Community launches Seacroft Food and Boot Market thanks to new funding

05 December 2013

Local people in Seacroft have banded together to come up with their great idea – to launch a community market. And with the help of £24,381 funding from People’s Health Trust - using money raised by HealthAmaze through The Health Lottery, they’ve done just that.

Leeds 14 Trust, a local not-for-profit group, wanted to start the market as a place for local people to get together to buy and sell goods and learn new skills, such as market trading.

Nicola Greenan, Development Manager at Leeds 14 Trust, said: “We have launched a new monthly market, thanks to funding from People's Health Trust. Our first market day was a great success. People got together to trade local goods and to meet up with their neighbours.  It was a great community atmosphere.”

Training and practical advice are being provided alongside the market by Leeds 14 Trust, helping those looking to set up their own businesses. There is also a café and fruit and veg operated by volunteers, allowing them to try their hand at running a market stall.

Geraldine Beattie, founder of Seacroft Literature and Arts Group, and stall holder at Seacroft Food and Boot Market, said: “We hope that the new market will soon become the heart of the community.”

“The new market has already given 24 people the opportunity to get health and safety qualifications, and will help many more through skills building and work experience on the stalls.

We used to have a great market in Seacroft and we hope this market with be just as well loved.”

John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, said: “We really loved this idea when Leeds 14 Trust’s application arrived. It’s fantastic to see the Seacroft Food and Boot Market start off so strongly, and we’re excited to watch it grow. It’s great ideas like this that help to make communities stronger, and we couldn’t be happier to fund them.”  

The next Seacroft Food and Boot Market will be held on The Green behind the Cricketer’s Arms, on 26 January 2014 from 9 am.

 

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For media enquiries about People’s Health Trust, please contact George Tyson on 020 7697 4017 / [email protected]

For more information about Leeds 14 Trust, please contact Nicola Greenan on Tel. 0113 318 0522

Notes to editors

People’s Health Trust is an independent charity helping to address health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company supporting the distribution of grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk  

HealthAmaze is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Wakefield and Leeds. www.healthamazecic.org.uk

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk

 

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