The Safer Project there to help protect you from doorstep crime and scams


We’ve all had them, letters through the mail guaranteeing us a substantial win and all we have to do is fill in the form, write them a cheque to cover their expenses, send it off and wait for the prize.  Only you never get the prize as they’re just one example of the many scams that exist to trap the vulnerable and the unwary.  And if it’s not the post the endless phone calls saying your computer is running slow and they can help but you have to give them your bank details.  Have you ever been taking in by one of these schemes?  Would you admit it if you had?

 `The SAFER Project’ West Yorkshire Trading Standards, exists to help safeguard older people from scams and doorstep crime.   Continue reading

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Inspire a smoke-free generation and stop smoking


Paul Lambert is a tobacco expert in Leeds City Council’s Public Health team. He’s managed to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) and tell us about how his New Year resolution is doing…

“I know I struggle with my New Year resolutions every year” says Paul “That’s mainly because they’re things I’m trying not to do which I enjoy! So I have every sympathy with people who are starting 2017 with a plan to knock smoking on the head and are finding it tough to keep going.”

“The resolutions I find easiest to keep are the ones where I’m getting support from family, friends and colleagues, along with the ones where I can see a difference.” Continue reading

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How getting to know the community you work in helps strength based social care


‘You can’t know what a person or a community needs, until they first know what they have. ‘ John McKnight, Co-Director, ABCD Institute quotes Mick Ward, Deputy Director, Integrated Commissioning, Adult Social Care, Leeds City Council and Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group.

He adds “As we move further towards implementing ‘strength based social care’, there has been a real focus on ensuring we really understand and can help develop the strengths of individuals seeking support.  However, this has to go hand in hand with understanding what is happening in local communities and neighbourhoods, so we can support people to access local resources, feel connected to their community, and as a result help them to blossom.”  Mick Ward tells us more about this new way of working. Continue reading

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Christmas cheer thanks to Leeds Meals on Wheels


So what sort of Christmas are you having? Nigella, Jamie Oliver or the blessed Delia?  Whoever you choose to follow I’m sure you will add to their menus with favourite foods from your childhood Christmases regardless of whether they are fashionable or not.

For 228 people in Leeds their Christmas meal will be delivered on the day by the Leeds Meals on Wheels team.  Continue reading

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It’s getting to look a lot more like a dementia-friendly Christmas

Watching Breakfast News this morning there was a short section on how Christmas can affect those living with Dementia and their families, friends and carers. So here are Peter Smith’s top tips on how to have a Dementia-friendly Christmas.

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Christmas party at Tea Cosy cafe, Rothwell, Leeds Christmas party at Tea Cosy cafe, Rothwell, Leeds

So what will your holidays look like? Will it be full of family, friends, food and drink, parties and presents?  It’s a time of year when everyone comes together, when you spend time with older relatives and it can often be the only time that you spend with them. Expectations run high and people can be emotional.

If you haven’t seen someone for a while and they behave differently to the way they used to because they are living with dementia, it can be quite distressing for them and you.

For people living with dementia this time of year can be a confusing and distressing time but help and advice is available.

I chatted with Peter Smith, who organises memory cafes as part of Rothwell’s dementia friendly community, on how to make Christmas a more dementia-friendly time.

Here are some of Peter’s…

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Baby, it’s warm inside …….thanks to the Warmth for Wellbeing Service


It’s December, and that means short days and cold nights and as the wind rises and the rain lashes at the window we simply turn up the thermostat and haul out the winter tog duvets.

Age UK say the ideal temperature is 64°F (18°C) for your bedroom and 70°F (21°C) for your living room. Remaining warm both inside and outside your home and eating and drinking well can help reduce the risk of serious health problems whatever your age. The current Public Health recommendations are to stay at a comfortable temperature of 18°C or above.

As we get older it takes longer to warm up which can be bad for our health. The cold thickens blood and increases blood pressure, and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.

But what do you do if you or your family are poorly and worried about the cost of heating or if your boiler is older than or as old as you are?   Continue reading

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Ladies – and gentlemen – in red…

wad2016-animated-gif-enLeeds City Council staff are being invited to ‘Wear Red at Work’ on Thursday 1st December 2016. And that’s an offer being shared with everyone else too! Jonathan Sharp, who works in the Public Health team, tells us more… Continue reading

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