Whether for a few hours or a few weeks, Shared Lives carers across our city open up their homes to adults with a range of care needs, providing support and companionship.
They play a pivotal role in our city, offering a much-needed break for our city’s many carers.
However, we have seen the number of Shared Lives carers in our city recently fall to record low levels, leaving Leeds City Council on the look out for anyone over the age of 18 with a spare bedroom who’d be interested in joining their carers community.
More people than ever have experienced loneliness over the past year, with many of us being unable to see our family and friends due to the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve all spent more time at home than usual, with lots of us using our digital devices to access services, video call loved ones and learn new skills online.
To help make sure everyone has access to digital skills, Leeds Libraries are supporting more people across the city to feel digitally included and build confidence using their laptops, tablets and smartphones to keep in touch with others.
In Leeds, there are more than 75,000 people providing unpaid care, often alongside work or education, for someone who otherwise could not manage without their support.
With so many in our city supporting loved ones and friends, it is important we recognise the contribution carers make to their families, local communities and wider society, and that they get the support they need.
Carers Week is an annual event doing just that, raising awareness for caring, shining a light on the challenges faced by unpaid carers and recognising the work they do.
Since the start of the pandemic, a range of activities have been taking place in Leeds to connect local communities with key health messages and support available in the city.
Working with Voluntary Action Leeds, Forum Central and Hamara, Leeds City Council are looking for organisations and grassroots groups who can help their communities stay up to date with the latest guidance and make informed decisions.
Dying Matters Week has returned, this year focusing on the importance of being ‘in a good place to die’. Too often, people don’t feel prepared and haven’t fulfilled their wishes or communicated them to loved ones.
Where people die has been changing in recent years. More people than ever are dying at home, with the pandemic accelerating this trend. In 2020, 28% of people in the UK died at home.
Dying Matters Leeds wants people of all ages to be in a good place when they die – physically, emotionally and with the right care in place.
Over the past year, we have seen just how kind and compassionate a city Leeds is, with so many residents supporting shielding neighbours, friends and family to feel and stay safe.
We understand that many people will be feeling the mental and physical consequences of spending much of the last year shielding.
That is why Leeds City Council is working closely with a wide range of partners to ensure practical and emotional support remains in place for the 55,000 people in Leeds who remain clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus.
We’re supporting the National Day of Reflection, happening today, and we would like to encourage others in the city to take a moment throughout the day to reflect on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected them in the past year.
Organised by Marie Curie, today’s National Day of Reflection marks the first anniversary of the UK lockdown, with Covid-safe events planned up and down the country.
There are plenty of simple ways you can get involved to mark the National Day of Reflection, helping to commemorate the tragic loss of life in the last year and stand together with everyone who is grieving.
As we continue to stay at home as much as possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus in the city, it is important we stay active and keep moving. After all, maintaining good levels of physical activity not only supports our physical health but also our mental wellbeing.
Whether you’re looking to stay active while at home, find fun ways to get fit in your garden or safely exercise in your local area, Get Set Leeds has lots of useful, Covid-safe resources, gathered throughout the last twelve months.