2020 was a tough year for most third sector organisations. With limited opportunities to work face-to-face with the people and communities we support, it has been difficult for us all.

At Canopy we found it impossible to deliver the anticipated outcomes for our ESF-supported CHOPS project, who’s primary aim was to get people back into work through our volunteering programme. With volunteering suspended, it simply could not be done.

Rather than scale the project back and furlough staff, we took the difficult decision to withdraw from the project and divert our resources towards supporting the local community in other ways.

The black hole in our finances has been filled for the time being thanks to support from Power to Change, Big Issue Invest and the National Lottery with backing from Social Investment Bank, Locality and The Ubele Initiative.

What about 2021?

The funding we have secured will help us refurbish our two office bases making them more accessible to the public. We will also be able to offer our volunteers personalised PPE and toolkits.

We know that many people have lost their jobs during the course of the pandemic. As lockdown eases, we can expect new jobs to be created, but who will fill these new vacancies?

Canopy are committed to Harehills: We don’t want to see a ‘forgotten’ generation of young people who are unable to find jobs in the face of competition from more experienced candidates.

Our new training programme

In early 2021 we will be launching a series of training programmes for young people. You do not need to be from Harehills, but the programme is aimed at people from the less affluent areas of Leeds. The training programme will offer:

We’d love to hear from you. If you are interested, please e-mail Jasmine or Marie through info@canopyhousing.org or why not contact us through Facebook?

Are you a landlord? 

We aim to support landlords, tenants and local businesses, as Selective Licensing is introduced into the area. Pick and mix from the options below or we can provide a full landlord service.

We can help with …

We can out carry out environmental improvements in the area – enhancing the appearance of the neighbourhood through community clean-ups, boundary repairs, gardening projects and the like. This will provide further opportunities for engagement, volunteering, self-help and support. We will use these engagement opportunities to provide further help, advice and employment support, face-to-face, in residents’ homes and from a drop-in at our base in the Bellbrookes.