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Have your say on future of Bramley Community Centre

Bramley Elderly Action is seeking the views of local people about taking over the management of Bramley Community Centre.

The charity, which supports older people, is edging towards taking control of centre, which cash-strapped Leeds City Council is looking to dispose of.

The local charity is asking the community what it thinks of its plans at an special consultation event at Bramley Community Centre, from 12pm-8pm on Thursday, 13 October.

BEA is inviting people of all ages to come along to the event -a Community at the Centre ‘open house’ – and give their views about the centre’s future.

There will be a short tour of the building, ask questions and contribute in various ways.

  • Drop in  any time during the day for tours, tea and cake
  • Tours of the building – 12.30pm, then every hour at half past until 7.30pm
  • Question and answer session with staff, Chair of BEA board Stuart Quin, and Neil Charlesworth from Leeds City Council at 7pm.

BEA say they would like to submit a formal ‘expression of interest’ in managing the centre to Leeds City Council by the end of the year, but is keen to listen and learn from the views of the community first.

Stuart Quin, chair of Bramley Elderly Action, said:

“We hope to be part of a bright future for this centre, so that community continues to be at the heart of this space.”

The organisation wants individuals, community groups and local organisations to use it for activities and events, to ensure that it has a sustainable future and is developed for the whole community.

It will continue to be used for activities by local older people, including the lunch clubs and weekly exercise class.

They also hope to move their office there, which would help to make Bramley Elderly Action’s services more accessible to local older people.

BEA would continue to manage the successful Bramley Lawn social centre where they have developed a large range of innovative activities since it opened in 2014.

Bramley Elderly Action supports older people (aged 60+) in Bramley, Swinnow and parts of Stanningley to remain healthy, independent and invovled in the community.



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