Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
8:53 PM 14th December 2020

42 Charities To Share Over £37,000 From Leeds Building Society Foundation

Charities in Yorkshire are among those sharing £37,730 in the latest round of funding from Leeds Building Society Foundation.

The Foundation, which works to support those who are disadvantaged, socially isolated or in vulnerable circumstances, is helping charities in Leeds, Bradford, York, Ripon, Hull and Sheffield.

Grants totalling £7,270 will:

Purchase three laptops for the Grassroots Enterprise for Social Inclusion and Poverty in Leeds, to help disadvantaged people boost their employment prospects through online training
Buy a digital camera to allow volunteers at Community Coaching CIO in Bradford to produce online exercise classes for older people
Purchase specialist iMuse equipment for Accessible Arts and Media in York, to support therapy sessions promoting wellbeing and good communication
Provide outdoor lighting, tables and chairs for Ripon Community Link to continue supporting sessions for adults and young people with learning disabilities, in a COVID secure way
Replace cookery equipment at Environmental and Management Solutions Ltd in Hull, which offers cookery classes on feeding a family on a budget
Buy domestic appliances for the Hull Homeless Community Project
Provide new bedding at Nomad Opening Doors housing charity in Sheffield
Purchase a computer for the United Multicultural Centre in Sheffield, to help with booking COVID secure access to services
Provide two laptops for the Linacre Institute in Sheffield, enabling Sixth Form students to access educational resources

In the latest funding round, a total of 42 charities across the UK have benefitted from donations totalling £37,730

“We’re pleased to be able to assist these charities supporting people in need in communities in Yorkshire,” says Gary Hetherington, the chairman of Leeds Building Society Foundation.

“The pandemic has presented many extra challenges for charitable organisations of all sizes.

“Whether revamping technology to provide more online facilities or investing in PPE to offer help to maintain more in-person services in a COVID secure environment, these grants will greatly assist the vital services offered within these local communities.”

The Foundation is funded by the Society and its members via the Your Interest in Theirs scheme*.

It primarily provides grants towards practical items that directly support those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.

Applications for grants can be submitted throughout the year and are reviewed by the Foundation quarterly. To find out more, charities should visit the Leeds Building Society website.

* Members can opt-in to donate the pence of their interest, split equally between Leeds Building Society Foundation and the Society’s national charity partner Dementia UK (up to 99p per calendar year).