Leeds gets physical with Activeage

Have you heard about ACTIVAGE?  Happening in Leeds at the moment, this scheme supplies technology free of charge in people’s homes to help them live more independently and provide peace of mind for relatives living at a distance.

Let’s find out how it all works

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It’s a long, long road, but Leeds Peer support, helps share the load

Did you know that in Leeds we have a dedicated Peer Support Coordinator who works with long term conditions peer support groups?

Stacey Taylor has now been in post for 3 months and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of supporting and offering guidance to groups. She is passionate about improving the lives of people through peer support initiatives.

She has been out and about across the city meeting new people, scoping existing groups,  identifying any gaps in support but is amazed at the amount of fantastic dedicated people who give up their free time to make these groups thrive and become sustainable.

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Celebrate Fostering Fortnight with Foster4Leeds

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It’s Fostering Fortnight (13 – 26 May 2019) and you may have noticed Foster4Leeds adverts in your travels around the city. We’re looking to find people –single, married, gay, unemployed; labels don’t matter but if you can offer a young person in Leeds a safe, secure home, we need you.

Here’s one of our foster carers talking about their experience of going to one of our recruitment information events and what you can expect. Continue reading

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Out of the blue

DMIL-blueHelen Thomson had the awful experience of her brother dying suddenly. She movingly explains some of the issues and feelings she has dealt with, as part of our series of blogs for Dying Matters Week. Continue reading

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Hands up who likes tea?

Cuppa T C&C 2Allison Cliff is a librarian, part of the Leeds Libraries team. She’s helped out Leeds Bereavement Forum and their death cafe sessions. Here’s her take on Dying Matters week.

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Dying matters for mental health

cropareweread - CopyEvery year in May, Dying Matters Leeds hosts an awareness week (this year from 13th-19th May) which gives an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the local agenda. This year’s theme is ‘Are You Ready?’

Over the week we’ll be looking at many of the issues and themes which relate to Dying Matters. We’ll be providing information and insight into the work of those who support those affected by these life-changing events. Continue reading

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Let’s talk about death with Leeds Dying Matters Partnership

Dying matters - comunity hubsTalking about death and dying won’t make it happen any sooner, but not talking about it won’t make it go away, either.

Talking about dying and what would be important to us – to our family, friends and wider support network, helps everyone to have a sense of how to make our death a ‘good death’. Loosening up and talking helps us to get in touch with our lifetime of thoughts and experiences of death and dying; and we can connect better with the understanding of the cycle of life.

For those left behind, it takes away some of the stress when emotions are jangled; and helps in the process of ’celebrating a life’.

We want to help you start those conversations. Continue reading

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