Throughout 2021, we will be providing training sessions for social entrepreneurs in the Wakefield area, covering everything from marketing to the legalities.
In October 2020, we were asked by the Windmill Hill Big Local to undertake a feasibility study into whether a renewable heating system or a community bike scheme could be potential major capital projects for Windmill Hill Big Local to pursue as part of their final plan.
In August 2020, we received the funding from Awards for All to help get older people digitally literate and physically fit. We’ve got 10 tablets and 6 volunteers ready to get people online, plus a pool of instructors ready to offer everything from yoga to dance digitally.
In Autumn 2020, we were commissioned to help RWT write their final 5 community plan. Currently we’re compiling the data from our consultations and are nearly ready for round 2 of feedback!
Time to Shine funded ‘Your Back Yard’ in September 2019 to run walking football sessions in partnership with Bramley Elderly Action. Since then, we’ve got an established team, the ‘Bramley Walking Wanderers’ and we have a great turn out every week!
In Summer 2019, Sports England funded us to provide around 15 older people’s Neighbourhood Networks from across Leeds with sports taster sessions. Covid has stopped us (and everyone!) in our tracks a bit, but we can’t wait too offer the rest of the sessions, from rugby to tai chi.
In Spring 2020, ‘Your Back Yard’ was commissioned to lead a project across the Heights and Bawns area to improve people’s physical health and well-being and to bring together people of all ages and sectors of the community.
In March 2020 ‘Your Back Yard’ was commissioned by Windmill Hill Big Local to help them write their new 5 year plan. Future plans include creating a community hub in the church, more activities for locals and looking after the woodland.
We spent a few weeks back in the summer working with the Greenmoor Big Local on a feasibility study into their options for incorporation, finding a community base for their activities and securing long term funding.
A team of staff and associates from Your Back Yard worked on a project in partnership with the Beechwood, Ballantyne, and Bidston Village Big Local, based in The Wirral. We consulted with stakeholders, got feedback on the draft through a ‘mini-roadshow’ and communicated the plan through flyers.
In response to an online petition started in 2017 by a local campaigner, Your Back Yard decided to take on the challenge of helping local residents in Stanningley to build a new skatepark in Stanningley Park. All of our research has now been passed over to Leeds City Council, we hope to hear updates of progress soon!
In October 2018, Tony met with the Friends of Brackenhill Park group to discuss the work Your Back Yard did with Wibsey Park in 2017/18, with the view of running similar events in Brackenhill Park next summer. We consulted over 200 stakeholders, from councillors to primary school children, and are looking for funding to fulfill their requests.
In light of the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission, and from observing life in our local communities, it became clear that social isolation is one of the biggest issues that faces individuals today. We are planning on working with Barca-Leeds to create social networks centered mainly around shared interests.
Your Back Yard, EbTech and Kensa have been working together to put together a feasibility study into the possibility of using green spaces as a source of renewable energy, whilst solving the issue of waterlogged pitches. Thus would be a major capital investment with equally major payoffs for anyone wanting to take this forward!
Thanks to funding from Sport England, we have been able to organise a programme of free healthy living events targeted at inactive over 50s in the LS6/West Leeds area. Click to discover the range of activities on offer!
Your Back Yard helped the Cardigan Centre in Leeds to develop a business plan, as well as research new ways they could bid for and fund resources.
Your Back Yard won a tender to work with Bradford Council and Born in Bradford to find out how to get more children and young people, including their families, more physically active in Bradford.
In May 2017, Your Back Yard was commissioned by New Routes to help in proving the evidence base for an action plan of improvements for Highfields Country park.
In June 2017, Your Back Yard were awarded £5,000 from Leeds City Council’s ‘Well Being’ fund to run a Healthy Living Park programme in Bramley Fall park, 4 miles west of the city centre
We consulted to the community to find out what activities they’d like to see in the park, and carried out the delivery of this programme over 12 months.
We ran a programme of activities in Haw Hill park based off feedback, which included Zumba, street dance, family picnics, cycling, multi-sports sessions, Tai Chi, and some activities targeted at those with physical or mental health issues
We were commissioned by Rudheath Parish Council to find funding to refurbish a well used but out of date play area in Rudheath, near Northwich in Cheshire.
We run two training courses to support people to develop craft and food products for local markets, with the Greening Wingrove and Arthurs Hill CIC.
Together with NESEP, we prepared a strategy to guide the investment of potential EU funding in Community Led Local Development in Hull.
Silverline Memories, a dementia support charity, was in the process of taking on a former community garden in Springwell, Gateshead. We helped them to develop a business plan for its operation.
We are helping to inform a new community hub by consulting residents to see what activities would be popular.
We supported Leeds Federated Housing Association in the Wythers area of Armley to carry out a community engagement exercise.
We were appointed to undertake a feasibility study and prepare a Management Plan for Unity Hall, Nelson in Lancashire. A run down building with a proud past, we assessed local demand and prepared a set of recommendations for the building’s future development.
Peoples Park in Halifax was suffering from a poor reputation despite recent funding. So, were commissioned to develop a programme of healthy living activities to encourage the community to use the park together.
Your Back Yard supported The University of Leeds in their ‘Family Archive’ project. The aim of exploring past generations stories through artifacts like photographs, heirlooms, scrapbooks and recipes to keep their narratives alive for generations to come. We connected the researchers at the university with local communities, particularly in Seacroft. […]
We investigated the potential to create new community facilities as part of an exciting new approach to older people’s living.
We are working with Seaton Valley Council to prepare action plans for its five villages.
We helped the Friends of Haw Hill Park to secure funding to carry out a pre-feasibility study, as part of a phased programme of improvements.
Making Shieldfield Cleaner, Greener and Safer.
We helped Great Lumley Community Association and Great Lumley Parish Council plan to take on their community centre.
Developing an ‘Our Place’ Action Plan for Byker Old Town.
Working with Hugh Massey Architects, we carried out a Feasibility Study for the Church of the Ascension, a church in the village of Easington Colliery, East Durham.
We were commissioned by the Residents Association to undertake a feasibility study into the long term viability of Annfield Plain Community Centre, County Durham.
With the help of local SE NESEP, we developed a community- led regeneration plan for the South EAst Northumberland area.
On behalf of Newcastle City Council, we engaged people and organisations in the St Ann’s and Battlefield area of Newcastle in considering activities and improvements that they would like to see in their area.
After community consultation, we set out to improve the play areas and green spaces in Rastricks, West Yorkshire.