Beeston and Holbeck highlighted as council disability service receives recognition

Service user Alan pictured with Sharon Allen, chief executive officer of Skills for Care in Manchester
Leeds City Council’s learning disability community support service was ‘highly commended’ at a ceremony in Manchester last week.

The service was recognised in the ‘Most effective new approach to service delivery’ category, at Skill for Care’s ninth accolades ceremony.

The accolades are recognition of an individual or organisation’s success in improving the lives of people who use social care services through workforce development, and a commitment to innovation.  An example of the service’s success is below:


Alan attended the now-closed Moor End Day Centre in Hunslet for many years, but is now taking full advantage of some of the many new opportunities open to adults with learning disabilities as a result of the modernisation programme.

He now attends the new service base at Hillside in Beeston two days each week, where he has become involved in the South Leeds Community Radio Station.

He attends drama, literacy and Tai Chi classes run by Health for All’s “As One” project at Holbeck Community Centre.  He is also the co–chair of the stakeholder involvement group and works as a receptionist one day each week for Leeds People First at their “Leep 1” project.

Asked how he felt about his very busy new timetable Alan said,  “I’m loving it all”, and that as part of his role with People First he wants to “tell people about how good the changes have been for him.”