A CHARITY which supports older people has promised a “bright new chapter” at Bramley Community Centre when it takes over running the centre later this year.
Senior councillors on Leeds City Council’s executive board agreed to hand over the centre to Bramley Elderly Action on 25-year lease.
Stuart Quin, Chair of Bramley Elderly Action, said: “We’re delighted at the decision, which has massive support from our members volunteers and the local community.
“Our members remember the community centre in its prime – a place that connected people, and created opportunities for young and old.
“There’s a lot of work ahead to restore the fortunes of this underused community resource but we’re looking forward to working with others and being part of a bright new chapter at the community centre.”
The charity says the centre is available to the whole community are encouraging residents to use it for activities, social events and community celebrations.
As well as being used by Bramley Elderly Action members for regular tea dances, exercise groups, tai chi and a craft group, the centre also already hosts a number of community groups including Bramley Historical Society and Bramley Luncheon Club.
While Bramley Elderly Action intends to move staff from its current office on Stanningley Road to Bramley Community Centre, it will continue to run activities for the whole community from Bramley Lawn.
The charity is seeking help from local companies and individuals who may be prepared to pledge time or resources to help refurbish the centre later this year. Go to www.bramleyea.org.uk