Older people’s lifeline officially opens its new home

A dedicated team of volunteers providing a much-needed lifeline to older people in Garforth has moved to a brand new home.

The Garforth Neighbourhood Elders Team (NET) will officially mark the opening of their new base on Dover Street at a special open day this Friday (October 4).

As part of the celebrations, Cllr Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Adult Social Care will visit the centre on Friday to see some of the good work being done by NET.

The visit also marks the week of the International Day of Older People 2013.

The big move has capped a memorable few weeks for Garforth NET, with the organisation also being shortlisted for a National Diversity Award.

The awards recognised grassroots organisations helping their communities.

Garforth NET was nominated for last month’s awards for promoting a positive image of older people in the area.

Garforth NET began in 1993, when four churches in the area established a group to help local people.

The service quickly grew and now covers 11 villages across east Leeds including Kippax, Barwick-in-Elmet and Ledston.

Recognising the positive impact the NET had on the local community, the council’s Asset Management Team worked with the organisation to identify a property opportunity within the local area, at the former Firthfields Day Centre, giving NET a chance to bring all its services under one roof.

As well as the befriending service, NET also runs a program of activities for older people including a Knit and Natter group, stroke support sessions, Nintendo Wii games and coffee mornings.

Cllr Ogilvie said: “Garforth NET is a perfect example of how hard-working members of the community with a clear vision of what they want to accomplish can work with Leeds City Council and help put space in council buildings to good use.

“Elderly people living alone can often become isolated from their communities through no fault of their own- that’s why resources like NET and the other Neighbourhood Networks are so important in giving them a place they can meet up, make friends and get involved while also maintaining their independence.

“As a council, we’re keen to support groups and organisations that are helping our older people to lead healthy, active and happy lives, so we were delighted to be able to support Garforth NET in moving into their new base and giving the building a new lease of life.”

The fully refurbished building on Dover Street includes full disabled access and visitor parking.

Garforth NET say this will allow them to introduce a range of new services and activities over the coming months.

The Garforth service is one of 37 Neighbourhood Networks across Leeds which have long-term contracts with the council.

The networks provide services that support older people to stay living in their own homes for as long as possible.

They are supported by 1,862 local volunteers, and provide on-going support to 21,966 older people across the city.

For more information on Garforth NET, visit www.netgarforth.org


- Cllr Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Adult Social Care will be available for pictures and interview at Garforth NET’s new base at the former Firthfields Day Centre on Dover Street, Garforth at 1.30pm on Friday, October 4.

-For more details, please contact:

Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk