Young People Take Over Leeds Fund Panel

Last Friday, we joined forces with a fantastic group of young people from local community project, CATCH, to take part in the UK Children’s Commissioner Takeover Challenge.


The Takeover Challenge is an annual project led by the UK Children’s Commissioner, which provides children and young people with experience of working life and enables them to contribute to real and meaningful decision-making projects.


This November, we invited a group of 10 young people from Harehills to join us on the decision-making panel for our Leeds Fund Micro Grants Programme, providing valuable work experience and a chance for the young people to use their experience of local communities to help create positive change.


Our Leeds Fund Micro Grants Programme provides the opportunity to trial new and innovative ideas. From social entrepreneurs and community activists to caring neighbours, we offer up to £500 in grants to emerging projects that are working to make positive changes in local communities.


Whether it’s a pop-up hair dressing station at the Reginald Centre for people going to job interviews, litter picking with local school children, or funding a Little Free Library or a project caring for elderly neighbours’ gardens on the Broadlea Estate, the programme receives a vast range of applications and funds many creative interventions. With the latest round of grants just as varied, our panel from CATCH certainly had their work cut out for them on the day, with some hard decisions to make!


Kindly hosted at 100 Club Supporter, Northwood Investors Broadgate’s offices on the Headrow, our young panel members arrived suited and booted for the day ahead. Applications were reviewed and reports were shared, with everyone working together to gain a consensus on which applications to fund. With some difficult decisions presented, votes were held to decide which applications would be prioritised for funding.


Together with members of our Grants Team, our CATCH panel have funded 5 different projects tackling a variety of different issues, such as support for young parents and greater access to reading. We would like to thank everyone from CATCH who took part in the challenge, whose professionalism and skill was evident throughout the process. The impact of their contribution is reflected in the quality of the decisions reached and the reasoning that was given for those choices.


With decisions being sent out soon, keep you eyes peeled on our What We’ve Funded page to find out more about the funded projects.