By Louis Chapman-Coombe
Christmas has come early for a charity aimed at boosting the wellbeing of Pudsey people after it was awarded £105,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund.
Pudsey Wellbeing Charity say the funds will be used to support the costs associated with running its centre on Robin Lane. The grant also allows the centre to support approximately 260 people per week.
Jane Batham, Strategic Development Officer at the Pudsey Wellbeing Charity, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, this grant means that we can continue to support the wellbeing of our visitors; helping with their personal independence and instilling in them a sense of self-reliance, freedom and self-worth.
“These qualities within the people of any neighbourhood ensure that strong and supportive communities can be formed and we are confident that our charity helps to empower our locals in this way. This funding will make a big difference to people’s lives.”
Pudsey Wellbeing Charity offers people the opportunity to attend groups, classes and activities to improve their mental wellbeing. The centre is also a registered “warm space” with Leeds City Council.
Many visitors to the centre suffer from loneliness, isolation, poor self-confidence or have had a major trauma in their lives around loss or bereavement, abuse or disease; affecting their health and wellbeing to a great extent.
They attend the wide array of 22 groups, classes and activities run by the charity as an aid to their recovery, allowing them to meet others in a safe place, free from judgements.
This grant is welcome news to the charity, which recently underwent a restructure to make it more sustainable, and included staff redundancies.