We can help make a difference

How we make a difference

Zest is here to support the most vulnerable in our communities.

Our inclusive activities reach around 1500 people each year, bringing communities together, helping to improve lives and fighting inequalities in Leeds.

We are giving people the chances that life doesn’t but we can only do this with your support.

Luckily for people in Leeds, Zest offers hope and opportunity. Please scroll down to see and hear some of our success stories…

“I’ve had a lot of personal things going on recently, I nearly didn’t come, it was the motivation to do something different, getting away from all the ‘mess’ & being with my kids on my own. I’d come back again... I think it would be good to come as a whole family”

"I believe the men's group at the LS14 trust building could well have saved my life. At the beginning of this year, quite a few things happened to me. The group gives me an excuse to socialise and a buffer for bumps in the road. For the first time in a long time, I'm breathing"

"Volunteering at the Ministry of Food has given me back a bit of me. At the time I needed that push, and volunteering was the right thing to do. After just a few months the difference people around me noticed was just immense. And more importantly I feel useful again"

"I loved the scenery, the first day I was here me and my daughter went for a walk. Being here makes me feel like I want to go walking and I don’t feel like that at home”

"Since volunteering my self-doubt has gradually been gradually replaced by a really positive ‘can do’ attitude. You are appreciated at Ministry of Food and the staff value you both as a person and for the skills that you bring to the role. You really feel part of the team"

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Our Success Stories

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