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Say it loud – Age Proud Leeds

How do you know when you’re old?  Is it when unasked for information about funeral plans and life insurance are posted through your door?  Or when you realise you don’t know what Snapchat is or you have to scroll further … Continue reading

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Get set Leeds – here to help everyone get more active

    We all know it feels good being active, and we all know what the doctors tell us about the benefits to our mental and physical health. But sometimes life can just get in the way. Read Liz’s story … 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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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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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 … Continue reading

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Why nothing is so important it can’t wait – National Road Victim month

This month is National Road Victim month.  Although this isn’t a particularly uplifting topic, Becky James, Team Leader- Road Safety, talks about why we should all be supporting it. “In 2016, 2549 people were killed or injured on the roads … Continue reading

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Secondhand Stories – “A kind of gift” from a Weekend of Wonder by Time to Shine

What happens when you bring seven older adults, three young writers from the Writing Squad and writer, performer and storyteller Malika Booker together for a Weekend of Wonder at the HEART Centre, Headingley for an intergenerational project? You get “Secondhand stories: … Continue reading

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