How to help families in need in Leeds

Find out how to help families in need in Leeds. We’ve detailed a range of ways you can help make a difference to the lives of local families who need it most.

26th May 2023

It is often easy to overlook the power of local communities, yet there’s no doubt that when we work together, we can drive real change and transformation. Behind the scenes in Leeds, there are a host of local charities and community initiatives that are quietly making a world of difference to local families and children in need. That includes the work we do here at Leeds Children’s Charity at Lineham Farm, providing unforgettable breaks and valuable learning experiences to disadvantaged children in Leeds.

Today, we want to talk a little about how you can help families in need in Leeds. By coming together as a community, we can all help make a difference in the lives of those who need it the most. Here’s more about how you can help.

How can I help families in need near me?

If you’re wondering how to help a local family in need, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways you can support families in need in Leeds.

Child riding a bike at Leeds Children's Charity at Lineham Farm

Donate to Leeds Children’s Charity

If you’d like to directly support the work we do here at Leeds Children’s Charity at Lineham Farm, financial contributions help us enormously. Donations enable the charity to continue its vital work in providing respite breaks and opportunities for disadvantaged local children. You could consider a one-time donation to help support the work we do. Or, if you’re able, becoming a regular donor goes a huge way towards helping to sustain our ongoing efforts to brightening children’s lives.

Volunteer your time

If you’re wondering how to help a local family in need, volunteering is a fantastic way to get involved with the local community. It allows you to put your time, skills and energy into helping support families in the Leeds area. There are a lot of great local organisations and initiatives you can get involved with that focus on assisting families and children in need. It’s a way to use your time to make a meaningful impact on the lives of local families.

Volunteers organising food at a food bank

Here are just a few great opportunities to look into:

  • Leeds Children’s Charity at Lineham Farm
    Friends of Leeds Children’s Charity at Lineham Farm is a large group of children, volunteers and patrons who work together to support the future of our charity. Get in touch to find out more about our volunteering opportunities.
  • Home-Start Leeds
    Home-Start Leeds is an organisation that offers support to families with at least one child under seven in the Leeds area. Volunteers spare 2-4 hours a week to offer friendship, guidance and emotional support to a family with a young child.
  • Leeds Baby Bank
    Leeds Baby Bank work on a referral-only basis to provide vital support and urgent baby essentials to families in need. The organisation recruits local volunteers to help with a range of roles, from fundraising volunteers and social media volunteers to drivers.
  • Leeds North and West Foodbank & Leeds South and East Foodbank
    The Trussell Trust operate a network of over 400 foodbanks across the UK, with two in Leeds. The food banks tackle food poverty in local communities and are an important lifeline for many families in need in Leeds. They rely on volunteers to help with food packing, sorting and distributing.
  • Leeds City Council
    Leeds City Council offers volunteering roles, with opportunities available in departments focused on family support. You can support young people by volunteering with Leeds Youth Service. If you’re interested in helping to prevent young people who have offended from getting into further trouble, you can also volunteer with Leeds Youth Justice Service.

Organise fundraising events

Cakes at a charity bake sale to fundraise for charity

Another great way you can support local charities is by organising fundraising events. There’s a host of great events you could plan as an individual, with friends or at work. Donating the proceeds to a charity that helps local families and children is a great way to help improve the lives of others while having fun along the way too.

You could…

  • Host a charity bake sale
  • Plan a sponsored walk, run or bike ride
  • Hold a coffee morning
  • Organise a bric-a-brac or car boot sale
  • Have a fancy dress or dress-down day at work
  • Run a raffle with donated prizes
  • Skydive or bungee jump for charity

Check out more fundraising ideas

Spread the word

Person scrolling through social media

We know that not everyone always has the free time or spare money to contribute to charity. The good news is, helping charities and local initiatives can easily be done simply by helping spread the word.

Social media is a powerful tool. Helping charities out by following and sharing their stories, updates and events across social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram is a great way to get their message out there and shine a light on the important work they do. This valuable exposure can help charities attract even more supporters, donors and volunteers.

Donate goods and supplies

Person organising toys to donate to charity

Monetary donations aside, many local charities also accept donations of goods and supplies. This could include items such as clothing, books, toys, stationery, arts and crafts supplies and personal care items, all of which can go a long way towards helping families in Leeds. If possible, it’s best buy new items specifically to donate to ensure families receive safe, quality items. Some charities will accept donate unused goods you no longer want or need, which is a fantastic way to also promote sustainability and reduce waste. Always check the individual charity’s website for specific requirements.

At Leeds Children’s Charity at Lineham Farm, we accept donations of new clothing, toys, toiletries, activity equipment and more. You can read more about it on our blog, ‘The best charity gifts for children in Leeds‘. We also have an Amazon Wishlist for easy giving.

When it comes to used items, donating to local charity shops is a great way to declutter your space and live more sustainably while helping charities continue to carry out the essential work they do. Clothing, accessories and household items can find a new lease of life when donated to local charity shops, giving someone else in the community to chance to purchase affordable items they need or want while raising money for charity.

Supporting local charities and community initiatives that focus on helping children and families in need is a powerful way to make a difference. At Leeds Children’s Charity at Lineham Farm, we’re just one of many organisations dedicated to improving the lives of families in need in Leeds. By volunteering your time, fundraising to raise money, or making a one-off donation, you can make an enormous difference to the families and children who need it most. Together, we can help contribute to a brighter future for local families in need.

Can you support us?

Fundraising and monthly giving helps us keep Lineham Farm a special place. Your donations pay for children to spend time in a safe and happy environment, riding bikes, climbing, learning about nature, and simply having fun.