Based close to the centre of Leeds, our Opportunities Service provides a broad range of community-based activities for people with learning disabilities. We’ve been supporting people in Leeds for more than 20 years.
The activities we offer are dictated by the interests and skills of the people we support. At the moment, these include cookery courses, craft workshops, bowling, building bird boxes. trampolining, swimming and football.
More than 40 people take part in one or more of these activities each week. Some live at home with their families, others in supported living.
A number of the people we support have taken courses in media film and sound recording. In 2017, they produced two music videos.
In 2017, after 15 years based in Holbeck, the Opportunities Service moved into a new home off York Road. The new premises have wider corridors and doors, a spacious kitchen and dedicated art, woodwork and computer rooms.
They are much more accessible for people with a wide range of abilities and allow us to offer a more individualised set of activities. This means that staff can now run sessions like woodwork and art and craft at the same time, rather than having to compete for space.
One person who loves attending the Opportunities Services is Ben. He is passionate about crafting and woodwork and is supported to pursue his hobby. He’s made all sorts of things, such as benches and beds for vegetables that have been put to use by staff and other people we support.
Some people have asked him to make things for them and have been extremely pleased with the results. The money Ben makes from his work is put back into supporting his hobby.
Anyone over 18 with a learning disability can be considered for the service. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org