History

Turning Lives Around has a long heritage of preventing homelessness for those most vulnerable and at the margins of society.

From its humble beginnings in the early 1970s TLA was originally called Leeds Housing Concern to clearly say what we did. 

Even then, LHC, was a pioneering housing organisation that worked with vulnerable adults and young people to prevent homelessness and help people get back on their feet and live fulfilling lives in sustainable communities.

Turning Lives Around works with people who have a history of drugs and drink abuse, ex-convicts and those who have been abused and are either homeless or facing homelessness, single or families.

But preventing and solving homelessness is more than just a roof over someone’s head. Turning Lives Around supports people marginalised in society to get back on their feet and lead independent lives.

TLA support them through education in both formal and social skills, offering them training for jobs and has even set up its own social enterprise, Clean Start. Originally it provided part time employment for a handful of people. Today, Clean Start is a profitable business offering full time employment and service in West Yorkshire.

Flowerpots was born out of an old people’s home needing a new lease of life. Once facing closure, it now breathes vitality and offers a vital child care service for busy families in South Leeds and has earned an OFSTED GOOD.

Turning Lives Around has come a long way in more than 40 years. Today we work on our own, and in collaboration with partners around Leeds and beyond to provide unique and bespoke housing and employment solutions for people.

Having recently won our first contract outside Leeds, in Wakefield, we are perfectly placed to offer our services around the UK at a time when the social housing sector faces one of its toughest challenges.