Belle Isle Elderly Winter Aid – BIEWA

BIEWA 20171004BIEWA celebrated our International Day of Older People yesterday, at BITMO Gate.  Many older people from Belle Isle attended as well as Councillors Paul Truswell and Judith Blake, whom we would like to thank for sponsoring the catering for this event.

There were information stalls from the following organisations to assist older people to make informed choices: Ross Care Centres; The Leeds Directory; Care & Repair; Carers Leeds; The Green Doctor; Age UK; The Kieran Bingham Charity and the British Red Cross.

Local resident Iris Crummack said “The stalls were really informative.  Everybody seemed to enjoy the event and the food was really good!”


“Be Smart at Christmas, not Debt-Ridden in January” event at Middleton Community Centre.

Apply for a Credit Union Christmas Loan and learn about the Christmas Savings Scheme.

The event is on Thursday 21st September, 9.30-1.30pm at Middleton Community Centre, Acre Road LS10 4LF. There will also be market place stalls providing benefits and financial information.

All welcome for a cuppa and a cake,

For more information or if you would like a stall, please email Lyn:

xmas loans event

National Citizens Service Event at the Belle Isle Family Centre. We had a lovely day on Thursday 8th August at the Belle Isle Family Centre. There was a barbecue, and entertainment was provided by the National Citizens’ Service. Councillors Kim Groves and Paul Truswell attended. Everybody enjoyed the get together! Thank you NCS! Thanks also to Steve Brewer for a fabulous job of organising the event, and to Pam Hathaway who was a heroine in the kitchen!


Stop Loan Sharks Campaign

Good News! As a result of the campaign in Middleton Park Ward, 6 people so far have sought financial help at the St Georges Centre – 4 at the Credit Union and 2 at Customer Services – and that’s just the ones we know about!

Keep a look out for further events in Middleton around helping people manage their money!

Campaign postcard

South East Debt Forum Meeting. Thursday 29th June, 2-4pm at The Point, White Rose Shopping Centre.

Money and Mental Health


Recent studies have indicated that financial difficulties and debt can have a detrimental effect on people’s mental health. Also people with mental health issues are more likely to find themselves in debt, than people with good mental health.

If you would like to find out more about mental health services in the South and South East of the city, how to refer and how the services link together, please feel free to come along. There will also be the opportunity to hear about digital inclusion work in the city. All welcome!

For more information please go to the South East Debt Forum Facebook Page 




Re-launch of Middleton Community Centre: Let’s Use It so We don’t lose it…..

On Friday, 16 June 2017, a newly refurbished Middleton Community Centre was         re-opened providing a new base for Middleton Elderly Aid and space for youth activities and community events. Funding for the works came in part from a ‘Section 106’ payment from Sanctuary’s new housing on Thorpe Road. Asda gave a grant to fund kitchen equipment and building firm Mears donated free labour. The balance of the cost was funded by Leeds City Council.

A fantastic community asset for all to use and enjoy.MCC LAUNCH


Love Where You Live Launch Thursday 25 May 2017

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The sun came out brightly on the morning of the official launch of  the Love Where You Live (LWYL)Project. The launch was held at John Charles Centre for Sport.

The 5 year project is the brainchild of Coun Kim Groves. The LWYL project started with a litter reduction campaign, working with the schools in the area to design posters and signs for reducing litter, it then evolved to bulb planting and various environmental projects.

The message on the day was very clear, speaking at the launch Coun Kim Groves said:

“It’s all about people, it’s all about place. It’s all about what the people of Belle Isle and Middleton want in their community.”

Community organisations in the area attended the launch in their numbers and were invited to pledge what they can contribute to support the initiative. In the Initial stage of the community engagement programme over  2,000 households will be surveyed, so they can help inform the  ‘Peoples’ Plan’ for the area. The survey will start in the Orions, stourton Grange, Westwoods, Blakeleys, East Granges and the primary schools in the area. The next stage of the consultation process will involve Cranmore and Raylands and surrounding areas.

If you love where you live and want to get involved in future community projects, please click on contact us and get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.