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Bramley Christmas lights, Armley Festival and youth projects net council funding

By John Baron

Youth projects and family activities are among a raft of activities and events which councillors have agreed to fund.

Members of the Inner West Community Committee will decide whether to approve funding for summer events like Armley Festival, alongside a raft of youth activities and Bramley Christmas Lights switch on.

Applications include:

Armley Leisure Centre Youth Space – £5,924

Run by LCC Communities Team (Interplay, Armley Leisure Centre, Barca, New Wortley Community Association, Youth Services).

Youth Summit – £2,250

This grant will cover the costs for the 2024/25 IWCC Youth Summit.

Take 3 Parenting Project – £2,500

Run by Bramley Cluster Children and Family Services, the grant will be used to fund training for nine Family Support Workers and a Targeted Service Manager in a programme called Take 3 Parenting.

Bramley Festive Light Switch On Event – Up to £4,000

To deliver festive light switch on event in Bramley Shopping Centre. The original request was for £7,000 but councillors capped the funding due to a limited budget.

Road Safety and Targeted Operations – £4,980

The grant will fund 20 x eight-hour overtime on rest day shifts in Armley, Bramley and Stanningley and Kirkstall. Councillors called for more liaison with police teams about work they are carrying out.

Inner West CCTV LeedsWatch – £6,000

The grant awarded is to be used to fund CCTV cameras in Ley Lane, Broadlea Grove, Broadlea Hill, Hawksworth Wood and Cragside Rec.

Armley Spring Market & Armley Festival 2024 – £10,000

The grant will be used to run Armley Festival in September 2024. It attracts around 3,000 attenders from Armley, Kirkstall, Bramley and Pudsey areas. The amount of funding was reduced from the £11,500 requested.

Sport Camp at Shire Oak Primary School – £4,158

Run by Art Camp UK, grant would offer four places each half term to the local schools and community for their most disadvantaged children to attend.

Empower – £5,000

The Empower project features community led social action with young people, managed by New Wortley Community Association. 

Bramley Open Arts Group – £4,250

To continue the work of the arts class into a second year. 

Living in Bigger Bodies – £2,520

The aim of this project would be to start a group for 13 – 17-year-olds, who experience life in a bigger body. This is a completely new project, which will run weekly from Milford Rugby Club. The scheme was supported by Kirkstall and Bramley & Stanningley councillors, but Armley councillors deferred a decision amid concerns over accessibility and transport for Armley young people.

New Wortley Festival 2024 – £1,500

New Wortley Community Association would like to hold its annual community fgestival 2024.

Boxercise in partnership with KVDT – £5,160

To continue the running of Boxercise classes at St Stephen’s Church Hall for Kirkstall young people ages 11 -14 taught by a professional coach and supported by youth work staff.

Bramley Community Arts – £1,600

Arts activities and performances at Bramley Baths, St Peter’s Church and Bramley Villagers.

Projects refused, mainly due to a limited budget, included the delivery of assemblies on weapons awareness, gangs, positive and negative peers and other issues affecting young people, a ‘family fun day’ in September at Left Bank Leeds, training for nine family support workers and a project in Armley inequalities in women’s health education via engagement in creative activity

The Inner West Community Committee met last night (Tuesday) at Milford Sports Club, Beecroft Street. The agenda can be found here.

The committee is made up of nine councillors from Armley, Bramley & Stanningley and Kirkstall wards. It has eight Labour councillors and one Green and also has community co-optees.

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