Safe and well in Leeds with the West Yorkshire Fire Service

Did you know the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has a Safe and Well programme so older people not only have a fire safety visit but are also given help and support for social isolation if needed as well? No? then read on. Jessica Duffy Learning Facilitator – Time to Shine and Leeds Older People’s Forum can tell us more.

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Leeds Local Care Partnerships and the Third Sector

Pip Goff, Third Sector and Community Local Care Partnerships (LCP) Development Manager, recently met with Karen Woloszczak, the Manager at Action for Gipton Elderly and Sean Tunnicliffe Communications Officer, Leeds Older People’s Forum, to talk about Local Care Partnership. Sean also wrote this blog about the meeting to share more information about Local Partnerships – what they are and what they do Continue reading

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Leeds – let’s be there for one another

“Neighbours
Should be there for one another
That’s when good neighbours become good friends”

“Ok the above is taken from the theme song for the long-running Australian soap, Neighbours, but it captures the essence of the ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ campaign” says Shak Rafiq, Communications Manager, NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group
Neighbours, “and we’re encouraging people across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to reach out to someone nearby as small gestures could make a huge difference.”

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Winter is coming to Leeds…

Today Leeds City Council has published plans to fight the climate emergency and work towards becoming a carbon-neutral city.  Dr. Paola Sakai, UKRI Research and Innovation Fellow, University of Leeds, talks about what it means for Leeds and if there is anything we can do to help.

“Winter is here: the days are chilly and nights are longer. We wrap up and try to stay cosy. Time to get the scarves and gloves out, and warm up with the thoughts of Christmas. Bring out your brolly too, as it might rain. Actually, it has been raining quite a lot lately, now that I think of it… Continue reading

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Top tips for staying well in Leeds this winter

Winter has already started so here are lots of tips to make sure you give yourself, family and neighbours the best chance to stay warm and healthy throughout the season.

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The first Digital Health Hub in Leeds launched

Leeds Libraries have partnered with Cross Gates & District Good Neighbours Scheme CIO to launch the first Digital Health Hub in Leeds after receiving funding from the Good Things Foundation.

This will enable Cross Gates & District Good Neighbours Scheme to embed digital support and resources into their already successful programme of activity. Support ranges from contacting friends and family over Skype, ordering repeat prescriptions, making a GP appointment online as well as using the NHS app to self –manage their long-term health conditions.

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Are you eligible for a free NHS Health Check?

Although we’re legally required to MOT our cars and vehicles every year, there is no such requirement for our bodies.  And yet, for adults aged between 40 and 74 there is a way to do that.

An NHS Health Check is free of charge and available to adults without pre-existing cardiovascular conditions.  It’s designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia as well as reducing the risk of developing these conditions by helping people take preventative steps.

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