Established in 2009, LS14 Trust provides training and support for local residents in Seacroft, with a focus on helping them gain the necessary skills to get into employment. This is a fantastic community project and over the years LCF has invested almost £60,000 to help the organisation develop.
A recent grant paid for equipment for the organisation’s ‘Digital Lounge’ which is a free open IT resource for local residents and groups working in LS14. It provides residents with free internet and IT resources as well as CV help, meeting space and general welfare support. The digital lounge now has over 700 local members benefiting from the service.
Another grant from the Yorkshire Venture Philanthropy Fund contributed towards salary costs in the organisation’s Event Hire & Training Enterprise business which was set-up in November 2012. This social enterprise, hires out events equipment at competitive rates to other community organizations and employs a bank of local people to oversee its use.
Sally-Anne Greenfield the CEO of Leeds Community Foundation said: “LS14 Trust has achieved huge success in reaching out to the community and responding to local needs. One of our key roles in the City is helping innovative organisations such as this one become sustainable, so that they can have a wider impact, and we are delighted to see LS14 Trust go from strength to strength.”
Nicky Greenan, Development Manager at LS14 Trust, “We are delighted with the progress we have made over the last few years and would like to thank Leeds Community Foundation for always believing in us. Their regular investments have given us the longevity to build up really positive worthwhile relationships with the people of LS14, a factor which has been fundamental to our success.”