Bold new charity brings communities together in Leeds

A new charity is coming to Leeds that will help tackle loneliness and food poverty, support people experiencing homelessness and bring people from different backgrounds and faiths together for initiatives that improve their local area.

Allchurches Trust has provided £300,000 in grant funding to help fund a range of Church Urban Fund (CUF) projects, including this joint venture between CUF and the Diocese of Leeds – Wellsprings Together. Peter Mojsa, Allchurches’ grants officer, attended today’s official opening (June 20).

The charity will build on the work of Wellsprings Together Bradford, expanding the Together Network’s reach to improve access to resources and services and make local partnership work more effective, with the aim of bringing about positive change in communities.

Important strands of work will include support for school holiday hunger activities, facilitating dialogue between faith groups such as church and mosque twinning, growing the Places of Welcome network which addresses loneliness, launching a Catalyst Young Leaders’ course and 'Real People, Honest Talk' consultations, as well as wide-ranging work with the homeless.

Allchurches Trust chairman, Sir Philip Mawer, said: “At the heart of Allchurches Trust’s grant-giving is helping people and communities in need. Wellsprings Together has the potential to be a powerful force for good in West Yorkshire and the Dales, linking people and resources to help build active and flourishing communities.

“Allchurches is delighted to fund this initiative, which promises to grow dynamic partnerships between grass roots organisations, the public sector, faith groups and many others; all with a shared ambition to bring about positive change in people’s lives.”

The Anglican Diocese of Leeds covers 2,500 square miles and is, by area, the biggest in the UK. The diocese serves more than 460 parishes, maintaining a Christian presence among a population of more than 2.5 million people. Wellsprings Together will serve a network of locally based champions and support groups in the episcopal areas of Wakefield, Huddersfield, Leeds, Bradford and Ripon.

Mark Waddington, Director of Wellsprings Together, added: “We are excited to be launching Wellsprings Together for Leeds and the surrounding area. Our mission is not just to help those in need but to confront injustice, alleviate suffering, and to express God's love in all we do.

“The strength of Wellsprings Together lies in its partners, and its reach. At a local level we work closely with not just the Church of England dioceses, parish churches, organisations and community groups, but also groups of other faiths and none.”

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