Leeds sits in the heart of Yorkshire and is the biggest city in the region, with over three-quarters of a million residents making it the third biggest city in the UK by population. Bradford, less than 9 miles away, has a population of over half a million people.

There are 109,000 companies based in Leeds City Region as well as eight universities and strong transport links. Growth industries include manufacturing, the digital industry and the financial and legal sector.

However, the director for public health in Leeds has pointed to a worrying trend of worsening levels of deprivation, and a decline in life expectancy for women compared with increased life expectancy nationally. In Leeds infant mortality is increasing; young women are increasingly affected by mental health problems and self-harm, as well as alcohol related deaths; and more men are dying from drugs overdoses and suicide.

Bradford, according to an Office for National Statistics Regional Trends report in 2009, has areas suffering from the highest levels of deprivation in the country, with infant mortality double the national average and life expectancy lower than in other parts of the district. The 2011 UK census lists Bradford as having the youngest, fastest growing population outside London. 

We enhance the wellbeing of children, young people and families. We aim to work in an integrated way with other services and organisations within Leeds and Bradford. We receive support from organisations and individuals who care about Leeds and Bradford and seek to invest in the community and its future wellbeing.

Our Impact

Explore some of our great stories from the area:

Key worker goes the extra mile in Bradford

Key workers based out of our Bradford centre are working harder than ever to support the families and young people they are assigned to.Find out more

Leeds Summer Arts College

The Summer Arts College in Leeds is a three week course delivered by us in partnership with Leeds Youth Offending Service.Find out more

Kate McIntyre - Trustee

As a Trustee of Brathay and Leeds resident, Kate McIntyre has a real affinity with our work and has been supporting us since 2012.Find out more

Collaborating to improve wellbeing – Herowellbeing and us

We have teamed up with the Leeds based company, Herowellbeing, to offer a full package of support to businesses who want to improve wellbeing.Find out more

A teenager overcomes bullying by recording her own song

A Bradford teenager released an anti-bullying song as a message of hope to othersFind out more

Pioneering programme that helps families in difficulty

Our Families First programme in Bradford supports families by putting their needs first. Find out more

Helping young people into work through Talent Match

We support young people into employment in West Yorkshire through Talent MatchFind out more

Romance blossoms out of our Bradford centre!

One of our NCS graduates in Bradford chose our Ambleside site in the Lake District as his favourite place to propose!Find out more

Families First programme helps single mum re-focus

Our Families First programme in Bradford gave Poppy the support and coping strategies she needed to handle the responsibilities of being a young, single mum.Find out more

Making families stronger

Nadia was first referred to us under the Stronger Families programme after an abusive relationship forced her to move with her children to a new area.Find out more