Work on projects that welcome new students to Hyde Park and provide them with information to become active and responsible citizens of Leeds. We work in collaboration with a number strategic partners, including Leeds University Union, Leeds City Council, Leeds Beckett University, Keep Britain Tidy, Police and community representatives. This is your opportunity to give something back to the communities that you will live, study and work amongst during your time in Leeds!

Welcome to Leeds

What is it?

Welcome to Leeds is an initiative encouraging students to get to know their neighbours and the communities they are living amongst to foster a greater sense of community for all residents. Students are also made aware of their responsibilities as a Leeds residents and the potential negative impacts that they can have on others. Sustainability Volunteers visit both student and permanent resident households in the local community and provided them with information to support student’s integration. This includes distributing copies of our Living in Leeds guide and all residents are provided with key contacts to report issues.

What are the time commitments?

Events take place at the start of both semesters and focus on the area of Hyde Park. You can sign up to give just a few hours or more!

Improving Waste Management in Hyde Park

What is it?

Did you know that 8 out of 10 green bins in Hyde park are contaminated? Help us improve recycling and waste management practice in Hyde Park! Work with the Sustainability Service and Leeds City Council, to help improve waste management and recycling rates in Hyde Park. Volunteers will work alongside Leeds City Council Waste Advisors to correctly number and label wheelie bins  in an area of Hyde Park with historically low recycling rates, messy gardens ands bins obstruct pavements. Volunteers will also engage with students and other residents to provide information and encourage better waste management practice.

What are the time commitments?

We have two upcoming events scheduled and will be targeting households in the Hyde Park area. This includes: includes the Norwoods, Weltons, Ebberstons, Chestnut Ave, Ash Grove, Kensington Terrace, Midland Road and Hyde Park Terrace.

  • Monday 19th February, 12pm-3pm
  • Thursday 22nd February, 12pm-3pm

Increase Participation in Local Democracy 

What is it?

Help other students understand the importance of voting! Volunteers will take part in our pop-up events on campus to help other students understand the importance of participating in the democratic process. Including: raising awareness on the role of local politics and encouraging students to register and turn out to vote.

What are the time commitments?

Pop-events will be taking place week commencing the 16th April.  Let us know if you can spare an hour or two any time that week!

Great British Spring Clean 2018

What is it?

Concerned about the impact of plastic waste on local communities and wildlife?  Make our pledge to go plastics free and join us on clear up to remove the litter that blights Woodhouse Moor and neighbouring community. The initiative is run in in collaboration with Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean (2-4th March). Join the growing national army of #LitterHeroes who get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us. Our litter pick will be focussing on Woodhouse Moor, aka Hyde park, and the surrounding streets.

What are the time commitments?

Our Spring Clean will be taking place on the 2 March 2018, between 11am- 12.30pm 12.30- 2pm.  Sign up to one of both sessions!

Student Changeover 

What is it?

Love Leeds? Keep it Clean! The changeover period has a huge environmental and social impact on the community. 300 extra tons of waste is generated each June when students move from their shared houses, most of which could be reused, donated or sold.  Work with Sustainability and Leeds City Council on initiatives to help divert students unwanted items such as clothes, furniture and electrical goods from going to landfill and give them to charity instead! Volunteers will engage with students living in the local community to provide them with information on the collections taking place as well as helping collect and sort items for charity.

What are the time commitments?

We know that you are likely to moving too, but any time you can give between June 23rd-July 8th will make a massive difference with reducing the amount of rubbish that changeover creates!

I ♥ Woodhouse Moor 

What is it?

When the sun comes out in Leeds, large numbers of students and other residents descend on Woodhouse Moor Park, aka Hyde Park, the park is often left in a poor state with large amounts of litter being left. Work with Sustainability to keep Woodhouse Moor Park free of litter and protect the space for wildlife and other users. Volunteers will engage with park users on bank holidays and sunny days to distribute black bags and remind them to dispose of their litter responsibly.

What are the time commitments?

Volunteers are needed for bank holidays but we may call on your help if we have any unexpected sunny and busy park days!  Let us know if you can spare any time on the 20 April, 7 May, 28-29th May.

What You will Gain

  • Industry knowledge of sustainability in practice
  • Knowledge of the local community, stakeholder engagement and improving relationships
  • Community engagement can help you to build contacts
  • Insight into effective engagement and communication methods.
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Organisational skills
  • Improved interpersonal skills.
  • Leadership skills
  • Time and project management skills

Get Involved

If you are interested in any our student citizenship volunteering opportunities or would like to find out more get in touch with Amanda Jackson at a.m.jackson@leeds.ac.uk