Community

These groups work to support, develop and improve communities, whether they be geographic or demographic.

Some groups help voices within a community to be heard. Others provide comfortable and safe spaces for members of a community to meet and socialise. Others aim to improve access to resources and services.

The definition is quite broad, so expect to find all sorts of interesting and inspiring things in this section.

People in Action

People in Action was established 35 years ago to help to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities, autism and other support needs.
Community, Disability Rights, Health and LGBTQI+

Candlelighters

At Candlelighters, we support families facing children's cancer in Yorkshire financially, emotionally and practically.
Community and Health

Darn It! Workshops

A wide variety of workshops at different venues aiming to provide easy to understand, relaxing and informative creative workshops for all abilities.
Arts & Culture and Community

Beeston in Bloom

We are a voluntary group that was formed by local residents and our aim is to promote community pride through our gardening projects.
Community and Land, Food & Agriculture

Interact: Centre for Intercultural Learning & Action

Interact, Centre for Intercultural Learning & Action, is an organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting intercultural development. Learning and Action are at the root of the organisation; reinforcing the commitment to combine challenging interdisciplinary theoretical research and learning, with tangible, practical, real life solutions.
Community, Human Rights, Migrant Rights, Political Theory and Youth & Education

Redemption Songs

Redemption Songs is a new Leeds based community music project. We bring music to prisons, hostels and also offer discounted music lessons to anyone leaving prison.
Arts & Culture and Community

Rainbow Junk-tion

This cafe is part of The Real Junk Food Project network and aims to reduce food waste, feed hungry people and build community. The Real Junk Food Project intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and a number of other sources, and turns it into healthy, nutritious meals for anyone and everyone on a pay-as-you-feel donation basis.
Community and Land, Food & Agriculture

Hope Not Hate Leeds

HOPE Not Hate Leeds is a new grass-roots group, formed to provide a positive antidote to the politics of hate and extremism within our communities.
Community and Racial Justice

MEND Community

MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development) works with policymakers, statutory agencies, local councils, police forces, civil society organisations in the UK and Europe, and grass roots communities to tackle Islamophobia in all its various manifestations; anti-Muslim hate speech, media bias and hate crime.
Community and Racial Justice

Open Source Arts

Whether you're an enthusiastic amateur, professional artist, performer, maker, or a community group or collective - Open Source Arts exists for you.
Arts & Culture and Community

Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre (HEART)

Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre - HEART - is the arts, enterprise and community centre in the middle of Headingley run by the community for the community. People are at our heart – as well as it is the way we operate in the building.
Arts & Culture and Community

Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL)

Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) is a charity that supports communities by helping people and organisations that do good in Leeds.
Community

Touchstone

Inspiring communities, transforming lives. The Community Development Team promote the strengths of BME Communities. We don't just talk about problems, needs and barriers.
Community and Health

Leodis Community Project

Leodis Community Project. Empowering local community members into a more successful life.
Community

COGS

COGS is an independent community development organisation that supports communities,  and public & voluntary sector agencies that work in and with communities. COGS believes in communities having more power and influence over decisions that affects their lives. COGS can offer policy and practice development in the areas of community engagement, community action research and community development. Training, community and event facilitation, project and organisation development can be done on a consultancy or contract basis.
Community

Cornerstone Housing Co-operative

Sometimes a commune, sometimes an intentional community and sometimes just housemates, eating together and running the houses together. Our two big old houses with big gardens in Chapeltown keep us very busy.
Community and Housing

Notwestminster

#notwestminster is a network for everyone who has something positive to say about local democracy and for anyone who is up for a challenge. We host an annual event for local democracy advocates and we run Local Democracy Maker Days where we work together to build and test new ways of doing democracy, with digital.
Community and Political Theory

Oblong

Oblong is a Leeds based community development charity whose purpose is to help people and their communities flourish. Our main areas are volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged adults, running Woodhouse Community Centre which has rooms for hire for both community groups and private events. We deliver 'Head Space', mental wellbeing sessions in the community.
Community and Health

Angel of Youths

Angel of Youths is a community based in Leeds. Our aim is to help young people between the ages of 18-30 to build their dream careers and attain their desired lifestyles.
Community

Pyramid of Arts

We promote individual wellbeing and social inclusion through active engagement in the arts, by bringing together people with learning disabilities and associated physical and sensory impairments alongside others in the community who have, or wish to develop, an active involvement in the arts.
Arts & Culture, Community, Disability Rights and Health

Headingley Festival of Ideas

The Headingley Festival of Ideas is all about creative ideas which may or may not lead to something. The Festival is planned and organised by a group of local volunteers who are now starting to put together a programme for October 2015. We are interested in any local people and organisations that would like to take part by hosting, sponsoring and organising events.
Arts & Culture and Community

Inkwell

Inkwell is a Leeds Mind Project, a charity supporting people experiencing mental health difficulties.
Community and Health

Hollybush Conservation Centre

We are an environmental volunteering centre in Kirkstall, Leeds. The site used to be a rhubarb farm, now we have a community café and garden, a woodwork shop, barn and classroom. We provide a wide range of volunteering opportunities for everyone, and we specialise in working with adults who need a bit of extra help to get their lives back on track.
Community, Ecological Justice and Land, Food & Agriculture

Care Leavers Council

A Group of Young Care Leavers in Leeds. The aim of the group is to improve the services care leavers receive from Leeds City Council, and to help make the difficult transition from care to adulthood a better experience for all young people.
Community and Health

West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service

West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service (WYCAS) supports organisations to manage their finances more effectively and efficiently.
Community and Economic Justice

Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market

Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market is a new group for everyone – customers, traders, citizens and visitors – who love Kirkgate Market and want it to survive and flourish in its present form and not become yet another bland and soulless shopping centre.
Community and Workers Rights

St Lukes Toddle

A Toddler Group in South Leeds run at St Luke's Church.
Community

Behno

WOMEN ONLY Group provides Information & Support to Ladies about Health and Wellbeing.Runs Swimming,Exercise & Healthy Cooking Classes & a Drop in Service.
Community and Feminism

Quakers Leeds

Quakers have testimonies to Peace, Truth, Equality, Simplicity and Justice.
Community and Peace & Disarmament

Transition Meanwood

Transition Meanwood is part of the Transition Towns movement which is aimed at building strong communities to help people prepare for the effects of Peak Oil and Climate Change.
Community, Ecological Justice, Energy and Land, Food & Agriculture

Hannah Directory

Hannah Directory celebrates all the great stuff people are doing in places in England's north and asks how even more of it can happen.
Arts & Culture and Community

AVP Leeds

Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) works with people from all backgrounds and situations to handle conflict, deal with violence and build better relationships.
Community and Peace & Disarmament

Leeds Green Exchange

The Green Exchange is Leeds University Union's exciting new sustainability project, working from the heart of Leeds to help you achieve a more sustainable lifestyle! If you're a student in the city, you can apply for funding to run your own sustainability project and to transform your community.
Community and Ecological Justice

Woodcraft Folk – New Groups Project

Creating more opportunities for Education for Social Change in West Yorkshire.
Community and Youth & Education

Hyde Park Unity Day

Hyde Park Unity Day is a day celebrating the people, culture and community of LS6. Unity begins with U!
Community

The Beehive

The Beehive is a shop based in Chapel Allerton, run by volunteers. Our aim is to promote fair trade by selling fair trade products to the local community and the wider Leeds area. We run on a not for profit basis, giving money back to Traidcraft Exchange to reinvest in the producers.
Community

The Real Junk Food Project C.I.C. Ltd

The Real Junk Food Project Ltd is a Community Interest Company that aims to abolish food waste produce through a self-sustainable approach whilst feeding those that are food insecure in the process
Community and Land, Food & Agriculture

Metacarpool

Independent, home-grown car club in Chapeltown, currently with three cars and about a dozen users.
Community and Transport

Leodians

Leodians is an informal group which provides young professionals in Leeds with a common platform to run charitable projects on issues that interest them. No faffing about, no bureaucracy, just a chance to contribute directly at ground level.
Community

Kirkstall Community Garden

Our mission is to teach people in the Kirkstall area about growing their own fruit and veg, healthier diets and lifestyles and the importance of being outdoors by providing them with growing spaces and the support and guidance they need to achieve all these.
Community, Ecological Justice and Land, Food & Agriculture

Leeds Citizens

Leeds Citizens is a diverse and independent alliance of civil society organisations who are acting together for the common good. Our aim is to tackle the major injustices facing people in the city, through grassroots Community Organising and public action.
Community

Leeds for Change

The group driving development of this website
Community

Chapeltown Cohousing

Yearning for a more ethical and community-based way of living? We’re planning to build a cohousing scheme somewhere in the Chapeltown/Harehills area of Leeds.
Co-operatives, Community and Housing

Taking Soundings

A political and cultural discussion group in Leeds, UK, with no party affiliation
Community and Political Theory

Together for Peace

At Together for Peace (T4P), we bring together diverse people to find cooperative solutions to local and global issues. We’re a deliberately small charity – based in Leeds (UK) – working with others to achieve positive change.
Community and Peace & Disarmament

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