A charity that helps more than 1,600 people in Leeds is celebrating after receiving a lottery grant of more than £470,000.
The money means that the Burley Lodge Centre can continue its range of services and activities for children, young people and families across the city.
The centre, based in Burley, Leeds, will put the grant towards funding of a five-year programme and recruiting and training local volunteers and community leaders.
The ‘Reaching Communities’ programme will support community volunteering in Burley and Hyde Park.
Chief executive Taira Kayani said: “We’re delighted with the news that our work can continue. This is a big boost to people from our locality and across Leeds.
“We find that local people may not know their neighbours. And a project like this gives people a chance to give their time to support charitable and community work.
“It will make a real difference to over 1,600 local people, especially to young people in the area.
“Our aim is to encourage people to get involved and give their time.”
“We’ve been offering people the chance to come together and spend time with each other for over 28 years.
“We know that doing this has lots of positive benefits.
“People feel safer and less isolated in their homes, they build up their confidence and skills, which benefits young people, children and families both now and in the future.”
In addition to engaging local volunteers, the funding will also go towards supporting new programmes for community activities and leadership training.
The Burley Lodge Centre is a multi-purpose community organisation that offers an advice service, a volunteer project, small group support project, youth work and play work.
For more information visit: www.burleylodge.org.uk