Established in 1995, Armley Helping Hands was founded by a group of local people and community activists, concerned about the welfare of local older people living in very deprived inner-city areas of Leeds.
Community Care grants were available, via Leeds City Council and the initial steering group successfully applied, enabling them to employ their first workers in 1995.
A key component of Armley Helping Hands is the consistent representation of older people on the Management Committee and Board of Trustees; 75% of each committee is represented by our members.
Our projects grow in response to the needs and aspirations of local older people. We carefully listen to our members and try to respond appropriately by providing a range of services, advice, support and varied social and healthy living activities, enabling older people to live independently and to pro-actively participate within their own communities.
At the same time, we have worked very hard to raise the necessary resources – people, funding and volunteers - to enable us to offer a professional and comprehensive support network.
Armley Helping Hands is committed in providing a quality and effective service to older people. The charity prides itself on being able to consult with service users, carers, partnership agencies, professionals and the general public to evaluate existing services and identify the needs of the local community.