LEEDS WEST INDIAN CENTRE CHARITABLE TRUST
We welcome you to the website of Leeds West Indian Centre Charitable TRUST and hope that you will find our past, present and future areas of work of interest; allowing you opportunities for collaboration. Enjoy and share our emphasis on social justice, education, culture, cohesion and vision tinged with hope.
WHY US: THE TRUST HAS A VISION TO WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL VOLUNTARY AND STATUTORY ORGANISATIONS TO MAKE THE TRUST AND LWIC:
The centre of community activities in Chapeltown.
Advocate and advise on education issues.
An arts, education and culture venue.
Maintain a sustained programme of arts, educational, cultural and history-based events.
Help to maintain and deepen social justice and cohesion for local communities.
Act as the Cultural Enterprise-Arm of the Centre, which carries out Trading-Arm functions.
The premier local community-led entertainment centre to show-case local, national and international talents.
Develop relevant and appropriate programmes by regular consultations with local communities including young people.
Minister Gloria Hanley is Chairperson and Executive Director of the TRUST.
A retired community mid-wife, Gloria is co-founder and current Chairperson of Mary Seacole Nurses Association established in 1989, and a Minister with Wesleyan Holiness (Pentecostal) Church in Chapeltown, Leeds.
Paul Auber is Finance & Monitoring Office at the TRUST, and has over thirty years’ experience in voluntary sector management and finance.
Paul is especially interested in Black communities, their organisation and regeneration, and has worked on a range of funded programmes including health inequalities, youth provision, arts and culture, the local environment, community cohesion, community business development, and social justice issues. In his spare time, Paul’s enjoys community gardening, writing and publishing.
Ian Charles is Director of the Leeds West Indian Centre; established 39 years ago in Chapeltown, in 1982.
Ian is also a co-founders of the 50-year old Leeds West Indian Carnival, and was honoured with an MBE in 2007 for ‘Services to the Leeds Community.’
Claude Hendrickson is part-time Manager of the TRUST’s Boyz2Men Health Project, and has worked on a variety of projects with the TRUST since 2007.
Claude is a past- Director of the TRUST’s Leeds Bi-Centenary Transformation Project and past-Manager of the Race Card and Black Male Role Model projects. On behalf of the TRUST, he led a team of consultant in the development of the ‘Leeds Self-build & Custom-build Strategy 2016-2026.’ Claude is a regular public speaker on social justice issues that negatively impact Black communities across the UK, and is a National Self-build Champion. In his spare time Claude interests lie in the development of community media platforms using radio and internet TV.