Our mission...

is to help people and bring them a better life.

Civic Owl

Helping the community


Judge Norman Jones QC
Mrs Teresa Felton MBE
Mr John Crawley FRICS
Mrs Sheila Goodall
Mr Nicholas Felton

The Leeds Community Trust was founded in 1985 as an independent charity shop in the Meanwood area of Leeds, apportioning profits to local charities. The impetus for helping individual families started with the needs making themselves known and a desire to help with the proceeds of the shop. The first case where the Leeds Community Trust was able to help was with a young woman who had advanced cancer. She lived in a high rise block of flats and she felt very isolated and vulnerable. The Leeds Community Trust paid to install a telephone. The Leeds Community Trust was granted charitable status by the Charity Commission on 29 March 1989.

In 1992 the Leeds Community Trust opened a second shop next door to the original shop to extend the range of items sold. Both the shops provide a wide range of goods at extremely reasonable prices for the large and loyal customer base built up over the years.

The money raised for the Leeds Community Trust comes from the profits made at the 2 shops and various fundraising events together with donations from individuals, businesses and other charitable bodies. That money is then used for the relief of poverty and the assistance of vulnerable people in Leeds. These may be individuals and families suffering from welfare or health problems, the victims of abuse or crime, or those suffering from mental health issues, learning difficulties, disabilities or special needs. The Leeds Community Trust works with social services and other caring agencies to identify then support those who need assistance which may be in the form of new beds, bedding, furniture, kitchen appliances, holidays or other items which many in society take for granted.

In addition to the core areas the Trust raises money for its Leeds Community Trust Christmas Fund which has been running for nearly 20 years. Each year the Trust’s Christmas Fund helps disadvantaged children with gifts, clothing or special Christmas food with those who we help coming from all religious and cultural backgrounds. The Trust also runs a Holiday Grants scheme to enable families with children to go away on holiday.

Our story

How we helped in 2015


Activity Quantity Activity Quantity
Christmas Grants 55 Fridge 1
Christmas Supplying Cookers 3 Removal Costs 1
Carpets 28 Fridge/Freezers 1
Electric Cookers 8 Decorating 1
Washers and Plumbing 8 Arrears 1
Vacuum 2 Safety Equipment 1
Gas Cookers 3 Tumble Dryers 1
Holiday Grants 3 Clothing 12

Which areas of leeds our families come from
Armley 58 Otley 5
Bramley/Swinnow 15 Harehills 3
Seacroft/Crossgates 15 Chapletown 3
Burmantofts 11 Morley 3
Meanwood 8 Horseforth 1
Middleton 6 Rothwell 1
Tinshill 6 Garforth 1
Holdbeck/Beeston 5 Yeadon 1
Pudsey 5    

Who the trust helped in 2015 No of families No of Children
Mother 82 189
Mum & Dad 14 41
Dad 5 14
Grandmother 4 9
Siblings 2 8
Relatives 2 3
Grandparents 1 1
Single women 10  
Single man 7  
Couple 1  
Carers 1  
Totals 129 265

 Circumstances of people we helped
Domestic Violence 36 Mental Health 39
Drug Addiction 22 Child with Special Needs 15
Child Protection Issues 17 Mental Illness 13
Child in Care 13 Learning Disabilities 12
Behaviour Problems 12 Chronic Illness 12
Homelessness 11 Physical Disabilities 9
Physical Abuse 5 Profound Mental Disabilities 2
Bad Housing 5 Terminal Illness 1
Traumatic Childhood 5    
Alcohol Abuse 5    
Bereavement 4    
Violence 3    
Victim of Crime 3    
Vulnerable 2    
Emotional Abuse 2    
Fire 2    
Asylum Seeker 1    

Many families fall into more than one category. The circumstances of the families that we help can be very complex. The Trustees do look at situations compassionately, without prejudice, and assess the effect of our donation on the overall situation. The Trustees pay careful attention to the number people who will benefit from the assistance, particularly the children.