We are an innovative charity that aims to be responsive to local needs by working closely with stakeholders and partners.

Our projects respond to real community needs and include youth clubs, after school groups, mentoring, accredited training, placements, volunteering.

Throughout the year we provide a range of activities, from youth clubs to after school groups, training, support and advice.

The Shine Project

The Shine Project is an exciting programme supporting girls and young women in inner South Leeds. The project raises the awareness, resilience and character of girls growing up in South Leeds through providing in-school and in-community courses, girls groups and one to one mentoring. Through The Shine Nail Bar, a social enterprise which provides fantastic beauty treatments, we are creating opportunities for women and a safe place for the girls to be themselves. To find out more about the Shine Project please visit www.theshineproject.org.uk.

Before Shine I felt like my life was destroyed, that I would never make any friends and that I was worth nothing. Since coming to Shine I have made friends and I felt a lot happier than before and then things were going better at home as well. I now feel like my life has been put back together.
Shine Participant


Rise is a new and exciting project supporting young men and teenagers in South Leeds. It's developing quick with a range of mentoring programmes in school and in the community. Watch this space for updates, or to find out more please email info@stlukescares.org.uk or call the office on 0113 320 0396.

The TRY Project

TRY! Offers free training in the community to help people learn how to volunteer in a charity shop, covering everything from sorting donations to customer service and trading standards.

Participants build skills that they can take into employment or further training and have the opportunity to contribute meaningfully as volunteers in our charity shops.

For more information on how to get involved, click here.

I didn't think I had much to offer or much to give - but after completing the course and helping out now and again - I have learnt that I have skills to give, like helping sort the books.
FrankieTRY! Participant

Social Enterprise

We know that to be sustainable and build lasting community change, we need to be innovative to ensure we are financially secure. We've invested in setting up social enterprises that provide a revenue stream for the charity, while also being core to our mission of providing opportunities in the local area.

Find our more about our charity shops, furniture donation and house clearances, and The Shine Nail Bar.