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Edition 38


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.


Know someone who'd benefit? Please tell them. It's a big deal – updates via Twitter.


It's Yorkshire Day

As it's 1 August, here is how the region sees a devolved future in a letter to the new prime minister.


Graphic shows economic plans, as explained by West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Greater scrutiny of regional rail is what Transport for the North wants – this after Boris Johnson discussed a high-speed Leeds to Manchester rail line.


It's Yorkshire Day. Here's five film facts about Leeds.

More Sights... at Welcome to Yorkshire.

Channel 4, meanwhile, has launched a recruitment drive for Leeds with roles in audience research, business affairs, digital and much more.

Children's art on a football field

And in celebration of Yorkshire Day a new public competition has been launched by Yorkshire 2019 to make our stunning county even more eye-catching during the UCI Road World Championships. #leedssportingcity



Pride: you ready?

Leeds Pride is almost upon us and there is a lot planned. The fun on Sunday starts in Millennium Square at noon. The parade will be led by the council. Can't make it? Check #LeedsPride for updates.



See Observatory Leeds for a round of the city's housing facts.

Sharing cuts the cost

Do you know someone with a spare bedroom? Homeshare brings together people with an extra bedroom with those happy to chat and lend a hand around the house in return for low cost accommodation.

Nick's moved on

How does Emmaus Leeds get people back on their feet after time living on the streets? Let Nick explain.



Graduates done good

Congratulations to all of Leeds' graduates. Plenty of good stories from celebrations like this.


Try, try, try (again)

Congratulations to Leeds Rhinos at their Challenge Cup trophy win. Caitlin Beevers' tale is worth repeating.


Noble professions bring rewards

Learning disability nursing has been a recognised speciality for 100 years. Leeds' nurses support people on wards, in the community and supported living accommodation. This quartet give the full picture.

Leeds' Healthy Visitor Service, meanwhile, is rated gold – by Unicef for its pregnancy care.

Leeds Year of Reading: on Twitter @leedsyor.

Not forgetting #50LeedsReads.



Today's the day

The volunteer programme opens today at Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group. Volunteers help ensure the voice of patients, carers and the public are considered for health decisions.

In other health news this week, check out move more sessions, advice to eat well, NHS apps and how to have #NoRegrets on a night out.



SARSVL is Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds.


Conversation around climate

A quick reminder about the Big Leeds Climate Conversation, as featured in this film playlist – and put into good practice by Bella the dog.

This week has seen funding made open to HGV business, in respect of the Clean Air Charging Zone, plus approval on £20million park and ride plans involving Alwoodley and Temple Green.

Leeds Parks Fund are hosting a series of summer roadshows throughout August – if that catches your attention, check out Hollybush's environmental conservation qualification.


No brown bin? You can recycle garden waste for free.

And... when it comes to flytipping, there's something about what Mary has to say.



Open is our business

The city is committed to open data with Data Mill North, Leeds Observatory and ODI Leeds. Now is your opportunity to suggest what kind of data you want from West Yorkshire Combined Authority. 

NHS Leeds has published a recording of its AGM.

Elsewhere, you're invited to take part in a session on the future of local growth funding. 

Open-minded too

Virtual reality is a big hit, from the looks of things, among the dementia carers at Wykebeck Valley Centre.



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Where to start?

It's not just Pride – Leeds has a bumper social calendar. In no particular order, we give a nod to Music: Leeds 'Live in the Square', #pianoleeds, St Gemma's Night at the Proms, Child Friendly Leeds Sundays, Memories of Windrush, #MigrationStories and school bookings to tour Leeds' Rerf (recycling and energy recovery facility). Visit Leeds and Leeds Inspired offer unbeatable listings.