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Share fairly

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 32

Backing ourselves

A major event discussing the UK's regional inequalities takes place in Leeds today. "We want to see investment and powers shared fairly across the UK, with prosperity not remaining centred around the capital," council leader Cllr Judith Blake said at the launch of UK2070's first report. The event coincides with the Power Up the North alliance among northern news groups, with Leeds again making a strong case for change


Getting people into work

5,127 People have been supported into work by Leeds' employment and skills service, in 2018/19, while 7,010 gained new skills.


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Achieve your vision

Check out Funding Leeds, helping Leeds' voluntary groups, social enterprises and others.

Graphic says: Funding Leeds – find the funds you need at fundingleeds.co.uk or @fundingleeds on Twitter.


2 Years in the planning

Leeds' project Visible launched Monday offering groundbreaking support to adult survivors of child sexual abuse while opening up a national conversation.

Graphic quotes Tesssa Denham, CEO of Women's Counselling and Therapy Service, saying: "Visible is a powerful catalyst for change, inspiring city leaders to take action together for survivors whose needs have not been recognised since they were children."

5 Years of action (and more to come)

MindMate is celebrating its fifth birthday. Giving mental health support, 269 Leeds schools – and all of the city's children's centres – have signed up to MindMate's champions programme. Get the full story via #MindMate5thBirthday.

Diverse values of culture


The University of Leeds will host the national Centre for Cultural Value – answering vital questions about how arts and culture makes a wide-ranging difference to the lives across communities – for example, in wellbeing.

Learning our ABCD. Neighbourhood networks help older people live independently and proactively. bit.ly/learnLeedsABCD


Prepare for emergencies

Ensure your community is better prepared in the event of an emergency – the West Yorkshire Community Risk Register is a short, simple guide to help you on a range of situations.



To clean air is human

What are you doing to help tackle air pollution – and protect the health of everyone in Leeds? In return, the city council has published its list of actions.

Graphic shows branding for Clean Air Leeds.

Over 80 hectares of woodland – about a quarter of the of size of Roundhay Park – will be created, as part of the East Leeds Orbital Route.

The green light has been given for next stage of Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme.

Graphic says: Moving out? If you are moving out this summer, don't throw it – give it and leave Leeds tidy! Find your nearest donation point at leeds.gov.uk/movingout.

Other activities include the Schools Yorkshire Tour this week, 300 people taking part in Our Future Leeds, the Leeds Green Directory and this tempting freeshop in Armley.



Schools: play your part

Consultation begins on new east Leeds secondary school proposal. This short film, meanwhile, is aimed at aspiring governors – professional people who want to make a difference in Leeds.



Calling local food producers

Local food producers are urged to sign up for the inaugural Market Kitchen Food Festival.



Graphic shows social media use among different ages. 122k of 127k 15-24 year olds use social media. 113k of 118k of 25-34 year olds. 83k among 97k of 35-44 year olds. 75k of 100k (aged 45-54). 40k of 80k (aged 55-64) and a quarter of 120k aged 65-plus.

Give blood, you may save a life

It's National Blood Week. Donors are always sought. Visit Leeds City Donor Centre and you may just save a life.

Care to share?

Many stories shared by Carers Leeds as part of a national celebratory week. In Leeds, there are over-72,000 carers.

Citizens Advice Leeds, meanwhile, estimate they have helped over one million people – backed by 3,000-plus volunteers – as the group celebrates its 80th anniversary. 

Launched a little more recently, the Leeds Freedom Families monthly drop-in is next Thursday. If you're a close family member of an LGBT+ child you're welcome to call in for a chat.

Graphic says 700 fostering families are needed in Yorkshire this year. Get more details on the launch of Faith in Fostering on Twitter @LdsFosteringAdv.

One in 10 Leeds residents will be affected by diabetes –here is what is being done in Leeds.

Leeds Involving People is asking home care services users to get in touch for information on their Home Care Reference Group.




Sport events bring legacy

World Triathlon Leeds was an epic weekend on the streets of the city, mirrored by public participation and online viewing (see graph). It's impact extends far beyond the big event – check out junior coaching at Rothwell leisure centre, as one example of its legacy.



Music: Leeds Live in the Square event takes place 3 August.

Showcase your music

A new, free event puts talented, local musicians on the Millennium Square stage this summer. Want to perform? It's easy to apply. Elsewhere, 200 children have written a song about Leeds.



Don't delay for Japan trip

Aged 16–21 and want to create a piece of theatre with young people in Japan? Not much time left for this unique opportunity organised by Leeds Playhouse. And finally, a quick reminder that Dadtastic Day takes place this Sunday – there's lots happening.