Armley Helping Hands to celebrate 25th anniversary with a difference

A Swallow Hill pupil with a member of Armley Helping Hands

A support group helping older people in Armley and Wortley is celebrating its 25th anniversary in a different way this weekend.

Armley Helping Hands had planned to celebrate the milestone with a big party on Friday, 5 June at the White Rose Banqueting Suite off Tong Road, but due to the COVID 19 pandemic it had to be put on hold

CEO Dawn Newsome said:

“We don’t want this milestone to pass and definitely don’t want the Covid-19 to be the reason, so on Friday chair Hazel Boutle will be wishing everyone well and will cut a celebration cake. This video will up loaded to our social media.

“Then over the week we are planning to deliver more than 500 afternoon tea boxes to older people living in Leeds 12.

“We are also asking key partners and representatives (who would have been Joining us to celebrate this event) if they like to send a celebration message to our older people with a photo or produce a short video via our Facebook .

“We would like to share these over our celebration week via our social media and our community newsletter. We will also produce a collage when we return back to normal service and have the opportunity to hold a belated celebration.”

Established in 1995, Armley Helping Hands was founded by a group of local people and community activists, concerned about the welfare of local older people.


As reported by WLD yesterday, its support for older people during the coronavirus pandemic has led to the award of a virtual blue plaque by civic watchdog organisation Leeds Civic Trust.


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