Leeds Lord Mayor commends Armley Helping Hands for ‘outstanding contribution’ during pandemic


Words: Josie Armitage

Armley Helping Hands staff and volunteers have been thanked for going the extra mile during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Representatives from the charity had the honour of attending a virtual meeting with the Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Eileen Taylor, Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Ed Anderson, and the High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Jonathan Thornton. 

Team members were commended for their outstanding contribution and delivery of services to older people living in Leeds 12 through the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Lord Mayor and her guests had the opportunity to show their personal appreciation to the team and say ‘thank you’ for all the hard work and effort each team member does every day to support the older people and people living in Armley and Wortley.

Dawn Newsome, Chief Executive of Armley Helping Hands, said:

“I am so proud to lead such a wonderful team. It was a great honour to attend this meeting and have the opportunity for the team to personally receive recognition from the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of West Yorkshire.

“It feels amazing to work with such a positive team and an amazing community, where we and our community partners’ opinions matter.  We step up together to each challenge and we lean on each other for support and guidance.

“As Chief Executive Officer of Armley Helping Hands I appreciate everyone’s dedication and hard work over the last 12 months. Your seeds of hard work brings joy and prosperity to our community.”

Armley Helping Hands has provided a range of support and services to older residents, including running a fish and chips club and supporting people by delivering emergency food parcels and prescriptions.

The meeting was also attended by local ward councillors Alice Smart (Armley) and Ann Forsaith (Farnley & Wortley).

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