The variety of services we offer help people and communities in ways that are unique and specific to them.
You can read some of our most recent stories in the case studies to the left hand side of this page. Here are just some of the other stories from the people and communities that have used our services over the last few years:
re'new Employment team win big at NHF Awards
The Access to Construction Project which is delivered by re'new, and funded by Coalfields Regeneration Trust was nominated in all five categories at the National Housing Federation's 'What we are proud of' awards.
The projects sessions take place at South Kirkby Community Association, a small community house owned by Chevin Housing and situated in a former mining village in Wakefield; an area of high levels of unemployment. Access to Construction provides training, booking and funding of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) test. This test must be taken and passed to get the CSCS card which anyone entering a construction site must have.
The project won the 'Best Impact on Residents' and the 'Best Impact on the Community' awards. Angela Goodyear, Project Manager of the re'new Employment Team said:
'We are delighted that the work has been highlighted as we work tirelessly in the area to help residents that otherwise would have to travel to neighbouring towns to seek employability support. Since starting the project in South Kirkby we have been able to assist many local residents into construction related training and employment'.
Archway Funding Fight
Users of Archway spearheaded a major campaign to save it from the axe of spending cuts. In a bid to fight the cutbacks and to attract new funders, ten young people formed an action group called Tenacity. The focus of its activities was to lobby councillors and council officers, launching a Facebook campaign, writing daily blogs and creating a petition on the 10 Downing Street website.
Tenacity co-founder Joanna James, 24, from Harehills said:
'I've been coming to Archway for seven years now,. It has been a great help. The staff have given me continual support, confidence and help over this time. I can't bear to think its future is under threat. We want people to know just how important Archway is to young people from all over the city. All the services are under one roof and we are treated as individuals. You don't find this level of help and support elsewhere'.
At-risk girls pull no punches in exhibition
Young girls at the risk of domestic violence or sexual exploitation produced an impressive exhibition at The Beck. The meaning of healthy relationships was the theme of the evening. All of the work on display was created by members of The Beck who were either at risk or had experienced domestic violence and sexual exploitation.
Over two months they participated in a weekly mentoring course at The Beck, using the group to explore their personal standards in relationships and share experiences. Part of the course saw them create posters giving advice to others in similar circumstances.
Team Leader, Becky Jones said:
'We are so proud of the progression the girls have made in the last two months; the exhibition is a great way to showcase their achievements. The art work illustrates their personal experiences and reflects the project has helped in their individual development. It also demonstrates The Beck's dedication to providing support to young people from the East Leeds area.
Harehills Bin Yards Made Safe
Bin yards in a deprived area of Leeds were part of a regeneration scheme involving Construction Yorkshire to make sure they were no longer a haven for anti-social activity.
A total of 13 shared bin yards, situated between back-to-back properties in the Comptons, Harehills, were made safer and cleaner for residents - while at the same time becoming less attractive to those who use their shelter and seclusion for crime.
The three-month project, carried out by Taurus Construction of Calverley, saw the yards cleared of debris, and the tall, brick walls and broken wooden gates replaced with 'dwarf' walls, metal railings and lockable gates.
These enhancements will improve visibility and security of the yards, hopefully leading to a reduction in crime and also making it difficult for people to fly tip.
Taurus Construction Contracts Manager Steve Smith said:
'These bin yards are currently a real cause for concern amongst local residents. They provide a refuge for criminals coming into the area to carry out a wide range of illegal activities, including drug dealing. We have a team of eight, which includes four trainees from Construction Leeds, working on this scheme'.
Scheme gives locals a star role at Arena
Construction Yorkshire is working in partnership with Leeds City Council and BAM Construction to ensure more than 100 local people are given employment and work experience opportunities during the building of the £60 million Leeds Arena.
Written into the Leeds Arena contract were a number of “social” clauses, which include sourcing local labour, using local sub-contractors and offering work experience opportunities to people hoping for a career in the construction industry.
It is Construction Yorkshire's role to work with the council, BAM, Leeds College of Building and subcontractors to co-ordinate delivery of the social aspects of the scheme.
The first person to be taken on by BAM Construction was 39-year-old Suzanne Gregory, who now spends five-days-a-week looking after the cleanliness of the site offices and canteen.
Suzanne started working on the arena in June after being referred to Construction Yorkshire. During the building of the arena there will be work opportunities for local people who can access them by contacting and registering with the Construction Yorkshire team.
“I love it here. Initially it was part-time but now it’s full-time. The BAM team is great and I’ve made plenty of new friends. I’ve also passed the Construction Scheme Certification Scheme, which is a ‘passport’ to work on any construction site.
“I’d like to thank Leeds City Council, BAM Construction and Construction Leeds for giving me this opportunity.”