A sad farewell to 25-year-old Leyland charity

The Place, Royal Avenue, Leyland
The Place, Royal Avenue, Leyland
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A charity is to close after serving a Leyland community for 25 years.

The trustees of the Leyland Project have been forced to take the sad step due to funding difficulties.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during a cooking session as he visits a children's holiday club at The Leyland Project in Leyland, Lancashire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 6, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Labour. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during a cooking session as he visits a children's holiday club at The Leyland Project in Leyland, Lancashire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 6, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Labour. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

But out of the flames of the old organisation will rise a new one.

An information meeting about the formation of a Wade Hall Residents Association is due to take place at The Place Community Centre, Royal Avenue, Leyland, on Thursday, July 12, at 6.30pm, with a view to a first formal meeting on Thursday, July 19, at the same venue, same time.

In a public announcement, Joan Musker and Julie Gardner, of the Leyland Project, said: “We would like to make you aware that sadly due to the unsuccessful grant applications and continuing difficulty in accessing new funding sources the Trustees have decided to close the charity and return The Place Community Centre to Progress Housing Group on the 31st July 2018.

“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart we have to let you know that Progress Housing Group will not be employing us to continue doing the great work we have been doing over the past 20 years with families, children, youths and older members of the

community.

“As most of you are aware ,a majority of our time is unpaid due to our love and commitment to our job and the people of Leyland.”

The project consists of The Place and The Base community centres, on the Wade Hall and Broadfield Estates.

The Leyland Project was formed in 1992 as a partnership between Progress Housing Group, The Leyland Baptist Church and national charity, Spurgeons Childcare.

It has run a host of activities for the community including: Drop-in youth clubs; pre-school groups; parent and toddlers group; family support, counselling and guidance; community food co-op offering fresh fruit and vegetable.

Last year it received a visit from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was campaigning in the region.

Meanwhile, residents are urged to attend the information meeting. On Saturday from 11am to 3pm the Wade Hall summer fayre will celebrate the last 25 years of work of the Leyland Project. All money raised will to the new Wade Hall Association.