Help make a Big Change with new city campaign
A new city-wide campaign has launched to help make a big change to the lives of those in need on the streets of Leeds city centre.
Big Change Leeds is a new alternative-giving campaign for Leeds, and has been established to raise awareness, inform, educate and engage people in ways to help those in need on the streets of Leeds city centre. The campaign aims to change how individuals are being supported by those who want to help, by getting people and businesses to come together and give effectively, providing direct benefits for people on the city centre’s streets by addressing individual needs.
The Big Change campaign has been instigated by Leeds Business Improvement District (LeedsBID) and Leeds City Council, with support from Leeds Community Foundation and in collaboration with grassroots community organisations operating in the city – all working together to look at long term help and solutions for those on the city’s streets.
By working with local charitable organisations and support services, which can apply for funds through the Foundation’s grants programme, Big Change aims to make a real and positive change to those who may find themselves on the street.
It forms part of a wider city approach to address on-street issues, including the recent launch of the Street Support Team and the Leeds Homeless Charter, which is currently under development.
Big Change presents the opportunity to both offer help and appeal for help by connecting charities, organisations and people with a way to make donations of money, time or items. It channels all donations through a central online resource (Street Support Leeds) where everyone can contribute to make a lasting change to someone’s life. It also highlights the wider support services engaged in working with those in genuine need in the streets on Leeds city centre and will illustrate how donations can help to make a real difference to individual lives.
The campaign brings over 45 charitable organisations from across the city together onto one public facing platform – making information about existing resources in the city centre accessible, as well as how people can help directly. It focuses on the provision of those essential everyday items which are often unfunded and that can make a big change, such as a bus pass, deposit for a flat, clothing for an interview or the basics to furnish a flat. It also enables people to offer skills support, practical assistance or just an hour to help here or there.
“Big Change is a significant new city-wide collaboration to bring businesses, organisations and individuals together to help make a real difference to those who are in need on the streets of Leeds city centre. LeedsBID is proud to be involved, investing in the infrastructure that has united those involved to make this campaign possible, and it creates an opportunity for Leeds collectively to make ‘a big change’.”
Andrew Cooper, LeedsBID Chief Executive
There are lots of ways to help people in need on the streets of Leeds – get involved and help to make a lasting change. Find out more at www.bigchangeleeds.co.uk