The projects funded by the first round of the Pears Youth Fund were celebrated at a special event last week held at The Tetley art gallery. Over the past year, Leeds Community Foundation has worked closely with the Pears Foundation, a family foundation based in London who established a fund of £100,000 with LCF in 2017.
Encouraging projects that actively involve young people, the Pears Youth Fund has supported 15 fantastic organisations across Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield that give young people a voice and a chance to engage and influence their peers.
With a focus on using collaboration as a way to better understand the barriers many young people face, the Fund has supported a range of projects, from radio broadcasting opportunities to developing a local community library, and in total has directly benefited over 7000 people.
Hosted by Pip Goff of Leeds Community Foundation and Isla Bentley, Leeds’ Children’s Mayor, attendees heard from a number of the funded groups including CATCH, a volunteer run organisation that re-purposed an empty police building in Harehills, transforming it into an amazing multi-functional community centre. With help from the Pears Youth Fund they have been able to expand and develop their youth led volunteering programme and work with a local tech company to develop a volunteering app with certified badges and levels of achievement.
With young people at the forefront of the event, we were also treated to a live interview with members of the Springfield Youth Centre conducted by young people from Speakers Corner, a youth project at local radio station, Bradford Community Broadcasting.
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Speakers Corner, Bradford Community Broadcasting