Rachel Reeves

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

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SLATE celebrates 10 years by opening a new shop in Armley!


Rachel was pleased to be invited by SLATE to open their new shop on Canal Road in Armley.

Like its sister shop in Hunslet, the Canal Road shop sells pre-loved furniture, bric-a-brac, household goods and clothes and employs people with learning difficulties.  Rachel is an enthusiastic re-user and recycler and has donated items to the shop.

This official opening conincides with the organisation's 10th birthday. 

Speaking at the opening, Rachel said: "It is great that SLATE are opening a branch in Armley, helping many in the community and encouraging people to re-cycle. I have been surveying people about what they would like to see in Armley and many have mentioned that they want a greater variety of shops, so this definitely fits the bill. I wish all involved continued success!"

SLATE (South Leeds Alternative Trading Enterprise) was set up as a social enterprise by Health For All to provide good quality furniture at affordable prices for people in need, to save things from going to landfill and to provide people with learning difficulties with opportunities in the workplace.

From small beginnings at a Leeds City Council's centre for people with learning difficulties, the organisation now has 2 shops, runs the community cafe at Hillside in Beeston and is a partner in Revive Leeds which runs the re-use shop on the Seacroft Household Waste and Recycling Site.

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