Leeds celebrating LGBT history month – a Bisexual history timeline

February is LGBT History Month in the UK, a time to celebrate some of the amazing things that have been achieved within LGBT rights, remember some of the low points that we and others before us have fought through and highlight some of the wonderful things LGBT people have accomplished.

Emily Metcalfe, of the Leeds Bi Group,  highlights some of the bisexual events and involvement within LGBT history, here are a few of the key moments that stand out to her, and also includes some local events. Continue reading

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Coming Leeds Bramley Elderly Action ready or not

Bramley Community Centre ‘The beautiful hall at Bramley Community Centre (photo by BEA volunteer Mindy Goose)’


Bramley Elderly Action (BEA) is a Neighbourhood Network which supports older people (aged 60+) in Bramley, Swinnow and parts of Stanningley Leeds to remain healthy, active and involved in the community. The group has approximately 1,000 members and 150 volunteers.  BEA is just one of the 35 Neighbourhood Networks that flourish in Leeds.

What are Neighbourhood Networks?  They are community based, locally led organisations which help older people live independently and actively participate within their own communities. They provide services that reduce social isolation, provide opportunities for volunteering, act as a “gateway” to advice/ information services, and promote health and wellbeing improving the quality of life for individuals. They are funded by Leeds City Council and other organisations, but are managed and run by the members themselves.

Fran Graham, Operations Manager, BEA / Bramley Lawn / OWLS / UpBEAt tells us more about what people can do when they join BEA. Continue reading

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Dignity in Action day at Leeds Mental Health Transitional Housing Units.

Today is Dignity in Action day, but what is it? I hear you ask  Quite simply a day to make sure people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.

Dame Joan Bakewell, Dignity in Care Ambassador said:

“Dignity Action Day highlights a more respectful way of behaving towards vulnerable people. “

Health and social care workers promote dignity in their place of work. Members of the public can join in too by promoting dignity for people in their communities.

Emily Morgan, Unit Manager, Bewerley Croft Transitional Health Unit, tells how the staff and people at the Centre there take part.

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Have you got time to talk?


Mental health is beginning to lose the level of stigma it once had. High profile figures – royals, sportsmen and women, celebrities, politicians, business people – are sharing their stories and experiences in a way that would have been unthinkable not so long ago.

That’s great news. Continue reading

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Taking a leep of faith thanks to the Leeds Slug and Lettuce

As a Digital Eagle for Barclays Bank Emma Horsfall has taken part in many digital events within the Leeds community, mainly helping people to get online.  But at one such event she fell in love with a brilliant charity group based in Leeds called Leep 1 and she knew she just had to do more to help them. Continue reading

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Making later life better in Leeds

 In October 2017, Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF), Leeds City Council and the Centre for Ageing Better joined together in a new five year partnership to develop and share innovative approaches to tackle social, economic and health inequalities in later life across Leeds.

To support this work, the Centre for Ageing Better has employed Partnership Manager Joanne Volpe, who reflects here on her first few months in post, and what the partnership will be focusing on in 2018. Continue reading

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Not Foo Fighters, but Leeds Flu fighters – fighting the flu bug together

We’ve all seen the newspaper headlines about the NHS Winter crisis and hope that we won’t be forced to visit a hospital soon and become one of those hapless people forced to wait for treatment.   So what can you do? One way of reducing demand on NHs is to self care and at this time of year the most effective way to do that is have a flu jab.

Getting a flu jab is the best way of reducing the spread of flu.  It protects not only you, but friends, family and co-workers. These jabs really can save lives. But if you still have reservations about the flu vaccine here are some of this year’s common flu myths and the myth busting truth behind them. Continue reading

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