High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Fund successful applicants announced

Feb 26, 2018


Re-opened in November 2017 by the current High Sheriff of West Yorkshire, Dr Terry Bramall CBE, the successful applicants in the next round of the High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Fund have now been chosen.

The Office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year. The origins of the Office date back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown. Today, there are 55 High Sheriffs serving the counties of England and Wales each year.

The current High Sheriff of West Yorkshire, Dr Terry Bramall CBE, is honoured to open the latest round of The High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Fund which provides grants of up to £2500 through Leeds Community Foundation to local projects that work with young people to create safer communities and combat crime.


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We’re delighted to share that nine fantastic projects across Leeds and Bradford have now been awarded grants in our latest round:



Find out more about some of the funded groups:


Eccleshill Adventure Playground (EAP)

As the only adventure playground in Leeds and Bradford, this project in Eccleshill is based within one of the most deprived wards in England.

EAP aims to engage some of the community’s more marginalized children and young people, and address a range of issues that may arise out of living poverty such as school exclusion, criminal and anti-social behavior.

The grant will allow for a regular after school session to be offered at the playground where the children and young people involved can learn new skills each week. From wood working to bike maintenance and campfire cooking, the activity programme will be designed by the young people themselves.


Image: Eccleshill Adventure Playground


Behind Closed Doors (BCD)

BCD’s referral statistics show an increasing number of young people experiencing abuse within their own relationships, with an 87% increase in 16-25 year olds seeking support in the past year alone.

Working with the University of Leeds, the grant will allow BCD to run a pilot Ambassador programme promoting positive, healthy relationships and helping young people who need support or intervention.

By employing two staff members to coordinate the four week programme, students will be engaged in awareness raising and training workshops to help address this growing issue.





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