Leeds Older Peoples’ Action in the Locality welcomes in young and old

Did you miss this lovely article in the Guardian about OPAL or Older Peoples Action in the Locality about the Welcome In centre and what they do there?  OPAL is just one of Leeds’ Neighbourhood Networks and supports the over 60’s living in Cookridge, Ireland Wood, Tinshill, Holt Park, Adel and Bramhope – Leeds 16 above the Ring Road.

But they provide a lot more than table tennis sessions with the nearby school, Chief Executive, Ailsa Rhodes, has a lot more to tell us. Continue reading

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Remembering the dead – an exhibition at Leeds Abbey House museum

What objects do you own that remind you of someone who had died?

This is the subject of a new exhibition, entitled Remembrance, at Abbey House Museum . The exhibition includes objects which have been used to remember loved ones since the Victorian period and up to the present day.

And as the Leeds Dying Matters event is more or less a month away for taking place at the Kirkgate Market event space on 15 May visiting this exhibition shows how important the event’s theme  – what can you do in your community? actually is.

The exhibition is curated by Patrick Bourne, Leeds Museums and Galleries, Jessica Hammett and Laura King, University of Leeds

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Leeds will shine a light to join in Stop World TB Day

The theme of this year’s World TB Day is ‘Light up the world to Stop TB’, and Leeds Town Hall and Civic Hall will be lit up red to promote awareness of the day. TB is still active in Leeds but together we can end this terrible disease.  We can make history – end TB

Kevin McGready, who works with Leeds City Council’s public health team, tells us about this disease and what is being done. Continue reading

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Anyone for tea? Join a global tea party in Leeds as part of Nutrition and Hydration Week 2018

On Wednesday 14th March 2018 why not join in a global Tea Party, an around the world celebration of afternoon tea, as part of Nutrition and Hydration week.   We want afternoon tea to be served in as many different health and social care settings world-wide, promoting the week and the work done every day to improve nutritional intake for older people.

And you can get involved as well as afternoon tea is the perfect excuse to meet up with a friend and share a meal, visit your favourite local café or go big and have a tea party inviting guests round from your community.

An estimated 17,000 older people are thought to be malnourished or dehydrated here in Leeds alone that’s 1 in 10 people.  If you want to find out more about how to help look at the Leeds Food consensus pages.

So, who’s coming to tea on Wednesday?    Continue reading

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In Leeds good neighbours can become good friends at Cross Gates & District Good Neighbours Scheme CIO

If you live in East Leeds, on the right side of York Rd, and are in the relevant age bracket, over 60, you will be able to sign up for the Cross Gates & District Good Neighbours Scheme CIO which works with and for older people.   The Scheme encourages older people to live independently and to join in activities within their own communities.  The Scheme now has over 1,000 members all regularly using the variety of services and support they provide.

Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours’ Scheme CIO helps older people to:

  • Reduce loneliness and isolation
  • Support independence
  • Promote healthy lifestyles
  • Try new things

So what goes on?

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Making progress to be best city for health and wellbeing

Wheel DiagramMeasuring things is vital. If we don’t know what we have, or where we are, how can we check on our progress and have a proper sense of direction? Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, Leeds City Council executive member for health, wellbeing and adults, and chair of the city’s health and wellbeing board, has a chance to get an overview of the city’s wellbeing. She explains how recent data analysis shows some great progress. Continue reading

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Leeds celebrating LGBT history month – a Bisexual history timeline

February is LGBT History Month in the UK, a time to celebrate some of the amazing things that have been achieved within LGBT rights, remember some of the low points that we and others before us have fought through and highlight some of the wonderful things LGBT people have accomplished.

Emily Metcalfe, of the Leeds Bi Group,  highlights some of the bisexual events and involvement within LGBT history, here are a few of the key moments that stand out to her, and also includes some local events. Continue reading

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