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Cardigan Centre

The Cardigan Centre is a locally based, multi-purpose community organisation in North West Leeds with over twenty years’ experience of community work and service delivery.
Established in 1989 by local people, the centre has developed a range of services and tools which are used to meet the needs of the ever-changing diverse communities we serve. 
As a multi-purpose organisation the Cardigan Centre works with individuals in ways which reflect the complexity and connectedness of their lives.  This leads to improved outcomes for individuals and a more effective engagement with regeneration initiatives in NW Leeds.  Combining several strands of work leads to economies of scale, and therefore maximises the use of resources –people, money and buildings.

The Cardigan Centre is governed as a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. 

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September 2014 - Pink Divas Sport & Social Group


Pink Divas is a girls only sports and social group held in a fun & relaxed environment.

Come & Join Pink Divas if you:

• Are Female

• Are 14 years old or older

• Want something to do in your spare time

• Want to make new friends

• Want to stay active

• Want somewhere to chill with friends

• Want to learn new skills

Every Tuesday 4.30pm-6.00pm

At: The Cardigan Centre

Start Date: 23rd September 2014

The leaflet for this group can be found here.

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September 2014 - Summer Transition Programme at Youth Point


This summer 10 young people took part in the summer transition programme to help them prepare for attending high school in September. The project was aimed specifically for young people who had high anxieties about starting high school.

Over the two weeks the young people did a wide range of activities and games that look at:  

The positive side of high school e.g. after school clubs, studying new subjects, more freedom, making new friends 


Peer pressure

Budgeting – bus fare, lunches etc 

Personal safety 

Getting to school on time 

Organizing homework, school books, PE kit etc 

The realities of high school – myth busting

Getting to know my school


The young people finished the programme with a fun trip to Flamingo Land.

Comments from the young people:

“I have enjoyed making new friends, the town challenge and going to Flamingo Land”

“I have learnt that I am a good leader on the town challenge”

“I have growing confidence for high school”

“I have learnt how to plan my homework, about my school and how to get to school on time”

Comments from the parents:

“It was really good. Amy loved it; she made so many friends too. I would give it 10/10."

“Vic found the sessions very helpful. He made a new friend who will be in his school house, feels confident about going to town on his own (previously he was reluctant to leave the house on his own) overall it was a hugely positive experience for him- we’re really pleased he went, his confidence has improved. I don’t think I would change anything. We rate it 10 out of 10. Thank you for providing it. We would recommend to others." 

The leaflet for the project can be found here.

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July 2014 - Talent Match


We have a new project at the Cardigan Centre called Talent Match. The Talent Match programme offers Support, guidance and navigation to existing provisions for NEET (not in Education, Training or Employment) young people.

Talent Match boosts opportunities for young people in these areas by bringing together partnerships of employers, education providers and others, led by local charities.

Further information regarding this new project can be found here

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July 2014 - Urban Arts


Children in the School Council at Quarry Mount Primary School have produced an Anti-Bullying mural, it features the phrase "If people try to put you down, it only means you are above them" which the group hope will inspire other young people.

It is also hoped that the mural will act as a detterent to prevent the wall from being further vandalised. This approach has been successful with previous sites that the group has worked on. The group of around 10 young people, from the Woodhouse and Little London areas, were helped to produce the mural by a local graffiti artist.

In an effort to continue to inspire the young people in the area, Rob Georgeson and Alison Davies are working on a bid to introduce more urban arts related activities to the area as it has proven to be a success with young people and has helped them engage positively with the local community.  

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June 2014 - Every Youth Cinema


Are you 13-19? Love the magic of the movies? But can’t afford cinema prices?

Every Youth Cinema is a drop in session run on a Thursday evening at the Cardigan Centre.
Everyone is welcome to come along, have the chance to watch the latest realeases, hit box sets and older classics.

We will be holding different theme weeks as well as making most session’s educational, teaching about the importance of media and film and how it has moulded society. It’s not all education though; we offer a fun and safe environment where you can quite simply come along and relax with your friends.

Dates still to be confirmed, any questions contact Ally or Chloe 0113 274 9959.

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May 2014 - Yorkshire Evening Post Article


The ASSIST project that Youth Point is delivering was featured in an article on the Yorkshire Evening Post website. You can view the Article by clicking here

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May 2014 - Matrix Accreditation


The Cardigan Centre was visited by Philip Styan on the 4th March 2014. Philip arrived on Tuesday morning to assess the information, advice, guidance and support (IAG) service provided by the centre against the Matrix standard.

Philip conducted formal and informal interviews with staff, learners, volunteers and partner organisations throughout the two day assessment. Following the review against the Matrix standards the Cardigan Centre had demonstrated that it had continued to meet the criteria and therefore accreditation was granted for a further three years.

Philip reported that “the staff demonstrated their commitment to providing impartial and relevant IAG and support to service users either as a core service or as an embedded service in teaching and learning

…the staff are enthusiastic about the service they delivered and their commitment to achieving the best outcomes possible for their clients”, and went on to highlight that “the organisation had always recognised the value of ‘soft outcomes’ for service users particularly those facing multiple barriers and are vulnerable within the ‘system’” as a strength.

We are very proud to have been successful in achieving Matrix accreditation, and this is in no small part due to all the hard work and dedication of our team.

Steve Johnson March 2014

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At the the Cardigan Centre we have a number rooms available for hire. 

They can and have been used for...






Wedding receptions


Birthday parties


Excercise classes


Adult education classes


Arts & Craft groups


Contact us on 0113 2759282 for more information.


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