New network to boost wellbeing

Hamara Healthy Living Centre in Beeston.
Hamara Healthy Living Centre in Beeston.
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A new community mental health and wellbeing network has been set up for organisations working in South Leeds.

The network brings together businesses, charities and services to share resources and skills for the benefit of the South Leeds community.

South Leeds Shares, which has been set up by partners including Leeds Beckett University, Hamara, Health for All, Business in the Community, The Tetley and Leeds City Council, is an exchange network supported by Timebanking UK.

It aims to promote greater levels of joint working between different sectors as a means of supporting mental health and wellbeing in the area.

To prepare for the network’s official launch, an afternoon tea event will be held on July 5 from 2pm to 4pm at Old Cockburn Sports Hall, Beeston, for people to find out more about South Leeds Shares and help shape its future.

Habib Khan, manager at Hamara Healthy Living Centre in Beeston, said: “The principle of a ‘mutually beneficial exchange’ means that third sector organisations who are cash-poor but asset-rich can engage in the network at an equal level to large commercial organisations. We have an abundance of wealth in our South Leeds community and we believe that we should be using what we have in more creative ways, recognising the value that anyone can bring.”

The project is being funded through Leeds Fund: Strategic Grants in association with Asda Foundation. South Leeds Shares Timebanking model encourages members to exchange ‘skills’, ‘space’ and ‘stuff’, without exchanging money, enabling all members to collaborate equally and contribute to the improved mental health and wellbeing of South Leeds.

South Leeds Shares will be officially launched at the Beeston Festival on July 15.