Thanks to a donation from HARIBO, 14 community projects have received a Leeds Fund grant to improve the emotional and mental wellbeing of young people across Leeds.
Managed by LCF, The Leeds Fund has distributed over £600,000 since it was launched in 2016 to support a variety of local issues and build on the Foundation’s vision of creating a city of opportunity for all.
HARIBO’s donation of £20,000 was inspired by HRH Prince Harry 2017 visit to West Yorkshire, where he spoke at LCF’s Leeds Fund event before visiting HARIBO’s Castleford based facility; it reinforces the brand’s commitment to promoting and supporting emotional wellbeing and good mental health.
Grants of up to £2,500 were awarded to projects aiming to improve young people’s mental wellbeing and give them the tools to keep their minds healthy. Projects included:
- LS14 Trust, who will create and facilitate a group therapy session with 8 young people to explore their own understanding of mental health and coping strategies, while developing an understanding of how different types of therapy, including art therapy, can help people.
- New Wortley Community Association, who will deliver weekly sessions including buggy walks, parent and baby yoga, healthy cooking classes, and other activities and speaker sessions requested by young parents.
- Purple Patch Arts, who, through their Lifelong Learning Programmes, will support a group of young people with learning disabilities to maintain good mental health through self-care and innovative approaches to mental health education.
- Seagulls Reuse, who will offer a more focused approach to volunteer placements in their social enterprise paint re-use store, providing a friendly and holistic work place for isolated and marginalised young people to learn team work and basic life skills.
- The Growing Zone, who will work closely with 25 young people with disabilities and special needs to teach them how to build garden furniture using recycled materials.
Beacon, Black Health Initiative, Christ Church Armley, Headingley Lishi Arts, Hunslet Initiative, My Bright Kite, Stitch Up, TCV Skelton Grange and Together for Peace were the other organisations to receive a grant.
Herwig Vennekens, Managing Director at HARIBO, said: “HARIBO was impressed by the work of The Leeds Fund and wanted to play our part in supporting local communities and young people. We are delighted that our donation has enabled 14 fantastic projects to receive Leeds Fund grants to improve the mental wellbeing of young people. We’re looking forward to seeing the outcomes of these projects and how this diverse range of activities can help provide local young people with the tools they need to support their emotional and mental health.”
Kate Hainsworth, CEO of Leeds Community Foundation, said: “The Leeds Fund is committed to raising awareness and money to support community projects across Leeds that tackle a range of issues that help local people. Thanks to HARIBO’s generous donation, we have been able to support more projects that are working hard to support the mental wellbeing of young people. We are truly grateful for HARIBO’s support and hope their goodwill encourages more companies to get involved with The Leeds Fund to create positive change in our communities and improve the lives of local people.”
Stitch Up CIC is one of the social enterprises to receive a Leeds Fund grant to develop and deliver a pilot craft course to teach a range of textile craft skills to young people aged 16-19 years with learning difficulties, in partnership with John Jamieson School. Jen Sharp, Founder said: “We know from experience that craft activities are an effective way to support people to improve everyday wellbeing, promote confidence and encourage independence. This course aims to open up more opportunities for young people with learning difficulties to explore their creativity, learn valuable new practical and personal skills and help them prepare for adulthood. We are truly grateful to HARIBO and The Leeds Fund for providing vital funding to enable us to offer sessions to younger people who need our support.”
The Leeds Fund is supported by our Patron, Leeds born TV personality Gabby Logan. The Fund’s strategic focus is mental health, but it also supports a range of other areas of need which affect the city.
For more details on how to support The Leeds Fund or to apply for future funding, visit: www.theleedsfund.org.uk