WHAT WE DO
The three of us – Ed, Eunice, and Alaric – are all local residents in this area, active in the community, passionate about working with others to make good things happen.
Most importantly, we’re out-and-about locally year-round, talking with people, working with them to sort out local issues: waste, crime, roads and paths, housing, and other glamorous things! Get in touch anytime if you need help with something.
As well as that, we’re each involved in a range of local volunteering and community programmes. To give an indication of the kinds of things we’re involved in, here’s info on some of the projects Ed is involved with. Eunice and Alaric are also active (eg co-leading local residents groups, volunteering at nearby schools and charities, litter-picking and campaigning, and more): read their short biographies here.
But Ed’s been doing this for longest, so here’s some of the stuff he’s doing – to give the clearest indication what we’re about. (Please follow the links or be in touch to get involved.)
- Ed helps to lead on the Holbeck viaduct project, an innovative new scheme to open up an amazing unused Victorian rail viaduct as a public walkway and more. Join the FB group (here) for all the latest news and updates, or check out the website (here) – where you can also sign up for e-bulletins.
- He’s helped launch and lead Leeds Repair Cafe since early 2016, featuring regular free events for people to gather and fix stuff together. Full info here.
- Since 2006, Ed’s been one of the lead organisers for Beeston Festival, an acclaimed community gala attracting 5,000+ people each year; he also volunteers most years at Hunslet Gala and Holbeck Gala.
- In June 2015, 2016 and 2017, he oversaw the Leeds Junk Boat Challenge events at the Leeds Waterfront Festival.
- Ed helped set up Cross Flatts ParkRun in Beeston, runs with South Leeds Lakers when he can, and has supported other local fundraising races.
- He’s a board member, writer, and volunteer for the South Leeds Life community news blog and newspaper (although always steps back at election time, to avoid a conflict of interest).
- He does bits of volunteering at the Hunslet Club.
- He’s the chair of governors at Park View Primary School, just round the corner from his house.
- He’s on the board of trustees/directors for the fantastic Leeds charity, SLATE – that works with people with mental health disabilities, to rescue, refurb and resell furniture and much more besides.
- He’s helped launch and support the Friends of Hunslet Moor community action group since 2015; click here.
- Since 2002, he’s been involved in leading various youthwork programmes around Leeds (sometimes paid but often voluntary), especially the long-established Space project. He’s also supported their sister project Kidz Klub since it started in south Leeds in 2003.
- He’s worked (sometimes paid, normally not) in the South Leeds Academy (formerly High School) since it opened in 2005, developing events and programmes with them (eg their school leadership programme), linking them into opportunities and external initiatives, and more.
- Each summer since 2014, he’s co-organised the annual family-friendly Middleton Community Camps.
- He’s helped launch and lead a number of popular community hiking trips since 2013, with 100s of south Leeds residents taking on hills and mountains in Yorkshire, Wales and Scotland together. The 2018 hikes are ON: click here to find out more. And the Alps and Kilimanjaro are in our sights too..!
- Ed’s leading on a scheme to open up a massive unused church building in Beeston Hill (Holy Spirit, on Tempest Road) as a low-cost events, sports and arts venue for the local community. The future of the building should eventually be becoming clearer in the coming year (2018-19)…
- He volunteered with each of the Samara’s Aid Appeals (formerly Leeds2Iraq), each winter 2015-17: charity convoys of donations from Leeds people, to those trapped in arctic conditions in northern Iraq.
- Each December since 2012, Ed’s helped organise the annual Christmas Lantern Festival in Cross Flatts Park (and previously at the Holy Spirit church) in Beeston.
- Through his work with Together for Peace, he’s helped coordinate major projects including the Planet Leeds city centre street festivals, the major Leeds Summat gatherings since 2009, the Leeds Den Festivals, and the epic Leeds to London WALKTALK inter-community walk back in 2008. Full info here.
- And he’s developed a bunch of neighbourhood community events and projects, including a scheme to turn the infamous ‘binyards’ into positive spaces (a hen-run in one, a greenhouse in another, murals, etc), a hanging basket scheme, community BBQs and bonfires, and more.
(Top image from one of our community hiking trips to Wales.)