Project information

I teach you, you teach me adult learning project

We are purchasing/renovating our new centre which is an old church building. The building has a piece of land which we are planning to provide a centre/facilities for our homeless students who attend the centre to learn English, maths and life skills. The facilities will meet their daily needs.

A year to construct

Charity information: Chapeltown & Harehills Learning And Training Project

Chapeltown & Harehills Learning And Training Project logo
  • Need


    We are aiming to support the homeless students within the communities by providing a place of shelter, washing facilities and a place where they can receive food and weekly/monthly food supplies. The homeless are a large percentage of our beneficiaries and this facility help will meet their everyday core needs and requirements. We receive a lot of homeless referrals from our clients and local churches who provide weekly soup kitchens. We will also provide food bank vouchers and clothing.


    The project will help reduce the huge percentage of homeless individuals who are living on the streets. Many of our learners live out in the city centre under bridges, shop doorways etc. Seeing many of the learners residing on the streets in the winter is disheartening to say the least. This provision will be of great benefit to them, the more facilities we provide, the more they get a chance to reform their lives and aim towards a better and more independent life and future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a place of refuge for the homeless.


    » To provide a centre equipped out with all the necessities for the homeless to utilise. To provide the support and help that is needed for them.

    What success will look like

    We will have records of the homeless attendees who attend the centre and set targets per month/year of how many people we have helped. We will monitor and review our records.

    Aim 2

    To bring down the high percentage of the homeless.


    » To help our learners and beyond that come from St Georges Crypt, St Anne’s Shelter, Simon on the Streets, Soup Kitchens’ and those resi on the streets

    What success will look like

    We will market our centre to other agents and clients and inform our local councilors, churches and soup kitchens of the new provision we supply to reduce the high ratio.

    Aim 3

    To see the homeless people get their lives back.


    » To build and to enhance the lives of homeless individuals and to move towards helping them merge back into everyday society and living.

    What success will look like

    We will deal with the homeless by demonstrating a caring approach that will help cater for the person. We will try to help meet their everyday needs and requirements.

  • Impact


    As the project grows and the attendees increase and utilise the centre/facilities provided. We will employ a pastoral and liaison worker who will help the individuals enhance their daily lives and help merge them back into society. We aim to deal with the homeless by using the holistic approach where we help meet their personal, spiritual, natural, educational, career and employment needs. Our aim is to build their confidence, self esteem and lives back into everyday society living.


    The risks we have addressed and identified are at times we get some drunken homeless individuals that can be quite noisy and argumentative. This is due to the level of alcohol consumption or the fact that they are homeless alcoholics. This can be quite disruptive and disturbing for the other members, therefore we have inserted in our safeguarding policy that we prohibit any individuals consumed with alcohol when attending the centre and we have employed 2 security guards for added protection.


    We will report to our donors by emailing and keeping them updated with the progress of our donations. We are looking for charitable donors that are in the same line of business and can relate to the category of people we are aiming to support. We will keep all donors informed of the progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £80,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Architect Architectural design of the centre
      £40,000 Materials Building materials/contruction
      £10,000 Furniture Equipment/Furniture for centre
      £5,000 Staff expenses
      £5,000 volunteer expenses

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Comic Relief £20,000 Conditional
    Lloyds Bank £10,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The building is the old Sikh Temple on Chapeltown Road and this is where our project will run. In times past Chapeltown was known as a wealthy area but to date Chapeltown and Harehills is in the UK’s lowest 3% of multiply deprived communities and this is a main underlying factor that contributed to the creation of the Project. There is a large population residing in these areas and many of our disadvantaged learners come from these deprived areas.


    Our beneficiaries entail: teenage mothers *individuals with contact with the criminal justice system*ex-drug abusers *refugees/asylum seekers *individuals with mental or physical health issues *Early school leavers, homeless individuals and travellers/i.e. the Gypsy community. We will work more effectively and meet the needs of those with higher levels of social needs i.e. young offenders, those on probation, those with a criminal record, ex-drug abusers, the homeless and those from BAME areas.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully run the centre for 9 years on Buslingthorpe Lane which is just across the road from Chapeltown and we received a high volume of our beneficiaries attending the courses and service we provide. Moving the project in the heart of Chapeltown will attract a greater volume, expand and help more disadvantaged individuals reform their lives. Many of the learners reside in Chapeltown and Harehills area therefore access to the centre will be easier for them.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Karen Beckford

    Business in the Community Coordinator. She supports us on the project and has helped to bring in grants and funds towards the building.

    Sharon Hamilton

    Councillor for our designated areas. Sharon has attended our previous centre and supports the work we do for the community and residents.

    Leeds University Manager

    The Leeds University manager and colleagues wish to form a contract with us when the centre is complete and supplied us with teaching resources

    My Trustee/Management Team

    My team have supported me from the initial stage and are daily working to see the final end results of the Adult and Homeless centre complete.