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Working with local people and partners to improve lives in our communities

What kind of projects do you work on?

We work with a variety of partners to support our communities in different ways. Whether it’s starting a youth club, putting on events or helping you to raise money for a local charity, we’re working to make a real difference to people living in Yorkshire.

If you’d like to get involved, we’ve got grants of up to £500 available for community-led initiatives. Find out more about what kind of things we can support and how to apply on our community grants and fundraising page.

Take a look at the different projects we’re involved in.

Big Local Trust

Back in 2010, the National Lottery Big Local project chose Dewsbury Moor as one of the 50 areas in England to receive £1 million in funding for community development projects. And the best thing? How the money’s spent is decided by the people that live there, the community.

Since then, the Dewsbury Moor Big Local Trust has made a massive impact on the community. The funding’s helped to refurbish the local rugby club and buy new computers for the children’s centre. In 2021, Yorkshire Housing took over as the Local Trusted Organisation, to provide support and advice to the residents in the area as they decide how the remaining money should be spent. We can’t wait to see what they choose to do and how they develop their community in the next few years!

Positive Footprints

We partnered with Positive Footprints to support the delivery of personal development programmes to 11 primary schools across Yorkshire (1156 children took part to be precise!)  The fun, interactive sessions are all about creating opportunities for children to discover their potential, explore the world of work and develop the skills they need for the future.   

The schools had visits from all sorts of inspirational people including graphic designers, the army, and the aviation charity Fly to Help. Who knew there are so many different career options in the aviation industry?

Positive Footprints helped the children recognise their talent, raise their aspirations and see that the sky’s the limit (pun intended!) when it comes to the world of work.

Find out more about the project’s impact by reading the report.