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Yorkshire Bank recognises community spirit in Leeds

Media Release

Learning Partnerships in Leeds has been awarded a funding boost of £5,000 through the Yorkshire Bank Spirit of the Community Awards to recognise the important role it plays in the local community.

Yorkshire Bank announced the substantial donations to voluntary groups at an awards ceremony in Leeds on 22 June 2016 to recognise the charities and not for profit organisations which are going the extra mile.

Fifteen community groups across England were selected to share funding of £75,000 to make a real difference in their local area including Learning Partnerships based in Leeds.

Learning Partnerships delivers programmes, training and education courses to provide young people and adults with opportunities to reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage. The charity aims to improve life choices and chances by increasing self-esteem, aspirations, well-being and employability skills. The organisation was awarded £5,000 to create two community gardens which will support 20 young unemployed people, two community partners, five local volunteer residents and 300 people living in the local community.

Now in its fourth year, the awards programme aims to recognise charities and not for profit organisations for the invaluable contributions they make to their local communities. Groups were invited to enter the awards programme under one of three categories; projects which help people to have a healthy relationship with money, projects which help people to improve their local environment and projects which help people into employment.

Debbie Crosbie, Chief Operating Officer at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks and Chair of the Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation, said: “Yorkshire Bank’s Spirit of the Community Awards aim to recognise and support the vital contribution that voluntary and charitable projects make to their local communities. This is our opportunity to say thank you to the incredible community groups across England for the inspiring work they undertake. 

“All of the successful organisations are extremely deserving winners which have been recognised for their role in their local communities with these awards from Yorkshire Bank.”

Belle Paterson, Project Co-ordinator at Learning Partnerships, added: “Learning Partnerships is delighted to receive this award. The funds will enable our organisation to continue to deliver exciting and meaningful youth volunteering opportunities with unemployed young people from East Leeds.

 “Working together, we will tackle a piece of unkempt land and transform it into a place to be proud of, which can be utilised by the local community whilst helping to raise aspirations, increase choices and support cohesion and integration locally through social action.”

 The Yorkshire Bank Spirit of the Community Awards 2016 winners are:

Help people have a healthy relationship with money category:

  • Centrepoint
  • York Blind and Partially Sighted Society
  • Key Changes – Unlocking Women’s Potential
  • St Helens District Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Moodswings

Help people into employment category:

  • Bolton Lads and Girls Club
  • Working Wonders Limited
  • Hermitage FM/Carillon Radio
  • Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council
  • Scotswood Natural Community Garden

Help people improve their local environment category:

  • e:merge
  • Learning Partnerships
  • Environmental and Management Solutions Limited
  • Cumbrian Wildlife Trust
  • Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust


Learning Partnerships is a registered charity, number 1003603