What We Do

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

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.  

Support for Community Buildings Support for Community Buildings

We can help people to run and improve community buildings, bringing in more people, putting on more activities, improving facilities and reducing costs.

Our Latest Updates

Hot off the press.

30 Jul 2018

BRAMLEY FALL PARK, HEALTHY LIVING PARK, PHASE 2

     Following on from successful events held at the back end of last summer, the second phase of the Bramley Fall Parks summer programme of activities is now well underway. All free, thanks to funding from Leeds City Council, Earlier this month 3 local primary schools brought children along to an orienteering session held […]

16 Jul 2018

Getting active in Bramley Fall Park-(and how a measured mile would help!)

Another lovely walk around Bramley Fall Park with the Men’s group (not sure what the women are up to?) from Bramley Elderly Action on Saturday. Fresh air, exercise, Vitamin D, lovely scenery (took in the canal too) and great company. What’s not to like! And big thanks to Simon for driving them there and back. […]

10 Jul 2018

Big Local Networking event

North West + West Yorks Big Locals networking event, 20th July, 2018, 10.30am – 4.00pm Sale West Community Centre, Sale, ·        What common issues, challenges, opportunities are Big Locals in the north west facing? ·        Thinking about the future, how can Big Locals in the north west work more closely together? What’s it all about? […]

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