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A new chapter is beginning for the Rainbow Factory Creative Arts Play Centre in Leeds.

The storytelling wonderland, which is still only 18 months old, is expanding into a neighbouring unit of the refurbished former textile mill in Farsley.

The additional space will take its total floor plan to around 7,500 sq ft.

The new area – the Rainbow Rooms - will be unveiled on December 3 and 4 at the venue’s Enchanted Christmas Market, which is set to attract hundreds of visitors.

The Rainbow Factory was set up with the social objective of inspiring future generations with a love of reading – and helping to raise literacy levels - by bringing stories to life through theatre, music and craft.

Since opening its doors to the public on June 6, 2015, it has welcomed tens of thousands of children, families and teachers through its doors.

Now, with the addition of a further 2,500 sq ft, its creators hope to share their unique project with thousands more visitors of all ages – helping them to explore new ways of storytelling, using their imagination and learning through play.

The expansion will enable them to provide more school trips – for children aged 4 to 14; more training sessions for teachers; and more of their increasingly popular classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

The business will also be working with the likes of the award-winning Baby Sensory, which will be running regular classes at the factory, and there will be opportunities for other similar partnerships.

Rainbow Factory Executive Directors Hazel Merlino and Sarah Underwood said: “We’re very proud of everything the Rainbow Factory has achieved in such a short space of time – in particular making a difference to so many young lives.

 “Our new baby and toddler-focused sessions have helped us to reach out to even more children – at a crucial stage of their development – as well as providing opportunities for parents and carers to develop a new support network.

“We hope that with the creation of this new area we can take a step closer to becoming a real social hub for local families.”

The Rainbow Factory has created around 24 part-time and several permanent jobs and has been shortlisted for two awards in the past year:

Best Place for Children and Young People in the Child Friendly Leeds Awards 2016

AND

Best Live Experience at the Leeds Lifestyle Awards 2016.

 

NOTES:

The Rainbow Rooms will consist of four themed areas, designed by Rainbow Factory Creative Director Richard Underwood.

  • Tick Tock Shop – shop and model-making workshop where visitors will be able to watch Richard at work on his Rainbow Factory creations.
  • Wonderland – theatre and birthday party room.
  • Tinker Town - classroom for our Mini Einsteins classes etc.
  • Neverland – sensory and birthday party room.
18 November, 2016

A huge congratulations to a member of our Commercial Community at Springfield Commercial Centre, The Phoenix Works, a renewable and electrical specialist. They won national best residential solar PV project at the Solar Power Portal Awards at the NEC in Birmingham on 5th October 2016.

10 October, 2016

The Learning Curve Leeds is a new business founded by Jenny Silvester, a local teacher. It offers private tuition for students from 6-18 and language classes for adults aged 18 and over.  Jenny, a successful teacher with 23 years’ experience decided this year to leave the relative safety and comfort of her classroom to start a new chapter in her life. Jenny, already very involved in village life in Farsley, says “I, like many local people, love to shop locally and use independent businesses and so why shouldn’t we be able to access private tuition and language classes on our doorstep?”   

Inspired by a desire to help younger pupils in the local community realise their full potential; and a long held ambition to share her love of learning a foreign language with adults, Jenny set up The Learning Curve Leeds.  “At The Learning Curve we have two key aims:

  • To help pupils to achieve through personalised learning and individual support
  • To share our love of learning foreign languages with adults in a fun and supportive atmosphere”

Every tutor at The Learning Curve is a qualified teacher and it aims to deliver the highest quality teaching in a safe, supportive and enjoyable environment close to home.  The Learning Curve Leeds is conveniently based at Springfield Commercial Centre in Farsley.

After an initial free assessment, pupils enroll at The Learning Curve and embark on a personalised learning plan devised by a qualified teacher.  Tuition takes place in a specially designed hub with up to date teaching materials and computer progranmes designed to deliver the highest standard of teaching in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.  Tuition is on a small group basis of up to four pupils at a time combining the best of independent learning and individual tutoring. Jenny says “The aim is to help each child build confidence and improve ability which enables them to reach their full potential.”

This aim also applies to adult learners who want or need to learn a foreign language. “Over the years, many people have shared with me that they wish they could speak a foreign language despite having studied one at school.” Says Jenny. “I believe that everyone can learn a language and that it can be a positive and rewarding experience”. The Learning Curve offers a range courses to suit all abilities and needs in a friendly, fun and non-judgmental environment. 

For more information about the range of courses on offer visit www.thelearningcurveleeds.com or phone 0113 4572796.

 

23 September, 2016

The Human Support Group who have been providing Homecare Support services across one area of West Leeds over the course of the last few years are now Leeds City Council’s primary Provider for homecare services across the West Leeds area and a main framework provider for the East Leeds area. The decision was made by Leeds City Council following an extensive re-tendering process and restructure of the way homecare services are provided in the Leeds area.

The Human Support Group are now commissioned by Leeds City Council to provide care as of 1st June 2016 until 2021 and have relocated to a newly refurbished office in the Springfield Commercial Centre, Farsley.

01 July, 2016

Get Cooking! a new Leeds Cookery School is coming to Springfield! Hand-crafted workstations for the classroom style kitchen is currently being fitted in unit 43a (where Priestley Dance Theatre used to be) and will be open in April 2016.

With the belief that everyone should be able to cook and enjoy good food (and drink) Get Cooking have developed a whole roster of courses to allow you to do just that, whatever your ability level, age or interest. The exciting range of courses on offer from the spring include Mediterranean Cooking, Vegetarian Summer Foods, Bread Making, Healthy Eating, Forage and Wild Food Cooking and Craft Ale Home Brew Courses - as well as Cooking For Babies and Holiday courses for 8-18 year olds.

You can get more information about all these courses on offer through their website www.get-cooking.org.uk. You can also like them on Facebook /GetCookingUK  or follow them on Twitter @GCooking

23 March, 2016

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