After 21 successful years of providing childcare to South Leeds under-fives, Faith Together In Leeds 11, the charity which runs Building Blocks Nursery in Maud Avenue, Beeston Hill, has bought the building!
Now their future is secure, they can carry on doing what they do best: offering excellent care to nursery-age children.
Some readers may remember when the old Church Hall was knocked down. It was long past its sell-by date, and no longer fit for purpose. Slowly the new building took its place, and children arrived.
Councillor Al Garthwaite, who is also the Director of Vera Media, has been part of the project from the beginning. She now chairs the nursery management committee and said,
“We are thrilled to own our own building at last. We’d like to thank everyone who believed in our vision, supported us and put money in to get us off the ground.
“In particular, we are grateful to the Anglican and Methodist Churches, the Hamara Centre and Leeds City Council. Without them and many others, including of course all the wonderful staff, we’d never be where we are today. Our patron, Hilary Benn MP, has also been most helpful, and we remember, with much gratitude, Helen and Neil Bishop and Hanif Malik. Without their hard work and support we would not exist.”
Now the future is secure, some long-awaited improvements are in the planning. Watch this space for developments.
Building Blocks Nursery, Maud Avenue, Leeds LS11 7DD.
Photo: Trustees and staff celebrate the purchase at the recent AGM. L-R: Rev Bob Shaw, Cllr Al Garthwaite, Peter Clark, Andrew Best, Sam Withill, Helen King, Rev Lindsey Pearson, Ed Carlisle