Newly founded Morley charity, Inspire-Aspire, is taking a walk on the wild side thanks to a £500 donation from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation to buy new animal carriers so it can continue its work introducing the local community to the exotic animals it rescues and cares for.
Inspire-Aspire was set up in 2012 as a sister charity to Morley Exotic Animal Rescue (MEAR) following increased requests from local authorities and organisations to work with young people and those with disabilities or mental health issues to help them re-engage with education and the local community. lan Hewitt, Trustee at Inspire-Aspire commented: “It became apparent last year that there was a real need in the Leeds area for young people who had become disengaged with society, people with learning difficulties or those with disabilities to have the opportunity to work with animals.” MEAR set up Inspire-Aspire to cater for the needs of the local community and now offers work experience and volunteering opportunities for local people, resulting in them achieving a Foundation Level Animal Care qualification whilst building their confidence, life skills and self-esteem. In addition, the charity runs a timetable of local community visits, introducing exotic animals and encouraging discussion and debate on animal care issues. It completed over 60 educational visits in its first year, reaching over 5,000 school children. Peter Jowett, manager at the Society’s Morley branch on Queen Street said: “As a building society, helping local charities and good causes that make a difference in our local community is close to our hearts and we’re delighted to be able to support Inspire-Aspire and the people it works with throughout the local area.”