Published: 19th Sep 2017

A fire station in Leeds, which closed its doors in 2015, has reopened as a vital space for the local community. The Gipton Fire Station was officially reopened last week with a number of special events, including a cookery class hosted by Leeds Cookery School and a ribbon cutting ceremony. The station will now be home to six different third sector groups, including GIPSIL, which works with disadvantaged young people and families in Leeds to help realise their potential. Healthwatch, Zest, Space 2, People in Action and SLATE are the other groups to have also moved into the station. It was bought by Leeds Community Foundation (LCF) after it closed, using money gifted to the foundation from Jimbo’s Fund. The fund was part of the legacy left by local businessman and philanthropist Jimi Heselden, who gifted more than £23 million to help support different schemes across Leeds. Two rooms in … (To read the full article, subscribe below)