Out of the blue

DMIL-blueHelen Thomson had the awful experience of her brother dying suddenly. She movingly explains some of the issues and feelings she has dealt with, as part of our series of blogs for Dying Matters Week. Continue reading

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Hands up who likes tea?

Cuppa T C&C 2Allison Cliff is a librarian, part of the Leeds Libraries team. She’s helped out Leeds Bereavement Forum and their death cafe sessions. Here’s her take on Dying Matters week.

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Dying matters for mental health

cropareweread - CopyEvery year in May, Dying Matters Leeds hosts an awareness week (this year from 13th-19th May) which gives an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the local agenda. This year’s theme is ‘Are You Ready?’

Over the week we’ll be looking at many of the issues and themes which relate to Dying Matters. We’ll be providing information and insight into the work of those who support those affected by these life-changing events. Continue reading

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Let’s talk about death with Leeds Dying Matters Partnership

Dying matters - comunity hubsTalking about death and dying won’t make it happen any sooner, but not talking about it won’t make it go away, either.

Talking about dying and what would be important to us – to our family, friends and wider support network, helps everyone to have a sense of how to make our death a ‘good death’. Loosening up and talking helps us to get in touch with our lifetime of thoughts and experiences of death and dying; and we can connect better with the understanding of the cycle of life.

For those left behind, it takes away some of the stress when emotions are jangled; and helps in the process of ’celebrating a life’.

We want to help you start those conversations. Continue reading

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Empowering Leeds Mums through tech

Have you heard of #techmums? This new programme offers mums in the city, who may have taken a break from the world of work, or have long term child-care commitments, the chance to keep up to date with advances in technology and to brush up on and learn new digital skills.

Undertaken as part of the Council’s 100% Digital Leeds initiative led by Employment and Skills and Leeds Libraries, Leeds was the first city outside of London to deliver the learning classes as part of the #techmumsClubs initiative.

The #techmumsClubs 10-week course covers a range of subjects from online safety and social media to basic coding, and has been credited with opening doors to jobs and further education.

Mavis, one of the mums who attended a #Techmums course, tells us more about what being a #techmum means to her. Continue reading

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Let’s stop Type II Diabetes in Leeds

Although there are around 200,000 people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes every year, there are things you can do to reduce your risk.

This April, the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) is holding the second Diabetes Prevention Week (1-7 April). We’ve teamed up with them to raise awareness of their Healthier You programme. This is a free service run by the NHS to help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Making small changes to your lifestyle now can make a big impact on your future health.

But don’t take our word for – let’s have a chat with Mabel who discovered she was at risk and decided to do something about it. Continue reading

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Celebrating Nutrition and Hydration week in Leeds by raising a glass, or two, strictly teetotal though

From 11th – 17  March join in Nutrition and Hydration week by making a pledge to drink at least the recommended 8 glasses of fluid each day to help prevent dehydrations, falls, and urinary tract infections?

Nutrition and Hydration week is a perfect time to share some of the great work Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s Infection Control Team are undertaking to reduce the amount of E. coli sepsis caused by urine infections. Louise Popple, Infection Prevention and Control can tell us how you can join in this work by drinking plenty and encouraging others to do so as well. Continue reading

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