SLATE was set up to run environmentally friendly projects for the benefit of the local community, and offer work opportunities to people with learning difficulties.
We believe that people with learning and other difficulties should have the same right to employment, training and volunteering as everyone else. They should have the same opportunities to mix with the wider community, work and relax. A lot of people with learning disabilities want to be challenged, to learn and achieve new things; just like everyone else.
The Feel Good Furniture Shop – Hunslet
SLATE first opened its doors as a furniture shop for half a day a week in July 2004, in a discrete area of Leeds City Council Adult Social Care Moor End Day Centre with its own goods and pedestrian access. Under the Modernisation Programme the day centre closed and SLATE now also known as “The Feel Good Furniture Shop” moved, in April 2011, to rented premises within the same community of City and Hunslet Ward in Inner South Leeds. After undertaking a full organisational review in December 2011, funded by Adult Social Care, SLATE undertook a complete overhaul and staffing restructure in 2012 which has resulted in the formulation of The SLATE Charity Group and its expansion plan.
The Feel Good Cafe
At the end of 2012 an opportunity became available for SLATE to open up a second enterprise in a local Development Centre and on the 7th January 2013 the doors opened for “The Feel Good Café” at Hillside, Beeston Road. The original objectives of the Café were:
- To establish the café as an informal meeting place
- To provide high quality, affordable food, with a variety of dishes, reflecting the diversity of the local population.
- To provide work opportunities for people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and any categorised as long term unemployed
- To work towards financial sustainability
- To provide a shop window (virtual or real) for the SLATE furniture store
Over its first year of operation the café has become an integral part of the Hillside building, providing quality catering to the community tenants and professional visitors.
The Feel Good Furniture Shop – Armley
In April 2015, with loan finance from the Key Fund and a grant from Yorkshire Venture Philanthropy Fund, the Charity Group acquired a warehouse/office facility in Hunslet. These premises will house the furniture operations collections and delivery team and also will be the new home for our proposed Volunteer Training Centre.
Registered Charity Number 1149293
Company no. 6394383 Registered in England Registered office:-
SLATE, Unit 1, Balm Road Industrial Park,
Balm Road Road, Hunslet, Leeds LS10 2BG