New community groups at Community Hubs & Libraries for 2023

It has been busy few months for our Inner South Project Development team. As we wound down for Christmas holidays it was nice to reminisce about some of the amazing groups we have running from our Community Hubs and Libraries.

I have worked closely with some established and new groups in South Leeds. Our Craft and Chat group in Middleton has grown from strength to strength and now has a larger space at St George’s Community Hub on the first floor.

Members of this group have said that they love meeting different people and learning new skills. This group has been a great opportunity for residents to get out of their house and participate more in the community spirit.

So as 2023 starts and you might want to take that first step in coming out into the community, why not join us at St Georges Community Hub every Tuesday 12:30-2pm. We are a friendly and chatty casual group, plenty of refreshments provided too.

Another group that had fantastic feedback is our DASSI Ethnically diverse mums with SEN kids group. This is a monthly peer support group who meet once a month at Dewsbury Road Community Hub to share experiences, learn more about our unique, beautiful children and receive support from relevant organisations.

We had two great sessions and looking for more members to join us in the new year. We have some wonderful speakers booked and we are looking to plan some family trips when it gets warmer. The group runs on first Wednesday of the month from 1:30-2:30/3pm.

New Year brings new opportunities and ideas. I am looking to run another peer support parents with SEN kids group from Middleton in February, so please keep an eye on our Project Development Team Facebook page for updates or if you have a spare hour to volunteer please contact me directly.

On the topic of new opportunities, a wellbeing course by CECOS college has successfully been completed by local community members at St Georges Community Hub and Library in Middleton. CECOS college is working in partnership with our team to bring useful knowledge and free qualifications to South Leeds.

Their next course on Mental Health Awareness will be starting in January at the same venue. Not only you can learn how to improve your own mental health, make friends but you get a free qualification along the way! The courses are taught in a relaxed, casual non classroom setting where your experiences shape the learning. To sign up please contact Roxy 07305 058780 or at roxy@cecos.ac.uk

And to start the new year on a high, a new community group is holding their welcome event at Dewsbury Road Community Hub and Library on Saturday 28 January 1-3pm.

Light up Black and African Heritage Calderdale are expanding into Leeds! Their aim is to support black and ethnically diverse residents of Leeds via projects, activities and events. It is community led so come on the 28th to find out more and have your say.

Happy New Year from the Project Development Team!

For more info on any groups or how to start one please contact Dasha on 07891 279161 or email daria.pluto@leeds.gov.uk

Follow your local Community Hub & Library on social media:

Beeston:  www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100069219168657  @BeestonHub

Dewsbury Road:  www.facebook.com/DewsburyRoadCommunityHub  @DewsburyRoadHub

Hunslet:  www.facebook.com/HunsletCommunityHub  @HunsletHub

St George’s:  www.facebook.com/StGeorgesCentreCommunityHub  @LCCStGeorges1

This post was written by Dasha Pluto

Main photo: graduates from the last CECOS course at St George’s Community Hub & Library

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