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Edition 43

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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.


Age proud

Introducing Age Proud Leeds: a city campaign against ageism changing negative attitudes about older people. A launch event takes place 3 October.

Comment feature: future of adult social care.

The 1152 Club is celebrating its fifth anniversary – read the Better Lives Leeds blog.



Take part in the Big Leeds Climate Conversation.

Cleaning up

car-free school, among the first in the UK, is planned for Leeds – at the same time Alistair Brownlee is the city's first Active Travel ambassador and it is announced that Cookridge Street will close permanently to cars in autumn 2020.

Connecting Britain: a positive case for HS2 and the north.

Jury's in

What should Leeds do about the emergency of climate change? That's the opening question facing Leeds Climate Change Citizens' Jury, a panel of 25 people.

Grand designs

Work at Leeds General Infirmary has been named among the top ten civil engineering projects in the world. You can vote online next week for the children's hybrid cardiac theatre

Leeds City College, meanwhile, has opened its £60million Quarry Hill campus, while LeedsBid has an event outlining its 2020–25 plans for the city centre.

Bins app hits million mark

Leeds Bin App has been used one million times by people checking collection days. Get it on Android, iOS and Windows, with a web app in the works.



Fave pic

Here is the winner of Trinity Leeds' instameet photo competition.

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Fave pick

This is an interesting read: Why my daughter said no to Oxford University and yes to Leeds. Welcome Rose, you'll have a great time.

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Home is where the art is

Arts Together Leeds has launched to curate performances, exhibitions and more – for community groups often facing barriers.

Talent search is sound

Call out for 16–25-year-old female music creators. You could make music, for film and TV, with award winning composers and sound designers in Leeds.

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More hit by in work poverty

Inclusive growth in Leeds was debated at a productivity event yesterday. See #LeedsIGS for all the news.

Make that call

Concerned about someone rough sleeping in Leeds? Report it. St George's Crypt, meanwhile, has published a worthwhile read in Gordon's story.



Easy on your drinking

Alcohol-related breast cancer rates are rising, a campaign in Leeds highlights. Visit reducemyrisk.tv for help – like more drink free days.

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Talking about suicide

New to Twitter @yorks_west: West Yorks and Harrogate Suicide Bereavement Service. Suicide prevention resources are available from Leeds' public health resource centre.

Be a hero

Seventy-four people in Leeds are currently waiting for an organ transplant despite procedures increasing locally. Do something life-changing for Organ Donation Week.


Volunteers needed

As reported, Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (Sarsvl) is recruiting helpline volunteers – women aged 18-plus.



Whale of a time

Looking for something different to do? How about Leeds Care Leavers Christmas Dinner, a superhero walk at Temple Newsam, heritage open days, #SecondhandSeptember, name a whale or enjoy an inflatable sculpture?



This weekend is the eighth annual Leeds International Beer Festival, while Friday is the submissions deadline for Leeds International Festival 2020.


Graphic promoting Emergency Services Day.
If your medical issue isn't an emergency, call 111 for advice.

Lottery funding of £800,000 has been awarded to Leeds' organisations – including the LS14 Trust, the LGBT+ Sport Fringe Festival and others.