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World class

Leeds has an ambition to be the best city in the UK.

This weekly news bulletin offers a quick round up of what's happening on social media.

Edition 31

Leeds is one of 9 host cities for World Triathlon 2019, returning to the city for the fourth consecutive year. It brings together thousands of amateurs with elite triathletes to swim, cycle and run – with an estimated 70,000+ spectators in 2018.

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View to a thrill

The World Triathlon comes to Leeds this weekend – make sure you get the best views of the action.

Also don't miss the Leeds in Motion festival. 

Travelling to the triathlon? Check out park and rideroad closures and diversions for other buses.

In the same week, see the Triathlon's healthy legacy in action with Active Leeds' partnerships with the likes of John Lewis and Marks & Spencer.



From Germany to New Zealand, experts ask: how has Leeds cut childhood obesity? Get the story behind the news at bit.ly/leedschildobesity.

Word gets around

Leeds has been named among the best cities for foreign investment, bucking the trend in the UK and EU. For further perspective, the city attracted £108.8m venture capital for digital during 2018 – compared to Manchester's £59.5m – while the likes of Channel 4, and others, will soon be trumpeting Leeds qualities at London Tech Week.

Leeds Museums and Galleries showcases community-led work to international delegation.

Leeds' success have also caught the attention of German museum officials, while retired Dortmund police officers have also enjoyed the city's sights. 





Foster4Leeds long service awards winners are pictured with city council officials.

Decades of care

Eleven people. A combined 274 years of care. Congratulations to those recognised at the Foster4Leeds Awards for incredible service. Read these blogs – one and two – for the carer's stories.

Graphic says: You could be just what they need. Help give a young person a fresh start. Foster for Leeds. Call 0113 378 3538.

Check also how Leeds has Faith in Fostering and how the city with Migration Yorkshire provide rooms, supported lodgings or foster care for unaccompanied asylum seeking children.


Give and gain when volunteering

Tell your volunteering story with Doing Good Leeds, as the city supports national celebrations with accounts from the city's NHS, Carers Leeds and Youth Watch.

Want to start volunteering? Get in touch with Leeds Independent VisitorsLeeds Mind, local libraries, hospitals or the flood alleviation project, among others.


Specials have message for you

Special constables are being recruited by West Yorkshire Police, as explained in this short film.

Did you know a career in the Force can lead to university degrees in Leeds. Apprenticeships too.



Graphic shows Leeds' media landscape from May. With a population of 784,000 Leeds has 470,000 Facebook users, as well as What's App (584,000 users), YouTube (436,000), Twitter (160,000), Instagram (282,000) and Snapchat (190,000). Source: We are Social.

Another infographic for you – 100% Digital Leeds in numbers. We'll publish more media landscape data over the next few weeks.

Data demystified

Leeds now has 605 trained digital champions – helping a variety of people, for example those with hearing impairments.

This week they've been sharing their expertise with services countrywide and in this podcast. Know someone who'd benefit from this? Please point them towards Leeds libraries' Get Connected events in June.



Other snippets to catch our eye include Yorkshire Water sharing information, these plentiful data resources and Leeds Homes' useful social housing picker.


Data for your diary

Plenty of other digital events happening in Leeds – covering artificial intelligence, Smart Cities UK, diverse health, building trust and Gov Design.



Just announced: the 2019/20 International Orchestral Season begins this autumn.

Dates for your diary

Ross NobleDadtastic Day, a bumper Saturday at Kirkgate Market, this celebratory refugees exhibition and Joseph... lots on in Leeds currently. 

Leeds Armed Forces Day takes place 29 June in Briggate, Leeds city centre.

We recommend Visit Leeds and Leeds Inspired for your what's on requirements.



At your (health) service

Extended hours, on evenings and weekends, are now available to see your GP. In return, health chiefs want public input on medication combatting heart attacks and strokes, as well as from 14–19 year olds, to develop children's health services

Further reading

The results are in for the Safe Haven GP report, while plenty of annual reports are now available from Leeds and York NHS Partnership – more in this blog. Better Lives Leeds, meanwhile, are blogging on peer support.

Graphic says: local champions local champions talk about the Look Out For Your Neighbours campaign.

The national NHS are looking to Leeds, see pages 7 and 10, when it comes to clinical commissioning.

Plenty of tips, as part of Child Safety Week, have been published by our public health resource centre.


Safeguarding Week runs 24th to 30th June, with a Leeds practitioners event on 24 June, 9am to 12.30pm.


Waste to the wise

This short film gives simple tips on how to dispose of piles of household waste correctly.



Bow, wow!

And finally... take a bow fire-fighting Jessie, showing safe paws under pressure in this tweet, and The Physio Stars of Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

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