Leeds Community Connect

Turning village halls into vibrant Community Hubs in rural Leeds

Leeds Community Connect Final report

Steered by local older people and supported by a team of volunteers, Community Hubs offer a varied programme of activities where older people come together on a regular basis to socialise, learn and have fun. The first phase of the project saw great success in Swillington, Scholes, Thorner and East Keswick; the next phase will set up new hubs in rural South Leeds.

Photo by Jonathan Turner

Leeds may have a thriving city centre full of busy shoppers by day and revelling partygoers by night, but its boundaries also contain autonomous rural communities, rich with the culture and traditions of village life. Because of transport and resource concentration, these communities can sometimes under serve their more vulnerable members, including socially isolated older adults.

Rural Action Yorkshire is working with older people in villages on the outskirts of Leeds to set up hubs of activity in central village locations.

Swillington Hub

Elderberries @Swillington takes place every Monday and Friday between 11.30am and 2.30pm at Swillington Village Hall and is delivered in partnership with Swillington Parish Council.

Activities include regular guest speakers, easy-exercise classes, music performances, computer lessons, local history sessions and art and craft workshops. There is free tea, coffee and a toasted teacake available throughout the sessions.

Scholes Hub

Elmete Elderberries meets at St Philip’s Church in Scholes every Monday between 1pm and 3pm. Free activities on offer include tracing your family history, card making, gentle exercise, computer skills, conversational French, water colour painting and a brass group. They've even set up a brass band! New participants are always welcome; you can just pop in for a cup of tea, biscuit and a natter.

Take a look at the Elmete Elderberries flyer.

Internet Cafes

From January 2017 we will launch Digital Skills drop in sessions for older people at East Keswick Village Hall, Collingham Memorial Hall and Thorner Over 60s Association.

To find out more contact: Sharon Middling, Leeds Community Connect Project Co-ordinator, on [email protected] tel. 01904 704177

Project Related Links

Leeds Community Connect Blog


Leeds Community Connect (Community First Yorkshire)

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