Unity Enterprise, in collaboration with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), is set to deploy three new defibrillators to benefit the Chapeltown community near Leeds city centre.

These fully automated devices, equipped with straightforward voice prompts for cardiac arrest situations, will be affixed to external walls at each of the three business centres operated by Unity Enterprise. As the not-for-profit subsidiary of BME housing association Unity Homes and Enterprise, Unity Enterprise aims to ensure public accessibility to the defibrillators 24 hours a day.

The defibrillator at the Leeds Media Centre, recently renovated, is fully funded by the DHSC’s £1 million Community Automated External Defibrillators Fund. This fund is dedicated to increasing the presence of defibrillators in crucial public locations, ultimately contributing to life-saving efforts.

For Unity Business Centre and Chapeltown Enterprise Centre, the funding comes from a joint effort by the DHSC and Unity Enterprise. These centres collectively offer more than 140 affordable units to over 80 diverse businesses, employing over 900 people.

Adrian Green, Unity Enterprise manager, said; “We were thrilled that our funding applications were successful and thank the DHSC for its support.

“The fully automated nature of these defibrillators means that there are no official training requirements, which will provide confidence to users should that need arise.”
Cedric Boston, Unity Homes and Enterprise chief executive, said; “As a community-based organisation, we are always keen to explore every avenue open to us to support local people in the Chapeltown area where we were founded and continue to be based.

“These devices should be invaluable in the unfortunate situation of someone going into cardiac arrest and we will do all we can to ensure surrounding neighbourhoods are aware of their presence.”

Sharon Jandu OBE, Unity Enterprise chair, said; “Chapeltown was my home for eight years and I still have family and many friends living there.

“As well as supporting local businesses, we exist to protect the wellbeing of local people.

“The new defibrillators are potential lifesavers, and we are proud to be playing our part in providing them.”

The installation of all three defibrillators is scheduled to be completed early in the New Year.