Life-changing £90,000 cashpot available to help projects make a difference

A £90,000 cashpot is being made available to groups in Leeds that could change the lives of vulnerable residents.

This month will see the return of the Ideas that Change Lives grants programme, funded by Leeds City Council’s adult social care department and part of their Better Lives project.

The grants programme, which begins with a launch event on January 20, will invite innovative organisations across the city to apply for grants of £500 to £10,000.

The money will help support the work groups do to help residents with care and support needs to live independently in their own homes.

Successful applicants will also get a full support programme including workshops and one-to-one sessions with experienced business advisors.

Projects which could benefit from the grants include those working with older people, groups helping those with learning or physical disabilities or mental health support projects.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care said:

“One of the council’s key priorities is to look at new ways of providing care and support for people with specific health needs that will help them remain at home for longer.

“We know there are already lots of innovative ideas out there which can enable people in Leeds to live better, more independent and healthier lives.

“The Ideas that Change Lives programme will provide vital start-up funding and practical support to help turn some of those ideas into pilot projects or wider programmes so they can then start providing important and practical support to vulnerable people in our communities.”

Ideas that Change Lives has now been in operation for three years.

A new tender was awarded in November 2013 to Leeds Community Foundation working with social enterprise consultancy SEE Ahead.

The foundation will be working with the council to manage the programme and provide support to potential applicants.

Attendees at the launch event, which takes place at the St George’s Centre Great George St, Leeds from 10am-12pm, will hear more about the project and will be asked to come up with some ideas to tackle key issues in health and social care including the personalisation agenda, social isolation and community transport.

The event is free of charge and light refreshments are available.

To find out more about the programme or book a place at the launch event please go to www.ideasthatchangelives.org.uk.


-For further information please contact Leeds Community Foundation by email at info@leedscf.org.uk or telephone 0113 242 2426.

- Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk