Disrupting Poverty in Leeds has been running for a couple of years now. It is a completely independent, citizen led and unfunded initiative. We hold meetings as regularly as we can to explore the issue of poverty in the city and what we as individual citizens and as groups may be able to do about it. This has resulted already in a number of very practical actions including:
- Maintenance of free meal provision through the summer for some children in Meanwood
- Benefit checking some Leeds City Council lowest paid employees and advising them on benefits that they were eligible for but not claiming
- Engaging children from ‘areas of deprivation’ in arts projects and engaging them with local employers
- Raising awareness of poverty in Leeds through significant coverage in local papers, radio and social media
- Developing more inclusive approaches to play and so on
- Providing access to coaching support on a pay what you can but free is fine basis – Progress School – in partnership with Leeds Met and Leeds Federated Housing
- Providing free advice and support from the community to anyone who thinks they might benefit – Elsie – Leeds Community Enterprise Accelerator
Behind the Disrupting Poverty project is a belief that this challenge is not one that can be solved by politicians and professionals alone. We need many of us to think about our own responsibilities around inequality and our own contribution towards developing a fairer city.
If this interests you and you would like to help, then you can do so in several ways:
- Come to our next meeting on 27th November at Pinnacle in Leeds prepared to think and develop novel responses to the challenge
- Tell others about our work and the meeting – email, conversations, social media, whatever…
- ‘Like’ us on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Dispovleeds
- Follow us on twitter – https://twitter.com/dispovleeds
- Or just get in touch to explore how you or your organisation might like to be involved…
Just, please, don’t do nothing!
We have recently made it into the top 10 most vibrant urban centres in the country, but we also have almost one in five of our children living in poverty.