We want to build a 'hub' website for social action in Leeds to better share resources, make it easy for people to get involved and to connect action for social change. Leeds has helped end apartheid. It has won back its heart surgery. It helped bring down the poll tax. But we can do so much more! Leeds is a city with powerful social action movements but imagine what we could do if we were better connected.

Newsflash!! We are overfunding! Check out what we can do if we raise 1560!

Now we have raised the £1500 we can build the rest of the website!! Woo! But we still need to tell people about it.

If we raise another £60 we can print 1000 business cards to tell 1000 people all about Leeds for Change.

Why we need your help

How did you start making change? Did someone take you along to a protest? Did you see a poster for a meeting and get chatting to someone after? Did you see something that made you angry and start your own group?Lots of people don't make it.They might read a story about the mistreatment of asylum seekers, think that is terrible but not know how to start taking action. They might be facing the bedroom tax, but not know that there are others out there who are fighting it together.We want to make it easy.We want to create a website where you can find out about all the wonderful campaign and action groups in Leeds, so that whatever you want to change, you can find others like you.We also want to use this website to help already existing groups better share resources, skills and events so that we can make a massive movement for social change in Leeds.

 

So what's the plan?

To build a 'hub' website for social action in Leeds to better share resources, make it easy for people to get involved and to connect action for social change.It will be open to all charities, trade unions, political, faith, campaigning, discussion and cultural groups, and individuals who support its core values of justice, equality and solidarity.This website will be called 'Leeds for Change' and started as a beautiful collaboration between Leeds Tidal, Together for Peace and Taking Soundings but now involves many more people.The site will feature:

  • social change events listings
  • a profile page for all member groups
  • campaign pages
  • a skill-share resource
  • online campaign resources including map of cheap/free meeting spaces, shared equipment etc.
  • a blog for reflecting and sparking action
  • an archive of radical action in Leeds
  • daily inspiration!

This project has never been done before and we already have interest from other cities who want to do the same! We'll share all the knowledge we can to make it easy for other cities to use this resource.

How much we have raised so far

We currently have £3900 from grants and donations from Together for Peace, Leeds University Union and Unite. The web designers say that we need £6000 to make our website. We will charge groups a membership subscription so hope to raise another £600.That leaves £1500 between us and building this website.Most grant making organisations don't like to fund the kind of social change we really need. We have to fund this together.

100% of the crowdfunding money raised will go towards actually building the website.

 Now we have raised the £1500 we can build the rest of the website!! Woo! But we still need to tell people about it. If we raise another £60 we can print 1000 business cards to give out.

Background

The idea for a 'hub' website for social change initially came out of a series of conversations Leeds Tidal held way back in 2011. The big question was: how can we make a massive movement for social change in Leeds? Communication came up time and time again – both between activist groups and for people wanting to start making change.Tidal decided this massive project wasn't something it could do on its own, so put the idea on ice until Together for Peace and Taking Soundings got in touch to ask if we could collaborate on improving communications for social change events in Leeds.We started meeting and soon saw that it wasn't just events that needed bringing together. The city needed one place to find out about all the hundreds of groups concerned with social change and a way to make it easy to get involved.More people joined the steering group, we talked with even more groups and developed a proposal in summer 2013. We then conducted interviews with 17 different groups from across the social change spectrum in Leeds – trade unions, arts group, environmental projects – to further develop our ideas.Now we are part way through building the actual website. We have a logo, we are writing terms and conditions of the site, explaining our values, and most importantly, testing it all the way with groups who will use the site.We plan to launch a 'beta' version of the website at the beginning of April 2014. The website then will be tested and developed over six months - there are always kinks to work out! Then in autumn 2014 we will have a big jazzy launch to show the website to the world.

 

Find out about projects in the video

We want to say a MASSIVE thank you to all the organisations, groups and individuals who featured in the video.

If you'd like to find out more about them and maybe get involved see the Featured Projects page on the Tidal website.

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