Neighbourhood Networks set for funding boost in Leeds

Leeds City Council’s executive board is set to agree multi-million pound funding to expand the works of the city’s Neighbourhood Networks.

Developed in the 1980s, the Neighbourhood Networks aim to reduce social isolation and improve the health and well-being of people across the city, in response to increasing numbers of elderly people in the city.

The teams provide luncheon clubs, digital skills and exercise sessions, as well as home-based and one-to-one support.

Rebecca Charlwood, executive member for health, well-being and adults, said: “Leeds Neighbourhood Networks continue to play an important preventative role in the city, making a real difference to the lives of people who use the service. Our Networks are recognised nationally and internationally as examples of good practice, highlighting the significant impact key services can make in tackling inequality and improving the lives thousands of people in the city.

“I am delighted that we have guaranteed funding for the Neighbourhood Networks in Leeds. We aim to invest more than £500,000 per year extra, increasing the funding from Leeds City Council to over £3 million a year. This is a clear commitment from the council, recognising the significant value the Networks bring to communities across the city.”

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