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.
An independent film production company, run by a women's collective. Founded in 1978 to make and distribute short animated films with a message. Also screenings, workshops, stalls, equipment hire, etc.
We are a small but friendly group of people, made up of a mixed group of people from different backgrounds who campaign for animals who are used and abused in the vivisection laboratories, factory farms, zoos, circuses, hunted and used for fur.
Homeworkers Worldwide supports homeworkers in their struggle for rights and recognition. Homeworkers are mainly women who do paid work at home. Their work is low paid, they have no employment rights or social protection and are rarely recognised as workers.
We support grassroots organising projects, campaign for retailers to improve conditions for homeworkers in their supply chains and lobby for international regulation to strengthen the rights of homeworkers and other informal workers.
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.
Through urban orchards, we hope to strengthen communities, improve wellbeing and build resilience. We're dedicated to creating inspiring cities swathed in trees, providing beautiful blossom and tasty fruit, everywhere.
#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.
Leeds Coalition Against the War was formed as part of the national Stop the War Coalition in 2001 to oppose the government's so-called 'war on terror'. It stands against war, against racism and in defence of civil liberties.
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.
The IWW is a grassroots and democratic union where members support each other through solidarity against exploitation we face as workers, tenants and claimants. The action we take is decided at the grassroots level and our (low) membership fees are not spent on highly paid union officials or political party donations. We are a radical union that aim is to see society re-organised to meet the interests of all people, and not just shareholders and corporations. We welcome new members to branch meetings.
Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS) is an interdisciplinary centre that brings together scholars with an active interest in Africa from across different schools and faculties at the University of Leeds in order to promote African Studies at the University and in the city of Leeds.
We campaign for a decent system of social security for all, and against benefit cuts, sanctions, attacks on benefits rights of those with long-term illness or disability; mandatory "treatments" and other inappropriate "work related activities", including substitution of paid jobs with unpaid labour of claimants; low pay and insecure work conditions; attacks on social housing; age discrimination and discrimination based on nationality in the welfare system.
This group aims to set up a committee to start an alternative provision free school in Leeds. This provision will target the NEETS young people, those not engaging in mainstream education, young offenders and those to be sent to a PRU.
A national Facebook Community Group for ANY Greenbelt campaigners to post & share facts, points of law, problems, issues, events - anything that might help us to help each other - saving research time too - in our shared purpose to SAVE our precious British greenbelt from the greedy grasp of housing developers.
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.
Rawdon Greenbelt Action Group (RGAG) is a committee of local people eager to retain the special character of Rawdon and Cragg Wood, and will be opposing ANY development to the greenbelt (or that greenbelt which has recently become re-designated as PAS) that is within the boundaries of Rawdon, including Cragg Wood Conservation Area.
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.
Carbon Conversations Groups offer a supportive group experience that helps people halve their personal carbon footprint. They deal with the difficulties of change by connecting to values, emotions and identity. The groups are based on a psychological understanding of how people change.
Most participants reduce their CO2 emissions by 1 tonne immediately and make plans for long-term reductions, often halving their carbon footprints.
Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
PAFRAS works with refugees, asylum seekers and the wider community to counter the effects of enforced destitution on vulnerable migrants.
Our work has three main strands:
- providing immediate humanitarian relief;
- long-term support, advice and advocacy aimed at assisting service users to make lasting improvements to their situations;
- raising awareness and campaigning locally and nationally on issues affecting our service users.
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.
Green action is a society in the student union open to everyone, not just students. We are a co-operative group that runs a small volunteer whole food store downstairs in the students union. We have 2 allotment plots on woodhouse moor and facilitate students to campaign for environmental and humanitarian justice.
The STAR Bike Project meets weekly in the Bike Hub with refugees and student volunteers to fix old and broken bikes. Refurbished bikes are usually given to refugees as a free and enjoyable form of transport. No experience with bikes is required, just a willingness to get a bit greasy and learn about bikes!
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.
"You Forgot the Mince" is a piece of new writing that is currently in a research and development phase. The long term aims for the play is that it will tour theatres and also be performed in HMP Leeds followed by eight weeks worth of drama based workshops with the prisoners.
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.
Justice for Domestic Workers Leeds is a self-help group that campaigns and advocates for the rights and protection of migrant domestic workers living in Leeds. The group meets on a monthly basis and programmes public events to raise awareness about the specific vulnerabilities facing domestic workers.
Zimbabwe Educational Trust is a diaspora-led UK registered charity. It was founded in 1987 to support Zimbabwean nationals in their efforts to further their education. Our current work focuses on improving the material conditions within Zimbabwean schools and improving the social conditions which shape children’s access to education and their attainment whilst in education.
Leeds Community Timebank will host a network of Time Banks in Leeds. The first project is the LS6 Time Bank which is open to people living or working in Headingley, Hyde Park or Woodhouse (although we welcome people living outside this area too).