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Edition 45


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.

City grasps challenge of gambling addiction

The first NHS gambling addiction clinic outside London has opened in Leeds. Research shows 10,000 local people are affected by problem gambling.

Read Kimberley and Chris's stories to get the scale of problems people face – and the support on offer.

The National Gambling freephone helpline is 0808 8020 133.



Early help hubs mean safer schools

Watch this short film to see how Leeds' police, the council – and others – reduce crime and safeguard young people with early help hubs

Raising knife crime awareness – with test purchase operations and knife sweeps – is the aim of the police and Leeds United, as show in the film above.



Just rewards

The community safety partnership has a big impact – as #SaferLeedsAwards2019 shows.

Child poverty international seminar in Leeds.

Perils of life on streets

Read this Simon on the Streets blog to see the links between modern slavery, human trafficking and homelessness.



Go car free on Sunday

Sunday sees Leeds take part in Car Free Day 2019 with three roads closed and street parties in Beeston, Otley and HeadingleyPublic transport is an ideal alternative to the car, West Yorkshire Bus Alliance says.

As reported, Cookridge Street goes car-free from next autumn.

Catch champ cyclists

Some of the world's finest para-cyclists are in Wetherby this weekend as part of Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International.



Climate action

A general strike for climate action takes place in Leeds tomorrow, Friday – the same week as the University of Leeds takes measures. Got a view on Leeds' climate? State it clearly.

Recycle week up next

Recycle Week starts Monday, with lots of events in Leeds.


Recycle week: Leeds recycles now.

A takeaway, meanwhile, has been hit with a £12,000 fine after they admitted illegally dumping waste outside Seacroft garages.



Figures paint health care picture

Did you know there are 75,000 carers in Leeds – roughly one in 10 local people. Those aged 65 and over are at least twice as likely to be caring for more than 50 hours per week.

Follow Twitter's leaving voices on Age-Friendly Leeds.

One You Leeds, meanwhile, has helped more than 3,100 people manage their weight, 686 move more and nearly a thousand people cook well.


Hear their voices

Listen to people recount their experiences of support services. The audio files were published recently, to follow Healthwatch Leeds' Mental Health Crisis Report.

Leeds Recovery College, meanwhile, features in this media report.

Interested in social care?

Aged 14–25 and interested in health and social care? Healthwatch Leeds has volunteering opportunities

Quick reminder

Age Proud Leeds launches 3 October as the city looks to challenge ageism.

The Big Leeds Chat, on health and wellbeing, returns 7 November.


The shopping forecast

New Briggate is earmarked to improve thanks to a high street heritage funding boost

Get Set Leeds' latest blog has a high street theme, with the message: shop 'til you drop calories.



Scrutiny on the bounty

Plenty of ways to see democracy in action this week. Yesterday saw senior councillors debate key matters like this much-loved move – while city scrutiny panels have been busy analysing infrastructure and inclusive growth, as well as children's services.


Brexit: firms offer

A free Brexit business readiness event takes place in Leeds on 4 October.



Picture shows pupils celebrate Leeds Year of Reading.
Shakespeare Primary School pupils.

Word up


A love of books underpins the launch of Leeds Year of Reading. Partners BookTrust will contribute over £1million worth of literature and resources over the next three years.

Leeds Year of Reading logo.

Cheques in the posts

We reported last week on Leeds libraries' funding bonanza for local groups, as part of their 100% Digital Leeds programme. This week... check out this Twitter moment conveying the joy of the recipients.



Bid on homes

You can bid for Leeds homes online. Follow @housingleeds for updates.


Value in people creating houses

Jon Trickett MP talked all things Leeds as part of his appearance on the BBC's Political Thinking podcast. "I learnt the value and importance of manual work, in people creating houses," the former city council leader told Nick Robinson. Listen from eight minutes in for the Leeds anecdotes.



Leeds Girls Can couch to 5k run sessions start 26 September.

Good times

What's your thoughts on Leeds nightlife? The Purple Flag questionnaire would like to know. Leeds is classed as a good night time destination offering an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out.

Graphic: Proms on the Pitch at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Sky's the limit

A major refurbishment of Leeds Town Hall has been announced, including exciting new events spaces.



Byte-sized tree mapping

A new online map of our protected trees has seen some open data enthusiasts take leaf of their senses.

Discover Tropical World's Creepiest Creatures over October half-term.

Volunteer with museums

Volunteers are sought to help with Leeds museums upcoming landmark birthday.


Voluntary Action Festival Leeds is on 26 September.

And finally

You'll always get the best what's on listings from the likes of Visit Leeds. No wonder they are celebrating more than a million visits.