“Get your kit off” campaign - helping people who are sleeping rough this winter

Our Leeds Street Outreach team have partnered with a local butcher to collect warm clothes for people who are sleeping rough. 

The ‘Get Your Kit Off’ campaign was started by the Leeds Street Outreach Team and Malcolm Michaels Butchers in Kirkgate Market. The idea was to raise awareness of rough sleeping in Leeds and encourage people to donate warm clothes. 

Lots of local faces have been showing their support by 'getting their kit off’, including members of the Leeds Rhinos rugby team!  

Some of the military personnel from Carlton Barracks are also helping us to bring warm clothes to areas outside Leeds city centre. They’re also helping to wash the clothes so that all donations are clean and hygienic - especially important during the pandemic.  

Helen Hunter-Thompson, our Regional Connecting Communities Lead, said: 

"These donations will bring some much-needed comfort to people that have recently accepted support and moved into accommodation settings.  

We are grateful for the support from everyone involved in spreading awareness of this campaign. We would like to thank Malcolm Michaels Butchers for letting us be part of this excellent initiative."

Malcolm Leary, the owner of Malcolm Michaels Butchers, added:

“This campaign is for a cause that is so close to our hearts and looks to bring the community together during such hard times.  

The Leeds Street Outreach Service does amazing work to support people who are sleeping rough or at risk of homelessness in the area.” 

The ‘Get Your Kit Off’ campaign will be running until Sunday 28th February. If you would like to donate clothes, please email the Leeds Street Outreach Service on [email protected], or you can take them to the drop-off box in the food court of Leeds Market.  


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