What We Do

Most of what we do falls into one of these areas:

Researcher and community liaison worker (part time)

  Researcher and community liaison worker (part time) Your Back Yard is a Community Interest Company (CIC) with bases in Leeds and Newcastle.  It is a not-for profit organisation that aims to help communities in the most deprived parts of the North of England to make their neighbourhoods even better places to live. We are […]

Support for Community Groups Support for Community Groups

We can help community groups come together, develop shared aims, agree a constitution and start to organise change in their local area.  And we can help existing groups develop and grow their impact.

Community Action Planning Community Action Planning

We work with communities to identify what their priorities are, develop plans and put them into practice.

Improving Parks and Play Areas Improving Parks and Play Areas

We work with local people to tackle the poor state of many parks and play areas in many of our communities, and create safe, fun places for everyone.  

Help for Sports Clubs Help for Sports Clubs

Your Back Yard can help your club ensure it has everything in place in order to maximise its chances of attracting investment from external funders.

Support for Neighbourhood Planning Support for Neighbourhood Planning

We can help in the crucial early stages of the Neighbourhood Development Plans process, engaging local people to give communities the chance to shape what kind of development happens in their area.  

Our Latest Updates

Hot off the press.

17 May 2017

Evaluation of Healthy Living Park project finally hits the news stands!

          Not sure what to make of the fact that the People’s Park ‘Healthy Living Park’ Project in Halifax took 7 months to develop and deliver, whilst the Evaluation into its efficacy and impact took 9 months! Must be a veritable masterpiece, judge for yourselves (HLP-Evaluation report, final PDF version). Headline […]

10 May 2017

Your Back Yard are hiring!

Research and community liaison job Not the biggest job in the world, but it could grow! Thanks to a grant from the lottery funded ‘Big Potential’, which helps social enterprises get ready for social investment, we are looking to recruit. We need someone to help us develop ideas for new base and community resource centre […]

8 May 2017

Healthy Living Park, the second!

    After a highly successful pilot project in ‘People’s Park’ Halifax last year, YBY is delivering a second HLP project in Haw Hill Park in Normanton, near Wakefield, in partnership with the ‘Friends of Haw Hill Park’. To get things started we are holding a Family Fun Day and -Launch event, Haw Hill Park, 12-4pm, […]

What others say about us

Here are a few of the comments that we’ve had back on our work.

  • Robin and the team provided a detailed and robust assessment of the options for our church building, and provided a range of interesting proposals.  They have given us a lot of food for thought.

    Rev Chris Pearson, Church of the Ascension

    Church of the Ascension, Easington Colliery
  • We engaged Your Back Yard to assist us with reviewing our management and funding options for our local park,  Your Back Yard did an excellent job of surveying our community and local schools and then analysing the data to produce some really useful insights  that have enabled us to progress some key projects in the park. I would happily recommend Your Back Yard and engage them in the future.

    Dave Sandham, Chairman, Friends of Haw Hill Park

    Friends of Haw Hill Park
  • It was lovely to work with Your Back Yard. Robin was quickly able to grasp what we needed for this project and provided some very useful feedback on our proposals as well as helpful suggestions for moving forward.

    The project was delivered in tight timescales and the presentation and final report were well received. Robin was very easy to work with and we have benefitted from his help and support.

    He has provided prompt professional advice which in the long term will help us establish a successful project.

    Jen Vinton, Your Homes Newcastle
  • “Robin’s input and support has been invaluable in getting us to this stage.  We now have a sound business plan and a strong Lottery application, which we could not have achieved without his practical help and advice.”

    Director, Acoria Media Community Radio
  • “Tony facilitated a lively debate with residents in relation to planning the projects, he displayed a sound knowledge of local issues and kept the group focussed and engaged throughout.  The chosen projects will deliver a real solution to the problems of anti-social behaviour in the area.”

    Neighbourhood Crime and Justice Coordinator, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
  • “Robin provided excellent facilitation that engaged everyone in agreeing a vision for the future of Northern Architecture.  He kept things moving and ensured that we ended up with a clear action plan for our next steps.”

    Director, Northern Architecture
  • “Tony worked diligently in Thurrock to ensure that we got a number of small capital schemes off the ground for local young people. He worked at ease with different age groups and had a good approach with young people in particular.  Highly recommended”

    Estate Renewal Programme Manager, Community Well-being, Thurrock Council
  • “We owe David a big vote of appreciation for all the hard work he put into helping us produce such an excellent Parish Plan and Village Design Statement. We hope he goes on to help many more communities produce something similar. We would certainly endorse his work.”

    Chairman, Barwick in Elmet and Scholes Parish Council
  • “The team worked collaboratively with residents and key partners to identify their issues and find solutions to ASB in East Herringthorpe. The workshops were facilitated to an excellent standard and the team made the local residents who attended feel very welcome. I would definitely work with them in the future and would highly recommend them!”

    Neighbourhood Transformation Manager, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
  • “Tony has been an invaluable source of advice and energy in consulting with the community in Aberford as an integral part of developing our Master Plan. The work he has undertaken has meant we have been able to reach out to the whole community – adults, children, young people, businesses and community groups – in ways we simply do not have the skills to do ourselves.”

    Parish Councillor and chair of Aberford Master Plan Steering Group
  • “I just wanted to say a personal thanks for all your help with the Our Place application for Byker Old Town. We just got notification we were successful with our recent bid. Couldn’t have done it without you – so thank you very much!” 

    Kevin Coombs, Newcastle City Council