White Rose Supports SLATE

Leeds-based charity SLATE have enjoyed a unique afternoon of cycling fun thanks to a bursary from White Rose Shopping Centre and Landsec.

Aiming to celebrate and thank the volunteers for their tireless work within the South Leeds community, the donation, provided by Landsec for White Rose, has allowed the charity to give their members a well-earned treat and enjoy an afternoon away from their usual activities.

The South Leeds charity provides employment to young adults with learning disabilities through various volunteering opportunities – such as in SLATE cafes and shops.

The mixed-ability SLATE members, who provide more than 500 volunteer hours per week across Hunslet, Armley, and Gipton, visited Leeds Urban Bike Park on Wednesday 15 May – an outdoor bike track that boasts jumps, pump tracks, and cross-country routes through Middleton Park.

Twenty five SLATE members were in attendance, alongside representatives from White Rose Shopping Centre and Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council.

Ann Wilson, SLATE Charity Group, Volunteer Team Leader said: “Being able to have a unique afternoon of active, safe, and adventurous fun is an opportunity our volunteers are incredibly grateful for.

The kind donation from White Rose has allowed our vulnerable members to enjoy an afternoon out-of-the-ordinary, and give them a sense of freedom that they will remember for a very long time.”

This bursary comes as part of White Rose’s commitment to supporting local charities from the South Leeds region, and an opportunity to give back to the community with which it works so closely alongside.

Steven Foster, General Manager of White Rose Shopping Centre, said: “SLATE are great friends of White Rose, and a vital part of the South Leeds community. Their volunteers work tirelessly across the area, and are incredibly deserving of an exciting, active afternoon.”