At the end of September, Cllr Jane Dowson, Lord Mayor of Leeds, assisted by Phil Corrigan CEO of the combined Leeds CCG, formally declared our new Roundhouse at Hollybush open. This was part of our Hollybush Conservation Centre’s annual celebration attended by well over 120 people. It also marked the end of a four year £55,000 fundraising campaign.
The Roundhouse at Hollybush now provides a warm place for volunteers to plan the day’s activities, enjoy a well-deserved break when working outdoors or do preparatory work during the cold winter months. It will also give Hollybush a much needed accessible meeting space for our mental health peer support groups, therapeutic Garden Groups, visitors and course trainees.
John Preston, Operations Leader for TCV at Hollybush says: “It was an amazing evening as senior staff from our partners' agencies mingled with the Lord Mayor, local councillors and current volunteers as well as individual donors and representatives of many funders for the building”.
It was a chance to say a public thank you to everyone whether they donated £15,000 or £5. These range from: the National Lottery, through Torque UK, a logistics company and many charitable trusts, to friends of TCV who made direct donations or sponsored TCV volunteers on one of four sponsored activities.
National Lottery funding, delivered by Big Lottery Fund, has supported the building through Outdoors Active and Well, which is a three year partnership lead by Leeds Mind with TCV and Hyde Park Source. This programme provides 8 weekly sessions of gardening and wildlife walks plus mindfulness workshops.