AN EXCITING NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD
THAT PROVIDES A HOME AND HEART FOR LEEDS’ CONTEMPORARY CULTURAL SCENE.
There’s something big happening right on the doorstep to our new home at Ripon House. For the first time ever, the neighbours that surround the old Quarry Hill site – sometimes known as the ‘cultural quarter’ – are joining forces to establish one of the very best places to live, work, enjoy and be entertained in Leeds.
All this is happening alongside Caddick Development’s plans to build new spaces – from luxury modern living to new bars and restaurants, as well as some of the biggest public green spaces inside the city centre. With the first new development, Moda Living, starting on site in spring 2018.
On Saturday 30th September, Jason organised a group of volunteers to come to the new centre and clear out the furniture to different rooms. The group of volunteers worked extremely hard to move furniture. They gave up their Saturday afternoon to help and did an absolutely amazing job. Thank you to all that helped. We even persuaded the new manager to come down and make teas and coffees. Together we will make it amazing!
We have been featured on Limping Chicken website! The world’s most popular deaf blog!
Jason Hixon tells us about the new Leeds Deaf centre, which is set to open later this year
It’s been a difficult few years for the Deaf community in Leeds, after the decision was taken (in controversial circumstances) to sell the old building (below), which then took six years to sell, leaving the community without a base in the meantime.
This Facebook video (below) posted at the end of February by Jason Hixon, Chairman of Leeds Deaf Social Club, announced that the new building had been found and its location to the local Deaf community (if it doesn’t appear below, see it directly by clicking here):
Work is now ongoing to prepare for the launch of the new Deaf and Blind centre. Jason, who is also a Trustee of Leeds Society for the Deaf and Blind People, answered some of our questions:
When is the new centre opening?
It’s difficult to say at the moment. We hope to open before the New Year. We were advertising a Director’s job to run the Centre with aims listed by Board of Trustees.
We are getting quotes from contractors to change the interior of the extension into one social/ function room with a Bar/Cafe in it. If the Board of Trustee approve of the cost and design of the new social/function room, we could start in the late summer/early autumn.
How do you feel about it? After so long?
I felt so relieved that we found and bought a perfect place so soon after we got our money from the sale of the old Centenary House, after years of red tape, legal issues and planning issues. When I read your question, the theme song for the sitcom Cheers came into my mind: “Sometimes you want to go, where everybody knows your name”.
It’s exactly how I will feel when I come in to open up the Club as a Trustee/ Bar staff, seeing all the members and friends drop in during the club hours. It’s my true world where I can be myself again having been in a ‘non-deafie’ working environment. At peace with myself again. The breeze of our sign languages on my face. Soothing to my eyes from the strain of lipreading at my day job.
What are the challenges ahead?
The first priority is to hire a Director to run the centre, with tasks to take us to the future. The next priority is to open a club again in the extension part of the building.
To generate incomes from rent, partnerships, and donations. To be more energy sufficiency by means of rain falls and solar panels, thus saving money on overheads.
There will also be changes to our work ethics and improve better communications for Deaf and Blind by adding video calls/apps. We do have other aims and projects to achieve which will be publicised later on.
You can read Limping chicken’s article featuring our own Jason Hixon – CLICK HERE
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