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A devoted team of volunteers who offer a lifeline to older people in Kirkstall have been handed the keys to their new base.

Staff from Supporting The Elderly People (STEP) were given the former Queenswood Drive Day Centre to use by council chiefs.

STEP helps over 60s in Kirkstall, Far Headingley and Weetwood to take part in a range of activities while also supporting them to live independently in their own homes.

The new base will mean STEP can open every week day to support the community.

Wendy Moore, manager of STEP, said: “We are very excited that we now have our very own building, thanks to Leeds City Council’s adult social care and asset management.

“The new premises will enable us to open Monday to Friday, giving over 60’s somewhere to come each day.

“There will always be staff on hand to offer advice on any concerns that members may have. The centre needs a little TLC but we should be open for business in February.”

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, executive member for adult social care, said: “Like all our neighbourhood networks, STEP are fantastic example of the positive impact that locally-based activities and support, run by people who know and love the area, can make to the lives of older people.

“This also demonstrates what can be accomplished by innovative and determined local organisations, who can come forward and work with us on their ideas to bring sites like this back into use.”

Andy Thorburn of EMIS

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