New lease of life for Cottingley Community Centre

An exciting partnership has been launched between Cottingley Community Project and Health For All, a well-established local charity created to meet the needs of people in South Leeds.

Cottingley Community Project was created in 1982 by local churches and the community working together with Leeds City Council and is now delighted to have teamed up with wellbeing experts Health For All (H4A).

Rev Samantha Sheehan, Chair of Cottingley Community Project (CCP), said:

“We’ve welcomed the support and experience of H4A in helping us find a way to enable the Centre to flourish – we’re excited about working with them and seeing what develops.”

CCP is managed by a Board of Trustees from the Methodist, United Reformed and Anglican Churches, and Centre Manager, Christine Smart, was employed in 2015 to welcome local people to get involved. The Churches were delighted to see local people get more involved, helping out with keeping the Centre clean and busy.

Health for All are employing Christine to continue her amazing work at the Centre, involving the local people who are at the heart of the Centre.

She has developed a team of volunteers, Friends of Cottingley Community Centre, and they are looking forward to this new way of working. Christine said:

“The Centre wouldn’t have been built without local people getting behind it and raising funds. This will help us to be part of the Centre’s future.”

H4A CEO Pat McGeever said:

“The local people are the heart of Cottingley and the Centre and we’ve been working with them and the Trustees to ensure the Centre is there for the people of Cottingley.”

Close to the ring road, the Centre hosts activities put on by the churches and other groups in the community, family celebrations, and worship. The GP surgery on the bottom floor provides vital local services for the community, but plans to move to new purpose built premises.


This post was written by Rev Lindsey Pearson

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