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Edition 34

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Women in engineering

To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day, meet Leeds' many female architects, builders, designers, planners, surveyors... at bit.ly/leedsinwed19.


Leeds #INWED19

Engineers like Stephanie and Marie-Claire are working on Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme with its next phase having been approved – bringing many benefits.



Focus on women's health

This news report shows Leeds pushing a need to think about how we commission health services to women. It follows the city's State of Women's Health report.


Image shows cover from The State of Women's Health in Leeds report.


No pause on climate campaigning

Last week Clean Air Day, this week plenty to add.

new centre of excellence on climate change has opened at the University of Leeds. Two events scheduled – the next Big Leeds Climate Conversation and the UK's second meeting for climate impact. West Yorkshire Combined Authority has also been debating the issue.

Graphic says: 4.3% annual mortality rate attributed to particulate air pollution in adults aged 30-plus.


Let's talk about the compassion

Leeds Compassionate City Awards 2019 is open for nominations. The awards recognise and celebrate the work of the city's unsung heroes, and show what we mean when we call Leeds a compassionate city.

Graphic shows the logo for Leeds Compassionate City Awards 2019.

Safeguarding sets agenda

Plenty of initiatives at West Yorkshire Safeguarding Week. Take the police's Q+A Twitter session and general advice or this city commitment to support victims of domestic violence and abuse.

Watch out for two further events on 5 July – on lived experience of restraint and a feedback session




A story to tell

Leeds has been named digital council of the year. Maybe this tweet shows part of the work behind the city's success, alongside that of 100% Digital Leeds.



Elsewhere, work has started to extend Leeds' full fibre network to reach almost every home and business.

Six local companies have been named in Creative England's Top 50 list.



Market forces

Volunteers' groups were at Kirkgate Market to promote the personal benefits of supporting others. There are many ways to get involved – via Doing Good Leeds or through individual opportunities, like those at Age-Friendly Leeds or Carers Leeds.


These two short films, meanwhile, illustrate the value of volunteers. Sunshine and Smiles' film is accompanied by this post, while Child Friendly Leeds new film shows how we start 'em young.



Up for discussion

Bus improvements, Leeds' clean air zone and culture are some of the debates had by senior councillors this week. You can watch a recording online of the executive board meeting.



Free music, plus festivals

Lots of free music this weekend as part of Summer Bands in Leeds Parks. That's alongside Leeds festivals for the waterfront, plus food and drink. If you are enjoying Gentleman Jack on TV, head on down to Leeds museums, this Secret Lives blog says.

Graphic says: Child Friendly Leeds Live on 7 August. Tickets and details via bit.ly/CFLLive.

Further ahead, get ready for Child Friendly Leeds Live, Proms on the Pitch and A City & Its Welcome. We recommend Visit Leeds and Leeds Inspired for what's on listings.


Graphic denotes event 'A city and its welcome' event

Outdoor pursuits

Check out the new Carnegie School of Sport and the completion of a city centre green space at the junction of Clay Pit and Woodhouse lanes.




Graphic says: Drop-in menopause cafe at Bramley Community Centre on 1 July, 5 to 7pm.

Good health

Many positive health stories this week involve Forward Leeds' glowing report for its drugs and alcohol service, awareness raising among staff at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and innovation across the city region.



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