“I’ve lived in Wortley since I was about three. I grew up around here. I had a few jobs when I was younger. I wasn’t able to work permanently because I have Ataxia. It’s a rare condition. I say that it’s a bit like when you lose your balance, and can’t control your limbs. Some people say it’s similar to MS. But I’ve done a lot of volunteer work, including here at New Wortley.
I attend the positive communications group here. I’ve been going for about seven years. I was here when it first started, there was only about four of us then. Now we get about twenty people. It’s grown and got better. The group does lots of outings. We went up to Knaresborough last weekend. I couldn’t believe I was out on a Sunday. I’d normally be stuck indoors, watching TV or something. It’s so needed for a lot of people. There’s always someone out there who will need this place.”
New Wortley Community Centre is a vibrant community space for local people, providing much needed educational, social and support opportunities in the area. Having received a Leeds Fund Strategic Grant from the Foundation, they were able to engage local people struggling with mental health issues and social isolation with counselling services, group therapy and home support.