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Community Projects

Our community and volunteering projects work to improve community cohesion and build positive relationships in the wider community around the University.

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.

Check out our current volunteering opportunities or register with MyCareer to find details of upcoming opportunities. By volunteering with us you will meet and work with other students, staff and local residents committed to making positive changes to our local communities for the benefit of all.

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 Chris Bowie.


Fighting Food Waste and Supporting the Community  

The Sustainability Service has launched a new community pantry in collaboration with local community arts venue Left Bank. Situated at Left Bank on Cardigan Road, the community pantry is accessible to anyone to donate and collect surplus food. The project aims to promote sustainable behaviours around food consumption whilst helping people to save money, lower...

Moving out campaign supports local community

Items donated by students during the recent tenancy changeover period in inner north West Leeds have benefitted local organisations and charities across the area.  In June, a total of 924 bags of donations were collected, split between blue bag doorstep collections and British Heart Foundation donation banks across the area. 332 people made use of...

Supporting students moving out during the tenancy changeover period

We’ve partnered up with Leeds Beckett University, Unipol and Leeds City Council to support students and reduce any negative social and environmental impacts during the tenancy changeover period.  The initiative aims to educate students on more sustainable waste sorting behaviours such as donating unwanted items, recycling where possible and disposing of waste correctly.   This is...

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Blog posts

Green spaces and vibrant venues: our guide to post-exam fun!

If you’ve just finished your exams, you’ll probably be itching to escape the library and get some fresh air! We've compiled a handy list of...

How to Have a More Sustainable Christmas

While Christmas can be a time of great joy for many, it can also be one of excessive waste. From wrapping paper to wasted food,...

Coats and Toys Collected for Leeds Winter Appeals

Last month students and staff kindly donated winter clothing and toys to support families and communities across the city. Arranged by the Sustainability Service, Be...

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