How can you support Basis Yorkshire?
“Helping with outreach in Holbeck – offering hot drinks, food, condoms and a friendly conversation – is my small way of making an active contribution to Basis’ incredible work. It is one thing to talk about an important cause, it is quite another to go out and meet the people you want to support. I would encourage everyone in Leeds to get to know their city, and to volunteer with Basis Sex Work Project!.” – current volunteer
Many of our volunteers stay with us for a large number of years and find it very rewarding Currently, our wonderful volunteers mainly help us with our outreach services (including in netreach), drop-in, data processing (M&E and otherwise), administrative tasks or awareness raising but we’d also be interested in some volunteers for our young people’s work (particularly group work).
Volunteering opportunities at Basis include:
Back Office support: Admin tasks, answering the phone, updating spreadsheets, packing condoms, fundraising and so on (Monday – Friday usual office hours)
Or direct work:
Adult: Drop in support (Monday – Thursday afternoon), outreach support (evenings/night), supporting groups/activities (Monday – Thursday afternoon)
Young People: Supporting ex-service user group (Lionesses) evening fortnightly and occasional activities at the weekend
Please note we are experiencing high numbers of people interested in volunteering with us and we are operating a small waiting list. If you are interested and would like to be added to the waiting list, then please complete and return our Volunteer Application Form 2017. Please be aware that we are a small organisation and it may be some time before we get back to you.
Regardless of the task, we offer each volunteer a short induction process, including a familiarization with the values of the organisation and we undertake a DBS check on each volunteer. Each volunteer should sign up to the (free) safeguarding training offered by Leeds City Council.
Note: Our biggest need is dry goods donations esp. crisps, soup, chocolate etc. to give out on Outreach!
As a small charity, we rely heavily on charitable donations from trusts, foundations and the general public although we are unable to commit large amounts of funds to fundraising events or activities – we appreciate all the support we get!
Donations can be made:
By donating through our justgiving page
By signing up to GiveasyouLive – a % of your online purchases from any major retailer is automatically donated to Basis Yorkshire
What are donations used for?
£5 could buy two food parcels
£10 pays for over 100 condoms
£75 pays for one evening outreach session
£20 pays for one hours one-to-one specialist support for a young person
Or why not watch a short video about our work with young people at risk of CSE or recent footage about our sexwork to find out more about what we do?
In kind donations:
Having an office clear out or de-cluttering at home? Still have some Christmas gifts lying around? Let us know!
Although our space is limited, we are always in need of:
Plastic bags (for food parcels) – particularly now the plastic bag charge has come in!
Donations of (unopened) toiletries (toothbrush, towel, showergels), clothes
Non- perishable food items (tins, hot chocolate for outreach!)
Office materials – pens, notebooks, writing pads
If you are thinking of running a marathon, climbing a mountain, a dryathon or holding a bake sale at the office – why not support Basis Yorkshire at the same time?
We can help you set up your Justgiving page – just get in touch!
We’re also happy to help with any information or leaflets and if you let us know we”lll share your progress through social media!
As a staff team, we usually do a few events of our own, last year we participated in the following:
Triathlon in York
Walk up the Holmfirth
Why not join us? Get in touch! or sign up to our newsletter to hear more!
As a small, locally based charity, we have an excellent reputation in delivery high quality, innovative interventions, addressing extremely challenging, sensitive issues and advocating for the needs of our services users, locally and nationally.
If you are interested in becoming involved either as your charity of the year, or simply by wanting to make a one – off monetary or in-kind donation, offer opportunities for staff, take part in one of our fundraising events, we’d be happy to talk to you about how your support would help us and talk through ideas of what this could look like. We’re always happy to come and talk about our work
Why not get in touch?
By leaving a legacy to Basis Yorkshire you will leave a lasting benefit to some of the most marginalised girls and women in Leeds.
As with other donations, a gift of any size will help us continue our work. More information about legacies.
To arrange a donation to Basis Yorkshire as part of your will please speak to your solicitor.
If you would like to find out more about the work we do before making your decision please call us on 0113 243 0036 to have a chat or arrange a visit.