Potterdale Centre
Name: Potterdale Centre
Description: Potterdale Centre
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Contributor: West Yorkshire Archive Service
Rights: West Yorkshire Archive Service
The Potterdale Centre is a Day Care Centre next to the One Stop Shop on Dewsbury Road in Beeston.

The Potterdale Centre is a Day Care Centre next to the One Stop Shop on Dewsbury Road in Beeston. The Potterdale Centre was opened in 2003 and provides a day care service for the over 50s.

There are many opportunities for users of the centre including the Local History Group which has been researching into the surrounding areas of Beeston and Hunslet.

The first day centre was set up by staff from the High Royds Hospital in 1974 to act as a drop in centre and focal point in the community. It was mainly operated as a luncheon and afternoon club and was largely run by volunteers.

In 1977 the Cyrenians took over management of the Centre and 2 staff were employed. In 1987 the name was changed to Leeds Housing Concern.

In 1997 a successful application for a lottery grant was made but it was not until spring 2000 that the construction of the new building commenced.

The Centre was named Potterdale because of several potteries that used to be situated in the locality. Their sites have now disappeared under the network of new roads constructed in the 1970s. There was even a woollen mill called Potter Dale at the northern end of Dewsbury Road.

Main Message from: Brian Garbett
The first Day Centre was situated in St Peters Church on Disreali Gardens in one of the upstairs rooms. In 1987 it was Leeds Cyrenians that changed their name to Leeds Housing Concern. Hilary Benn MP (who was then a Junior Minister for Prisons) officailly opened Potterdale Day Centre in 2003. In February 2007 Leeds Housing Concern, The Mental Health Trust and The Alzeimers Society set up a dementia cafe at the centre called Pot-a-Tea@Potterdale. Potterdale changed its name in April 2007 to Potterdale Community Resource Centre to encourage other community groups to use the building.