St Luke’s CARES charity sets up shop in Morley

MP Ed Balls with John Hardy and Tom Leadley opened the new charity shop on Albion Street. (D551K418)
MP Ed Balls with John Hardy and Tom Leadley opened the new charity shop on Albion Street. (D551K418)

A charity that offers support to vulnerable communities in south Leeds, including Morley, has opened in the town.

A St Luke’s CARES charity shop officially opened its doors on Albion Street earlier this month with Morley MP Ed Balls cutting the ribbon.

The charity’s work includes supporting vulnerable girls struggling at school and at home and who are also at risk of child sexual exploitation and also supports young people at risk of being caught up in crime and anti-social behaviour through a variety of projects.

They also offer computer courses and clubs for the long-term unemployed and elderly who are at risk of isolation.

Although a small charity, they fully intend to open a number of shops across South Leeds, their first being in Beeston on Beeston Road.

The shops serve tea and coffee, as well as all sorts of clothes and vintage items. Spend over £5 and enjoy a drink on the house!

They have worked with local historian Peter Aldred and Morley Heritage Centre, who have kindly allowed the charity to display some of his collection in the shop.

General manager Jackson Turner said they hope people will think of St Luke’s CARES when donating clothes and household items.

He said: “All donations are welcome and we have a van to arrange free collections. We are in need of clothes, nick-nacks, jewellery, accessories, furniture and other items for the shop.”

The charity has close connections with Morley, working with and supporting families in the area.

Jackson said: “The work of the charity is focused on South Leeds inner city and we hope the people of Morley will shop here in order to support people in South Leeds who are less fortunate than them.”