Leeds Community Connect

Leeds may have a thriving city centre full of busy shoppers by day and revelling partygoers by night, but its boundaries also contain autonomous rural communities, rich with the culture and traditions of village life. Because of transport and resource concentration, these communities can sometimes underserve their more vulnerable members, including socially isolated older adults.

Leeds Community Connect is a new project working with three rural communities in North East Leeds to develop services for local older people. RAY will work with these communities to identify volunteers, drive forward new ideas and activities in demand from local residents, and engage older people who may be at risk of social isolation or loneliness. RAY's dedicated worker, Becky, will consult with local residents to find out what activities they want to see and then will help to implement them. In partnership with a team of trained volunteers, village halls will transform from underused resources into thriving Community Hubs. 

Small grants will be available to assist groups as well as 1-to-1 support from the project co-ordinator, Becky Bracey. Becky can be contacted on 07722127503 to express interest, or you can email becky.bracey@ruralyorkshire.org.uk.

It is hoped that through the project, many new activities and services will be set up which connect older people living in the rural North East Leeds district to their community. New volunteers will be supported to engage with their older residents and an Older Person's Forum will inform the new activities and services on offer. 

If you would like to know more, contact Becky or call the main switchboard on 0845 313 0270.

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Kindly funded by:

   As part of their Time to Shine Programme, funded through Fulfilling Lives, Ageing Better, from the Big Lottery.

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