Prevention, Best Start and Tessa Jowell

Tessa Jowell

As Dying Matters week started, the news Dame Tessa Jowell had died of brain cancer was announced. Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, Leeds City Council Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adults explains how important she was as someone tackling health inequalities. Continue reading

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

Xina and her father, Hugh

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 plans and telling your loved ones what you’d like.

Today we’re talking to Xina Gooding Broderick, a funeral director, about the importance of music and how her father’ Hugh’s musical experiences influenced their business.  Continue reading

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Why should we be talking about death with Leeds Dying Matters Partnership?

It’s the one conversation that no one wants to have and probably the one that everyone should.  What plans have you made for your end of life?

During this year’s Leeds Dying Matters Partnership Dying Matters week , first event on 12 May, there are lots of activities taking place to help you start this conversation – death cafes, mask making, music, talks and the big event at Kirkgate market on 15 May.

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Let’s talk about death with Leeds Dying Matters Partnership

Talking about death and dying won’t make it happen any sooner, but not talking about it won’t make it go away either.  If we start talking about dying it makes it more likely that you, or your loved one, will die as you might have wished and it will make it easier for your loved ones if they know you have had had a “good death”.

We want to help you start those conversations. Continue reading

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Food, glorious food – Leeds lunch clubs save lives

Social isolation is a huge problem in the UK with news reports showing the negative physical and mental effects of being alone. Over 38, 000 people over 65 in Leeds currently live on their own and 11.6% of over 65’s are currently living with depression.

But joining a lunch club can be one way of getting  out of the house, meeting people and having a good lunch all at once.  Jenna Robinson tells us what she found when she went out for a bite to eat. Continue reading

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Leeds Older Peoples’ Action in the Locality welcomes in young and old

Did you miss this lovely article in the Guardian about OPAL or Older Peoples Action in the Locality about the Welcome In centre and what they do there?  OPAL is just one of Leeds’ Neighbourhood Networks and supports the over 60’s living in Cookridge, Ireland Wood, Tinshill, Holt Park, Adel and Bramhope – Leeds 16 above the Ring Road.

But they provide a lot more than table tennis sessions with the nearby school, Chief Executive, Ailsa Rhodes, has a lot more to tell us. Continue reading

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Remembering the dead – an exhibition at Leeds Abbey House museum

What objects do you own that remind you of someone who had died?

This is the subject of a new exhibition, entitled Remembrance, at Abbey House Museum . The exhibition includes objects which have been used to remember loved ones since the Victorian period and up to the present day.

And as the Leeds Dying Matters event is more or less a month away for taking place at the Kirkgate Market event space on 15 May visiting this exhibition shows how important the event’s theme  – what can you do in your community? actually is.

The exhibition is curated by Patrick Bourne, Leeds Museums and Galleries, Jessica Hammett and Laura King, University of Leeds

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