This July we invited our 100 Club supporters to take part in a unique event that brought to life some of the community projects we have supported in the city.
With the help of a double decker bus courtesy of First Leeds and with the support of our sponsor, Sweco, we offered our supporters a memorable opportunity to meet and engage with some of the inspirational groups and projects that have benefited from Leeds Community Foundation funding.
Visiting projects that make a real difference to the lives of those that need it the most in the city, we were able to see 3 fantastic community hubs in action across the city and hear the personal stories from those that have benefited directly.
For many, these community organisations are lifeline and the opportunities and services they offer provide a vital step towards greater community cohesion and a support system to help build a better future for local people and the area itself.
Starting off with a welcome from Tom Riordan at Leeds Civic Hall, we visited CATCH, an entirely volunteer ran organisation based in Harehills that works to raise the aspirations of local young people. Welcoming over 100 young people each week for their regular youth club, the organisation offers the opportunity for them to become volunteers themselves, leading sessions and managing the day to day operations of the centre.
Next stop was LS14 Trust in Seacroft. Working to make the LS14 area a welcoming and vibrant place, the organisation hosts a number of activities and services to bring together the local community.
Our final calling point was The Old Fire Station in Gipton, a fantastic community hub in East Leeds that was transformed from a decommissioned 1930s fire station through a £3 million investment from the Foundation. Complete with a vibrant community cafe, hirerable state of the art meeting rooms and home to 7 other community organisations, lunch was served to our guests on their beautiful roof garden and was a perfect way to round off the event.
Max Joy, Managing Director, Sweco, said: “As proud supporters of Leeds Community Foundation’s 100 Club, Sweco is pleased to sponsor such a unique event, which brings businesses together to experience first-hand the amazing work that happens in the areas that we live and work and the role that all businesses play in investing in their communities. Leeds Community Foundation is fundamental in providing opportunities to those that need it the most in the city.”
Will Pearson, Operations Director at First Leeds, said: “As a member of the 100 Club and a leading bus operator in Leeds, we’re delighted to help highlight some of the important community projects across the city. Like many businesses, First Bus is part of the community in which we work and we’re proud to partner with Leeds Community Foundation helping create opportunities for all.”