Caption: L-R, David Kemp, stores manager at Leeds Community Equipment Service celebrates with Sam Prince, executive director of operations at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Liz Ward, head of service for access and inclusion with Leeds City Council's adult social care team.
Dedicated staff have been celebrating two decades of providing crucial help and support to disabled adults and children in Leeds.
Leeds Community Equipment Service (LCES), which has been based on Roundhay Road since it opened in 1994, provides equipment to around 17,500 residents across the city with a range of disabilities.
Later this year, the team will move to a brand new home at the state-of-the-art Assisted Living Leeds hub at New Dock.
To mark their 20th anniversary, staff attended a special event at their current base, where they got the chance to look back at a collection of photographs charting the history of the service.
Members of the team were also asked to pick out their favourite objects and documents from the Roundhay Road building, which will go into a time capsule to be buried in the garden of their new base.
Praising the work done by LCES, Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care, said:
“For twenty years now, the Leeds Community Equipment Service has been at the forefront of making sure people with disabilities in Leeds have access to the equipment they need to live safely and independently in their own homes.
“These celebrations have been an opportunity for the team to look back with pride at the enormous contribution the service has made to some of our city’s vulnerable residents and their families.”
During their celebrations, the team also received an award as part of the adult social care department’s annual long service awards.
The service, which is a partnership between the council and Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, will move to its new premises in September this year, where it will work alongside other assistive technology services.
Councillor Ogilvie added:
“Whilst I’m sure moving from their current home will spark a lot of nostalgia among staff, I also know that everyone involved with LCES is hugely excited about the potential of the new Assisted Living Leeds building.
“Having all of our assistive technology services in one location will help us to respond faster and in a more co-ordinated way to the needs of those with disabilities and their families.”
Sam Prince, executive director of operations at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust added:
“The Leeds Community Equipment Service demonstrates the excellent partnership working between Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Leeds City Council.
“Over the last 20 years the partnership has enabled local people to live independently in their own home and facilitated early discharge from hospital.
“Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust is delighted that the partnership has managed to secure modern and fit for purpose accommodation for the assisted living facility and the service looks forward to moving later this year.”
To find out more about the new service at Assisted Living Leeds, e mail the ATHubproject@leeds.gov.uk or follow the project on twitter @ATHubLeeds.
Community equipment is provided free and can be requested from the service by a wide range of health and social care staff.
To make a request for an assessment, coall the council's contact centre on 0113 222 4401 (adult's services) or 222 4403 (children's services) or speak to your GP, community nurse or social worker.
For more information, contact:
Leeds City Council
Tel: 0113 224 3937