Viral campaign shines a light on the small acts bringing people in Leeds together

Charities, community groups and organisations across Leeds have been taking to social media this month to celebrate the fantastic things they do to bring people in Leeds together.

The #TogetherLeeds campaign, which is officially supported by organisations including Leeds City Council, Leeds Rhinos Foundation, Leeds Community Foundation and Leeds United Football Club, encourages users on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to share the stories, projects, events and activities that bring people together, using the hashtag ‘#TogetherLeeds’.

Since launching on Monday 21 October, over 160 people have shared the small (and large) acts that make Leeds such a unified and friendly place to live and work.  Posts have included the stories of a holiday play scheme in Bramley, an ex-prisoner making new relationships through volunteering, a young leader bringing communities together through cricket and a development charity that hosts conversations between communities about our shared interests and values.
 
Chief Executive of Leeds City Council, Tom Riordan, said:  “It’s great to be supporting #TogetherLeeds bringing the amazing charities and communities of Leeds together… let’s get behind it and showcase the excellent work to promote cohesion in Leeds!”
 
The campaign was created by Third Sector Leeds, a network of community groups, charities and third sector organisations, who wanted to shine a light on the thousands of people in Leeds that are working to make our communities happier, friendlier places. 
 
Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said:  “There is so much fantastic work that takes place across the city to help bring different individuals and communities together. Leeds is an extremely hospitable and friendly city and it’s great that the work of hundreds of individuals, groups, charities and organisations is being highlighted and celebrated by the #TogetherLeeds campaign!”
 
Chris Hollins, Chair of Third Sector Leeds, said:  “We’re are extremely proud that our city is a welcoming place where most people don’t just want to get on, but are actively involved in making things change for the better. Our members agreed it was time to shine a light on all that goes on across Leeds to bring people together and show the big picture of all the good that people do. We hope the #TogetherLeeds campaign will act as the first step in starting this conversation and give the hundreds of projects, activities and groups across the city an opportunity to share and shout about the brilliant things they are doing.”  
 
 
Join the campaign by sharing your news and activities on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #TogetherLeeds or show your support by sharing the posts of our official supporters or other organisations.
 
For a campaign campaign pack, including shareable social media graphics and other resources, please download here - https://bit.ly/2Qm9ffC