“In a nutshell, it’s all about helping people to enterprise themselves out of poverty.” This was how Chief Executive Liza Kellett explained our work to the supporters, allies and donors who had gathered on 13th November to mark the anniversary of the decision to ‘go for it’ and set up Trust Leeds. She continued by fittingly acknowledging another anniversary, “It’s also the day of the Patron Saint of Business. Italian Sant’Omobono was ‘a man good in name and deed’, and that’s what you all are – everybody here this evening has given philanthropic support, energy and trust.”
Thanks to generous hosting by what one reviewer describes as ‘Leeds’ most eclectic, events-led pan-arts creative hub’, the Hyde Park Book Club, and professional event management led by Sarah Bright of the Glitter Fairy’s Self-Reliant Group, the evening not only served to thank early Trust Leeds supporters and encourage new people to support our work, but also gave a real insight into how Trust Leeds makes a difference.
And that was made so much easier by our Chair Tim Sinclair, who hosted an ‘in conversation with the Glitter Fairies’ session, chatting to members of Leeds’ first Self-Reliant Group about their backgrounds, their aspirations, what they have done as a SRG and what being members has meant to them. With candid examples, and illustrative anecdotes, the Glitter Fairies told how they had worked out the profit margin on candy floss, made their Group Agreement, and developed their own enterprise making and selling goods and games at local fairs.
The Glitter Fairy’s SRG thanked Trust Leeds for providing the model, momentum, facilitation and energy to help them develop their own self-reliant group, but as Liza explained when she thanked them, “It is you, the Glitter Fairies, who have transformed Trust Leeds from an idea into a purposeful organisation.”