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Edition 44

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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.

Net gains? 100%

Helping the homeless back on their feet, connecting people, teaching older people new tricks – in a short time, 100% Digital Leeds has a long list of achievements (and admirers).

The librarians' successes are now set to soar further with its £100,000 funding of 15 great, local causes.

Graphic promoting 100% Digital Leeds.

Leeds, meanwhile, has confirmed its commitment to diversity in digital by signing national charter.



Heat is rising

Watch this short film to see how almost 2,000 homes and firms will benefit from heat and hot water – all via the innovative Leeds Pipes scheme. It's saving Leeds people money and cutting the city's carbon footprint.

Graphic: Big Leeds Climate Conversation.

Plans for Regent Street flyover, meanwhile, underpin a greener city centre transformation, report local media – complementing award-nominated schemes like Cookridge Street pop up park, alongside the installation of 30 rapid public charge points.



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It'll be all light on the nights

Annual cultural spectacular Light Night Leeds returns 10–11 October with more than 60 installations and performances by artists from across the globe. Volunteers, meanwhile, are sought for the event.



Animated waste message #1.

Waste: think for a minute

Getting rid of something that could be of value to others? Leeds has many charities who could benefit from your unwanted items. 

Animated waste message #2.

For those that don't

If you come across fly tipping it's important to know how to deal with it. A transcript of both animated waste messages is available online.



Infographic details male suicide statistics. Transcript available via Google Docs.

Men 5 times more likely to take life

Five times more men than women took their own lives in Leeds over a six-year period. World Suicide Prevention Day saw the city publish an audit of suicides and issue further grant funding.


Resources available

Need help? Get in touch with Mindwell or other local help groups.

An audit summary accompanies the full report.

Click the infographic, above, to see a transcript.


Across the communities

The city's community committees and active travel were among the topics debated by city councillors yesterday. The meeting is available to watch, while the agenda is published online.

Adults, Health and Active Lifestyles scrutiny board takes place 17 September.

Next week, meanwhile, sees Leeds' senior members debate more matters – including selling land to Leeds United and the Clean Air Charging Zone – which will be live streamed online.




Lodge launch of tailored homeless support

Forward-thinking accommodation service Regent Lodge aims to solve alcohol dependancy issues among the homeless. The reaction on Facebook, to the St George's Crypt initiative, is positive.

Leeds Housing Options is a council service if you are homeless, at risk of homelessness or needing advice.

Graphic asks motorists to switch off engine when waiting.

Shared Lives is recruiting

Could you offer respite or day support from your own home? Leeds Shared Lives holds a drop-in event on 8 October, 10am–2pm, at Enterprise House. The role offers tax incentives, earnings, training and support.

Know your numbers

Free blood pressure checks are available locally as part of the national Know Your Numbers initiative.

Photograph: Gipton children's centre celebrations.

Duo deliver through the years

Leeds Sexual Health and Gipton Children's Centre are, respectively, celebrating their fourth and 10th anniversaries. For the latter, pictured, around 4,000 children and families have benefited from the centre.



Graphic: hate crime reporting services in Leeds.

Our part to play

You can play a significant role in stopping hate crime or countering terrorism by reporting suspicious activity. 

It comes after the sentencing of this individual behind offensive letters and packages – many locally.

The Stop Hate West Yorkshire app is available on Android and iOS.

Graphic: action counters terrorism.


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More in Morley

Live music, poetry and arts: yes, annual favourite Morley Arts Festival is almost upon us. Among a host of events, celebrated children's author James Nicol – he of The Apprentice Witch fame – is at Morley Community Hub on 9 October for a chat and creative workshop. Grab your tickets quick.

Leeds Festival of Cycling graphic.

Spectacular send-off

Don't miss out on the final event in our year of Leeds World Class Sport – the UCI Road World Championships, 22–29 September.


Graphic: Try Club at Leeds Rhinos Foundation.

Challenges await

Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Leeds Care Leavers Christmas Dinner are the lucky recipients as, respectively, Dan Busfield and Steve Walker tackle huge personal fundraising challenges. 

The Lord Mayor of Leeds Multicultural Fundraising Dinner is to be held on 8 November.