A new £2.5 million centre is to be built by Leeds Mencap on the site of the former Mount St Mary's primary School in East Leeds.
The centre will cater for people with learning disabilities from the whole of Leeds, as well as local community groups plus a nursery.
By meeting a range of needs, it is expected that the new centre will benefit more than 2,000 Leeds residents.
The announcement that work is to start on the centre comes as part of Leeds Mencap’s Space for me campaign, which began in June to raise the final funds needed. Now the charity is launching a Buy a Brick scheme to source the remaining £500,000 needed for this project.
Leeds Mencap is calling for volunteers and artefacts to help with an exhibition in 2013 to celebrate its 60th birthday entitled ‘the social history of learning disabilities in Leeds’ to take place at the Leeds City Museum.
The project is taking place thanks to an All Our Stories _grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). All Our Stories, a brand new small grant programme, launched earlier this year.
The exhibition will investigate the history of learning disabilities throughout Leeds and examine the changes of definitions, community care, institutions, stereotypes and perceptions of individuals with a learning disability throughout the city.