Author Archives: betterlivesleeds

About betterlivesleeds

Health, social and age-related care services working together to make Leeds the best city for health and wellbeing

Age Friendly Leeds – learning from and sharing approaches to building age-friendly communities

Find out what happened when Leeds welcomed the Portuguese Aga Khan Foundation as part of their week-long study visit to the UK. Leeds City Council’s Ageing Well Officer, Carole Clark, gives her account of the differences and similarities in how … Continue reading

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Leeds Shared Lives Carers – knowing that they’re happy and comfortable in your home

Shared Lives is an alternative to traditional residential respite and day services for people in need of support.  The scheme offers personalised, quality care where carers share their lives and their homes with those they support. The Leeds Shared Lives … Continue reading

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Sugar, honey, honey – what can World Diabetes day mean to you?

It’s World Diabetes Day on 14 November, a day to raise awareness of diabetes and find out if there is anything we can do to help ourselves. Diabetes UK say about a million people in the UK are thought to … Continue reading

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Beeing together

Bee Together is a Health for All’s, Time to Shine Project, looking at the reasons for social isolation and loneliness in Older People with a Learning Disability(OPLD). Anna-Marie Garbutt, Health for All Time to Shine Community Learning Disabilities Project Coordinator tells … Continue reading

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Flu Mythbusting

  Flu season is nearly upon us and the best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated before the end of November. Vaccines are one of the greatest public health innovations in recent history and no other medical intervention has … Continue reading

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Celebrating Leeds Older Peoples’ Day

The 1st of October is Older People’s Day which also coincides with the UN International Day of Older Persons. Here in Leeds, we want to be an Age Friendly city and as part of that we support Older People’s Day … Continue reading

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Leeds Community builders – yes, we can!

You may have heard of asset-based community development (ABCD) which identifies the existing skills, talents and capacities of people and their communities to encourage change and development from within; the community’s strengths instead of its needs. The assumption is that, … Continue reading

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