Community Investment Providers

Through the Leeds Community Investment Brokerage Partnership the following third sector organisations can support companies to meet their Community Investment aspirations and goals.

Community Investment Providers

Ahead Partnership

Ahead Partnership is a not-for-profit organisation that works with the public and private sectors to foster social and economic regeneration. As part of this they run the Make the Grade programme, a unique initiative focused on driving up pupils’ aspirations whilst creating sustainable long-term partnerships between schools and businesses.

What does this entail?

Business volunteers from a vast spectrum of sectors and industries take part in a whole range of activities in local schools, often in the most socially deprived areas of West and South Yorkshire. This can be anything from representing their business and industry at a Careers Event to taking part in interview practice sessions, to welcoming students on workplace visits or setting pupils enterprise challenges in cross-school competitions. All of the above have the express aim to introduce – and develop – knowledge about the world of work to pupils from primary school age right up to sixth form, as well as developing the skills of those who volunteer.

For further details contact: info@aheadpartnership.org.uk, call 0113 246 787 or visit www.aheadpartnership.org.uk

Business Doing Good in Leeds

Business Doing Good in Leeds is an Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) programme run by Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) that supports businesses, Leeds City Council and other statutory organisations and their employees to connect with and support community and voluntary organisations.

Business Doing Good in Leeds is in an ideal position to help match employers with voluntary and community organisations across the city by providing the following ESV opportunities:

  • Community Challenges (team volunteering events): Full day/Half day
  • Skills-based volunteering where volunteers use their business skills to help a charity or community organisation

Business Doing Good in Leeds is able to provide a fully-customisable ESV service to meet the requirements of your organisation. We can also arrange ad hoc team volunteering days.

For further details ring 0113 213 2592, email esv@val.org.uk or visit doinggoodleeds.org.uk/bdgl.html

Business in the Community

Building on 30 years of action, Business in the Community (BITC) is working to shape a new contract between business and society, in order to secure a fairer society and a more sustainable future.

We engage thousands of businesses through our local, national and international programmes, which enable business to achieve more through collaboration. The local team, based in Pudsey, focus on key social issues of education, employability and economic renewal through a range of facilitated programmes, providing a community investment structure which can be tailored to suit the business.  

What we offer:

  • Clear routes for businesses to engage with communities through employee volunteering, through our programmes
  • A raised profile for employee volunteering, through our Give & Gain Day of national volunteering
  • Brokerage services matching businesses with appropriate volunteering opportunities  
  • Advice and guidance on how businesses can develop their volunteering strategy

What we ask of business:

  • That all businesses recognise the transformational power of employee volunteering
  • That all businesses offer their employees the opportunity to volunteer during work time

Contact: Jo Lovell, Head of Community Impact – jo.lovell@bitc.org.uk or 0113 205 8202, www.bitc.org.uk/yorkshire-humber

Groundwork Leeds

Groundwork Leeds is the community charity with a green heart. We are committed to changing places and changing lives in the areas that need it most by:

  • Improving people's prospects - delivering support to increase the confidence, skills, well-being and employability of those furthest removed from the labour market, in particular young people.
  • Promoting greener living and working - helping people and businesses learn more about their environmental impact and act more responsibly to reduce natural resource use and improve their health.
  • Creating better places - supporting people to work collectively to make their surroundings greener, safer and healthier and to get more involved in the way decisions are made about services in their area.

We work throughout Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.

For further details contact: Louise Ross, Louise.ross@groundwork.org.uk, 0113 238 0601 or visit www.groundwork.org.uk/sites/leeds

Leeds Community Foundation (LCF)

LCF works with individuals, companies and organisations who want to invest money to support local third sector groups in Leeds. We can provide advice on:

  • employee fundraising
  • how to select your Charity of the Year
  • tax-effective giving
  • setting up a payroll giving scheme
  • understanding more about local community needs

We also run a patronage scheme, the 100 Club, where members meet quarterly to share ideas and collaborate on projects of interest to them.  People can support one of our themed funds (Children & Young People, Older People, Health and Wellbeing or Breaking the Cycle) and donations can be made by text, cash, online, cheque or BACS transfer! 

Donations are then made, in the form of grants, to local community projects in Leeds and we update all supporters by means of a newsletter, so you can see the impact your support is having.  For those able to make a contribution of more than £10,000, we can provide a bespoke tailor-made service just for you.

For further details contact: Simone Ivatts, simone@leedscf.org.uk, 0113 242 2426 or visit www.leedscf.org.uk

People Help People

People Help People is social business, set up to meet a variety of identified needs and create positive social and economic outcomes.  Simply speaking, we want to help people become better neighbours.

Our Mission: Harnessing our knowledge and experience, we enable people to focus their passions and talents, with others, to achieve sustainable and positive change in society.

We aim to help improve the outcomes and impacts that businesses have with their communities; and to improve the wellbeing of people and communities. We achieve this through our Three Pillars: Workplace Solutions; Wellbeing and Resilience Services and our Foundation.

For further details contact: Anj Handa, anj.handa@peoplehelppeople.co.uk, 07946 646295, www.peoplehelppeople.co.uk

Smart Aid

Smart Aid connects professionals with worthwhile causes on a professional level. We match volunteers with charities which need their skills. We do this via a unique process which generates a 4 hour job parcel that makes a real difference to the charity’s effectiveness. In 2014, we demonstrated an average contribution of over £2,000 per charity for just 4 hours of a volunteer’s time. Yes, Smart Aid is that effective!

For further details contact: David Price, david@smart-aid.co.uk, 0779 565 2190, www.smart-aid.co.uk

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)

The Conservation Volunteers are a national charity with two long-established centres in Leeds.

Skelton Grange Environment Centre in south Leeds is a 10 acre nature area and beautiful eco-building. It welcomes over 5000 children and adults a year to take part in environmental education and play activities, and supports volunteers to lead education sessions, conservation and biodiversity projects

Hollybush Conservation Centre in west Leeds is an inspirational environmental volunteering centre and involves people in managing green spaces across Leeds and beyond. They work with hundreds of people each year to look after their own green places whilst benefiting their emotional, physical and social well-being.

Services

Employee Action Days give your team the opportunity to carry out practical conservation and environmental work including: tree planting, creating footpaths, developing school wildlife gardens or managing the woodlands, ponds and vegetable gardens at Skelton Grange.

TCV has run volunteering activities for over 50 years and the two Leeds centres have teams of trained and proficient staff based on this body of experience.

For further details contact: www.tcv.org.uk/yorkshire/employee-action-days

Dougie Watson, D.Watson@tcv.org.uk, 0113 274 4864, www.tcv.org.uk/hollybush

Toby Roberts, T.Roberts@tcv.org.uk, 0113 243 0815, www.tcv.org.uk/skeltongrange