South Leeds Alternative Trading Enterprise
Today, (18th September 2015) SLATE celebrated the 10th anniversary of its opening alongside the official launch of its second Feel Good Furniture shop in Armley.
10 years ago, back in July 2004, Frances Jones began the ‘SLATE journey’, with nothing but an empty building, at Moor End in Hunslet, a handful of volunteers and limited opening times. At our celebrations today Frances re-tells the story of the volunteer’s delight at their first sale and how she, along with an expanding SLATE team, have developed in to SLATE Charity Group with two furniture shops (Hunslet and Armley), the Feel Good Cafe in Beeston and our new HQ.
The celebration of SLATE’s 10 years in operation ran alongside the official opening of our second Feel Good Furniture shop in Armley (44-46 Canal Road, Armley, LS12 2PL). We were honoured to have MP Rachel Reeves come to cut the ribbon to officially launch the shop. The opening presentation was followed by celebratory cake and refreshments provided by our Cafe.
SLATE now works three fold, we provide the local community with affordable furniture, we provide work and social opportunities for adult’s with learning disabilities and we save your unwanted furniture, electricals and homewares from landfill.
Thank you to everybody who helped with today’s event and to those who helped us celebrate. We also made the new on ‘Made in Leeds’, to catch up simply go to Made in Leeds Catch Up and click on 18.9.15 (6pm) or if you’re quick catch us tonight at 9pm on freeview channel 8.
For any info on volunteering, donating, delivering, stock and opportunities for adults with learning disabilities just get in touch
Last week saw us celebrating the achievements of our Patron, Frances Jones.
A group of SLATE staff and volunteers gathered at our cafe to honour Frances and to celebrate her Lifetime Achievement award from Tenfold.
Frances Woolaston, one of our Trustees, led the presentation discussing the enormity of Frances’s contribution to the wider lives of people with learning disabilities but also the individuals she has advocated on behalf of and befriended. In addition to the Tenfold award, Frances was also presented with two planters filled with French lavender and some bulbs for her beautiful garden.
All that were present enjoyed a beautiful tea party catered by the team at SLATE Cafe at Hillside, Beeston. The lemon cake deserves a particular mention!
Frances is now busy working as SLATE’s Patron and planning our 10 year anniversary celebrations.
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.
North Yorkshire Police- Easy to Read Guide
West Yorkshire Police guide
Saturday 12th September 10am-3pm, free entry, donations very welcome.
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 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.
“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:
Our team on stage accepting the award on behalf of Frances.