Exotic animal centre to give caring course

Chloe O'Reilly, Alan Hewitt from the centre, Tom Cheeseman and Edward Hewitt with some of the animals at Morley Exotic Animal Rescue.
Chloe O'Reilly, Alan Hewitt from the centre, Tom Cheeseman and Edward Hewitt with some of the animals at Morley Exotic Animal Rescue.

A new £2m programme of community courses is set to send learners in Morley animal crackers.

Morley Exotic Animal Rescue, which cares for a huge variety of unusual creatures, is one of 30 new training providers chosen to deliver Leeds City Council’s community learning programme over the next three years.

They will be running courses at their Wakefield Road base, which is home to meerkats, snakes, spiders and racoons, after successfully applying for a share of £2,035,488 from the council.

Founder Alan Hewitt said: “We get all sorts of animals that we rescue- from tarantulas to skunks and giant snakes and these new courses will give people a chance to learn how to care for them.

“This is a real opportunity for people who want to learn how to rehabilitate exotic animals as there are so few places in the region that specialise in them like we do.

“We’re really excited about the new courses and we’ll also be welcoming learners into a brand new facility when the courses start too.”

The courses at Morley are being funded as part of the council’s community learning framework for 2014-17, using money from the Skills Funding Agency.

The programme is designed to give adults aged over 19 the chance to pick up new skills that can help them into further education or jobs.

Around 8,000 learners are expected to be supported by the programme this year, with courses particularly aimed at people living in disadvantaged areas.

To find out more, call 0113 2243759.