Leeds

Leeds Response to COVID-19

There has been good progress on trying to meet immediate needs around accommodation, communication, food and volunteering in Leeds. Below is a roundup of key updates and information within the last four weeks. Accommodation St George’s Crypt has done a great job of looking after people who are homeless during this crisis. There has been no […]

Big Change Leeds

More than £50,000 has been raised since Big Change Leeds launched in late October 2018 and £34,000 funding has been given out to help close to 300 individuals so far (November 2019). One of those individuals is a chap called Gordon, aged 40. Gordon is a recovering addict who started taking drugs at an early […]

Homeless questions answered

An artist who emailed 110 councils seeking basic advice for homeless people says only 10 replied fully. Anthony Luvera asked authorities across the UK about access to shelter, safety, food, and healthcare. Of those asked, 41 did not respond at all, while 59 either sent an auto-reply or pointed to organisations or charities offering help […]

Volunteering Befriending Scheme

Written by Dave Paterson, Unity in Poverty Action (UPA) Leeds is developing a Volunteering Befriending scheme with the primary aim of mobilising significantly more volunteers into supporting the homeless community when they are rehoused or are at risk of leaving their tenancy. At a recent Homeless Charter meeting, someone who had experienced homelessness spoke of […]

This New Campaign Will Help People on the Streets – And You Can Too

Big Change a “new alternative-giving platform that will help you channel your time, energy and donations into projects that will bring lasting change to people’s lives”. Follow the link below to read Ali Turner’s article shared on LeedsList about the amazing work Big Change and the Street Support Team are doing within Leeds. Ali explains […]

RFM Group Pledges Support to help make a ‘Big Change’

Big Change Leeds has received its first major pledge of support in helping to make a real difference for those in need on the city’s streets. Integrated property service provider RFM Group has donated £10,000 to the new collaborative city-wide campaign, which launched last month, and is urging other local businesses to get on board […]

Help to Make a Big Change

Help to make a Big Change A new collaborative city-wide campaign has launched to help make a big change to the lives of those in need on the streets of Leeds city centre. Big Change Leeds aims to get the city behind it to provide practical support which can make a real difference. A new […]

The Joanna Project

How Leeds’s Joanna Project Gave One Woman Hope. This article appeared on the front page of the Yorkshire evening post and details the story of Helen (Not real name). Helen has struggled with addiction and homelessness and was supported by the Joanna Project, who work with many women including those who work on the street. […]

Companions team up for Paris Salon

A team of formerly homeless people from Emmaus Leeds have visited Paris, France to take part in a Europe-wide charity sale to raise money for charitable projects worldwide. Four companions – formerly homeless people who live and work at Emmaus Leeds – and two staff members teamed up with Emmaus Mossley to fill a van […]