Leeds Action to Create Homes, or Latch, is a charitable organisation that refurbishes derelict and run-down houses in the Chapeltown, Harehills and Burley areas of Leeds. Through their projects they provide not only housing but also training opportunities to those in need.

Housing and Training, All Rolled-Up into One

Latch provides supported housing for people who are homeless or in housing need by purchasing and refurbishing empty and/or rundown houses to bring them back into use as good quality, comfortable homes. They also create opportunities for long term unemployed people to volunteer on the refurbishments, so that they can gain skills and experience to help them to move on to work or further training.

These volunteers are trained by a dedicated Refurbishment and Training Worker who works on the property refurbishments with up to three volunteers per day. Numbers are kept low so that volunteers can be effectively trained and supervised, gaining the skills they need in a personalised environment. Volunteers attend for one to two days per week, for 6 weeks to a year.

Through the CIF, EN:Able Communities provided Latch with a grant of £3921, enabling them to run their volunteer programme for an additional six months. During this time they were able to provide 11 long-term unemployed people with opportunities that allowed them to gain skills, confidence, work experience, Health and Safety training, and CSCS cards.

In addition to providing work experience, the project completed the refurbishment of 7 properties across those six months: all of which were let to homeless people in need of accommodation.

Visit Latch's website to find out more about the great work they do.


"The way it was all set out was great. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone there that helped me out especially those I worked on site with and Randolph who helped me get my spot at NOVUS."

Brye Collins, Latch Volunteer



"The properties are all now let to Latch tenants and we have received a really positive response from the tenants about the homes we have provided for them. We have more properties to come and volunteers/trainees will have more opportunities to develop their skills and experience”.

Amnjeet Gahir, Property Services Manager


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Written by Natalie Irving

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