Edition 35

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.

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NightSafe (and sound)

Have you seen Leeds' NightSafe city centre patrols? Last Friday's was the biggest yet. Good results for all involved – including volunteers like the Angels of Freedom.

Equal sequel

NightSafe partners West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council, meanwhile, have both been named best in the UK for workplace LGBT+ equality.

Future now, in double vision

Take a tour of Leeds' hospitals of the future with this fly-through architectural film. At the same time check Helm – a system putting care data under your control, which is now being tested by volunteers.

Graphic artwork for #HIW2019LDS tweets.

Healthy portions

Four GP practices are vying to be named UK surgery of the year. GPs' local focus plays its part, this Better Lives Leeds blog explains.

Leeds' teaching hospitals trust, meanwhile, report a record breaking year on health research. They're ranked fourth among NHS trusts.

In 2018/19, Care and Repair Leeds assessed 2,159 people – and fitted home improvements – to minimise the risk of falling at home.

And finally, see NHS Leeds' AGM invitation – RSVP via email or 0113 843 5470 – and a survey on proposed dental service changes.

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It's about people

You'd be surprised how the lives of local people are shaped by local authority services, Leeds' economic development chief says in this LinkedIn blog

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City sets climate position

The first Leeds Climate Commission position paper examines the potential of hydrogen in Leeds.

Monitoring air quality, meanwhile, is on the radar of Bramley community weather stations.

Catch the bus

public consultation focuses on proposals to expand Temple Green's 1,000-space park and ride site with an extra 400 spaces.

Eighty-five per cent of West Yorkshire bus passengers are satisfied with their bus service

Google Maps now tells you how busy your bus or train is likely to be.

Graphic shows it is Catch The Bus Week 1st to 7th July.

Saddle up too

Let's Ride Leeds returns in September with free cycling fun for the family. Pleasing comments too about the new cycleway at Quarry Hill.

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Best foot forward

Good luck to everyone taking part in Asda Foundation Leeds 10K this weekend – including Leeds Girls Can, who are tackling the course in their 'r-underwear'. 



Millennium Square is where you can watch Wimbledon, catch 80s Classical show and enjoy the Royal Opera on the big screen – all in July.

Have you seen Leeds Playhouse's game-changing transformation? Or time travelling at Temple Newsam House, pictured above.

Central library through the years

The blog Memories of Leeds Central Library is a good read. If you've worked there, they'd love to hear from you. Leeds's museums, meanwhile, are inspiring German counterparts.

You can't ring 999 over a pigeon

Always worth repeating: only call 999 in the event of an emergency. Misguided callers, like these published on YouTube, should heed West Yorkshire Police's #Not999 campaign or advice from this community inspector blog.

You can also get community alerts from the police.

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United on homelessness

This national media report into Leeds' approach to rough sleeping has a wide-ranging focus. "It simply isn't enough just to provide housing when you're dealing with people with such complex needs, and that's where partners like the Howarth Foundation can be a fantastic resource," said Paul Money of Safer Leeds.

Leeds showcases flood work at major European event, graphic says.

SEND strategy focused on need

Leeds has a potential need of around 200 additional specialist school places each year from now to 2022/23, a consultation into special educational needs provision says. Proposals include a special free school and additional places. This document provides full details.

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50 Things for children

Download the 50 Things To Do app for free or affordable child activities in support of language, development and fun. Aimed at those aged up to five.

Child awards organisers wanted

Know someone aged 12–17? Tell them about this opportunity to get involved in planning the next Child Friendly Leeds Awards.

Thank you

Last year's Lord Mayor's Charity Appeal fundraised, at the time of writing, £68,697 for St Gemma's Hospice. The Lord Mayor is now Cllr Eileen Taylor, whose appeal supports Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds