Sweco Sponsors Leeds 100 Club Autumn Celebration
The event, which will take place on October 16th at Bramham Park, Yorkshire, will give supporters the chance to discover more about the Foundation’s impact across Leeds and Bradford.
The celebration event highlights the fantastic work of Leeds Community Foundation and the Third Sector organisations it funds.
The 100 Club, of which Sweco has been a member since 2018, is a support club for businesses and individuals that enables the Foundation to support core costs so it can become increasingly resilient, boosting its grant-making role and ensuring it is able to commit long term to community groups across Leeds and Bradford.
Leeds Community Foundation is the region’s largest independent grant maker, supporting charity and voluntary groups across Leeds and the surrounding area by delivering grants and offering expert advice. To date, the Foundation has distributed more than £42m. This year alone, it has distributed £4.1m in grants across Leeds and Bradford and benefitted more than 59,000 individuals.
Sweco’s support of the Leeds Community Foundation is one part of our ongoing commitment to creating opportunities and supporting good causes in the Leeds area, and builds on our recent placement as a finalist in the UK Social Mobility Awards.
Along with our support for the LCF, we have also been working with CATCH (Community Action to Create Hope) – our 2019 office charity of the year.
CATCH is a volunteer-run organisation that aims to create a safe community space and develop volunteering opportunities, particularly for young people.
The charity runs one of the largest youth clubs in Leeds, and provides a range of community facilities, including a community café. As well as fundraising and providing personal protective equipment for the charity’s volunteers, we applied our technical expertise to help the charity secure planning permission for its expansion plans.
Max Joy, Sweco’s Managing Director, said: “We’re headquartered in Leeds, which makes us particularly proud to support the work that the Leeds Community Foundation does with good causes across the region, and proud of the opportunities that they, and their partners, are creating for those most in need across the city.
“The Autumn Celebration is crucial to bringing together the city’s businesses, and individual donors, to amplify the foundation’s work and further drive the positive change it targets. We’re looking forward to hearing more, first-hand, about the fantastic projects being carried out in Leeds.”
Kate Hainsworth, Chief Executive, Leeds Community Foundation, said: “The support of Sweco and our other 100 Club members is key to helping us continue our work with thousands of groups across Leeds and the surrounding area, helping address inequalities and create opportunities for those that are most in need.
“Their backing means we’re able to become increasingly resilient, committing long-term to supporting our local groups and projects in all that they do.”
In July, Sweco was named as a finalist in the Community Programme of the Year category of the UK Social Mobility Awards. We were recognised for our work with a range of community partners to improve access to jobs and apprenticeships, inspire young people to consider studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from an early age, as well as our hands-on support for a range of employment and mental health initiatives in Yorkshire.
During 2018, Sweco created 36 work experience opportunities, 18 student placements and 29 apprenticeships, while our people volunteered over 1,000 hours of their time to support community and STEM engagement activities.