Belle Isle’s got some Bright Ideas!

Belle Isle womens wellbeing
CASH BOOST: Members of the Belle Isle Wellbeing Group.

Eight community projects have been successful in their application for funding through the Belle Isle Connecting Communities ‘Bright Ideas’ Initiative.
The £10,000 pot supports local projects in Belle Isle that benefit the wider community.
Here Linda Baker, from Belle Isle Women’s Wellbeing Group, writes about what the grant means to her group…

Our group is really valuable. It caters for about a dozen people with disabilities and we get to offload our problems to each other and make friends.
It gets us out of the house, but most importantly, not a week goes by when we don’t have a really good laugh!
We enjoy arts and crafts such as painting, making jewellery and pumpkin carving. We have different speakers which last year included the Fire Brigade, representatives from the John Charles Centre and Health for All.
We also love cooking – we even have our own cooker.
The money will help us continue into the future.
The group meets every Monday at Belle Isle Family Centre, 1-3pm.


Whitehouse Farm Allotments Project
To buy horticultural equipment and a disability ramp for access to the Community Hut.  Grant: £1,000
Belle Isle Women’s Wellbeing Group
Group helps middle aged and older women to  learn new skills at weekly sessions. Grant: £974
Lift Off Printing
Young people design and produce items such as mugs, key rings, coasters etc which will be sold at local community fairs and events.  Grant: £675
Down Memory Lane
Local history project to be used in schools to teach young people about their local history. Grant: £1,000
Guitar in the Community
This project will deliver 10 guitar sessions over three terms from the South Leeds Hub.  Grant: £990
The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful
Film and audio workshops where young people will make a short animation describing their views of life in Belle Isle. Grant: £996
Drama through Forum Theatre
A series of local drama sessions within the community. Grant: £1,000
West Grange MUGA detached sports sessions Multi-use games area sports sessions run by The Hunslet Initiative Grant: £910