Your chance to get involved in Inclusion Week

Inclusion Week runs from 26 September until 2 October and there will be a LOT going on in and around Leeds.

On Tuesday 26th September, Leeds City Council is hosting ‘Innovation through diversity’, a conference to better understand and explore opportunities of being a more culturally diverse city.

From 1 -4.30pm at Leeds Civic Hall, speakers will include Sharon Watson, Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre & Independent Chair of  Leeds 2023 European Capital of Culture bid, Cllr Alison Lowe and Alan Gay of Leeds City Council and Adie Platts from AJP Technologies.  They will all share examples of innovation through diversity gained from organisations and communities in which they live and work.

You will also hear real life experiences from our Living Library whose stories will touch on different aspects of diversity and inclusion in Leeds.

The Civic Hall is fully accessible. If you have any queries or requirements to help you fully participate please contact Paul Leahy 0113 3950072 or Emma McGrath 07712216418

You can book a place on Eventbrite at this link

During Inclusion Week there will be many events in and around the city.

Events and activities will cover topics such as Poverty, Pay and the Living Wage, Domestic Violence, Men’s health; Healthy Minds and Mental Health Awareness, LGBT* awareness, Disability Equality and the Social Model for Today, and Accessible Transport for the City.

The week’s agenda is being finalised but will be published below shortly with individual event booking instructions. New events will be added to this page as they come available so please keep coming back.

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Secondhand Stories – “A kind of gift” from a Weekend of Wonder by Time to Shine

Carmel Gorman in the pink top. Linda Marshall in beige top. Malika Booker in the multicoloured top, and the head seen from the side is Amy Luxton

Getting inspiration for Secondhand Stories. Anti-clockwise from front left Carmel Gorman, Linda Marshall, Malika Booker, and Amy Luxton.

What happens when you bring seven older adults, three young writers from the Writing Squad and writer, performer and storyteller Malika Booker together for a Weekend of Wonder at the HEART Centre, Headingley for an intergenerational project?

You get “Secondhand stories: a kind of gift” Steve Dearden, Director, The Writing Squad tells us what happened.  Continue reading

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You’ve got a “Befriender” in me with Otley Action for Older People


Did you know that there was an International Friendship day, dedicated to the bond of friendship and companionship and celebrated on the first Sunday of August every year?  No, I didn’t either.  But it made me think if friendship is valued so highly that there is a day celebrating it what do you do if your friends are no longer there?  If you are separated: by geography or illness or even death?

Loneliness and social isolation are common problems amongst the elderly and this can have a profound effect on many aspects of people’s health and well-being. According to Age UK, over half of those over 75 live alone. Many older people say that the television is their main source of company and around 1 million older people may not speak to anyone for a whole month.

But not everyone is left to fend for themselves, the Otley Action for Older People (OAOP) Befriending Scheme is tackling the problem head on and Nikki Sloper, OAOP Healthy Together Project  Health Impact Worker can’t wait to tell us all about it. Continue reading

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Supporting #hellomynameis at Leeds City Council


Cllr Rebecca Charlwood

Cllr Rebecca Charlwood

Hello, my name is Rebecca Charlwood. I am the Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adults, the Chair of Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board and a local councillor for Moortown.

The sad news of Dr Kate Granger’s death on the 23rd July had a profound impact on not only people in Leeds but also across the country and the world, demonstrating the huge number of people she inspired. Dr Granger worked at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) and based on her experience of being a patient after diagnosed with terminal cancer, she began an inspirational movement driven by a simple but powerful idea. Continue reading

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Trust your instinct – be part of World Day against Human Trafficking


It is a shocking thing to realise but slavery still exists. Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery – a criminal industry that denies freedom to 20.9 million people around the world. And no matter where you live, chances are it’s happening nearby.  And, sadly, it is a growing problem.

Last year the number of victims identified in the county nearly tripled from 42 to 122. Outside of London this region is one of the worst in the UK at the time of writing.  But what can we do?  As part of World Day against trafficking in persons  Paul Seddon, part of Leeds City Council’s Resilience and Emergencies Team, tells us how we can get involved.  Continue reading

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Supporting World Hepatitis Day

achievement_-_enIn 2010 the World Health Organization made World Hepatitis Day one of only four official disease-specific world health days, to be celebrated each year on the 28th July. This year World Hepatitis Day is promoting NOhep, campaigning to eliminate viral hepatitis. Hepatitis is a global killer, claiming 1.4 million lives per year – more than HIV/AIDs or malaria.

Dawn Bailey from Leeds City Council’s Public Health team is a Health Improvement Principal dealing with Health Protection. She has been actively involved dealing with Hepatitis in Leeds in recent years and explains why she is backing World Hepatitis Day.

Some diseases hit the headlines more than others, whether rightly or wrongly. That means many of us aren’t as aware of the potential impact of infections as others and miss a chance to take simple steps to prevent catching and spreading bugs and illness…  Continue reading

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Who you gonna call? The Leeds Directory, that’s who


Where can you go to get information that you trust about services and organisations to help you, your friends, and relatives live their lives as well as possible?   Leeds Directory is just what you need.

As Mrs H. from Pudsey had found “There are people out there but they are not reliable… it is nice to think that someone will ring you back or come to see you”.

A major step in improving the lives of older, disabled, and vulnerable people in Leeds is keeping their independence and the Leeds Directory provides the information that puts that power back in the hands of the individual.

There are over 1900 organisations and services listed to assist and support people to live independently. Organisations providing services around the home and garden, personal care or trades are checked and vetted for peace of mind. These providers are marked with the Directory’s Green Tick so you know they can be trusted.

Leeds Directory, Marketing and Development Officer, Dean Butcher tells us more about the last year. Continue reading

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