Edition 46

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

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

Photograph of Active Imaginations project.
Active Imaginations: Wesley, aged two.

Young and older alike

What does a city do to support its young and older people?

This week Leeds has launched its careers charter, plus a physical activity programme for young people. That's as well as preparing to celebrate older people from Monday. 

Leeds Careers Charter sees business and education pledge to improve young people's skills.  Active Imaginations is a project to ensure two-to-four year olds enjoy physical activity. 

The city has an age-friendly theme, and plenty of events, for International Day of Older Persons from 30 September to 7 October. Their message? Leeds is the best city to grow old in.

Joyce to the world: an age proud first

The city's age proud commitment is a world first, says renowned commentator Joyce Williams – who is special guest of the Age Proud Leeds launch next Thursday.

Royal appointment for Sue

Leeds Youth Justice Service was visited by Princess Anne on Tuesday. HRH The Princess Royal attended the Hunslet centre after education officer Sue Pearson won a Butler Trust Award.

Follow Twitter's leading voices on housing @leedsbestcityuk.

People benefit from better homes

Ninety-four per cent of tenants were satisfied with Housing Leeds repairs, its annual report shows. The service spent £82million on improving homes in 2018/19 and  supported over 4,000 tenants – to claim £3m in additional benefits – with the roll out of universal benefits.

Draft minutes available for Environment, Housing and Communities Scrutiny Board.

Get recycling

It's #RecycleWeek and among Leeds' many events and initiatives is this short film showing how our machines manage to remove metal from collections. For all the facts read the Future of Leeds' waste.

Leeds recycles graphic.

Here are some tips to reduce, reuse and recycle more, alongside an  A-Z of what to recycle.

Temple Leeds is a brand new district breathing life into the city centre.

Awards: we've got a few...

Don't miss the 30 September deadline for nominations towards Leeds Compassionate City Awards 2019

Congratulations to Temple Newsam for winning a volunteers award.

Recognition too, in terms of Leeds' sustainability work, for Leeds Climate Innovation District success at the Sunday Times British Homes Awards. Their three bed town houses come with annual energy costs of less than £100.

Eco-friendly exhibition Beavers to Weavers is also up for a prestigious museums award, while Opera North is profiled for how it is cutting carbon.

Buses are busy

You may be surprised to hear that 91 buses travel across the The Headrow every hour.

Cash aid offer for parks

Leeds Parks Fund is now open for applications from community groups wanting to transform local green spaces. The scheme is run by Leeds Community Foundation.

Slow, slow, quick

Five Leeds academics have been picked out as leading the UK's push for cutting edge world research – like slowing the ageing process.

Building strength is the focus of new physical guidelines promoted by Get Set Leeds – including opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

Graphic shows physical activity for adults. Transcript available.

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Health notes

Over 5,000 Leeds people have pledged to take antibiotics seriously.

Leeds Irish Health and Homes is reducing isolation among older people with help from Leeds libraries.  The tech troubadours, meanwhile, are offering help to others with their #TechyTeaParty.

My Health My School is a new online resource for children promoting healthy eating, physical activity and more.

Welcoming students

Full-time students who've recently moved into student accommodation should apply for council tax exemption. Such properties may not be automatically registered. 

Morley Arts Festival runs until 12 October.

Sport in the frame

Leeds welcomes the world's best cyclists as it stages the UCI Road World Championships this weekend. Cycling enthusiasts should also take a look at this new waterfront artwork.

If that inspires you, have a look at Good Gym Leeds' report of how 68 people ran to help Bedford Fields. Next Wednesday sees a 5km run in aid of Meanwood Valley Urban Farm.


Leeds/Dortmund50 festival of words and music, 30 September to 12 October.

Leeds United artwork around Elland Road, meanwhile, will be recreated and restored, while a local policing open day takes place at Elland Road station on Sunday.

Further ahead, make a note of the Leeds to Innovation exhibition at  the Industrial Museum and your chance to get library books from Kirkgate Market.