have been supported into volunteering; 4 women have now secured jobs and 2 who have secured university places.
There are over 37,000 lonely and socially isolated people living in Leeds. Burmantofts Senior Action (BSA) is a vital local organisation that helps to support local older people to live independent, healthy, active lives at home.
A Leeds Fund #GiveLoveLeeds grant of just £1375 from Leeds Community Foundation has allowed BSA to establish a diverse programme of tea dances, lunch clubs, quiz afternoons and sessions to help increase physical and mental wellbeing and help combat isolation.
With social isolation is a damaging to an individual’s health as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day, the grant has proved an important catalyst in improving the mental and social wellbeing of the residents, particularly those who live in high rise flats in the area.