About Your Back Yard

We work with communities in the North of England to help create places to be proud of.

Our priorities:

Working with the bottom 20% according to the UK Index of Deprivation.
Improving facilities in those communities.
Promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Increasing life chances.

Why? Because we believe everyone deserves to live in a good area with good opportunities.

What we do:

  • Improving parks and play areas
  • Support for community buildings
  • Help for sports clubs
  • Support for community groups
  • Community action planning
  • Support for neighbourhood planning

In everything that we do, it’s important to us that what we do in this community is led, meaning that the needs of the people we work with is at the heart of our action. After our work, we want benefits to continue. That’s why we build training, volunteering and job opportunities into projects were we can. After project completion, we keep in touch and provide ongoing support as much as we can to ensure local people are benefited in the way they are supposed to be.

Our Team:

Tony Mullin

Tony has 20 years of regeneration experience working for various local authorities and regeneration partnerships in the north of England.

Sydney O'Connor
Research and Community Liaison Officer

Sydney is a placement student from the University of Leeds. She is passionate about using the principles of business to create social and environmental value.

Rob Bilson

Rob is an associate for 'Your Back Yard' and has nearly 25 years’ experience in private, public, voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations 

Taiba Yasseen
Board Member

Tabi is a councillor for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and a champion for fairness and justice, recently working nationally with the DWP.

Abi Hart
Board Member

Abi is an undergraduate Psychology student from the University of Leeds who undertook a year in industry with 'Your Back Yard'. Interested in mental health, well-being and social research.

Ralph Berry
Board Member

Ralph is a councillor representing Wibsey. 

How to find us:

Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre (HEART)
Bennett Road

Telephone: 0113 229 0260

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