Is Lockdown lifting making you feel anxious?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been hard for us all and we have all experienced the effects differently, including those of us who have been shielding.
It’s OK if you feel worried about going back to something more “normal” as lockdown restrictions loosen.
You might be finding it difficult to manage the changes and uncertainty, but there are lots of ways to make this time easier.
Tips to help manage this from Every Mind Matters
1. Go at your own pace
2. Do not avoid things entirely
3. Get your information from the right sources
4. Discuss any changes with others
5. Make time to relax
6. Challenge unhelpful thoughts
7. Tell someone how you feel
8. Plan social occasions
9. Find routine where you can
10. Write down your thoughts
11. Focus on the present
More details on each of these tips, as well as lots of other helpful information is at

Specialist Gardens outing at Roundhay

Good morning,
Below are some beautiful pictures from a recent outing to the specialist gardens and tea room in Roundhay.

The specialist gardens are opposite the Roundhay Fox pub on Mansion Lane, LS8 2EP. There are also specialist gardens in the Canal and Coronation Gardens off Princes Avenue by Tropical World. We had a  look at these too after our cuppa.

The opening hours are: 9am to 3:30pm daily.

  • The Coronation Garden is home to our winning entries to the Chelsea Flower Show. Formerly a kitchen garden there are thousands of rose trees and bedding plants
  • The Monet Garden is based on gardens planted by the impressionist at Giverny in France, was introduced to the park in 1999. 
If you would like to join us on future outings just get in touch. Such outings are born out of members suggestions so please do let us know of other local places you would like to venture to. Open to members, friends and family.
Either email:  or call Mobile: 07436 530073

Covid Roadmap – Legal restrictions end today but caution still needed

The final stage of lockdown easing happens todays so that most legal restrictions are no longer in place but health experts and the government are urging caution as we start to return to normality and reminding that covid is still very much around.

The main changes are means there are now no laws requiring you to wear a mask or social distance and limits on how many people can meet have been lifted.

However the guidance is:

To continue to wear masks in crowded and in indoor public spaces, on public transport etc.  Businesses may still require you wear a mask when you enter.

To meet people outside where possible

Limit the contact you have with people you do not usually live with, including keeping the number of people and the time you spend with them low, and not getting too close to them.

What’s changing in England on 19 July?

Graphic showing changes from 19 July

Social distancing

No limits on how many people can meet
1m-plus guidance removed (except in some places like hospitals and passport control when entering)
Face coverings no longer required by law, although the government still “expects and recommends” them in crowded and enclosed spaces
Some shops and transport operators will still require masks
Events and gatherings

Nightclubs can reopen
Pubs and restaurants no longer table-service only
No limits on guests at weddings and funerals
No limits on people attending concerts, theatres or sports events
No restrictions on communal worship

Guidance recommending against travel to amber list countries removed. (Those returning from France to England, Wales and Scotland must still quarantine for 10 days)
Under-18s and fully vaccinated adults no longer have to self-isolate after visiting amber list countries

Other changes

Limits on visitors to care homes will be removed.

From 16 August, most Covid restrictions in schools – including “bubbles” – will end.

From the same date, fully vaccinated adults will not need to self-isolate after contact with a positive case.

Reporting Anti-Social Behaviour in Leeds

There has been an increase in reports of anti-social behaviour in recent months.

Here’s a reminder of what you can do if you are affected by any anti-social behaviour:

You can make a report online at

Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm you can call 0113 222 4402

Outside these hours call 0113 376 0337

If you, or someone else, are in danger please call 999 

There is more information about anti-social behaviour and what the council can do to help at

Coronavirus update from Leeds City Council

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An update on infection rates in Leeds

The overall infection rate is 572.7 per 100,000, up 21% in 7 days. There is some indication this is slowing down compared to other parts of Yorkshire & the Humber, however we expect cases to continue to rise over the summer for potentially a long time due to lifting of restrictions. The Yorkshire & Humber average is 463.4 per 100,000 and the England average is 350.3 per 100,000. Over 60s rate has increased to 127.3 per 100,000, up 61% in 7 days.

How to stay safe from 19 July

The Government has announced that most COVID-19 legal restrictions are set to end in England as part of Step 4 of the Roadmap. From Monday 19 July 2021 there will be no legal requirement to stay 2m apart from people you do not live with. Limits on numbers of people you can meet with will also be removed, as will the instruction to work from home if you can. The legal requirement to wear face coverings will also be lifted.

Thanks to everyone who has done their bit taking up the extra testing and getting the COVID-19 vaccine here in Leeds. COVID-19 continues to be a feature of our lives, so this last step on the roadmap is around learning to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others. Rates of COVID-19 infection are high and continue to rise, therefore even after 19 July we should continue to be cautious, help to reduce the risk of spread and protect people at highest risk of serious illness.

July 19 Social Distance

To keep yourself and others safe, the recommendations are that you:

  • Limit the contact you have with people you do not usually live with, including keeping the number of people and the time you spend with them low, and not getting too close to them.
  • Where possible, meet outdoors and let fresh air into homes and other enclosed spaces.
  • Continue to wear face coverings in enclosed and crowded spaces, such as on public transport. Some businesses may also still require you to wear a mask in indoor settings. If they ask, please wear a mask.

Face Coverings 19 July

Many people will be excited about the return to the way things were before COVID-19, whilst others, particularly those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and who have been told to take extra precautions, may be more cautious. Think of others when making your own decisions about when to wear a mask and social distance.

Please get both doses of the vaccine when called to make sure you have the highest level of protection. It is also really important that we all continue to reduce the risk of spread by washing hands, socialising outside, getting tested if you have symptoms, isolating if advised to do so and wearing face coverings in high-risk settings such as health and social care services.

Let’s keep working #TogetherLeeds to stop the spread of the virus.

Measures in Leeds schools after 19 July

In Leeds, our school term runs beyond the Step 4 easing of restrictions on 19 July. Government guidance states that schools can choose whether to continue with current COVID-19 safety measures after this date, until the end of the term.

Although schools will make a decision based on their risk assessment and unique circumstances, following discussions with public health and health and safety colleagues, Leeds City Council has advised schools to continue to follow existing risk assessment and control measures until the end of term.

If schools have events and visits before the end of term, they will already have planned these in a COVID-19 secure way and may continue to apply the control measures planned.

Individual schools will confirm their arrangements with their school community.

Schools 19 July

Vaccination update

All adults in England can now book their COVID-19 vaccination. If you have not already done so you also have the option to bring the appointment for your second jab forward to 8 weeks instead of 12.

Please note that you will need to log in to or call 119 and cancel your second appointment before you can rebook. Don’t worry, the system will show you the current availability before you cancel.

If you are over 18 you can grab a jab this weekend at:

  • 338 Trinity Leeds (between Primark and Next) on Saturday from 10:00 – 16:00 for a first dose only.
  • Centenary Pavillion (Elland Road), Lowfields Road, Beeston, LS11 0ES Saturday and Sunday 7:30 – 17:30 for a first dose or second (if at least 8 weeks apart).

If you’d like to attend one of the city’s walk-in vaccination clinics, please visit the NHS Leeds website to find the one most convenient for you.

With infection rates continuing to rise, it’s more important than ever to get a COVID-19 vaccination to protect yourself and your community.

Over 18

Safer Leeds – Antisocial Behaviour Awareness Week (19 – 25 July)

The UK’s first Antisocial Behaviour Awareness Week takes place next week. There has been a huge rise in Antisocial Behaviour (ASB) cases during the national lockdowns, yet more than half of people who experience ASB don’t bother to report it. Leeds City Council’s Safer Stronger Communities team want people across Leeds to work together to take back our communities and make them safer. Tackling ASB is more important than ever we must stand together. Find out more at

Celebrating Eid al-Adha safely

For anyone celebrating, we hope that you have a happy Eid al-Adha and encourage you to celebrate safely during the festivities.

Eid al-Adha

Covid Vaccine Clinic at Woodhouse Community Centre this week

Woodhouse Community Centre, 197 Woodhouse Street, LS6 2NY – clinic open 10am – 3pm every day until this Friday.
If you are over the age of 18 you can come by to get your first or second doses of Pfizer, no appointment needed.
If you know anyone who is eligible for the vaccine, please let them know they can come by!
There are healthcare professionals here who will be able to answer any questions you may have about the vaccine.
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24/7 mental health support if you need it

NHS mental health helplines have answered around three million calls during the pandemic.
The dedicated 24/7 NHS mental health crisis helplines were fast-tracked so everyone could get the rapid care they needed without having to go to A&E.
Anyone experiencing a mental health crisis can call their local helpline, and you can also call on behalf of someone you’re worried about. Support is available for all ages.
to find out more about urgent mental health support or you can find more information about the background story here:
'I continue to be humbled by the work and commitment of colleagues in mental health services all over the country. They made huge changes in normally impossible timeframes, in the most collective and supportive spirit.' Claire Murdoch, National Mental Health Director

End of the Love Woodhouse & Little London Food Project

We have loved being part of this project with Gateway Church Leeds which has provided fresh cooked meals as well as grocery parcels to people in the area every week for more than a year.
Today was the last day and so a big thank you to all the volunteers who helped to organise this.

Leeds residents to have their say as part of a national highways and transport satisfaction survey

This seems particulary appropriate at the present time when so many changes are being made in Leeds – if you are one of the residents asked to contribute to this please do respond and share your views.

Leeds residents to have their say as part of a national highways and transport satisfaction survey: 20200415 135801

Residents are being asked for their views on Leeds highways and transport services – from the condition of roads and footpaths, pot holes, public transport services to the quality of cycling facilities.

Some 3,300 Leeds City Council residents will be randomly selected and asked for their views about highways and transport services. Their responses will be compared with the views of other members of the public across England and Scotland, thanks to the national highways and transport public satisfaction survey.

The council is one of 111 councils taking part with a standardised survey asking members of the public exactly the same questions, whether they live in Manchester, Leicester or Leeds. The survey is running for the 14th year, the largest collaboration between councils offering the opportunity to compare results, share in best practice and identify further opportunities to work together in the future.

The results will enable us to find out what local people think about these important services. It will provide one of several ways the council can assess how it is performing. It gives the public an opportunity to say which services they think the council should prioritise, and improve.

A reminder will be sent to non-responses over the summer, with local and national results published in October 2021.  Since the survey is based on a sample, residents that receive a copy are being urged to take part. Leeds residents who receive the survey can complete the survey online if they prefer, a short URL link will be printed on the front of the survey and they will be required to enter a code before completing the survey.

Leeds City Council’s executive member for infrastructure and climate, councillor Helen Hayden, said:

“This national survey is an important opportunity to share your thoughts on our local highways and transport network. That includes pavements, roads and cycle lanes, along with work done to maintain it all. If you are one of the people asked to give your feedback in this national survey, I would ask that you please take the time to respond. Your views are important to us locally and any insight you give will help us assess how well the council is performing, areas to prioritise and improve, and to deliver better outcomes for the people of this city.

“We estimate in Leeds there’s approximately £206 million needed to restore the network of roads, paths and bridges to optimal condition. The information you give helps the National Highways and Transport Network (a non-government organisation with council membership) to gather the information needed for councils across the country to lobby the government for the funding we need.

“I would like to please encourage everyone selected to take part and share your views, personal knowledge and experience so we can continue to make Leeds a better city for everyone.”