Supporting World TB Day in Leeds

Rebekah Cutter works with Leeds City Council’s public health team. She tells us about a disease still infecting people in Leeds…

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A whole new approach to extra care in Leeds

Wharfedale View exterior view

The new extra care complex Wharfedale View

Leeds is now home to  a state of the art new housing complex offering older people the option of extra care in a home they can call their own.

With a restaurant and hair salon on site amongst other facilities, it really is a great place to grow old in.

Read on and find out more about the site, and see newly released pictures of the interior.

Wharfedale View marks the first of its kind extra care building for Leeds and a new era for housing for older people in Leeds.

The multi-million pound extra care housing scheme, Wharfedale View, was officially opened by leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake last month.

With a restaurant on site, and facilities such as a hair salon and space for tenants to invite friends and family over to socialise, the complex has been really well thought out with tenants in mind.

Councillor Judith Blake spoke about the huge benefits that new sites such as Wharfedale View could bring to the city of Leeds – here more in the video below.

The flagship scheme, owned and managed by Leeds City Council, saw its first tenants move in just before Christmas. The ‘extra care housing’ offer in Leeds helps people stay independent in retirement by offering apartments with flexible 24/7 care as well as communal facilities.

Situated in Yeadon, the new complex includes 45 self-contained apartments (18 one bedroom and 27 two bedroom apartments). Each apartment has its own front door and its own kitchen and bathroom so that residents can live independently but with access to an assessed level of care dependent on their individual need.

Available for rent or shared ownership, people will be able to choose how they want to be supported as their care needs change in a safe environment.

As well as health and care needs being catered for by newly appointed Roche Healthcare Ltd, residents will get the opportunity to get involved with organised activities in the scheme’s communal areas and the chance to get a spot of pampering at a hair salon.

On site there is a restaurant, run by the council’s Civic Enterprise Leeds which will allow for family and friends to visit and socialise with their loved ones.

If you would like to find out more information about Wharfedale View you can call the housing team for this complex on 0113 378 9439.

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Don’t just walk the talk but drink the talk during Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017

This week is national Nutrition and Hydration Week  March 13th – 17th – are you ready to take part in the challenge?

Here in Leeds we have celebrated this week since 2014 and this has enabled our partners across the city to get creative, have fun and importantly raise awareness of the benefits of good nutrition and hydration.  For example, innovative display boards have been created in public spaces, events have been themed around the week  and organisations have had fun with food, presenting fruit in the shape of small animals.

The founders of Nutrition and Hydration week National Association Care Catering, the Hospital Caterers Association and Patient Safety First have a new challenge!

New for 2017 the challenge we have been set is to raise staff awareness of our own hydration and nutritional requirements! As well as supporting themed events:

Monday – Big Breakfast

Tuesday – Suppertime

Wednesday – Afternoon Tea

Thursday – Thirsty Thursday

Friday – Fruity Friday


Richard Porter, Chair Older People Food Matters Group tells us why it’s important not just to walk the talk but to drink the talk as well. Continue reading

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Celebrating Leeds Disabled Access day 2017

Money skills workshop at Leep 1

Money skills workshop at Leep 1

Have you heard of Disabled Access Day?  No? Well, it’s a day for disabled people to celebrate good access and take up opportunities to try something new. About highlighting the fantastic access that already exists in places, such as touch tours, relaxed performances, sensory experiences, level access and of course a warm welcome.

As the event has got so popular this year the event has expanded to three days 10th – 12th March. If you want to find out what’s happening look at the Disabled Access Day website.

Emma Horsfall is a Community Banker at Barclays Bank, one of the official sponsors of the day, and she tells us how Leeds will be celebrating Disabled Access Day.     Continue reading

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Marching for Men to stop prostate cancer becoming a killer


1 in 8 men are expected to get prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 47,000 new cases diagnosed every year, that’s 130 men every day.

March is prostate cancer awareness month so we thought we’d explain a bit about it and highlight Prostate UK’s March for Men campaign and an event taking place at Roundhay Park, Leeds, later in the year.

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Shared tables not separate tables

old-man-looking-sad-eating-aloneThere might be a number of reasons that people eat alone. It could be that they can’t physically get out of their homes, or that they don’t have anyone to go out for a meal with.  More than a Mealtime’s Shared Tables project, a scheme set up by Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours’ Scheme, brings people together so they can solve both problems.   Emily Axel, of the Time To Shine project reports on this lovely scheme. Continue reading

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Happy, healthy birthday to a hidden gem

The Leeds health and care world is large and complex, with thousands of people working and volunteering in roles which keep people healthier and happier.25-phrc-cake

Heading north from the centre of the city, up Harrogate Road, you might never realise that one of the less well known gems making it easier to deliver better health support is busily at work.

Grace Kelly tells us more… Continue reading

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