Belle Isle Elderly Aid




What We do


Welcome to our website

Belle Isle Elderly Winter Aid (BIEWA) was established in 1985 in response to severe winter weather conditions which put the health of older people in danger from the effects of cold weather in this particularly bad winter. The health effects were exacerbated by poor housing stock, poor insulation and unaffordable fuel bills. Belle Isle is recognised as a deprived area and older people’s income is a particular issue in this area.

The services offered by BIEWA have developed from this initial focus on Winter Health issues to encompass a wide range of activities addressing problems of Poverty, Ill Health and Loneliness. We work to address these needs in the following strategic areas, Social Contact; Safety & Security; House & Home; Healthy Living and Winter Warmth.

The activities and services developed to address these needs will be in response to what we have been told by older people and in partnership with them.  

Help available

Jean Burton - Chairperson

+ Social Contact

+ Practical help

+ Health and Wellbeing

+ Winter Warmth

+ Advice & Information

+ Safety & Security


About us

Belle Isle Elderly Aid is a charity registered with the charity commission since 1985 (701895). We are one of forty ‘Neighbourhood Network’ schemes in Leeds supported by Leeds City Council. Our aim is to help older people to remain living at home as long as possible. The organisation is managed by a committee of local residents elected annually at a public meeting.

Our People

+ Jean Burton - Chairperson and 7 other local residents form the managements committee.

+ Ian Campbell-McLean - Project Co-ordinator

++ 50 Volunteers and Staff



Social Contact

We address the issue of Social Isolation by providing our members the opportunities to participate in social, educational and cultural activities.........

Winter Warmth

Keeping warm  and eating well in the winter months is essential to keep fit and well. We can help in various ways. Often advice and information is very important............

Safety & Security

Through our Handyman service we can supply and fit Smoke alarms, Carbon monoxide alarm and general household security items…….

Health & Wellbeing

Your physical and mental health is essential to maintaining a good quality of life. Join our exercise class, Tenpin bowling club, our lunch club and social activities.......

We do

What we do


Contact Information

You can contact BIEWA at the address below. Please leave a message if we are not available. If you need help more urgently please contact our colleagues at Middleton Elderly Aid on 0113 2721050

We are here

Our Address

Belle Isle Elderly Aid

26 Broom Crescent

Belle Isle, Leeds,

LS10 3JN

Email: info@belleisle.org.uk

Tel: 01132778208

Registered Charity 701895

Our promise to our service users

We will always treat you dignity and respect.

We will do our utmost  to help you in any way we can.

We will support people of all abilities to join in our activities and use our services


We provide a range of services in the home, Gardening, Handyperson, Shopping and Cleaning. Please click below for more information............    

House & Home



A gardening service has been provided by the organisation for over 15 years. The scope of the scheme is limited to Grass Cutting, Hedge Trimming, Strimming and Waste Removal. Clients pay an agreed standard price for the service delivered and the organisation manages the scheme.

BIEWA will negotiate a fair price for the provision of the service, provide work schedules for the garden contractor and deal with any problems which arise.


Our Handyperson can provide a wide range of services for our clients in their homes.

A typical list includes the following jobs: change light bulbs, hang curtains, change smoke alarm battery, install security locks and door chains, attend to dripping tap, supply and fit Keysafe, supply and fit door bell, repair door bell and many more DIY/odd jobs.

We cannot of course do any electrical/gas work.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

We can supply and fit a carbon monoxide alarm, or fit one if you have bought your own. The fitting service if free of charge.

Smoke Alarms

We will refer clients to the fire service for a fire risk survey. The fire service will install a smoke alarm free of charge. We can supply and fit batteries for smoke alarms which have changeable batteries.

Winter Warmth

We supply thermal clothing during the winter months. We can install draught proofing materials if required. And assist clients with any repairs needed which effect warmth in the home.

Energy/Fuel/Insulation Advice is supplied with our colleagues via the Green Doctor Scheme.

Shopping & Cleaning

We provide a Shopping and/or Cleaning service for our clients. We offer competitive rates all our workers are Police checked and paid through payroll.

Other services

Above are some of the services we provide. We can also recommend reliable tradesmen for other services which we do not provide ourselves


The 59 Centre for older people offers social, health and educational opportunities for older people. The centre is located at 59 Belle Isle Circus. We are open Mon-Fri from 8.30-5.00 Telephone 2709426


Belle Isle Befriending supports older people who would benefit from someone visiting them at home. The visit may be for an hour or so per week. Volunteers provide this service. All our volunteer visitors have a current CRB check.

The Cinema  visits are a great favourite, we make regular visits to the cinema to see the latest releases. The trip out usually includes a pub lunch after the show.

Computer Training continues to be heavily in demand as more and more older people get interested in new activities and interests via the computer and Internet. Our training includes  instruction on the use of various applications which the members have expressed an interest in learning more about. Currently we have the following modules on offer. Beginners; Photo Editing and Digital Cameras; Publishing; Family History; Internet Surfing.

The Craft Group is one of the regular groups meeting at the 59 Centre. They meet at 10.30 on Thursday mornings. Glass Painting; Knitting; Painting etc...

Holiday  We are organising a break to Great Yarmouth in 2014

Our holiday is open to all our members, we particularly welcome less able members who may need extra support from our staff and volunteers. We use a wheelchair accessible coach and wheel chair users are very welcome.

Men’s Group  The 59 Centre runs a Men’s group on Monday afternoons. The group meets at 1.30pm for social activities. Darts dominoes and putting the world to rights are popular activities here.

Pantomime & Christmas Shows We have trips organised to see the Pantomime at the Carriageworks

Theatre trips to local venues are organised at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Alhambra, St Georges Hall.  All theatre trips include door to door transport and disabled people are particularly welcome.

Ten-pin Bowling A very popular and well supported group enjoy regular outings to the LA Bowl in Kirkstall followed by a pub lunch at a local hostelry. Less able people are particularly welcome as we have an accessible minibus and the venue provides additional equipment.

Trips & Outings We offer over twenty day trips and outings throughout the year. The trips are offered to all members of BIEWA and their friends.


We can help with information & advice and practical support which will help you to keep warm and safe at home and make best use of your energy.


Eating a healthy diet and taking appropriate exercise is important. We help to provide opportunities for this by organising chair based exercises at the 59 Centre. Members can keep a check on their weight and discuss health issues with friends at the group and visiting health professional. We also run a Lunch Club where members can get a nutritionally balanced meal provided by the Family Centre.

We also run a very successful Ten-Pin bowling club. The club meets every 6 weeks or so at Kirkstall Bowl, transport is arranged door to door.

NEW NEW NEW  Swimming Club every Monday morning!

These are some of the services we offer. If you can’t find what you are looking for please contact us. We may be able to recommend services or trades people in the area.