The Young Foundation, Leeds City Council and The Joseph Rowntree Foundation have come together in a partnership aimed at identifying the new ideas, networks and partnerships which could transform the city on the basis of shared understanding of the lives of Leeds people.
Leeds has many assets including a thriving voluntary sector and an entrepreneurial business community. Building on the Council’s concept of Civic Enterprise, this project has sought to bring all parts of Leeds together in a shared vision for the future of the city and in the practical delivery of new ideas and innovations to realise this vision. In April 2015 we started listening to people from all walks of life in Leeds, learning about the deeply held values that exist in communities and hearing people’s stories of hope and transformation. We also met amazing projects, initiatives and campaigns that are creating a more just and equal place for everyone to live, and began to build a network of support to help them to develop and grow.
We have brought these stories together in ‘A Story of Leeds’ . This document was launched at a community showcase event on 22nd March attended by people from across communities in Leeds as well as social innovators, funders, and leaders in the city. You can see pictures from this wonderful event at our Facebook page.
We are grateful to Leeds City Council and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for supporting this work over the past year. We have summarised our approach in our draft methodology, ‘Making Waves’, available for download below.
Find out more by getting in touch with Nat Defriend, Programme Lead Amplify Leeds: firstname.lastname@example.org.