Don’t go slip sliding away- walking safely during wintery weather conditions

Slips, trips and falls are the most common types of accident in life affecting any age and, thankfully, often only resulting in minor bumps and bruises. However the recent icy conditions have led to quite a few unexpected trips, and some of those can end up as trips to A&E.

You may feel that the only thing to do is hibernate, get the shopping brought in and stay on the sofa under your favourite blanket.  But there are precautions you can take so that you can have a safe, upright Christmas. Continue reading

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Are you one of the Leeds 32, 000 at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes?

Most people would be surprised to know that in the UK around 22,000 people with diabetes die early every year. Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.

In Leeds 32,391 have been identified as being at risk of developing diabetes and 42,746 people have been diagnosed with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable through lifestyle changes.

The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) identifies those at high risk of diabetes and refers them onto a behaviour change programme.

It’s a shock when you first find out you are at risk of diabetes, but there is a lot of information and support to help you to make some lifestyle changes so that you can reduce your risk.  And even at Christmas there is still a lot you can do and still enjoy yourself. Continue reading

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Get up and go – making a difference with dementia in Leeds

Dementia can bring stereotypes. Many people have preconceptions about what a person with dementia can and can’t do. You can’t work, you can’t go out alone, you can’t do new things. Yet I know a group of people who might surprise you. Sarah Goodyear, Dementia Friendly Leeds Campaign Officer, Leeds Older People Forum talks about the DEEP group in her guest blog. Continue reading

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A Leep into the light with the best café

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Café Leep is a Leeds based community enterprise staffed by adults with learning disabilities. With up to four different trainees per day gaining valuable skills and confidence while working in the café, they have been making a difference to many lives in Leeds. Assistant manager Darren Nixon tells us more…

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It’s not lonely this winter thanks to the Leeds Winter Friends

Winter is coming and so is the Winter Friend’s campaign only this time with shiny new owl badges and we want you to join us.  It’s a bit like being in the RNLI, although it doesn’t involve boats and getting wet, and becoming a winter friend could help save someone’s life.

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Carrying on an old family tradition Leeds Alcohol Awareness week 2017

Some people might not consider the everyday impact that a glass of wine here or a pint of beer there may have on their relationships. You don’t have to be a problem drinker for drinking to cause problems. Not just for yourself but for your family.  Alcohol Awareness Week runs from November 13-17 and this year the theme is alcohol and families.

Children are easily affected by their parents drinking. Missed trips to a park on Sunday because of a hangover from Saturday night. Perhaps watching their parents arguing after a few drinks. Even just witnessing Mum or Dad reaching for a drink as a “cure” for a bad mood. These are all things that can have an effect on a child or young person and the way in which they see the world.   Bill Owen, Early Intervention and Prevention Manager for Forward Leeds, the alcohol and drug service, reveals more about why this week is so important.

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Celebrating Leeds Occupational Therapy week

If someone told you that they were an Occupational Therapist what would you think they actually did?  Teach people to weave wicker baskets, work with older or physically disabled people, help people get jobs or help people to wash or bathe or learn to eat again.   Occupational therapy can be a surprisingly diverse career – encompassing everything from brain injury rehab to end-of-life care.  An Occupational Therapist addresses psychological, physical and cognitive issues to help someone resume a more self-sufficient life.

As part of Occupational Therapy Week here in Leeds we are celebrating their work and inviting everyone to an event in Kirkgate market to have a chat with Occupational Therapists who work in different environments throughout the city: hospitals, hospices and the home.

Helen Stebbings, Occupational Therapist, at the Beeston Integrated Neighbourhood Team reveals what inspired her to become an “OT” and the challenges she meets as part of a day’s work. Continue reading

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