St Luke’s Cares receives council cash boost to continue youth work

Councillors on the South Inner Area Committee have continued with their commitment to St Luke’s Cares by agreeing to support the scheme for an additional six months.

Councillor Angela Gabriel (Labour, Beeston and Holbeck), chair of the committee, is delighted her colleagues have approved funding for £28,301 to help St Luke’s with their youth club provisions throughout South Leeds.

 The aim of the project is to provide a mix of youth activities for young people aged 8-12 years. The money will allow this to happen across several sites, including Cottingley Youth Club, Beeston Village Community Centre and at the Balmorals in Hunslet in addition to allowing a youth bus service to operate.

 Cllr Gabriel said she was delighted that families throughout Beeston, Holbeck, Hunslet and Middleton will benefit from the funding, which she believes will help to make Leeds a Child Friendly City.

Cllr Gabriel said:

“One of the best aspects of my role is to chair a committee when we get to approve decisions like this. It is an absolute pleasure to support St Luke’s Cares for an additional six months with the invaluable work they do for youngsters across South Leeds.

 “The activities are well organised and pitched at the right level. I am really impressed with the young leader and life skills programme which targets young people at risk of committing crimes and encourages them to become positive local community leaders.

 “Our vision for Leeds includes making Leeds a Child Friendly City with Stronger and Safer Communities and the work St Luke’s Cares does really does go hand in hand with those aims.”