There’s lots on in the Libraries this month

Our local Community Hubs have a range of new activities and festive workshops lined up this month.

Community Hubs and Libraries at Beeston, Dewsbury Road, Hunslet and St George’s Centre now have extended opening hours, check full details at

A free adult crafting group is running each Wednesday lunchtime 12-2pm at St George’s Hub in Middleton. Led by a local resident, the workshops will cover card making, soap making, vase decorating and glass painting. The fourth session on 22 December will be a family craft session.

There will be more adult craft sessions, led by Arlie from Your Space each Wednesday 5-6:30pm at Dewsbury Road (15th) and Beeston (22nd).

Pre-school children will enjoy a Christmassy Story Time & Rhyme, plus a visit from Santa at Dewsbury Road on Monday 13 December.

Dewsbury Road have started two more regular groups. Drop in for Bat & Chat, Wednesdays 5-7pm, which is being run by local Beeston Hill resident Abbey who loves Table Tennis and wants to help others to play. The group is a social drop in for those who would like something different to do in the evenings. It is not a club and not a competitive environment. Abbey is keen to help people learn to play and meet new people.

Then on Monday afternoons it’s the Beeston Hillers’ Book Club from 1:30-2:30pm. Join them for the love of reading and to meet other local people. The first book they are currently reading is ‘How to Stop Time’ by Matt Haig.

Finally, on Christmas Eve, Dewsbury Road hosts a performance of Tinsel by Wrongsemble theatre. For full details and to book free tickets go to

The team are also working to restart surgeries and bring in new ones. Surgeries at Dewsbury Road:

  • Money Buddies on Mondays – 9.30am to 12pm
  • Employment support:
    • Leeds Pathways drop-in at Dewsbury Road supporting 16 to 21 year olds into employment – Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Youth Hub at Dewsbury Road which has Jobcentre work coaches who can offer additional support to 16 to 24 year olds to get into work.
    • Reminder that our Jobshops can also help people looking for work, apprenticeships and training, and  our ESIF funded employment support programme that provides one to one support for 6 months to help people break down barriers to move into employment and an additional 6 month’s  in work support.
  • Community Links referral based service supporting people with health needs through Social Prescribing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Digital drop in by Your Space on Tuesdays

Healthy Holidays schemes will be running at Dewsbury Road and Hunslet Community Hubs and Libraries over the Xmas school holidays.