Leeds Law Society has distributed over £2,000 to support young people in Leeds, as part of their President’s Charity partnership with Leeds Community Foundation (LCF).
LCF help hundreds of charities and voluntary organisations across the city to make a difference to thousands of people. It does this in big ways, like funding new community centres, or in little ways, with smaller grants and advice. Since 2005 they have helped individuals and local businesses give back to their local community and in turn help over 200,000 people in the city.
Through working with the Foundation, Leeds Law Society have chosen to donate the money raised throughout the year to local community group, Lineham Farm, to re-furbish their bathrooms in the Courtyard Cottage to enable young people to visit and stay at the farm all year round.
Lineham Farm, based in North Leeds provides residential facilities for children from across the city. Each week they take groups of up to 30 young people from a range of backgrounds to take part in fun activities such as cycling, bushcraft, high ropes, archery, orienteering and just generally having fun.
Philip Jordan, 2014-15 President of Leeds Law Society said: "Leeds Community Foundation is a fantastic charity and I am proud that the Leeds Law Society was able to support them as my President’s Charity last year. It's great to see that the money we raised will support Lineham Farm, to create a safe and fun space for young people in Leeds to enjoy the countryside and learn new life skills.”
When visiting the Farm to see how the money would make a difference to project - Amanda Bennett, Fundraising Manager for Lineham Farm said “We are extremely grateful to Leeds Law Society for their support. The re-furbished cottage will allow us to accommodate young people in term time and groups like Riding for the Disabled and Chernobyl Children’s Project by offering them a 5-day break at the farm”.
Newly appointed treasurer of Leeds Community Foundation, Mike Jackson said: “This is a great example of how organisations can make a real difference and improve young people’s lives. As a new member of the Board it was lovely to meet one of the projects and see first-hand the great work that they do. I hope this will inspire more local businesses to get involved with their local community.”