South Leeds residents form community network

Members from a number of community groups across South Leeds have met to form a new network.

The meeting, at Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre in Middleton last night, saw local residents agree to form the South Leeds Community Network, which aims to help local groups access information to support their activities, showcase local projects and bring groups together to exchange ideas.

The network is also being established to offer an accessible community resource available to any residents needing help to form a group.

Dennis Kitchen, who lives in West Hunslet and is heavily involved in running groups in Holbeck, chaired the meeting. He said:

“I’m hoping to get people to realise that there is a mutual benefit of different groups working together and sharing knowledge and expertise. South Leeds has such a wide number of local groups and it’s be great to get them working together and bring them into a wider network where everyone supports each other.”

The meeting also discussed the benefits of applying for Community First Funding, which sees small pots of money available for groups to support their activities.

The meeting was attended by representatives from Holbeck in Bloom, Holbeck Elderly Aid, Beeston History group, Voice of Holbeck, D&P United community printers, Morley Rugby, Tingley TARA and more.

Members voted to go ahead with establishing the network. A steering meeting will be held soon to set up a constitution and bank account.

The next meeting of the network will be on January 10 at Tenants Hall, starting at 6.30pm.