15 July 2010,

Leeds LIFT - Grand Opening of the £5m Compton Joint Service Centre

A grand opening of a state-of-the-art £5m joint service centre combining council and health facilities in Harehills took place today (Monday 12 July).

The new centre, known as The Compton Centre, will transform access to council services for local people by providing them in new, modern facilities all under one roof.

On Monday it opened its doors to Leeds City Council services including a new, larger library and a new customer services team providing help and advice with benefits, council tax, housing, social care, environment-related issues and Leeds Credit Union enquiries.

Also located at the centre is a Jobshop where people can get help with getting back to work or receive advice on training. In addition to this, NHS Leeds Community Healthcare's Primary Care Mental Health Team will provide counselling and support to any patients referred to the service by their family doctor (GP).

The historic frontage of the old Compton Road Library has been preserved, and a new modern extension constructed, with many environmentally friendly features.

The Compton Centre is one of two new joint service centres in the city: the other one is being built in Chapeltown and will open in the autumn. Both centres have been provided by Community Ventures Leeds Limited, a public private partnership joint venture company jointly funded by Leeds City Council and NHS Leeds.

The Compton Centre now offers the following facilities:

  • A Leeds City Council customer service team providing help with housing services, benefits advice, council tax, social care and environment issues, plus advice and information on Leeds City Credit Union products and services and East North East Homes Leeds housing services

  • A new larger library with a wide range of new books, free internet access and learning sessions, plus regular activities and events

  • Registrar Services - registrar surgeries will take place at the centre.

  • Employment training and advice from Jobshop

  • Appointments with a Welfare Rights advisor for advice on all government benefits

  • Surgeries by the Chinese Advisory Service

  • NHS Leeds Primary Care Mental Health Team (referral only).

Click here to to play video of the opening - http://vimeo.com/13271306

For further information please contact Leeds LIFTCo