Category Archives: Choice

Writing Back: a pen pal programme for Leeds students and older people

This time of year is a busy one for the Royal Mail – cards and parcels all needing to be delivered before Christmas.  The rattle of the letterbox and the sounds of cards falling onto the carpet is one most … Continue reading

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How Leeds Home Plus service can help this winter

Winter sunshine is always welcome during the shorter days but though beautiful to look at often means it’s frosty, icy underfoot and cold.  This poses difficulties for many people whether it be heating the home, risking falls by going out … 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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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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Leeds – one of the best cities for health and wellbeing – hosts King’s Fund conference

As Leeds is rated as one of the best cities for health and wellbeing, it was the obvious choice to host a major conference looking at how healthy populations can be sustained in a world where for the first time … Continue reading

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Let’s sing about death – the Swan Song project in Leeds

Talking about death our own, or those closest to us, is one of the hardest things anyone can do.  During Dying Matters week we’re looking at different ways of starting such a conversation. The Swan Song Project gives people facing … Continue reading

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Leeds Dying Matters Walking up the King’s highway and funeral music

As part of Leeds Dying Matters week we’re taking a look at what you can do for yourself, your family, friends and community to start talking about death and maybe think about some of those tricky decisions such as making your funeral … Continue reading

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