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Edition 42

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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.

Time children won't forget

What an impact #HealthyHolidays has in Leeds. Read Leeds Community Foundation's pair of Twitter Moments – one and two – to get the full story. You can also watch Dazl's film, above, or this media report.

Got children going back to school? This Safer Roads Leeds blog offers good advice.


Later in life

As a new term approaches, this film shows what life is like in the city for an international student. Leeds has welcomed international students for over 100 years.

Remarkable times for our places of learning. This month, they've published industry-leading analysis into premature babies and the future of work.



Spare some Big Change?

Introducing the Big Change Leeds Fund. Helping vulnerable people on the streets of Leeds, just £10 can provide bus and travel passes. Scott's journey, detailed in this blog, shows what can be done.

We should be dancing

Reaching isolated older people can be fun and done in innovative ways – including laughing and Bollywood dancing – this short community foundation film shows.

Nominations are open for Leeds Compassionate City Awards.


Numbers set Example

In its opening six months, innovative recycling scheme Leeds by Example introduced 124 points and collected 600,000 coffee cups, 65,000 cans and 55,000 plastic bottles. Read the analysis: available in  summary and full reports.

H2O to go

Carry a refillable water bottle? Find tap water top-ups on the go with the Refill app on Android and iOS. The centre of Leeds has 277 places, the app tells us.

Flood defences branch out

Hundreds of trees have been planted as we trial a natural flood management project to protect people. 

You could save money with White Rose Energy's offer – on until 8 September.

One last Headrow heads up

Work to improve city centre transport will see temporary bus diversions in place, in The Headrow from Sunday, for 38 services. Here are the full details and help will be on hand. You can also sign up for email updates from Connecting Leeds.


Future transport

Global expertise is being sought to develop the region's transit system. This blog, by West Yorkshire Combined Authority, explains the process.



You can register for West Yorkshire Community Alert.

What would you do?

Are you prepared in the event of an emergency? Leeds is supporting the national campaign #30days30waysUK throughout September. You can sign up for daily emails offering guidance.

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Catalyst for creativity

Channel 4's new national HQ is a catalyst for regional creativityLeeds 2023 chair Ruth Pitt says. A current example could be Screen Yorkshire's Beyond Brontes.

You're welcome

As we scan Leeds' social media, we've picked up on the city discussing the welcome of Massachusetts, Dortmund, Lille and Jamaica, as well as the Facebook post above. All in just a week.




Care: full of initiative

Yesterday Leeds hosted #DigitalCareHomes – a major showcase of how technology benefits people and how this city strongly utilises it.

Our health and wellbeing Twitter list is @leedsbestcityuk.

Health charity The King's Fund has also chosen Leeds to discuss how community is the best medicine.

The Leeds Domestic Violence Service Helpline is 0113 246 0401.

In other news... check out Leeds Rhinos' work on being active beyond cancer and this new campaign celebrating staying active with a health condition; a unique therapy project to support rough sleepers, courses for people living with dementia, wide-ranging health training and Leeds libraries' wellbeing bags.



Proms on the Pitch at Headingley on 21 September.

Market sets out stall

There's lots happening at Kirkgate Market in September. This includes an expanded street food offer and industry media interest. 

Cyclists can get on their bikes for Let's Ride Leeds on Sunday.

If you enjoyed Leeds West Indian Festival, many great photographs are available.

Check what's on at Leeds Town Hall.

See world's best in September

The UCI Road World Championships are in Yorkshire from 22-29 September. Full details onlinesocial media and via Android or iOS apps.



Lifting the lid

A brief history of local cemeteries is the subject of this recent Secret Library Leeds blog.