Councillors welcome mental health outreach in South Leeds

Beeston and Holbeck councillors Gohar Almass, Angela Gabriel and Andrew Scopes have warmly welcomed the Your Space mental health service’s efforts to adapt to Covid-19 restrictions and deliver support online.

The Your Space service, based in the Jamyang Buddhist Centre in Holbeck and covering the areas of Holbeck, Hunslet, Beeston, Middleton and Belle Isle, has reached thousands through Twitter, Instagram and YouTube while Covid-19 restrictions have limited its ability to help people face-to-face.

Your Space is a project commissioned by Leeds City Council Public Health and delivered by a partnership of Touchstone, Holbeck Together, Women’s Health Matters and Leeds Beckett University Centre for Health Promotion Research. Groups and activities created by Your Space have continued through digital means throughout the pandemic, including a dance group, ‘crafternoon’ sessions, chocolate chill and chat sessions, and mindfulness groups.

In addition, walking groups have continued meeting in Leeds parks where restrictions have allowed, and well-received ‘food and mood’ and ‘sleeping better’ sessions have been delivered online.

Councillor Gohar Almass (Labour, Beeston and Holbeck), said:

“Good mental health services are as important now as they’ve ever been given the impact of Covid-19, including lockdowns and other restrictions.

“It’s therefore great to see a service adapt and keep supporting vulnerable adults in South Leeds through tackling loneliness and social isolation. My thanks to Your Space for their excellent work and I look forward to seeing the service go from strength to strength.”


This post is based on a press release issued by Beeston & Holbeck Councillors