Category Archives: Health and Wellbeing

Dance On – keeping older people in Leeds moving and grooving through lockdown

For many people across Leeds, finding fun and interesting ways to stay active at home has been a challenge in the past few months, one that remains important even now as lockdown measures begin to ease. For the more vulnerable … Continue reading

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Developing peer support opportunities across Leeds and supporting groups to adapt to Covid-19 challenges

As defined by Mind, peer support is all about people using their own experiences to help each other. While peer support activities can differ vastly, whether in terms of what brings members together, the format of the sessions or the … Continue reading

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Better Conversations – supporting health and care staff digitally to work with the people of Leeds

A key part of the city’s Better Lives Strategy, supporting adult social care staff to have better conversations has been helping people in Leeds live independently for longer by identifying solutions that work for them. With many people across Leeds … Continue reading

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Leeds Pathfinder – using tech in innovative ways to support people living with dementia

Last year, Leeds Libraries, through the 100% Digital Leeds programme, successfully bid to run a Pathfinder project as part of the NHS Widening Digital Participation programme. The focus of the Pathfinder was on trialling new ways to use digital and … Continue reading

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Virtual Death Cafés – bringing people across Leeds together to talk about death and loss during lockdown

We have talked about Death Cafés before on this blog, hearing the first-hand experiences of someone who helped out at one of the sessions (and, of course, about the tea and cake on offer). However, with the coronavirus pandemic postponing … Continue reading

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Let’s make caring visible in Leeds this Carers Week

Carers Week is an annual event that raises awareness for caring, shining a light on the challenges faced by unpaid carers and recognising the work they do. With the theme of ‘Making Caring Visible’, this year’s event looks to highlight … Continue reading

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Fragments: helping to bring art to care homes in Leeds

Fragments is a collaboration between three friends who make art for people who find it difficult to go to theatres, art galleries and other cultural spaces. Just before lockdown started, they completed their first project, creating an immersive pop-up park … Continue reading

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Mick Ward reflects after four decades working to support adult social care across Leeds

After four decades working in adult social care for Leeds City Council, Mick Ward (Chief Officer for Transformation and Innovation within Adults and Health) is sadly retiring. Starting out as a care assistant in 1978, Mick has worked his way … Continue reading

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How the Leeds Neighbourhood Networks are supporting older people during the COVID-19 crisis

A feature of Leeds since 1985, the Neighbourhood Networks are locally-led groups that do amazing work to support the health and wellbeing of older people across the city. Working within communities to meet local needs, these organisations offer services, activities and sessions that older people want.

While the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has prevented older people from accessing these services in traditional ways, the hard work of the networks has not stopped.

Ali Kaye, Third Sector Development Manager for Leeds Older People’s Forum, tells us more about how the networks have responded and adapted rapidly to supporting older people during the crisis. Continue reading

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Leeds Recovery Hubs – supporting older people during the COVID-19 crisis

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