A COMMUNITY group is celebrating winning a £300,000 National Lottery grant to develop community-led health initiatives in deprived areas of Leeds.
New Wortley Community Association is seeking to make “radical improvements” to people’s health and opportunities in New Wortley and Armley.
Community Leader Bill Graham said: “Our innovative work to come up with community-led solutions to long standing issues has been recognised by the National Lottery .
“This investment will allow us to continue to address the issues that place parts of New Wortley in the bottom one per cent nationally of deprivation, build partnerships and work with GP surgeries to make radical improvements to peoples health and opportunities.
“This will help us achieve our ambition of creating an effective a community health service for this area and a template that can be replicated elsewhere.’
Mr Graham added: “Investing directly in communities will achieve more in three years than any amount of funding and projects that do not have the community at the heart of plans.
“Local communities have the answers to the problems in their local areas, lets invest in them and see much better results for disadvantaged communities.
“Control and power must be in the communities’ hands – not in the hands of people who think they know best or a one size fits all approach works.
“Public money is precious and must be spent effectively. We will aim to do this over the next three years, with a stated aim to move New Wortley out of this bottom one per cent of deprivation.”
New Wortley Community Association has also won funding to develop plans for housing up to 12 new homes on and around the site of the former Wellington Stores on the Holdforths and Clydes estate.