You never have to feel alone: domestic violence how to get comfortable talking about it

Nik Peasegood

Nik Peasgood gets comfortable to talk about it

If you are affected by domestic violence and abuse, it’s likely that you have lots of questions about what will happen if you talk to someone or report it. You might even feel you don’t have a choice but to stay with an abusive partner, because you don’t know where to go or what to do if you leave. You might worry about what will happen if you report it.

The ‘Get comfortable talking about it’ campaign is welcomed by our Independent Domestic Violence Advocates at Leeds Domestic Violence Service – because unless we do get comfortable talking about it, people won’t know the answers to their questions or understand the amount of support available to them if they are affected by domestic violence and abuse. Nik Peasgood, Director and IDVA Service Manager tells us more about the Leeds Domestic Violence Service. Continue reading

Posted in Domestic Violence, Information, Safeguarding, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Let’s get comfortable and get talking about it


Eleanor cosies up to the cushion

I am a Lead Practitioner with Forward Leeds, based at Kirkgate, and have been attending the monthly MARAC (multi agency risk assessment conference) meeting for South Leeds and Holbeck for about two years.

I knew relatively little about the help available for those affected by domestic violence and abuse in Leeds until then, but have been amazed at the extensive wrap around support on offer. As a team we have referred many people to MARAC, where they’ve been able to get help with things like housing and ongoing support from a domestic violence worker, to make positive changes to their circumstances. Continue reading

Posted in Domestic Violence, Independence, Information, Mental Health, Safeguarding, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

We had over 4,000 conversations about domestic violence last year

get comfortable banner

get comfortable banner

“Since 2011 Leeds Domestic Violence Service (LDVS) has been providing support to people experiencing domestic violence and abuse. Between us, the three organisations that provide the service in Leeds (Leeds Women’s Aid, Halt and Behind Closed Doors) have been talking about it for over 70 years.”

“We are comfortable talking about it, sometimes too comfortable – it’s what we do every day” says Kate Bratt-Farrar, Chief Executive, Leeds Women’s Aid

“We have learned lots of things: Firstly, when someone tells you they are experiencing abuse, it SHOULD make you feel uncomfortable. That’s because it’s a horrible thing they are going through, and when someone tells you it’s happening to them, it becomes a real thing, not the experience of someone on TV or in a book.”

“Secondly, you have been chosen, someone trusts you enough to tell you about that horrible thing, the thing that causes them to live in fear and shame.”

“So, what do you do?”

Continue reading

Posted in Domestic Violence, Health and Wellbeing, healthy lifestyle, Independence, Information, Safeguarding | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Decisions, decisions: a post spin-out dilemma for Aspire


AspirelogoAspire Community Benefit Society supports more than 1000 adults with learning disabilities to have better lives through the provision of day opportunities, supported living and respite services.

As the Learning Disability Community Support Service, we were formerly the Council’s in-house provider of these services, but in August Aspire was launched.  Over 750 members of staff TUPE transferred to the staff-owned social enterprise – one of the largest ‘spin outs’ of a public service in the country.

So, four months on, how’s it going?  Carol Benson, Aspire’s Business Development Manager, reflects on progress. Continue reading

Posted in Choice, Learning disablity, social enterprise, Transforming care services | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

You’re hired! New Leeds health and social care apprenticeships offer bright opportunities


Eight lucky individuals will take part in a new scheme as Leeds health and social care partners take on new apprentices of all ages to work in a variety of jobs across Leeds.

Partners involved in the scheme are Leeds Community Healthcare, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds City Council, Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, Barnsley College and Leeds clinical commissioning groups.

The new recruits got a warm welcome at the launch event from the chair of Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, Councillor Lisa Mulherin, who was joined by employers and health and care partners to celebrate the new scheme. Continue reading

Posted in Achievement, Health and Wellbeing, Integration, Transforming care services, Working together | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Feel great? Let’s keep it that way.

free NHS health check

We can’t escape the changes age brings but there’s lots we can do to stay well so we can continue to do the things that are important to us. For many approaching or in our 40’s, 50s, 60s and 70s life is busy, and projects at work, redecorating the house, planning the next holiday or even our retirement can make it easy for things like our health to slip our minds. So what can we do?

Continue reading

Posted in Active ageing, Awareness, Health and Wellbeing, healthy lifestyle, Information | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Meals on wheels – more than just a meal

PrintNow the clocks are turned back, and winter starts to draw in vulnerable and older people are less likely to go out and there is a greater risk that they won’t get a good meal. But do you know how well Mum and Dad are eating anyway?  What about your elderly relatives, friends and neighbours? Do you even know how much they should be eating?

Older people, 75 plus, should be eating almost as much as you. The recommended intake for an elderly person is 1800 calories a day.  That’s around 200 calories less than the recommended daily intake for a woman and 700 less than a man.  But as you get older appetite, because of various reasons can, decrease.   And if you’re not there at mealtimes what can you do?

NACC National Meals on Wheels week raises awareness of the meals on wheels service and shows how important this vital service is whether delivered to the home, through day centres or luncheon clubs.   Meals on Wheels helps keep the vulnerable and elderly within our communities nourished, socially independent, and most importantly in their homes for longer.

Let 88 year old Mr Shambrook tell you why Meals on Wheels is needed.

Derek Johnson, Leeds Community Meals manager tells us more.   Continue reading

Posted in Carers, Choice, Community Meals, Health and Wellbeing, Information, Nutrition, older people | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment