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

We 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.

17 Jun 2020

Benefits of Yoga and Mindfulness

Hi All, Our brilliant yoga instructor Jan has written a few words to explain the benefits of yoga and mindfulness: “Thousands of years ago, the ancient yogis knew the benefits of yoga and mindfulness. Today we can tap into their wisdom no matter who we are, what shape we are, or whatever our physical limitations. […]

12 Jun 2020

The effect of sport on morale and what government guidelines mean for the return of community sports

The effect of sport on morale and what government guidelines mean for the return of community sports   Last month it was announced that unlimited outdoor exercise was now permitted. It was also announced that outdoor sports facilities such as golf courses and tennis courts could re-open and on 1st June horse racing and snooker […]

28 May 2020

Benefits of Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation

Hi All, As you may be aware, we have been running tai chi sessions with our brilliant instructor Arun for a while now. We know that tai chi can sound unusual and many people aren’t  familiar with what it is or what the benefits of it are. Please see below a great summary from Arun […]

What others say about us

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

  • “We don’t usually watch or listen to our breath, do we? Even though it’s there all the time. It’s so relaxing, it’s like swimming.”

    Feedback from one of our yoga sessions
  • “Thank you Your Back Yard for challenging us and finding our hidden talent” (Talking about the programme of multi-sports for over 50s that we ran with them.)

    Nizamund Din- The Hamara Centre
  • Regarding the Father’s Day Activity day we ran for Dads and their children in Brackenhill Park:

    “It was great fun day, and we enjoyed doing different activities in the park with our children. It gave us the opportunity to spend some quality time together, and have fun at the same time. All the activities were well planned and were very interactive”

    Dads from Brackenhill Primary School
  • “Your Back Yard piloting the summer programme really showed how well-used the park could be over summer, to the benefit of people of all ages, especially children and families who might be struggling to find things they can afford for children to do during holidays.

    The work helped forge relationships that will make it so much easier for the Friends of Wibsey Park to sustain a programme of activities this summer, and hopefully into the future.”

    Liz Parker, Ward Officer for Wisbey and Royds
  • “Your Back Yard came in to help local people and elected members to refresh and renew a ‘Friend of’ group that had, over time, become inactive . We invested some ward money into getting Your Back Yard to draw up a plan to involve local people in the revival and renewal of the Friends of Wibsey Park group, by allowing them to bring forward their ideas. We secured new volunteers, a new vision, and a sense of local ownership. Your Back Yard were then asked to develop a new committee, invest money we had gained, and then enter bids for events (which succeeded!).

    A spectacularly successful bid came off, and we now have a significant sum of money to invest in the park. We also have a renewed body of volunteers, and a viable committee capable of seeking further funding.”

    Councillor Ralph Berry, Councillor for Wibsey Ward
  • “Working with Your Back Yard has been a really good experience for BEA and OWLS. It’s a partnership. A real partnership. We talk, we throw ideas around, we mix and combine our areas of knowledge and interest, and that’s how we’ve kept improving the projects we’re working on together. The Your Back Yard team are very open to new ways of working, they listen, and act on it. We’re really happy with the partnership project that has created Walking Football games for older people in West Leeds and North West Leeds, it’s been exciting and invigorating to see the players getting a lot out of the sessions, but critically, the process has been really good between us, and we’re learning together all the time.”

    Fran Graham, Operations Manager BEA/Bramley Lawn/OWLS/UpBEAt
  • Regarding the Bramley Fall Park Healthy Living Park project:

    “It was great to see Bramley Fall Park so busy on a lovely summers day with a range of activities on offer. Lots of fun was had by all, a great family day out, with something for everyone. Day’s like these are fantastic, bringing the community together and showing what great places parks are. Lots of new friendships were formed and the event hopefully inspired people to enjoy the parks even more”

    “The young children seemed thoroughly engaged in the Gruffalo story time, the woodland setting made the story much more exciting for everybody and will have encouraged more reading and introduced an stimulating environment close to home – bedtime stories will never be the same again!”

    Councillor Kevin Ritchie, Councillor for Bramley and Stanningley Ward
  • “The School of Sociology and Social Policy has been working with Your Back Yard for four years. Your Back Yard has provided our students with opportunities to use and develop a wide range of research and employability skills undertaking projects in the community. This has been really advantageous for our students who have used the experience to enable them to secure employment once they have graduated by allowing them to apply the conceptual knowledge they gain in their degree programmes to real life situations. A number of our students have continued to work with Your Back Yard following completion of their studies. Our School hopes to continue to work with the organisation in the future.”

    Suzanne Hallam, University of Leeds
  • “I worked with Your Back Yard (YBY) on a Big Potential-funded project that focused on partnering up with the Cardigan Centre in Leeds to further community regeneration. This involved developing a grassroots partnership to improve health and wellbeing. 

    YBY is an innovative social enterprise undertaking excellent work to revitalise local neighbourhoods. They have significant expertise in grassroots community development across a range of aspects – environment/use of green space, health, employment etc. They adopt an asset-based approach that recognises and builds on local communities’ strengths and capabilities. They are passionate about their work and committed to the pursuit of excellence in everything they do.”

    Neil Coulson, Neil Coulson Associates
  • “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, 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 of 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