A POTENTIAL funding opportunity has arisen for care farms which serve people living in Leeds.

The 'Ideas that Change Lives' programme offers business guidance and financial investment to help organisations and individuals develop socially enterprising ideas which support people in Leeds with care and support needs.

They want to support ideas which made a real impact with:

• Older people

• People with a learning disability, physical disability or sensory impairment

• People with mental health needs

• People with alcohol or substance use issues

• People with long term health conditions

• Carers

• Young people in transition between services

The types of activity they seek to develop social enterprises to undertake includes:

• Alternatives to traditional day care and support services

• Brokerage, supporting people with care needs to manage their personal budget and/or access the services which meet their needs

• Health and wellbeing promoting activities

• Employment related opportunities, and

• Any other activities that enable people in Leeds with care and support needs to remain independent.

Applications are invited from community groups, charities, social enterprises or other charitable organisations from the third sector looking to develop and/or implement ideas and services to help people to live independently in their own homes. Projects must have a clear economic focus around generating income.

The service itself does not have to be located in Leeds, but the beneficiaries must be Leeds residents who are eligible for Leeds Adult Social Care services.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on January 28, 2020.

To find out more go to https://leedscf.org.uk/ideas-that-change-lives-grants