29 Nov MAP: Growing Ambition In the Heart Of Leeds
We visited MAP in October and checked out one of their many pioneering projects: growing fresh green vegetables in the heart of the city. Access to fresh food in growing urban populations is vital to the sucess of the city. If the charity is successful in its bid to buy Hope foundry – it may one day follow in the footsteps of sucessful indoor farmers such as MiniCrops or GrowBristol – all whilst teaching its students about the growing market for locally grown produce.
MAP Charity is a local authority approved provider offering students the opportunity to study and gain qualifications in Art & Design, Creative Media & Music as well as functional skills in Maths and English. We work with students who are having difficulty accessing mainstream education by supporting them in a wide range of courses that suit individual needs. Our aim is to help learners gain qualifications, and eventually re-engage with mainstream education.
Hope Foundry is MAP Charity’s current home of ten years, under which the charity has developed a bold new vision, ``We plan to see this stunning building further evolve as a vital creative hub for Leeds, opening its doors to new facilities and spaces in 2020 to benefit the whole community. This will allow for our impact to be amplified, reaching new and wider audiences while positively contributing to the local economy.``
Hope Foundry is also the home of Hope House Prints, just one of the many small creative businesses in the area that will benefit from MAP's ambitious plans, ``Purchasing Hope Foundry will enable MAP Charity to create a kitchen, café, roof-garden, studios, co-working, event, gallery and retail spaces whilst safeguarding the charity’s central provision for young people. The plan is to create a single site with multiple uses, that directly feeds back into the common goal of advancement of future generations, particularly for those with less opportunities to pursue creative paths.``