It was good to talk – BME: “Our Health, Our conversations”

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27th April 2016 saw Leeds Social Care Community Forum Conference at Leeds Civic Hall. This year the conference focussed on conversations about Real Health and Real Experiences. It included a programme of speeches, workshops, information and advice stalls and Q&A sessions on four topics; Dementia, End of Life, Men’s health and BME day services. Continue reading

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Assisted Living Leeds on the road to flood recovery

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After much hard work to clean up and recover from the  Boxing Day flooding of Assisted Living Leeds (ALL) we are gradually making the move back to Clarence Road and getting back to business as usual.

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New helper kit to cut bowel cancer

kitWith nearly half the people in Leeds (44%) ignoring their bowel cancer screening tests, Leeds City Council and the NHS and have launched a new initiative to encourage more people to take this simple health check that can save lives.  Feedback from the public revealed that some people found the test off-putting, so the NHS and council have joined forces to send out helper kits to 12,500 people. Currently all 60-74 year-olds receive bowel cancer screening tests every two years, sent directly to their home address as part of a national screening programme. For the next three months, anyone getting the test will also receive a special helper kit. Continue reading

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Leeds Autism AIM goes from strength to strength

In preparation for World Autism Awareness Day on 2nd April, we spoke to Luke Aylward from Leeds Autism AIM Project about their support for autistic adults in Leeds.

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Leeds Autism AIM is a service for autistic adults in Leeds with little or no funded support. Under its banner, we have set up two weekly drop-in services, found mentors for a number of people in need of guidance and provided a number of information resources.

The service was founded by Advonet with help from a number of autistic volunteers, some of whom went on to become staff. Since being set up in November 2014, over 400 different people across the city have been helped by the service. Continue reading

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How are You? – a campaign to help you be healthy

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How are you? That’s the little question at the heart of One You. Dr Ian Cameron, Leeds City Council Director of Public Health explains more behind the brand new health campaign… Continue reading

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An apple a day keeps the dentist away – part of Nutrition and Hydration week

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Derek Johnson, Principal Catering Manager, Community Meals Leeds gives us some food for thought as he discusses  how people are getting involved in Nutrition and Hydration Week and how an apple a day can also keep the dentist away.    Continue reading

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How unwise decisions can make a positive difference

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People generally don’t change their behaviours or do things differently until they think about something differently. And we don’t usually think differently about something until we make, or are given, time to find out more about it or the opportunity to ask further questions.

This week we are supporting the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) call to action to increase awareness of the Mental Capacity Act and to highlight good MCA practice.

Mental capacity is the ability to make decisions for yourself. People who cannot do this are said to ‘lack capacity’. This might be due to injury, a learning disability, mental health problem or a condition such as dementia that may affect the way a person’s brain makes decisions.

The Act covers important decision making relating to an individual’s property, financial affairs, and health and social care. It also applies to everyday decisions, such as personal care, what to wear and what to eat. It can help people, their carers and professionals to make decisions, both now and in the future.

The call to action is to promote consideration that whilst Human Rights and laws are in place to protect people; both service users and staff providing care, sometimes measured risks can be included in decision making about what is in the best interests for somebody.

Greater consideration of the implications of accepting measured risks in peoples’ care could be one of the things that mean people’s aspirations play a bigger part in their on-going wellbeing. Continue reading

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