The 14-20th May marked the UK’s Mental Health Awareness Week. As people across the country flocked to social media to tell their stories and give support, we also wanted to share with you some of the amazing impact our Leeds Fund and the community groups we support have made to thousands of local people’s mental health over the past couple of years.
Mental Health and The Leeds Fund
Launched in 2016, The Leeds Fund was established to respond to key needs identified in our city and accepts contributions from individuals and businesses wanting to give something back which are then distributed in a range of grants to help local organisations.
Over the past couple of years The Leeds Fund has focused on an overwhelming priority in the city: mental health.
With 20% of Leeds school children feeling stressed or anxious, 37,000 people lonely and socially isolated across Leeds and 23,000 young people out of work in the city, this is indeed a pressing issue that needed to be addressed.
With the help of key businesses in the city we are proud to have distributed £550,000 to 60 different community, which in turn has benefited over 8,400 local people in the past year alone.
Here we’d like to share just a snapshot from some of the mental health projects The Leeds Fund has supported:
Luv2MeetU help people with learning disabilities widen their circle of friends and develop relationships – helping to combat isolation, loneliness and improve overall health and wellbeing. A Leeds Fund grant made it possible for them to increase the number of events we run and members who are able to attend. From farm trips to single mingle nights, these activities are a vital opportunity for its members to get out of the house, socialise and make new friends.
Health For All, with support from a Leeds Fund grant were able to run a young people’s Mental Health Peer Support Group, offering self-esteem workshops and the chance to build positive peer and adult relationships. Through the project, Health For All were able to help 48 young people gain confidence and reduce stress and anxiety.
And all this would not have been possible without the generous support of individuals and businesses in Leeds.
From our partnership with John Lewis and the Asda Foundation, LCF Law’s and Leeds Phoenix Rotary Club’s Charity Quiz nights raising vital donations, to The Business Desk’s Businesses Masters Awards, Leeds Digital Festival and the Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Awards selecting The Leeds Fund as their charity partner, and the fantastic fundraising efforts made through the Crypt Factor and Leeds Together events – there are many fantastic businesses supporting the city’s mental health, and we look forward to sharing in the Leeds Fund’s impact with many more partners to come.
To find out more or donate to The Leeds Fund, please visit www.theleedsfund.org.uk