By Ailsa Rhodes, Project Co-ordinator, OPAL

OPAL is very proud to announce that we have moved into Welcome In Community Centre and that we have reached the stage where we will soon open the doors of our community space.

Our new address is: Welcome In Community Centre, 55 Bedford Dr, Leeds, LS16 6DJ[su_spacer size=”10″]

Open Day

An Open Day is planned on Saturday 25th Feb 11am – 3pm.

We have raffles, tombola, stalls, children’s activities, Rhino’s rugby players and Ronnie the Rhino, the café will be open, the police will be putting on a ‘crime scene’ for children and young at heart to investigate and much more. Come along and join us!


Back in 2014 we identified that OPAL needed secure premises for our staff, volunteers, members and activities.

The Bedford Arms was vacant and the challenge was whether we could find enough funding to purchase it and make it our new home. In January 2015 fund raising started and by June 2015, through donations, buy a brick, extra fund raising activities and grants we had enough money to buy the building. But that was only the start!

Since then renovation work has included land clearance, roof repair, repointing, removal of asbestos, installation of a fire alarm, kitchen renovation for the Community Space, plastering, redecorating and a new Café space, to name but a few.

The renovation project is set to continue as OPAL still raise more money to cover two large activity rooms, a therapy room and a meeting room which will further enhance the offering of this Community Space.

Open to the wider community

The Welcome In is to be a Community Centre which will be open to the wider community to provide a safe, accessible and affordable community space.

Initially we will open the Community Café on 2 days a week from March. Our aims are to bring together members of the community, particularly older people and those at risk of isolation or disadvantage, be a central location for community events and provide volunteering and work experience opportunities for all sectors of the community.

More information

Email: [email protected] 
Tel: (0113) 261 9103