Community Projects

Our community and volunteering projects work to improve community cohesion and build relations between students and the wider community in which they live.

Woman painting a mural on the side of a house

 

As a civic university, community is at the heart of what we do.  Working with local people and community organisations is a priority for us to make the city the best place it can be.  

The Sustainability Service co-develop and co-deliver community-beneficial projects that improve the quality of life for all residents, whilst helping to create mutual understanding and respect between both the University and local communities.

To register your interest as a student fill in our volunteering form, letting us know which projects you are interested in getting involved in.  By volunteering with us you will meet and work with other students and other local residents committed to making positive changes to our local communities for the benefit of all.

You can also check MyCareer and Eventbrite for details of upcoming events.

Our community projects

Community clear-ups
We hold regular litter picks across the local area, particularly at key times in the year when litter can be an issue.
Community art
Have you noticed the Colour Hyde Park murals which brighten up the Hyde Park area? Our community art projects aim to use art to address the problem of graffiti and make the local area a more pleasant place to explore.
Gardening and planting
Community greenspaces are vital to both physical and mental wellbeing. Our gardening and planting projects are designed to increase the amount of green space in the local area and improve those that already exist.
Circular economy
Encouraging reuse behaviour is a key aim of the Sustainability Service and we run a range of circular economy initiatives including Repair Cafes and swap shops.

Community Projects Group

Our Community Projects Group brings together a wide group of community representatives who are interested in delivering new projects to improve the quality of life for all residents.

Chaired by Student Exec officers from Leeds Beckett and Leeds University students unions, the group meets monthly to discuss ideas for projects that could be co-developed and co-delivered by members of the community, students, University of Leeds and LUU. Each of the four project categories listed above has a corresponding working group which also meet regularly.   

To join the Community Projects Group or one of the individual working groups, please contact Lucy Ram.

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