Author Archives: betterlivesleeds

About betterlivesleeds

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

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. Heading north from the centre of the city, up Harrogate Road, you might never realise … Continue reading

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How a Digital Angel can stop social isolation

At age 80, Vera was feeling that there was not enough for her to do anymore. She spent most of her time sitting alone and watching television, and told her daughter that she was fed up with this way of … Continue reading

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Coming Out and Showing Up: An Invite to LGBT History Month

  Coming out and showing up Eleanor Broadbent talks about what flying the rainbow flag for LGBQT History month means. Eleanor works in Equality and Diversity for St Anne’s Community Services. She is also a representative of Leeds City Council’s … Continue reading

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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.  … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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