The months of January, February and March can be the most challenging, with the cold weather and cost of living crisis.
To support residents in South Leeds, St Matthew’s Community Centre, the community hub for Holbeck run by Holbeck Together, has been designated as a Warm Space this winter.
That means in addition to being open throughout the week we have got two afternoons (Monday and Wednesday) specifically dedicated to bringing people together at St Matthew’s as a warm space.
Funded by Leeds Community Foundation as part of their Stay Well This Winter campaign this means local people, of any age, can drop into St Matthew’s on Monday and Wednesday for a hot, nutritious free lunch.
Furthermore, the funding has enabled us to put on a monthly Tribute Act including a free three-course lunch. We hope this might entice people to pop out, enjoy some entertainment and catch up with some friends in safe warm space.
So make sure you get these dates in your diary – all taking place at St Matthew’s:
- Step Back Into the 60s (28 February)
- Elton John (14 March)
- Neil Diamond (28 March)
To reserve your free place, please call Holbeck Together on (0113) 245 5553.
Don’t forget St Matthew’s is open Monday to Friday for you to drop by as you please. It’s a hive of activity, with free events, classes and activities. Holbeck Together’s friendly staff are also on hand to ensure you can access support for fuel and food, get advice around finance or housing issues, and help to access the internet or use your digital devices.
St Matthew’s also has a warm café for you to get together with friends with coffee and cake, a social supermarket (Monday and Thursday) where you can pick up 12 items for just £3 and is home to Holbeck Together’s charity shop, reloved (Monday to Thursday), selling pre-loved clothes and homeware.
For the full activities programme at St Matthew’s, please visit: www.holbecktogether.org
For further information about Warm Spaces in Leeds, please visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/campaign/warm-spaces
Holbeck Together desperately needs more volunteers.
During the pandemic, Holbeck Together couldn’t have supported the community in South Leeds without the tireless efforts of their fantastic volunteers and businesses across the city. As people returned to work and life for many got back to ‘normal’ the charity has seen a significant decrease in the number of people available to help support their services such as meal deliveries to house-bound people and passenger assistants to help people on day trips out.
The charity are appealing to the people of South Leeds to consider if they can spare a few hours of their time each week or even each month to help make a difference to the vulnerable people in our community. No experience needed and all training will be provided.
Can you put a smile on someone’s face today by helping out?
Contact Laura on (0113) 245 5553 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more today.
This post is based on a press release issued by Holbeck Together
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