East Leeds community group founder waves emotional goodbye

Joanne Curtis (left) and Nicola Greenan (right) pictured at the Seacroft Street Party.
Joanne Curtis (left) and Nicola Greenan (right) pictured at the Seacroft Street Party.
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Members of an award-winning Seacroft community group have expressed their heartfelt thanks as one of their founding members embarks on a new venture.

Nicola Greenan helped to establish the LS14 Trust in 2009 with the aim of revitalising the area, creating new opportunities for residents and promoting LS14 as a vibrant, exciting place to work and live.

Now, after five years with the trust, Nicola, 39, is moving to visual arts charity East Street Arts.

She said: “It’s emotional to leave something I have set up, but the greatest achievement is that I feel I can walk away from the trust, knowing it has a future, but I am really looking forward to a new challenge.”

After moving back into the Seacroft area, Nicola felt that by establishing something community-aimed and driven, a real difference could be made.

Mum-of-one Nicola added: “We started small and it was just myself and the trustees to begin with, but we knew that by committing to Seacroft and putting the work in, we could create something which would stay here forever.

“There is a lot of respect in the area now. I think that if you take something from this, you take something for yourself and it’s really built in a sense of trust.

“We provide people with the tools and skills they need to make a difference in the community and I think people surprise themselves.

“There’s a real ‘can-do’ attitude.”

Joanne Curtis, 44, the trust’s community development manager praised Nicola’s dedication to the area.

She said: “On behalf of the LS14 Trust members, staff and trustees, I’d like to massively thank Nicola for all the hard work, dedication and determination she has shown to the Seacroft area and all its residents.

“She’s going to be sadly missed and I’d like to wish her good luck for the future.”

Seacroft resident Vincy Ford, 77, added: “You can tell there is a real community spirit now.

‘The trust has really brought everyone in Seacroft together.”

Fellow Seacroft resident Maureen Parker, 58, of Seacroft, added: “The trust has helped Seacroft to be heard and the people here love it.”

Since its beginning, the trust has gone from strength to strength and operates from its Digital Lounge base in Ramshead Hill, Seacroft.

The space provides free internet and IT resources, CV help, event management training, a meeting space and volunteer opportunities.

It also helps to organise street parties, galas as well as the Seacroft Food and Boot Market.

For more information visit: www.ls14trust.org.uk

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