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Edition 41

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

This news bulletin rounds up what's happening on social media recently.

Thousands know value of crisis cards

Feel like you've had enough? Leeds' crisis cards give discrete information on local support services.

Graphic of Leeds crisis cards.

Latest analysis shows 56,000-plus cards have been ordered – via the public health resource centre – with 95 per cent of those surveyed saying they felt confident giving crisis cards to a colleague or friend.

In other news, the prospectus for Leeds Recovery College has been published.

Be a helpline volunteer

Volunteers are sought for a helpline supporting women and girls affected by rape and sexual violence. Sarsvl – Support After Rape and Sexual Violence – is recruiting women aged 18-plus. 

Graphic says: Sarsvl is the Lord Mayor's charity of the year.

Wish bags help homeless women

Homeless women will benefit from donations of items you'd ordinarily pack for a night away, as part of the wish bag appeal by St Anne's Community Services.



Anchor's up to local initiatives

Residents living in some of Leeds' most deprived communities are getting access to job opportunities, as St James's Hospital reaches out to its neighbours.

It's part of Leeds' Anchor Institution Network – a partnership with many good tales to tell.



Communities at heart of climate action

Leeds wants to be carbon neutral by 2030. In this short film, executive member Cllr Lisa Mulherin explains how communities tackle climate change.

Annual Sustainability Report published by university.

Want to get involved? Take part in The Big Leeds Climate Conversation or citizen's jury. Also, don't miss Let's Ride UK, pop up cycling, libraries' eco hack and Leeds Rotters compost campaign.

We need to get on

As a review into HS2 is announced, here is the response from council leader, Cllr Judith Blake on behalf of the UK's core cities.



Estimated 74k carers

The city has an estimated 74,000 carers, this report on Carers Leeds says.

1,000 tell of cancer journey

Over 1,000 people are taking part in Leeds Cancer Centre's patient engagement programme.

Leeds has the most safe places for adults with learning disabilities.

Tackling period poverty

East Leeds Health Centre is the latest donation station and collection point for the Freedom4Girls period poverty charity.

Cash support for winter

Applications are now open for Stay Well This Winter grants scheme. The Leeds Community Foundation-run scheme is aimed at community-focused projects.



Picture of Leeds Youth Council.

Youth all set on exercise

Young people have told Get Set Leeds their schools' approach to sport and PE is the biggest influence on whether they feel inspired to get active. Read the blog.


Follow Twitter's leading voices on Child-Friendly City @leedsbestcityuk lists.


Thinking about next steps?

The #LeedsNextSteps drop-in careers and post-16 learning event is at Kirkgate Market next Thursday, 11am–2pm. You can talk to local providers and get information and advice.

Working together

A range of important business issues are being tackled by University of Leeds students – like, in this example, food waste at Asda.

Best start

Leeds is the best place to start a business, analysis says.




Zac tells it straight

Events to catch our eye, beyond Zac's succinct round-up, include Chapel Allerton Arts Festival, Leeds/Dortmund50, the Town Hall's autumn programme, Market Kitchen Food Festival and – a bit later down the line – Morley Arts Festival.



Stay safe

In readiness for the bank holiday weekend, here's some friendly health advice.