Leeds Community Anchor Network
Voluntary Action Leeds
This is a news item from February 2022 about the development of the Leeds Community Anchor Network. For information about support for and from the third sector around cost of living in Leeds please go to the dedicated page on Doing Good Leeds – Cost of Living.
Throughout the pandemic, a group of locally trusted organisations have provided emergency support to local people in Leeds, covering a range of activities including food parcels and welfare calls. Through this work, these organisations have built partnerships with other local organisations to provide a wider package of support to local citizens. These organisations were called Community Care Hubs and aim to work in a citizen-led way, involving local people in the design and delivery of services.
Following a pilot project, some of these organisations have formed a movement which aims to continue and build on the citizen-led activities and partnerships from before and during the pandemic. This movement is called the Leeds Community Anchor Network or LCAN (“el can”).
To become full LCAN members organisations sign up to a partnership agreement, the number signed up is steadily increasing. The current list of signed up members is below:
- Aireborough Voluntary Services to the Elderly (AVSED)
- Halton Moor & Osmondthorpe Project for Elders (HOPE)
- Horsforth Community Asset Project (Hcap)
- Kirkstall Valley Development Trust (KVDT)
- Leeds Mencap- on behalf of Burmantofts and Richmond hill Partnership
- LS14Trust – on behalf of We Are Seacroft
- Moor Allerton Elderly Care (MAECare)
- New Wortley Community Centre
- Older People’s Action in the Locality (OPAL)
- Give a Gift
- Pudsey Community Project
- Cross Gates Good Neighbours
- Armley Helping Hands
- Holbeck Together
- Health For All
- Black Health Initiative (BHI)
- Rainbow Junktion
- Wetherby In Support of the Elderly (WiSE)
- InterACT on behalf of My Meanwood partnership
Founding Network members are now inviting other likeminded organisations to join LCAN, if you’re potentially interested, please read the LCAN outline below and then contact: LCAN@val.org.uk for details of the next meeting.
This network is made up of organisations or partnerships who aim to help ensure the communities of Leeds thrive – as outlined in the Characteristics of a Thriving Community. See – https://bit.ly/LCANThrivingCommunities