There are times when words can't express well enough what kind acts mean to us. Throughout the pandemic LIHH have been tirelessly working alongside community organisations such as local GAA teams, dancing schools, Comalthas Ceoltóiri Éireann and loads more to keep vulnerable members of our community safe and well as part of the Leeds Irish Communities associations.
A local business owner approached us as they had been keeping an eye on us through social media and wanted to contribute something to our post-pandemic work.
We said that we wanted to focus on the mental health legacy COVID-19 was leaving in its wake, especially around bereavement and loss, whilst also helping people to get back into circulation so members didn't have their isolation compounded.
And that's when we were told that £40,000 was being transferred to us. As a small charity, this kind of money is a monumental amount to receive. It really helps us to change lives as we can support staff and volunteer hours to deliver projects and programmes as well as securing important resources such as IT equipment to keep people in the community connected.
We've already started mental health and mindfulness projects to engage people, some online and more now moving into a face-to-face status. Hopefully we will have our yearned for shindigs back up and running soon.
Our Mna (women's group) recently went to Wetherby Races and it was great to have 15 women out and about again after 18 long months.
We have more plans in development so keep your eyes and ears out for more activities and projects in the near future or email us or give us a call on 0113 2625614
We can't provide our services without the generosity of the community and we would sincerely like to thank our anonymous sponsor for giving us this amazing opportunity.
Thank you also to those who have helped us raise monies especially during the last 18 months. Your generosity has been very much appreciated.
If you would like to make a donation towards our work please follow this link
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