A pioneering store in Hunslet that sells affordable furniture to people on low incomes has received a much needed financial boost, thanks to local councillors.
Cllr Angela Gabriel (Labour, Beeston & Holbeck) says she is delighted that her colleagues on the South (Inner) Area Committee have recognised the work that takes place at the South Leeds Alternative Trading Enterprise (SLATE) and have subsequently backed her calls to award £4,186 to the store.
The funding will enable SLATE to employ a volunteer development worker, who’s role will be to develop the skills of the disabled employees who already work there. The company is a social enterprise providing work opportunities for people with learning difficulties. Read Jeremy Morton’s personal thoughts on SLATE – which he posted on South Leeds Life on Saturday – here.
SLATE is a furniture store which has been running for the last seven years, selling unwanted yet great quality furniture, white goods and other household items.
Councillor Gabriel said:
“I have used SLATE on a number of occasions to buy good quality furniture. It is a wonderful enterprise and I think it is fantastic that we can help them continue the excellent work they already do in the community.
“The grant will fund the employment of a new member of staff, who’s aim will be to ensure that those with learning difficulties have the best possible experience in employment.
“ In some cases, their time at SLATE can act as a stepping stone to further employment. This is great for the individual and great for the local economy.”