Getting involved with the local community is easy, enjoyable and there are many different ways to do it- why don’t you get to know your community better and gain some essential skills at the same time!

Community Volunteering
Meet new people, enhance your employability skills and make a contribution to the community by volunteering. Opportunities can range from working in local schools, supporting the elderly and refugees, conservation work and much more. Whatever time commitment you are able to offer there is something on offer to suit all tastes.

You can access opportunities through the student-led volunteering societies, with one of Leeds University Union’s community projects such as Leave Leeds Tidy, search for opportunities with local charities and community groups via the University’s Volunteering Hub or, apply for funding through the LeedsforLife Foundation to set up your own project.

Local Democracy
As a student you are eligible to vote in local elections in both your home constituency and here in Leeds. The Councillors you elect to represent you have a real impact on the services you receive as a student, including policing, landlord accreditation, health services and recycling & waste- so it’s really important to use your vote! Register to vote at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Join the Leeds Citizens Panel
Join the Leeds Citizens Panel and share your opinions about local services and issues that affect your community.  Through the panel you will have the opportunity to take part in a number of surveys each year which are used by the City’s decision makers to shape local services. You may also be invited to attend discussion groups and workshops.

Join a Resident Association
The best way to meet new people, find out what is happening in your area and get involved is by joining your local resident group. Resident Associations are groups of local people who work together to: represent the collective views of their community, enhance their neighbourhoods and organise community events and activities for all to enjoy. Resident groups in the area are in the process of establishing Neighbourhood Forums to shape the future amenities provided in the area. See the Guide to Living in Leeds for details about the associations and how to get in contact.