New programme to boost number of people with autism accessing city-wide apprenticeships introduced

An innovative project aiming to increase the number of people with autism accessing apprenticeships and jobs in Leeds is now open to applications. Working closely with the charity Specialist Autism Services, the new programme will offer participants a combination of meaningful work experience, employability sessions and a package of guidance and support to assist…

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New report warns of challenging times for Leeds health

Prospects for continuing improvements to people’s health in Leeds are under threat according to the latest annual report from Leeds Director of Public Health. Dr Ian Cameron, “Nobody Left Behind: Good Health and A Strong Economy”. Dr Cameron’s report uses a range of examples to highlight shifts in local and national health trends, including…

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Keep it out and help Leeds smokers quit

A regional campaign to crack down on illegal tobacco sales is being backed by Leeds City Council as part of ‘Keep it Out’ in the run-up to ‘No Smoking Day’ on 14 March. Councils across West Yorkshire, the North East and Hull are linking up to tackle illegal tobacco. This includes cigarettes, hand rolling…

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Tackling mental health stigma one day at a time

A wide range of activity is happening across Leeds to highlight Time to Talk Day 2018 which is on Thursday 1 February. Time to Talk Day 2018 is highlighting that wherever you are – at home, at work, in the market or on the Chevin – you can have a conversation about mental health.…

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New complex needs day centres for people with dementia launched

An innovative service to support people in local communities with complex needs is opening in East Leeds. The formal opening ceremony of Wykebeck Valley Complex Needs Centre was opened today (12 December 2017). The former day centre has been transformed and upgraded to become a complex needs and dementia service, with extra investment in…

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Major digital health conference comes to Leeds

Leading health think tank The King’s Fund and Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board have teamed up to gather health data experts together in the city to share best practice and look at the best ways for information technology to support health and care. Following on from a successful conference in 2016, the event will…

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Best practice makes perfect sense for new centre

A new multi-cultural day centre which caters for the physical and social needs of elders by offering a provision which is appropriate to their individual needs was formally opened today [Monday 6th November]. Situated on Reginald Terrace – off Chapeltown Road, Leeds – the Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) health and wellbeing hub is…

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New citywide service to help people get home after being in hospital Cllr Charlwood cuts the ribbon at East Leeds Recovery Hub

New Leeds Recovery Hubs across Leeds, which are at the heart of the Leeds Recovery Service, have been launched today [Monday 30th October]. Bringing together beds and community resources they will provide a comprehensive recovery service that will help people to return home after needing hospital care. By working with teams based across the…

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Five-year partnership to improve quality of later life for people in Leeds Lord Geoffrey Filkin, Bill Rollinson MBE and Cllr Rebecca Charlwood celebrate signing the memorandum of understanding

A new partnership that will bring fresh thinking to the challenges and opportunities for older residents in Leeds was announced today (Wednesday, 11th October). Like the rest of the UK, people in Leeds are living longer. It is estimated that by 2021 the number of people in Leeds aged 50 and over will increase…

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New report aims to help tackle Leeds mental health inequalities

A new report from Leeds City Council’s public health team has reviewed mental health needs in the city and makes recommendations to improve access to healthcare and unequal health outcomes. With more than 100,000 people in Leeds estimated to experience mental health problems each year, the council believes it is vital for mental health…

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Smoking rates in Leeds drop to new low

Smoking levels in Leeds have been cut by nearly half over the last twenty five years new figures show. The latest figures released show that since 2004 there are almost 59,000 fewer smokers in the city. Smoking prevalence for adults in 2004 was 30% and this rate has now dropped to 17.8%. This means…

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Leeds backs being breastfeeding friendly

Breastfeeding in Leeds is being given a thumbs up as council leaders endorse World Breastfeeding Week. Following on from Leeds being declared a breastfeeding friendly city, people and organisations are being urged to back the ‘Sustaining Breastfeeding Together’ campaign for the week and celebrate the work being done in Leeds to make it a…

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Schools awarded for commitment to health and wellbeing

Schools from across the city are coming together to celebrate their commitment to health and wellbeing at a special celebration event next week. Pupils from schools across Leeds will descend on the debating chamber at Leeds Civic Hall to receive awards for the Healthy Schools, Investors in Pupils and MindMate Champion programmes, as well…

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Leeds Backs World No Tobacco Day 2017

Health leaders in Leeds are backing international efforts to prioritise and accelerate tobacco control efforts on World No Tobacco Day on 31 May 2017. The World Health Organisation is focussing on the links between tobacco and environmental problems and poverty. This means that for people in Leeds, lower smoking levels are not only saving…

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New child healthy weight plan for Leeds launched

A new plan to support Leeds families and their children achieve a healthy weight has been launched today. The Leeds Child Healthy Weight Plan was launched at a special event at Leeds Civic Hall today, Tuesday 23 May. As well as launching the new plan the event showcased Leeds successes whilst providing the opportunity…

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