A funding appeal has been launched to buy a former Beeston school building as a permanent home to the Nawroz School, run by Kurdish House Leeds, and to create a multi-functional community centre.
The building at 29 Hunslet Hall Road was originally built as Bewerley Street Infants School and latterly has been home to a Social Services Office.
The group are holding a meeting on Saturday 29 October 2022, 3:30-5:30pm, to share their plans for the building. Everyone is invited to come and find out more and enjoy food at The Involve Centre, Whitfield Avenue, Hunslet LS10 2QE
UPDATE (24 October): Please note this event is now sold out, admittance is by ticket only
In their invitation the Trustees say:
“The Trustees of the Nawroz School of Leeds are proud to announce that we intend purchasing Hunslet Hall on behalf of the South Leeds Community to be run as a multi-functional community centre. We have already had plenty of pledges of support but to bring everyone together to share ideas about the building, see who might want to work from the space and who might want to contribute to our Community Purchase Scheme, please join us at the our event.”
Nawroz School has been running for five years, their stated remit is:
- To foster a spirit of intercultural understanding and harmony starting with the children in our catchment area
- To teach children and adults practical skills of sustainable living and care for the environment
- To help migrants with Kurdish heritage to settle into life in Leeds, support children with cultural education and help with statutory service allocation
- To bring children together from different cultures with both educational and fun events
- To provide a community library with a special selection of material on intercultural, environmental resources and also a sub-section to support Middle Eastern Migration
- To provide space for community groups that need an affordable, comfortable regular meeting place
- To provide drop-ins where people can work with a trained person to access housing, medical, mental health and educational support
The group are aiming to raise £350,000 from grants, donations and community loans. To find out more read this document: Kurdish House Community Funding Proposal