Here at Participate we are all about ideas

From small ideas that make a difference in a single community to big ideas that change the world, Participate supports people and organizations to realize their potential. We do this by providing support that helps them develop and grow their ideas into sustainable projects and enterprises.

Each year, we support hundreds of individuals, charities, social enterprises, community groups, businesses, and schools. The projects we support are found in areas of deprivation, tackle social issues, or work with specific client groups in areas such as disability or homelessness.

Over the years, we have helped to tackle a wide range of issues, including:

Disability sport, Community buildings and assets, Youth provision, Financial inclusion, Outdoor learning in schools, Wildlife and environment, Homelessness, Science education, The arts and much more.

We are committed to supporting people and organizations who are making a difference in their communities. We believe that everyone has the potential to make a positive impact on the world, and we are proud to help them achieve their goals.

Our Recipe

Participate’s recipe is simple:

Idea – Use our networks and reputation to find people and organisations with great ideas.

Comprehension – Really understand what a person or organisation is trying to achieve.

Needs Assessment – Use our insight and experience to identify gaps in skills, knowledge and resources.

Planning – help people and organisation to plan the support needed to grow their idea.

Resources – Use the skills, resources and knowledge of our team, our private sector partners and our wider networks to meet the support needs identified.

Sustainability – create long term relationships where people and organisations are empowered; and the need for support diminishes over time.

Where We Work

Our work is concentrated in areas of deprivation, but we will work with anyone who has the ideas and passion to improve their community or tackle a social issue. Participate started in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and a large part of our work is focused on the Leeds City Region.

However, we also have several national and regional programs where we work with specific organizations in Manchester, Leicester, and Birmingham. Our team challenge activity is delivered in Bradford, Leeds, Harrogate, Halifax, Keighley, and the surrounding towns.

Don’t be put off if you’re not from one of these places. Our work always starts with a phone call from someone like you!


Partnerships are key to the way we work. Participate works with different partners depending on the impact we are trying to achieve.

Our partnerships often include a mix of funders, businesses, individuals, public sector and third sector organisations.

We look for partners that:

  • are passionate about the community
  • share our ethos and values
  • will share and develop ideas with us