The Involve Centre in Hunslet are hosting the latest local ‘free shop’ this Thursday (30 July 2020): an opportunity for residents to come grab a range of unwanted household goods, left in the city by departing students in north Leeds – for free!
The event – run in partnership with the Hunslet Tenants and Residents Assocation – is part of the citywide Leave Leeds Tidy campaign. The campaign was this year led by councillors from North West Leeds (Hyde Park, Headingley, Woodhouse, and Kirkstall), alongside university staff and hundreds of volunteers. It has seen over 16 tons of goods (clothes, shoes, kitchenware, food, electrical items, and general homeware) diverted to ‘free shops’ across the city; last week (Monday 20 July) saw a busy such event in Cross Flatts Park in Beeston.
The ‘shop’ will be based outside the Involve Centre, just by the library and community hub, between 11am-1pm. It will operate in a Covid-safe way, with 2m social distancing, plenty of hand sanitiser, and a request for all attendees to wear face masks; there will be strict queuing, with limited numbers let in at any given time; please bring your own bags.
Claire Whiteley from Involve comments:
“We’ve very kindly been donated a lot of clothes and household items, by Leeds students, to give away for free. Please come along, and spread the word: reusing items is good for the pocket and the planet! And if you want to help out, please get in touch – thanks.”
The Leave Leeds Tidy scheme has been running for 11 years, and seen over 150 tons of goods (worth over £250,000) redistributed into the city’s communities.
(Image taken at last year’s ‘free shop’ in Beeston – in the world before social distancing etc.)