Leeds United kick off a month of volunteering at Holbeck Together

Holbeck Together was thrilled to welcome Leeds United’s Chief Executive, Angus Kinnear, and Director of Football, Victor Orta to Holbeck recently.

Angus and Victor were on hand in the community to help kick off a month of Leeds United and Leeds United Foundation staff volunteering their time to support the people of Holbeck during the winter months.

The month of volunteering will see Leeds United staff supporting a range of charities across the city, ensuring they are playing their part in helping those most vulnerable through what will be a difficult period of time, especially due to the impacts of Covid-19.

Leeds United employees will be supporting Holbeck Together with:

  • Holbeck Together’s weekly walking group;
  • Telephone befriending service, where a staff member from Leeds United will be a friendly voice on the other end of the phone, to make sure Holbeck Together’s clients have someone to chat to if they’re feeling isolated or lonely;
  • Crisis relief, delivering hot meals and winter packs of flasks, hot water bottles, face masks, sanitiser, gloves, hats and hand-made crotchet blankets;
  • Packing and delivering Christmas goodies for Holbeck Together’s winter hamper project.

Both Angus and Victor are encouraging members of staff to follow their lead and sign-up to lend a hand in the run-up to Christmas.

The club’s CEO signed up to support the weekly walking group and after being paired up with Holbeck Together client and avid Leeds United fan Kevin Bradley, invited him to do their walk around Elland Road. Kevin, said:

“I really enjoyed meeting Angus; It was a pleasure. It was like a dream come true. I didn’t think I’d see that, not in my lifetime, in all the years I have supported them. Angus is a lovely down to earth man. I can’t thank Holbeck Together enough.”

Victor then spent the morning doing telephone befriending calls, chatting to older residents who are shielding and may feel isolated, getting to know them and generally brightening their day.

Elissa Newman, Chief Officer of Holbeck Together, said:

“It was great that Angus invited Kevin to kick off the month of volunteering with Holbeck Together at Elland Road.

“It brings to life how such a simple action such as walking and talking can encourage people to step outside, get some fresh air and chat through anything on their mind. It was so heartening to see Victor and Angus leading from the front and encouraging their staff to support the Holbeck community – we can’t thank them enough for their support and dedication.

“It makes such a huge difference – and gives the people of Holbeck a great morale boost – when the leading organisations in our city look outwards towards the community during challenging times and help spread some much-needed seasonal cheer. It’s a true representation of Holbeck pulling together.”

To find out more about how Holbeck Together’s community support programme, please visit: www.holbecktogether.org /our-services/communities

If you are interested in joining the Leeds United staff in lending a hand and being part of the community response over the festive period, then please contact Matthew on (0113) 245 5553.


This post was written by Bryony Redwood-Turner

Photo: Elissa Newman (CEO, Holbeck Together), Angus Kinnear (CEO, Leeds United), Kevin Bradley and Claire Holmes (Holbeck Together)

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