This is your last chance to attend one of our Compassionate Leeds: A Trauma Informed Approach Orientation Session

As of April 19, the Community and Young People’s Development and Engagement Lead for the Trauma Informed Programme, Sally Drinkwater (Employed by Volition) will be moving to a new role, and as such, will be delivery her final orientation session.

Book your place on Eventbrite: Thursday 23 May online session to find out more about the Compassionate Leeds: Trauma awareness, prevention and response strategy.

The session is focussed on the city’s approach to Trauma Informed Practice when working with children and young people and breaks down the understanding of what the approach is. It is not a training session to become trauma informed but it will give you and your colleagues more of an insight into the approach so you or your organisation can start to think about how you can implement the approach.

The session will be of particular interest to community and voluntary organisations including faith groups that work with children, young people and families in Leeds.

Trauma Informed Communities Update

Our Community and Young People’s Development and Engagement Lead for the Trauma Informed Programme, Sally Drinkwater (Employed by Volition) has moved to a new role as the Development Facilitator within the Trauma Informed Integrated Practice team at Leeds City Council (as of 19 April 2024).
While her role still links to progressing this work, but there will be a shift in focus away from Children and Young People and Forum Central will no longer host a dedicated member of the team.
The Trauma Informed Communities work will continue through the grant holder organisations and their projects, until the end of their reporting period (December 2024).
We are keen to make sure the knowledge from the projects continues to feed to the wider programme team, and continues to inform all of our work, after all, #LeedsBecomingTraumaInformed is a journey not a destination.
You can access information about the Trauma Informed Communities workstream and all of the grant funded projects on our webpage:

The Trauma Informed Information Hub on MindMate

A resource has been created to support people working with Children and Young People to incorporate a Trauma Informed approach into their practice.
This Hub is a place for all who work with children, young people and families in Leeds to find out more about compassionate and trauma-informed practice. You will discover ideas, resources and support to develop a trauma informed approach within your work. Whatever your role and whatever organisation you work within you can play an important part in helping to overcome the impact of adversity and trauma in the lives of young people in Leeds.

Message from Sally

Forum Central, Young Lives Leeds, Trauma Informed Communities grant holders, the wider third sector and key statutory partners have collectively been instrumental in developing this piece of work from its beginnings and the generosity with knowledge, support and experience that has been shared has been crucial to the development of #LeedsBecomingTraumaInformed!
It has been a privilege to work on this project and the various people from across the city I have worked with. This is a BIG thank you rather than a goodbye. I am keen to ensure that those I have connected with in this role are continued to be informed around the developments of the Integrated Trauma Informed Practice team and Leeds Becoming Trauma Informed.
Updates about the Trauma Informed programme will be shared via the Forum Central and Young Lives Leeds bulletins so please don’t forget to utilise the support of the teams at and
Thanks again,