Volunteers learn about hate and mate crime

Yesterday, 20th August 2015, a group of our volunteers went to visit the impressive new police station at Elland Road.We  had a tour of the buildings and vans; very exciting.

We all so learnt about hate and mate crime. If you’ve never heard of mate crime, this is when a vulnerable person is manipulated  by someone they thought were their friend. It is often in the form of someone abusing the generous, trusting nature of the victim. For more information see the links posted below but in the meantime this is a lovely picture of our volunteers exploring the police vans.


Independent Report

North Yorkshire Police- Easy to Read Guide

West Yorkshire Police guide

BBC Report


Vintage Fair in the News

vintagearmleySaturday 12th September 10am-3pm, free entry, donations very welcome.

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How to get to us: 44-46 Canal Street, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2PL (on the corner of Pickering Street) Parking: Rear of the shop, on street and there’s also a very large, free, car park across the road. By train/bus: to Leeds City Station, buses from Wellington Street (left of the train station). The number 5 stops right outside our door on canal street. http://www.traveline.info/ 

A Birthday Present!

sinkA quick but very grateful ‘Thank You’ to Northern Sinks in Leeds for donating a sink and taps for our volunteer kitchen! A very much needed 10th Birthday present for us! Also a big thank you to Craig at Leeds Kitchen Warehouse for our kitchen work surface and units. We’ll post you the photos when it’s all fitted.

Tenfold Awards

“The Tenfold Awards recognise and celebrate achievement in the learning disability sector. This includes the amazing work that Tenfold member organisations do, the contribution of service users and work in the statutory sector supporting and delivering learning disability services.”

In 2015 SLATE was nominated for the Lifetime achievement award and the award for the ‘best team’ (specifically our Cafe team.)


Thanks to Tenfold and the Queen’s Hotel for a wonderful evening.

Here is also the info about the awards and the winners http://www.tenfold.org.uk/awards/a/award-categories/

but most importantly our patron and founder, Frances Jones, rightly earned the Lifetime Achievement Award 2015. This came just before the anniversary of SLATE’s opening, 10 years ago on 1st August.


(The opening of our first shop with Councillor Elizabeth Nash)

In the media:


CHVnLPgWEAANJTZOur team on stage accepting the award on behalf of Frances.