Centre’s playground set for £5,000 revamp

Nahid Rasool, director of the Shantona Women's Centre, in the organisation's playground.

Nahid Rasool, director of the Shantona Women's Centre, in the organisation's playground.

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A £5,000 grant will help to revamp a children’s play area at a multicultural women’s centre in north Leeds.

The Shantona Women’s Centre, in Harehills, now plans to repair and upgrade its playground, build a tiny tots garden and invest in new equipment.

The boost comes after volunteer and Shantona chair Jane Justum nominated the centre, which has offered help and support to women and families since 1998, for Swinton Insurance’s Project Summer scheme.

Jane, who plans to spend £250 granted to her personally on a launch party for the playground, said: “The community work we do at the Shantona Centre breaks down barriers, raises awareness and brings together families at times of crisis.

“We have a great team of volunteers, and we are proof that there is great value in giving your own time to help those around you.”

Every week during July, Swinton customers were asked to nominate a project dear to themselves, their neighbours or their wider community which needed financial assistance in order to be completed.

Swinton then selected worthy winners from the nominations in four separate categories, with Shantona winning for benefitting the wider community of a Swinton customer.

Steve Griffiths, head of marketing at Swinton, said: “This is a valuable and important project that does remarkable and important work for women and children in Leeds.”

Visit www.shantona.co.uk for information.

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