Too many local families are tired, desperate and hopeless.Thousands of children in Leeds are going to sleep hungry and cold; without a proper bed of their own. Poverty is a real problem that has a significant effect on a child’s education. By providing something to eat and a good night’s sleep, we can give every child an equal chance to learn and succeed at school.
Partnering with schools to give every head a bed.
Supporting families to make every house a home.
Zarach is a charity committed to helping children and families who are living in poverty crisis. We are active in schools and in the community. We see the problems that poverty causes every day, we understand that more should be done to help and we have the skills, passion and drive to make an immediate and real difference.
- 500+ Bed Bundles given out
- 80 Partner Schools in our referral network
- 8 Referrals each week
“Every day I see the effects of children living in poverty.”
I’m an Assistant Head Teacher at an inner-city Primary School in Leeds. After a decade in the job, hungry children, poor living conditions and social care referrals has sadly become the norm. Children being hungry or not having a bed is unacceptable. We are better than this!
Whilst teaching an 11-year old boy, I noticed he was scratching his tummy. He told me he and his younger brother shared a cushion to sleep on. A cushion that had bed bugs which made his tummy itchy.
At the time I was in the middle of teaching a lesson on irregular tense verbs. I realised I had a choice; to be satisfied that I’m teaching him grammar because it’s what I’m paid to do, or to continue to be the best teacher I can be whilst also using my time and influence to make sure every child in our city has their basic needs met, gets a good night’s sleep and an equal opportunity to get the best education at school.
Bex Wilson, Founder & Chair of Trustees.
We receive referrals through our unique network of schools and partner organisations.
A short referral form is sent via email that will include permission from the parent/guardian.
Within 7 days, we contact the family, prepare a Bed Bundle; which is delivered by our experienced team.
A Zarach Bed Bundle includes a brand-new Bed, Mattress, Duvet, Pillow, Bed Sheets, Pyjamas and Hygiene Kit. We also work with local partners to include Food Parcels and, if needed, a school uniform.
Once contact is made with a family in crisis, our team assesses the best ways to support them further.
As a friendly-face, we can mediate between families and other support services, as well as making referrals.