Legal eagles have set the bar high by raising thousands of pounds to support some of Leeds’s most vulnerable youngsters.
Addleshaw Goddard has raised over £30,000 to help improve the life chances and emotional health of young people in the city.
The law firm, which has been a long-term support of Leeds Community Foundation, made the donation in light of their recent report highlighting a shocking catalogue of issues facing young people in the city.
The YEP revealed one in five children in the city do not agree with the statement “I enjoy my life”.
In2Out, which addresses the issues faced by young ex-offenders returning to society, will be supported following the donation.
Lis Wilcox from In2Out said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support received from Addleshaw Goddard’s. Their grant will enable In2Out to employ a dedicated worker for the Leeds area to support young people leaving prison.
“The custodial establishments make great progress with young people during their sentences.
“But, once back in society and without a strong family network, many young people falter and quickly revert to a life of crime.
“Despite the obvious challenge, however, we are spurred on by the part we can play in ‘changing young lives from the inside to the out’.”
Money will also support the Black Health Initiative which aims to address inequalities in education, health and social care.
Their project will tackle the issues surrounding personal appearance and self-harming through an Identity Programme photography course.
Sally-Anne Greenfield, chief executive of Leeds Community Foundation, said: “This is a great example of how organisations can make a real difference to a community group and improve young people’s lives.
“We hope that local businesses will pledge their support and donate to our new Children and Young People’s Fund.”
SUPPORT CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE FUND
Leeds Community Foundation have launched a Children and Young People Fund to support some of the city’s most vulnerable children.
Text the following letters and the amount you wish to donate: LCFF55 £10 to 70070 (donations of £3, £5, £10 can be submitted via text – T&Cs on LCF website)
Cheques payable to Leeds Community Foundation and post to LCF, first floor, 51a St Paul’s Street, Leeds, LS1 2TE.