Emmaus table and workers

Over the last three years, with support from European Regional Development Funding (ERDF), we created the Yorkshire Venture Philanthropy (YVP) Programme, in order to strengthen the Region’s social enterprise sector. The aim of the programme is to create sustainable economic growth that will tackle economic and social disadvantages within our most deprived communities. The programme also helps us to support the voluntary and community sector in developing a sustainable future at a time when funding from other sources is reducing.

So far the Fund has supported 60 social enterprises, created 35 new jobs and helped to established 9 new businesses. Find out more about the YVP programme.

We also launched ‘Jimbo’s Enterprise Fund’ which was set up with money donated by the late Jimi Heselden and is administered in conjunction with his family. Grants were distributed to support ten local enterprise projects specifically to tackle the lack of job opportunities and skills in East Leeds, an area which has one of the highest unemployment rates in the city.

Previous grants totalled over £500,000, enabling us to help support 38 start-ups and more established social enterprises, to date Jimbo’s Enterprise Fund has got 96 individuals into training or jobs.