Work is already underway to tackle the three priorities identified through the listening exercises – poverty, public transport and mental health.
For poverty, the specific issues highlighted were the city’s dependence on high-cost lenders and the need to better promote credit unions as well as the living wage.
Discussions around public transport were mainly focused on buses – the treatment of passengers on buses and the need to explore further possible routes across the city.
The alliance also heard of the need to have a single point of contact – or ‘navigator’ – throughout mental health referral processes.
Action now pledged by Leeds Citizens includes:
* The launch of ‘Living Wage Week on November 2 to encourage businesses to pay the living wage – supported by Leeds City Council, KPMG, Path Yorkshire and Leeds Rhinos Foundation.
* Signing up residents to credit unions over the next couple of months and a launch event with Leeds City Credit Union on August 20.
* Working with First Bus to improve reliability and frequency on bus routes.
* Working to develop a new pilot for providing sensitive care for elderly and ‘navigtors’ for mental health.
Community organiser Tom Chigbo said: “It is clear from the turnout, participation and deals struck on the night that people of all ages and backgrounds are ready to play their part in making Leeds a better city for us all.”