Leeds transport conversation – have you had your say?

The draft plans for the for the future of transport in Leeds are now available for you to read and a new consultation is being lauched for residents to ask questions and give their views.  The more people who get involved,  the better the needs of the whole Leeds community will be reflected.

Transport Strategy

The council’s transport plans aim to tackle the climate emergency, deliver inclusive growth, and improve the health and well-being of Leeds residents.

The six ‘big moves’ outlined act as an action plan to create a people-first, affordable and integrated transport network across the city, that isn’t reliant upon the private car.                                                        

The integration of more walking and cycling into our daily travel habits alongside the enhancement of public transport will help to reduce congestion, continue to improve air quality and lessen the impact on the environment when accessing education, employment, leisure and local services.

Our plans are for everyone to enjoy healthy, affordable and access low carbon travel choices. It sets out a vision for Leeds and the big moves we need to take to get us there.

Find out more and complete the consultation

To enable everyone to participate and to help shape the transport strategy, city-wide consultations are running from now until 26 March 2021. Follow the discussion on Twitter and Facebook using #Leedstransport.

There will also be a series of webinars planned where you can hear more about it, the first one is on Monday February 1st at 3pm and you can see more details and book a place here: Eventbrite/connecting Leeds

Big Burns Supper – Online Party tonight

If you fancy joining in an online celebration of Burn’s night, the Big Burns Supper will be streamed live tonight from Dumfries at 7pm.

Watch on  Facebook  or on  You Tube

Scotland’s largest contemporary Burns celebration joins forces with Scotland’s much loved comic hero of 2020, Janey Godley as Big Burns Supper goes digital for 2021. Marking the festival’s 10th anniversary, Janey Godley’s Big Burns Supper dishes up a very special broadcast connecting Scotland to the world with contributions from local, national and international artists to help celebrate Burns Night in a way that helps give everyone a much-needed lift and a laugh.

Broadcast free of charge across Big Burns Supper’s Facebook and YouTube channels, the special 75-minute digital broadcast on January 25th 2021 sees Janey (in her own very special style obviously) welcome back a cracking selection of artists including – KT Tunstall, Dougie Maclean, Donovan, Tide Lines and Skerryvore who have performed at the festival over the last ten years. As staying in is the new eh, going out, Janey will host from her own living room as she prepares a Burns Supper while introducing guests and festival friends throughout the evening.

Remembering the Holocaust: Anne Frank’s step-sister Eva Schloss – live streamed event

Monday 25th January at 7.30pm


The Living Knowledge Network starts it’s 2021 live events with an illuminating conversation with Eva Schloss, Holocaust survivor and stepsister to Anne Frank in the lead up to Holocaust Memorial Day which is on 27th January 2021.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 is ‘Be the light in the darkness’. One of the brightest lights of resistance against prejudice is Eva Schloss, Holocaust survivor and life-long anti-prejudice activist.

A triptych. Far left is the bookcover of 'After Auschwitz' by Eva Schloss, 'A story of heartbreak and survivial by the stepsister of Anne Frank.' On the cover is a black and white photograph of a young girl holding a blue-coloured bird on her hand. The centre image is an older woman in mid-speech, Eva Schloss. On the right is a black and white photo of a young girl with dark hair, Anne Frank.

You will be able to watch this on the above link at 7.30pm on 25th Jan.

The Living Knowledge Network is a UK-wide partnership of national and public libraries created by the British Library to exchange knowledge and develop memorable experiences for public library users. We celebrate libraries as spaces of vital cultural significance. We livestream cultural events into libraries across the UK, so you can get a front-row seat for free no matter where you live.

You can also watch some of the previous events here  https://living-knowledge-network.co.uk/library

News from Rainbow Junktion

Due to a volunteer testing positive we will be open this Thursday and Friday as a food parcel collection service only (no takeaway cooked food, no tea and coffee in the car park, no choice in the shop).
The reduced team of volunteers on these days will be people who had no contact with the person who tested positive.
The parcels they prepare will contain a selection of dry and fresh food and will be as always no referral and no judgement but sadly also no choice.
We are taking these precautions to be extra careful for the safety of our customers and volunteers but hope to resume normal service as soon as possible.
Thank you for your understanding and stay safe everyone, big rainbow love from us all x
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New nationwide ‘Better Health – Every Mind Matters’ Campaign launched today

Half of adults say they are more worried during this current lockdown than the one in March 2020.  However, at the same time 3 in 5 (60%) of those asked say they feel hopeful about the future. 

To support people during this time, PHE has launched a nationwide Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign to support people to take action to look after their mental health and wellbeing and help support others such as family and friends. The campaign encourages people to get a free NHS-approved Mind Plan from the Every Mind Matters website. By answering 5 simple questions, adults will get a personalised action plan with practical tips to help them deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better and feel more in control.

Find out more: gov.uk/government/new

Leeds City Council urging caution as case of new Covid variant are on the rise

Leeds City Council issued a statement as more cases of the new Covid variant have been found in the city.

Residents are urged to stay home as much as possible and  take extra care to keep themselves safe and to help stop the spread.


From Leeds City Council website:

The new UK COVID-19 variant is now believed to be responsible for around one in every five cases of the virus detected in Leeds, new figures have revealed.

Residents and communities across the city are being urged to stay home whenever possible and keep contact with others to an absolute minimum as instances of the highly contagious B117 variant increase.

The latest testing information also shows 344.2 cases per 100,000 people tested, with cases thought to be spreading at the fastest rate in the 20-35 age group.

Case numbers in Leeds have shown some slight fluctuations in the past few days, with more cases of the UK variant, thought to spread much more easily, being picked up during testing. Before Christmas, the variant was believed to be responsible for around just one in 20 local cases.

In light of this, the council is once again reminding everyone across the city to take every possible precaution to prevent the spread of the virus and keep the city safe.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “We have reached a critical stage in our long fight against this dreadful virus, which we know has already taken such a devastating toll on our city and its communities.

“As the rollout of vaccines accelerates, there is at last a real, tangible hope that finally, we are nearing the end of the worst stages of this terrible pandemic and may be able to start thinking towards the future sooner rather than later.

“However, the appearance of this highly contagious new variant means that until that time comes, it is absolutely imperative that we do not become complacent and do all that we can to prevent the virus spreading and cases increasing to the point where our local NHS services become overwhelmed.

“Leeds has shown remarkable grit and resolve throughout the pandemic and as we enter the final stretch, we need to call on those reserves once more to keep our families, loved ones, friends and neighbours safe.”

The council is continuing to work closely with health partners on a major rollout of vaccinations, with vaccination sites being set up at venues across the city and tens of thousands of vulnerable residents and key workers in high priority groups already receiving their first jabs.

Local GPs are working to provide vaccinations to as many care home residents and patients aged 80 as possible. In the coming weeks, the first community pharmacies will be starting to offer vaccinations and four large vaccination centres are being set up in West Yorkshire, including Elland Road.

Across the city’s care home network, efforts to protect some of the city’s most vulnerable have also seen vaccines given to 889 residents and 1,626 staff.

Victoria Eaton, Leeds City Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “Working alongside our partners in the NHS, we are making good progress in ensuring Leeds has a comprehensive and robust network of vaccine sites, equipped to cope with what will be one of the single greatest collective efforts the city and the country has ever seen.

“While it’s hugely encouraging to see vaccinations taking place, this new variant carries with it a real danger that cases could grow exponentially and our efforts to control the spread of the virus and protect local health services may consequently be placed in serious jeopardy.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel, but staying home, minimising contact with others and following the latest guidance around hygiene and social distancing must remain at the forefront of our minds over the coming months.”

Everyone in Leeds can do their bit to help fight the spread of COVID-19 by:

  • Staying home as much as you can and minimising contact with others when you do need to go out. Acting as though you have the virus is the best way to stay safe.
  • Regularly washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wearing a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • Staying two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible.
  • Ensuring work venues are as COVID secure as possible.
  • Remembering that if you’ve had your vaccination or previously tested positive for COVID-19, it’s important that everyone still follows the rules to keep us all safe.

More information and support for residents can be found here: www.leeds.gov.uk/coronavirus.



Support your NHS – A Guide to Better Care

Help your NHS help you this winter by reading ‘Support your NHS’ a guide to better care.

This booklet, which has been sent out to households in Leeds, includes information on how you can support your NHS this winter by choosing the right service, when to access accident and emergency department, accessing your local pharmacy, COVID-19 symptoms and testing, and mental wellbeing.

Visit supportnhsleeds.co.uk for more information  and to view this booklet online or you can email leedsccg.comms@nhs.net or call 0113 843 5740 if you’d like a copy

Update on the Covid Vaccine progamme in Leeds from local NHS

As I started this post the news came through that a third Covid 19 vaccine (Moderna) has been approved for use in the UK so it seems a good time to share with you this update from the NHS in Leeds about plans to get more people vaccinated including through GPs, pharmacies and a large vaccination centre at Elland Road.

The following is from https://www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/news:

More care home residents and vulnerable people in Leeds will be offered protection against COVID-19, as the new Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine starts to be rolled out to GP-centres.

Local GPs are working together to provide vaccinations to as many care home residents and patients aged 80 as possible. In Leeds, 17 of 19 primary care networks are now providing vaccinations from centres with the final two expected to start next week.

The Oxford vaccine does not need to be stored at ultra-low temperatures and is much easier to move so is easier to use in care homes and will mean GPs can now start vaccinating housebound patients.

The local NHS is working to expand the rollout as quickly as supplies become available. In the coming weeks, the first community pharmacies will be starting to offer vaccinations and four large vaccination centres are being set up across West Yorkshire, including Elland Road (home of Leeds United Football Club) in Leeds.

All services will continue to be appointment only and people will be invited for vaccinations through a national booking system, which will allow them to choose the most convenient location for them.

Vaccinations are being offered to those at greatest risk from Covid-19 first, in line with the recommendations from the Joint Committee for Vaccinations & Immunisations (JCVI).

At the moment, GPs are offering vaccinations to people aged 80 and over and care home residents and will then move to other age groups in descending order.

Practices are busy contacting eligible patients to make appointments for their first vaccination as supplies are made available to them but it is likely take several weeks to cover everyone in these first groups.

Dr Jason Broch, local GP and Clinical Chair for NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It is great news that we will be able to protect more vulnerable people. We are working with partners in Leeds to make sure people can get their first vaccination as quickly and easily as possible and are ready to expand the rollout as fast as supplies become available.

“GPs, nurses, pharmacists and countless other staff, partners and volunteers are working around the clock to provide vaccinations. We know people are eager get protected and may be concerned if they are in one of the priority cohorts and have not been contacted yet. However, we would like to reassure them that they will be contacted over the next few weeks.

“Services are extremely busy at the moment and we would ask people to help the NHS at this very difficult time by not contacting their local GP or other NHS services about getting a vaccination. People will not be able to book an appointment until they have been invited to do so, so please be patient and we will contact you as soon as it is your turn.”

New National Lockdown Rules – and support if you need it

I’m sure you are all aware that the Government announced a new national lockdown on Monday night. These restrictions are legally effective from today

A summary of the rules is in the picture below and more detailed information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

Caring Together will continue to offer support through the lockdown.  Please call us if you need anything and we will do our best to either help ourselves or put you in touch with the right service to support you.

A reminder of the contact details just in case you need it:

Office 0113 2430298 or mobile numbers

07436530073 (Lisa)
07483333115 (Valerie)
07458303015 (John)

You can also call Leeds City Council Covid Support on 0113 376 0330 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)