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Welcome In celebrate a great year in the LS16 community and launch new plans for the future

14th May 2018 | 2:49 pm

By Kate Grannan

Last week, Leeds Rhinos Ambassadors at the Welcome In hosted OPAL’s community garden party, which was attended by Councillor Jane Dowson, Lord Mayor of Leeds, Leeds Rhinos players Brett Delaney and Liam Sutcliffe, Ronnie the Rhino and Leeds Rhinos Foundation Chief Operating Officer, Bob Bowman.

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Last week, Leeds Rhinos Ambassadors at the Welcome In hosted OPAL’s community garden party, which was attended by Councillor Jane Dowson, Lord Mayor of Leeds, Leeds Rhinos players Brett Delaney and Liam Sutcliffe, Ronnie the Rhino and Leeds Rhinos Foundation Chief Operating Officer, Bob Bowman.

The transformation of the Welcome In Community Centre is an enormous project for OPAL, which is a charity supporting older people in the LS16 area of Leeds to lead happy, healthy, informed, independent lives.

Their Community Café was opened in March 2017 and as the next stage of renovation is completed in the next few weeks, they will have a community meeting room, therapy room and additional entrance.  Looking ahead, they now need to raise £200,000 to complete the renovation of two large activity rooms and also secure funding to achieve their goals of landscaping the grounds, with the plans for this being revealed yesterday at this community garden party.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Jane Dowson, attended and was keen to praise the great work of OPAL, the importance of communities and what can be achieved when people come together and to importantly thank everyone who has contributed with their time, skills and money to get the Community Centre and café to where it is today.

Bob Bowman spoke about the support provided by the Leeds Rhinos and their official charity, stating that developing a real hub in the community for the delivery of so many great projects is a testament to Ailsa and the great team at OPAL.

Leeds Rhinos Foundation deliver a number of active social community based projects from the Welcome In Café and if anybody is keen to get involved, please contact laura.buckle@leedsrhinosfoundation.org for further information.

Bowman encouraged everyone to support these community initiatives, and discussed the official kickstart to the Welcome In Grounds Masterplan, where the team are aiming to raise £5,000 to kickstart their grounds design.  Support can be provided at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/welcome-in-grounds-redesign

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