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£4.7m grant will help create 800 new jobs LEEDS has secured a £4.7m grant to create more than 800 new jobs for long-term unemployed young people, as part of the government’s Future Jobs Fund. Jobs will last at least six months and deliver real benefits to local communities. Opportunities are interesting and varied – caring for a wardrobe of historical clothes, a photographer’s assistant, teaching football to kids and helping market music. The scheme is being run by Leeds City Council, JobCentre Plus and other employers – including the Royal Armouries, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and voluntary or
community organisations. Environmental charity Groundwork Leeds employed the first batch of young people. Michael Cragg, aged 24, of Farnley, said: “I’m enjoying the variety of work, from planting to construction, to demolition.” Nahum Lewis, aged 21, of Sheepscar, added: “I thought this job would be easy but it’s challenging. I’m learning new skills every day”. If you are aged 18-24 and have been registered unemployed for six-12 months, you may be eligible. Anyone interested can contact their local job centre.
NEW RECRUITS: young people at Groundwork Leeds
PLACES TO GO: children are benefiting from a £1m project to improve play spaces. See page 3
improve our roads. At the same time, the 2010 budget includes plans to achieve further savings in things like so-
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Lowest council tax rise in 15 years The rise, for the council’s portion of the bill, is the lowest increase for 15 years. That means the council tax bills – including the police and fire levies – are £870.93 (band A), £1,016.08 (B), £1,161.25 (C), £1,306.40 (D), £1,596.71 (E), £1,887.02 (F), £2,177.33 (G) and £2,612.81 (H). These figures exclude parish amounts. The work to agree a budget for the coming financial year has been much tougher than before. As well as reduced government grants, the council’s income is now much lower because of the current economic conditions, while demand for council services has increased. Yet the 2010 budget will provide £6.2million more to protect vulnerable children, with an additional £4.5m for adult social care. There’s also £2m more to help people with learning disabilities and £800,000 extra to tackle burglaries and antisocial behaviour. We are also investing £29.4m over the next three years to
called ‘back office’ functions. In the autumn edition of About Leeds we asked you what you thought were the top priori-
ties for the council’s budget and what was less important. At the clear top of the list you put ‘Helping people to feel safe where they live (for example reducing crime, anti-social behaviour, bullying and harassment)’. You also thought the following were really important: ■ Support for business and enterprise to improve the economy and reduce local unemployment ■ Support and care for vulnerable children and adults ■ Getting around the area safely and easily without using a car – including improving the roads and road safety, better public transport and opportunities for cycling and walking A lot of you thought more should be spent on keeping the city clean and tidy. On the other hand you thought that spending on sport and culture was a lot less important and that less should be spent on expenses and salaries.
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2 About Leeds Spring 2010
Applauding those who make a difference Novel ways to help Leeds go green FREE insulation, using less energy and being able to borrow energy monitors from libraries are just a few things the council is doing to help Leeds go green. The trials to give free loft and cavity insulation to up to 1,000 homes is one of 15 ‘priority’ projects the council is working on as part of its climate change action plan. The action plan explains what the council will be doing to reduce its own carbon emissions while helping others do the same – the aim of the climate change strategy launched last year. Residents and businesses are being supported to do their bit for the environment too with the Leeds climate charter and pledge. These give people access to tools and hints to help them be more environmentally friendly. For more information go to www.leedsinitiative.org/ environment.
COMMITMENT: Leeds people are doing their bit to the environment with our pledge and charter
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OVER 150 hard working volunteers were honoured at the sixth annual Community and City Pride Awards. The awards recognise the outstanding and diverse environmental work that is making Leeds cleaner and greener. Winners, across the ten categories, included residents, schools,
businesses and students. Aire Action Leeds took the business and community partnership project category, while The Growing Zone Group, in Kippax, was named green space creation project of the year. Woodlands Community Garden at Middleton St Mary’s CoE Primary School is the best engag-
ing under 11s project, while the Belle Isle junior wardens scheme took the same title in the under 18s. Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods and The Big Dump Leeds City College earned the plaudits in the large area and recycling projects respectively. Jacqueline Simpson won the
over 18s individual contribution awards, with Kyle Ackroyd and Adam Rankin honoured in the under 18s. The best reduce and reuse project is Green Streets and Leave Leeds Tidy, while Meanwood Valley Partnership took top spot for their small area improvement.
Year of volunteering is off to a great start THE 2010 Leeds Year of Volunteering is making its mark with invaluable work being done across the city. Dedicated local groups have seen scores of people offering their services at our new volunteer centre, which opened in January. There’s plenty of choice for voluntary work – each month is themed, with February having focused on health and wellbeing. March offers everyone the opportunity to get involved in improving their neighbourhood, while April concentrates on generations – sharing skills and know-how with others. May hopes to recruit more school governors and mentors, focusing on literacy and learning. Leisure, sport, arts and culture is key for July. Without volunteers many clubs would disappear. We already have an army of volunteers, but we need more. You can register at www.sportleeds.com or visit www.do-it.org.uk. An awards ceremony, meanwhile, will celebrate volunteers, and their work, on 1 December. To nominate someone visit www. leedsyearofvolunteering.co.uk. The 2010 Leeds Year of Volun-
VARIETY: volunteering can take a wide array of forms and is very rewarding
teering year kicked off in style in January, with over 450 people turning out in freezing, icy conditions to back the launch at Leeds City Museum. The crowd formed the letter ‘V’ for a big photo opportunity. Volunteer Centre Leeds is at 12b St Paul’s Street, Leeds, LS1 2LE. Call 0113 395 0405.
Improving recycling AROUND 8,200 Rothwell households began a six-month trial of improved recycling collections in February. The average household throws away around 3kgs of food scraps, but under the pilot scheme they’d be composted and used agriculturally. Householders in Rothwell will put the waste straight into a small kitchen caddy before transferring
it into a larger outside food waste bin collected weekly. The package also includes the fortnightly collection of green bin recycling, brown bin garden waste and black bin general waste. Brown bin fortnightly collections run from March to November, reverting to monthly from December to February. The trial looks to increase recycling and cut landfill waste.
Take ‘Tower Power’ challenge WANT to challenge the tallest building in Yorkshire? The 2010 Tower Power Challenge involves 30 storeys and 600 steps, as runners race up the mammoth Bridgewater Place on 22 May. It’s in aid of the Sick Children’s Trust and their ‘The Big Move’ appeal. They want to raise £1.7million
as Eckersley House will move from St James’s Hospital. The Sick Children’s Trust believes no child should be separated from their family while receiving treatment in hospital for serious illness. Last year they helped 350 families in Yorkshire alone. You can register at towerpower@sickchildrenstrust. org or 07525 424406.
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Cracking Easter on its way THERE’S an exciting programme of free and inexpensive Easter events with Leeds Museums and Galleries in April. Leeds City Museum has egg-citing Easter trails, bonnet making and regular storytelling sessions in the first half of the month. There’s also a prize egg hunt, bonnet fun, screen printing workshops and real-life newborn chicks at Temple Newsam, while Leeds Discovery Centre’s fascinating learning sessions feature dinosaurs, fossils and Easter in Poland. Young train enthusiasts will be amazed with Armley Mills hosting the Woodhouse and Mitchell Mill Engine and century-old Hunslet locomotive, along with the natural sciences curator’s bird and bug-house making and watching activities. Leeds Art Gallery offer everyone the chance to find their own way of seeing art with Artspace: Get into Art. Thwaite mill holds its popular Easter fun day on 4 April, with free boat rides, a bouncy castle, a craft fair and face painting. Don’t miss the spring gift and craft fair at Lotherton Hall on 11 April. Stalls will include gifts, jewellery, ceramics, artwork, bath
products, jams, plants and more. There’s also bird puppet workshops and picture book storytelling. For more information visit www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries. n Leeds City Museum hosts the special Dr Rock interactive exhibition featuring poisonous rocks, human implants and the effect of putting a mobile phone in a blender among other exciting things. It runs until 4 July. Running until December, the Park Life exhibition at Abbey House Museum looks at how green spaces were secured among the Victorian origins of the smoke and grime of industrial Leeds. n Birds are the inspiration for a series of exhibitions from Leeds Museums and Galleries. You can investigate feathers and birds in costume, as well as decorative arts, at Lotherton Hall’s exhibition, which runs until December. At Temple Newsam, look into bird illustrations their use in fabric, wallpaper and other decorations from 28 May-20 November. JMW Turner’s exquisite watercolour studies are on show from 3 April-11 July at Leeds Art Gallery. For more information visit www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries.
Fresh look at Leeds’ play areas YOUNG people in Leeds now have 11 new and improved play areas to enjoy, thanks to the £1million Playbuilder project. The latest spaces to open include Long Close Lane, Richmond Hill; Meanwood Park; Cross Flatts Park, Beeston and the integrated play project at Horsforth Hall Park. A further 11 sites will open in the next year.
It’s part of the city council’s commitment to provide places to go and things to do under the Leeds Children and Young People’s Plan. For more information visit the Playbuilder page at www.thefamilyhubleeds.org or contact Denise Finch on email@example.com or 0113 247 5435. The project is run by the council’s early years and parks and countryside services.
Green fingers at the ready for gardening glory
GET INVOLVED: you can do your bit for our In Bloom events
IT’S a special year for gardening in Leeds. As well as the annual Leeds in Bloom competition, we’ve also got both the Yorkshire and Britain in bloom events to savour too. It befits a city that can boast over 40 in Bloom groups working tirelessly to improve our local environment. Leeds in Bloom is a private gardens competition running until the end of June. It’s split into 20 local competitions, each with three awards categories – large and small gardens, plus hanging baskets – offering gold, silver and bronze prizes. A presentation evening will be held at Leeds Town Hall in September.
Leeds is also hosting the Yorkshire in Bloom Awards at the Royal Armouries in September. Leeds will have 20 of our voluntary groups entering the 12 categories. Judging takes place in March, April and July. Each group gets technical support, providing limited floral displays and grant awards from Leeds in Boom. For the 2010 Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom awards, Leeds will be competing in the large city category, while Wetherby is listed in the town section. Judges will visit in August, with the awards ceremony set for 29 September. For more on in bloom events email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Region’s artists to go on show THE hunt for the next Picasso, Damian Hurst or Henry Moore starts again, when the region’s artists compete in the prestigious Open Show 2010. The annual Open Show offers artists the chance to have their work exhibited, reviewed and sold at Leeds Art Gallery. It’s open to everyone, with special workshops being staged at the gallery in the lead up to the show. Entry artwork should be A2 size or smaller and submitted by July. The artists’ show runs 15 August-19 September. Entry to Leeds Art Gallery is free. For more information visit www.leeds.gov.uk/artgallery.
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CARING IN LEEDS: SPECIAL REPORT
Are you an unpaid carer? MANY people will find that they are carers at some point in their lives but might be too busy to notice! This might be because their caring work is mixed up with their other role as loving parent, partner, son or daughter, or because the caring role is thrust upon them by traumatic or sudden circumstances. If
this applies to you, you might be missing out on a lot of help, information and support so read on. The work of carers is vital to the lives of the person they care for and to our community. Carers’ skills and knowledge is valued and needed by the professional health and social care services.
There are over 70,000 unpaid carers in Leeds, who look after a relative, partner or friend who cannot manage without help because of a disability, illness, mental health problems, age related frailty or substance misuse. The council knows that some of these carers are children helping to look after their own parents or siblings.
First steps to getting help ALL carers are entitled to a Carer’s Assessment to find out what support they need to continue caring and how this support may be provided. The Carer’s Assessment will take into account any issues the carer has in regard to work, training or leisure, and can help with the following:n the opportunity for the carer’s voice to be heard in any decisions the person they care for may make about getting services in the future n advice about benefits and managing finances n caring services to help share the caring n services to give carers a break n help with any health problems carers may have n equipment or adaptations
in the home of the person cared for to make caring for them physically easier for the carer n contact with other carers in similar positions to themselves n help to find information about the condition and treatment of
the person they are caring for n someone to talk to, about their situation n different services for the person cared for to make it easier for carers to continue working n help to think about and plan what would happen if an emergency situation meant carers could not care for their loved one. If the person you care for is not getting any services but you would like an assessment of your needs, then call Leeds Social Care 0113 222 4401 (carers of adults) or 0113 222 4403 (carers of children) and ask for a Carer’s Assessment. If the person you look after has mental health problems, their mental health professional will arrange the Carer’s Assessment.
Respite: getting a much needed short break IN LOCAL and national surveys, carers have said that what is most helpful to them in their caring role is to have a regular break from their caring duties where they can ‘do their own thing’, have a complete rest, follow their social interests or deal with domestic chores. If carers cannot leave the person they care for, a break can be provided through Adult Social Care or the NHS in a number of ways: n a regular weekly block of
hours where a replacement care worker can come to the home of the carer to take their place n attendance at a day service or facility for the cared for person n planned residential placement for the cared for person so that the carer can go for a holiday or have a complete break for a week or two n extra care at home for the cared for person so that the carer can go away from home for a weekend.
Carers’ information NEW WEBSITE AS part of the Leeds Carers’ Strategy, the council have improved the range of information available for unpaid carers in Leeds by creating a website – www.leeds.gov.uk/caringinleeds Caring in Leeds provides comprehensive information important to carers, such as support services available in Leeds, financial help, respite facilities, caring and work, carers’ rights and more. NEW LEAFLETS IF carers prefer to have information in printed format there are a range of leaflets and a directory available from Social Care agencies, One Stop Centres and advice agencies. You can also contact Carers Leeds on 0113 246 8338 for independent advice or leaflets. For detailed information on carers rights; carers benefits and how to apply for them; employments rights for carers there is a national website: www.nhs.uk/carersdirect
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Caring for the carers Carers’ emergencies: planning for unforeseen situations MANY carers worry about what might happen to the person they care for if something suddenly happened to them so that they could no longer care. We have a scheme in Leeds which is designed to put carers’ minds at rest by helping them to make an advance plan for such emergencies. In this plan, carers decide who should replace them in an emergency situation. It might be another relative or neighbour or, if there isn’t anyone who can take the carer’s place, the Carers Emergency Plan Scheme run by Claimar will provide a careworker for a short time. This is an example of how it works: A carer who lived with her grandmother was taken to hospital at 2am. Fortunately, she had previously registered with the Carers Emergency Plan Scheme, whom she contacted to activate her plan. Also, the paramedics
Improvements for carers in Leeds 2009-12 “EVERY Carer Counts” is how Leeds City Council, all the NHS bodies in Leeds and the carers organisations listed in the Directory on the right, intend to improve the support given to people who choose to look after their family or friends at home. Some of the ways they will do this are by: n valuing carers for the contribution they make to the quality of life of the person they care for and to the social care economy n supporting them in their chosen role n ensuring that carers know that the care they provide can be shared with paid workers where that is appropriate and desired n making sure that carers do not have to jeopardise their career or other close family relationships through their caring role. You can get a copy of the Carers Strategy from any of the agencies in the carers’ directory, right, or by ringing 0113 224 3991.
who took her to the hospital, saw the fridge magnet with the Carers Emergency Plan Scheme’s number and phoned Claimar before leaving with the carer. The carers emergency worker arrived 45 minutes later and stayed until 8 o’clock the next morning to look after the grandmother, whose son then came to take over the care. To join this scheme you need to register by telephoning Claimar on 0845 026 8923. They will visit carers at home and help them think through what their emergency plan would be and write it all down.
directory Leeds City Council Social Care – to arrange a carers assessment. 0113 222 4401 carers of adults, 0113 222 4403 carers of children www.leeds.gov.uk/ caringinleeds Carers Leeds offers a confidential advice, support and information service to all carers. Email: email@example.com 0113 246 8338 Drop-in address: 6–8 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 6PT Barnardos Willow Young Carers support young carers in Leeds up to age 18. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 0113 240 8368 or 0113 277 3010 Address: c/o The Anglers Club, 75a Stoney Rock Lane, Leeds LS9 7TB Mental Health Carers Support Service provide support and an education programme to carers of people with severe or enduring mental health problems. 0113 295 4444 Address: South Wing, St Mary’s House, St Mary’s Road, Leeds LS7 3JX Age Concern support service for people over 65 years who care for a person with Learning Disabilities. 0113 272 0377 Address: Bridge House, Balm Road, Hunslet, Leeds LS10 2TP Touchstone supports carers of black and minority ethnic (BME) people. 0113 219 2727 Address: Touchstone Support Centre, 53-55, Harehills Avenue, Leeds LS8 4EX Alzheimer’s Society offer a support service to carers of people with dementia. 0113 231 1727 Address: Armley Grange, Armley Grange Drive, Leeds LS12 3QH Claimar Care provide the Carers Emergency Plan Scheme. 0845 026 8923 to register Address: Carers Registration, Claimar Care, Unit 5, Killingbeck Office Village, Killingbeck Court, Killingbeck Drive, Leeds LS14 6UF
6 About Leeds Spring 2010 Gritting roads AFTER the worst winter for 30 years, the Government has taken over allocation of salt deliveries nationally and Leeds, like every other local authority, is now receiving rationed supplies. Whereas previously the council gritted 800 miles of roads, the council can now only grit around 300 miles of ‘A’ roads and emergency service routes in order to conserve stocks.
Fewer rats on streets of Leeds treatment for owner occupiers with rats found inside. However, private tenants should contact their landlord directly. Council house tenants must call 0113 222 4406 to report any rats in or around their property. If rats are found outside, residents are encouraged to report the sighting and they will be sent a rat pack – a self help
LEEDS City Council can report a fall in rat complaints by 35 per cent – which bucks an overall regional increase of 30 per cent. Leeds’s success is due to supporting residents and working in partnership with key organisations. The council aims to improve upon their recent success. We will provide a free
guide for rats found in gardens. The council will carry out planned area treatments and, where necessary, use enforcement powers to deal with rats and refuse found in gardens. To report rats, or request a rat pack, call 0113 222 4406. Rat packs can be downloaded from www.leeds.gov.uk/pestcontrol.
Council is getting better says watchdog LEEDS City Council is ‘performing well’ in the way it provides services for some of the city’s most vulnerable older or disabled people.
PLANNING: Leeds Youth Council pictured at the residential get-together
Youth council get out and about THE USHER
That is the verdict of the government watchdog, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), following its annual review of the city’s Adult Social Care service. Last year the performance of the service was judged to be adequate and this improvement in performance has been warmly welcomed. The service has received an excellent mark for the way it involves service users and their carers in planning and developing their own services. In safeguarding, an area for which the city was criticised last year and given a poor rating, Leeds has this year improved sufficiently to be judged adequate. The CQC assesses all councils every year according to seven outcomes for the way their social care services support people’s wellbeing. A key strength has been recognised in the way Leeds supports older people in achieving and maintaining independence through rehabilitation. The Commission also notes the city is intending to provide more extra care housing than comparator cities. There is also praise for the £60million Independent Living Project for learning disabled
people. In particular, the way in which the tenants of the new properties have been involved in designing their bungalows and flats and the services provided in them. The breadth and scale of voluntary organisations supported by adult social care is also commended for providing support for many thousands of people who are not eligible for statutory social care services. In addition, the council’s work with other agencies to help people maximise benefits and pensions and to manage their finances is also recognised as an area of strength by CQC.
AL BERRY, treasurer of the Leeds Youth Council, tells us about the recent residential the youth council attended in December. “We spent the weekend at the Cober Hill centre, near Scarborough,” Al said. “Both newly-elected and long-term members attended to review the work we did as the
youth council last year, and plan how we can help young people in Leeds make their voices heard in 2010. “The annual residential gives members the chance to focus on planning our work while at the same time having fun and making some new friends!”
Setting the standard for race equality IMPROVING: that’s the verdict on how services are performing
A RACE equality programme developed in Leeds has so impressed the government with its success that it will be rolled out across the country. Doreen Lawrence OBE, chair of the Stephen Lawrence Foundation and mother of Stephen
Lawrence, was among those who attended the national launch of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard at the Royal Armouries in Leeds in January. Developed by Education Leeds after Stephen’s murder in London in 1993, the standard is
awarded to schools which demonstrate knowledge, understanding and evidence of promoting inclusion and race equality to help transform education. Over 200 schools in Leeds have already achieved the standard.
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Spring set to burst forth GET set for an explosion of colourful flowers – after a massive 61,000 spring bulbs were planted across outer north east Leeds. The bulbs have been planted to provide a touch of colour to environment and boost residents’ well-being. The planted bulbs were bought by Outer North East Area Committee’s well-being environment fund, with parish councils, residents’ groups and in bloom associations applying for funding. The bulbs were supplied by Leeds City Council parks and countryside service.
Grit expectations FIFTEEN grit bins have been purchased for Alwoodley, through the Outer North East well-being fund. The grit bins are located across the ward in areas identified by residents and ward councillors. This ensures residents have the opportunity to access the bins to help tackle adverse weather problems.
Get involved A HAVE YOUR SAY event in Boston Spa takes place on 15 March. The event, organised by Outer North East Area Committee, gives residents the opportunity to give their views on services. It will be part of the 2010 Leeds Year of Volunteering celebrations. It will also showcase proposals for new children’s centres in Wetherby and Boston Spa. The event is at Boston Spa Village Hall from 4.30-6.30pm.
Diary dates Area Committee – Inner n 15 March, 4pm, Leeds Media Centre, Chapeltown Road
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Volunteers praised at celebration event VOLUNTEERS from inner north east Leeds were honoured at an evening of celebration at Leeds Civic Hall. The Inner North East Volunteer Thank You ceremony celebrates the invaluable work of volunteers in Roundhay, Chapel Allerton and Moortown. The evening got under way with a wonderful performance by the New World Steel Orchestra, from Chapeltown, followed by a poem written especially for the event, praising the work done by volunteers, by Patricia Jones. There was also a special presen-
tation by Voluntary Action Leeds to launch the 2010 Leeds Year of Volunteering. Young people from the KICK project were then honoured for their recent achievements. There was also a marketplace style event for people to get information about funding, other volunteering opportunities and support for their groups as well as presentations by groups in the area including Meanwood Valley Partnership. The Inner North East Volunteer Thank You event was held in December.
HONOURED: volunteers were thanked for their great work
Special honour for The Mansion in Roundhay Park ONE of our most famous and well-loved buildings has been given a special honour as The Mansion in Roundhay Park is awarded a Leeds Civic Trust Blue Plaque. The plaque – which is only awarded to buildings of special importance or significance – has been inscribed with a brief history of Roundhay Park and The Mansion, which dates back to 1815. The award celebrates the successful reopening of the building last year after being closed for six years. The grand reopening in August followed a major £8m restoration project on the park and The Mansion carried out by Leeds City Council with major funding of £6.3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The council worked with operator Dine to restore The Mansion to its former glory. n LOOKBACK: a colour postcard of The Mansion dated 1904
Lights will be brighter THIS year’s festive lights will be bigger and better. The improvements follow funding from Inner North East Area Committee. For 2009, the successful festive season started in Chapel Allerton with the switch on focusing on
Area Committee – Outer n 22 March, 6pm, Treetops Community Centre, Alwoodley n For more information contact East North East Area Management on 0113 214 5866. The diary dates for April onwards have not been set at the time of writing. A schedule of area committee meetings will be available shortly by searching ‘area committee’ or ‘calendar of meetings’ at www.leeds. gov.uk.
the new tree lights. This featured Chapel Allerton Primary School Choir and music from Leeds Music Club Festival Quintet. The fantastic turnout enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine. Festive lights also adorned Street Lane, Oakwood and Chapeltown.
Housing provision promising GOOD with promising prospects – that’s the judgement on one of the organisations managing Leeds’ council housing. East North East Homes Leeds (ENEHL), one of the city’s three Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs), is ‘good’ and has ‘promising prospects for improvement’ according to an independent report released by the Audit Commission. On a scale from zero to three
stars, the Audit Commission inspection team raised ENEHL’s rating from a ‘fair’ one to a ‘good’ two star rating. This was because its estates are well managed and significant improvements are being made to thousands of homes to bring them up to modern standards. The report noted customers involved with decisions, unpopular homes demolished, effective services and value-for-money savings.
New look and new facilities THE kitchen at Alwoodley Park Methodist Hall, pictured, has been refurbished, with a host of new facilities. It’s a great help for the well attended luncheon club, which does great work in the community. Outer North East Area Committee’s well-being fund gave a grant to the scheme. FESTIVE: the Chapel Allerton tree lights
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NORTH WEST LEEDS
Clock tower to mark time in new car park THE refurbished Brook Crompton Parkinson clock tower is set for the new Netherfield Road car park in Guiseley. The clock tower was saved by local councillors from the former Brook Crompton and Crompton Parkinson building when it was demolished in 2006. The building and its clock tower was part of Guiseley’s industrial heritage and has been a local landmark since the 1930s. The Netherfield Road car park was built last year and provides
100 extra parking spaces for Guiseley. The relocation of the clock tower will add an historic touch to the site and also help to preserve the community’s industrial heritage. New height barriers and a fence will also be added to the site, which will be unveiled in March Work will be funded by the Town and District Centre Regeneration scheme and the Outer North West Area Committee.
IMPROVEMENTS: Netherfield Road car park and the clock, inset, removed from its building
Conservation areas work gathers pace WORK on conservation areas continues apace in 2010 for Rawdon, Horsforth, Bramhope, Yeadon and Weetwood. Preservation experts are working with communities and ward councillors to update existing conservation area plans. Together, they’ll also be carrying out appraisals to consider new areas for conservation status. Proposals will be subject to public consultation. The work will increase the awareness and understanding of the conservation area and its special architectural and historic characters in the local community. It will also help to guide development in the area in such a way as to protect its special qualities as a conservation area. The work has been funded by the Outer North West Area Committee. This conservation area work follows the ones which have been completed in Adel St John, Poolin-Wharfedale and Guiseley. n Two neighbourhood design statements, detailing the unique character of Headingley and Little Woodhouse, are nearly complete. They will be used as supplementary planning guidance by Leeds City Council for developers
WE are stepping up our work to survey what you want in north west Leeds. It will soon be easier to have your say on many local services, as well as finding out the results of our surveys and what action we take in response. Aside from reports in this newspaper, you’ll also be able to have your say via the West North West Area Management website and the citizens panel. The website will promote local work, carry out surveys and publish their results. It’ll also link up with partner organisations we work with and Leeds City Council’s ‘get involved’ talking point portal at www.leeds.gov.uk. The citizens panel will also gauge local feeling, taking the views of north west and west Leeds residents who are part of the 3,500 contributors citywide. On top of that we’ll also speak directly with people on specific issues – for example, a high street improvement scheme.
The bell tolls… WORK has started to restore the much cherished bell tower at Adel St John the Baptist Church. The remedial work has been recommended to ensure a safe structure. The Adel Parish Church was built in approximately 1150. Since then the Grade I listed landmark has been a community asset. Financial support has been good. The church is encouraged that the remaining amount will be forthcoming from generous supporters.
CONSERVATION: a number of sites have been targeted, including Fairburn House in Little Woodhouse
designing any local schemes. Buildings, construction and architecture typical to the area are considered by the area committee-funded document, which include photographs, plans and local history.
Woodsley on the up
WOODSLEY: the shopping area is set to be improved
Easier to have your say
THE shopping area in Woodsley Road will be improved, thanks to a £65,000 cash injection from the area committee and Groundwork Leeds. The area will benefit from new paving, benches and planting after existing improvements to parking and street lighting.
The neighbourhood design statements are created in consultation with the communities and led by local councillors. The Kirkstall Vision, meanwhile, is a similar document which is also being launched. It is a ‘vision’ of how community members would like to see Kirstall. It includes ideal future scenarios for transport recreation and safety.
These documents will be available in libraries or from the council’s planning department when completed.
ASSET: Adel St John the Baptist Church
Diary dates Area Committee – Inner n 22 April, 7-9pm, venue tbc
Area Committee – Outer n 29 March, 2-4pm, Cookridge Methodist Church
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Young people wanted to join new decision-making panel ARE you a young person, aged 13-19, living in south Leeds? We’d like to invite you to join a decision-making panel for your new £5 million South Leeds Youth Hub so that you can continue to make decisions on everything from colours to equipment and activities. Construction firm Wates is transforming the site of the old Merlyn Rees high school into a stateof-the-art youth centre to open in November. The hub will have 11 key zones including mechanics workshop,
Volunteering promoted THE FANTASTIC work of local volunteers is being acknowledged in an event staged by Outer South Area Committee. The fair will promote volunteering to people as a way to learn new skills, make friends and contribute to their community. Information will be offered on becoming a volunteer and showcasing funding and training opportunities for community groups. If you are involved in or interested in volunteering then this event is for you. Local groups will also be able to participate by promoting their activities to recruit new members. The volunteer fair is on 20 March, from 10am-2pm at Tingley Youth and Community Centre, Blackgates School Tingley. For more information contact Sarah Henderson on 0113 3951654 or sarah. email@example.com. n See page 2 for more volunteering opportunities across the city.
Diary dates Area Committee – Inner n 25 March, 6.30pm, Tenants Hall, Middleton
Area Committee – Outer n 15 March, 4pm, Rothwell One Stop Centre
music studio, hair and beauty, allotments, art studio, games area, café and chill-out area. Wates is also working closely with Construction Leeds throughout the build programme to offer work experience and training opportunities to South Leeds’s young people and residents. If you want to get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet www.twitter.com/southleedshub, call 01133855606 or Facebook on the ‘South Leeds Hub’ fan page.
DIGGING IN: Wates construction manager Mark Wainhouse gets a helping hand as work begins on site
‘Decision Day’ vote yields six worthy winners SIX community groups have scooped a cash boost after impressing residents in a public vote. The ‘Decision Day’ vote offered up a total budget of £15,000 to groups who could convince the public their work made a real difference in the community. Residents were given a scoring card, marking bidders on community benefit, value for money and whether the project is achievable and sustainable. The successful groups are Rose Farm Carers Forum, Groundwork Leeds, The Mother’s Pride Teatime Club, Rothwell Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, Leeds City Council’s youth
SUCCESSFUL: Karen and Lilly from the Rose Farm Carers Forum
service and Rothwell neighbourhood policing team. Seven groups competed at the participatory budgeting initiative at Rothwell Children’s Cen-
tre. It was organised by Outer South Leeds Area Management team. Participatory budgeting puts local people at the heart of community decision making.
Area delivery plan to be unveiled soon SUMMER sees the launch of inner south Leeds’ area delivery plan. The plan will act on what really matters to local people throughout 2010 and 2011. The plan has been developed from information gathered at autumn community consultation events and questionnaire responses from residents in Beeston, Holbeck, Cottingley, Middleton, Belle Isle and Hunslet. The plan will detail what difference will be made in the neighbourhoods over the next 12 months. Issues range from things to do for young people, tackling obesity and improving local green spaces. For more information, contact South East
Area Management on 0113 2243040 or nhd. email@example.com.
Bringing firms closer together MORLEY’S month-long Blue Cross Sale saw businesses come together as part of a successful promotion. “It’s great to see a coordinated approach throughout the town centre,” said Chamber president Keith Robinson. “I am sure this event will grow year on year.” The sale, set up by Town Centre Management and the Chamber of Trade, was followed by the Town Awards – which saw shoppers and town centre visitors vote for their favourite business. A presentation evening at the Town Hall on 12 March will celebrate the award winners. The awards ceremony immediately follows the annual Morley Summit – an open meeting for anyone with positive ideas to help develop the Morley town centre. For more information, contact town centre manager Peter Mudge on 07891 272510 or visit www.morleychamber.co.uk.
World of work PUPILS at three primary schools are learning about the world of work. Year six pupils are learning about many professions and experiences they may encounter. Cottingley Primary School learned about the work of South East Area Mangement team when Sarah May spoke with pupils. The scheme is managed by Leeds Ahead, with funding from Inner South Area Committee.
ACTING: we are working on what matters to you
THE Urban Bar now gives Beeston Hill’s young people a lot to do. Inner South Area Committee has given funding to St Luke’s Cares to open up the Urban Bar. Various sessions take place for young people to engage with, focusing on issues such as crime, gangs and sexual health.
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Improvements to allotments ALLOTMENTS provide valuable green space in cities and are a great way of enjoying the outdoors and growing healthy foods. Red Road Allotments has benefited from further improvements, funded by Inner East Area Committee. These improvements include new entrance gates, fencing, better parking and greater security. Osmondthorpe Lane Allotments has also seen much needed improvements. Large overgrown trees and rubbish has been removed, while plots have been cultivated to bring them back into use. Osmondthorpe Allotment Association cleared the derelict area, which borders houses in Skelton Lane and Victoria Primary School. Tenants will maintain the land.
Recycling boost A NEW recycling facility has been provided for residents at Cromwell Heights and Naseby Grange. This community facility will serve 280 properties in Naseby Grange and three blocks of flats in Cromwell Heights. The new recycling facility will make it possible to recycle card, paper, plastic bottles and cans and also mixed glass bottles and jars. The idea came from the local residents, supported by ward members and area management, and will contribute to Leeds’ targets for recycling.
Shopping areas get a welcome facelift BOOST: Halton Village is one of the centres that have been improved under the programme
THE programmes to improve the shopping areas of Halton Village, Cross Gates and Garforth were completed in December. The projects involve improvements to key buildings and security, as well as new street furniture, heritage street lighting and railings. In Halton Village the library had substantial external improvements, while in Garforth its community centre in Main Street, the Miners Welfare Hall, has also benefited. During public consultation in 2006 and 2007 traders and customers using Halton Village and Cross Gates highlighted security as one of their main priorities.
As a result, three CCTV cameras were installed in Halton and two in Cross Gates that are linked to Leedswatch and monitored constantly. Attractive heritage street lighting, which can hold hanging baskets and fittings for Christmas decorations, were also highlighted as priorities during consultation. In Cross Gates and Garforth these were duly fitted and will hopefully encourage ‘in bloom’ groups to use them as part of their displays in future years. New benches, bins, signage, railings, cycle racks and planters are also part of the improvements. Visitors’ feedback is positive for all three centres.
Play area revamp a success
SMILE: the new play equipment is a hit
THE Gipton Square play area has been refurbished. Improvements to the playground, landscaping and signage means young people and families can play and socialise in a pleasant and safe environment. A consultation ensured residents had a say on how the new playground would look. The scheme was supported by Inner East Area Committee well-being fund.
Redesigned library opens new chapter as one stop centre USE: products, like plastic bottles, can be recycled
THE new Garforth one stop centre and library has welcomed it’s first baby through the doors to be registered, just a day after opening to the public. Born on the first day of 2010,
Area Committee – Inner n 25 March, 6pm, venue tbc
Area Committee – Outer n 23 March, 4pm, Civic Hall A schedule of area committee meetings is available by searching ‘area committee’ or ‘calendar of meetings’ at www.leeds.gov.uk.
OH BABY!: parents Emma and Christine Watson-Adams with Josef and registrar Penny Whitehead
to parents Emma and Christine Watson-Adams, Josef George Watson-Adams was registered by registrar Penny Whitehead at the Garforth One Stop Centre on 12 February. The new one stop centre, which is under the same roof as the library in Lidgett Lane, opened in February and will deal with thousands of queries each year. It has been extended and completely refurbished thanks to a £1.4million grant from the Big Lottery Fund. Residents’ ideas have been used to provide a private area where confidential or personal matters can be dealt with. There’s also space where drinks can be served and it’s hoped the centre will also be open longer
SERVICE: resident Heather Baker talks to customer service officer Pat Greenhill
in future. There is also a welfare rights service, which runs surgeries for people needing help on benefits. Births and deaths can also be registered at one stop cen-
tres, but by appointment only. Garforth one stop centre is open 9am-5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. It’s open 9am-3pm on Wednesday.
Conservation area reviews safegard character SAFEGUARDING the special character of Woodhall Hills and Farsley are at the heart of two on-going conservation area reviews. In January and February, residents were asked for their views about the future of the two areas and to say what makes them so special. The reviews help to safeguard the special architectural and historic character of the villages and protect important buildings from demolition. That’s why getting local views is integral to the process. In Woodhall Hills, recommendations involve extending the conservation area into the old quarry site of Woodhall Plantation and the old burgage plots to the north. In Farsley, it’s proposed the conservation area be extended to include the historic settlement of Bagley to the north east of the centre, as well as broadening the existing boundary to include the whole of West Royd Park. Woodhall Hills was designated conservation area status in 1984 and Farsley in 1987. n Farnley and Wortley is home to a range of species and flora. Investigations are now being done to improve six rural sites, increasing their biodiversity. Improvements will allow more access for people and opportunities to get involved with related volunteering schemes.
Leisure centre on track THE new, state-of-the-art Armley Leisure Centre opens in May. It’s packed with a fantastic array of facilities for the whole community – including a 25-metre, five-lane swimming pool; a 100-station Bodyline gym and hydrotherapy pool, among other features. The new hydrotherapy pool is ideal for people with sports
injuries or physical and learning disabilities. Armley Leisure Centre will also feature a teaching pool, two multi-activity halls, dance studio, four-court sports hall and café-bar. A new, better set of programmes will also be on offer. Armley Leisure Centre really has something for everyone. For more visit www.leeds.gov. uk/armley.
TAKING SHAPE: work in progress, during January, at the Armley Leisure Centre
Turning up the heat with gas
Diary dates Area Committee – Outer n 26 March, 2pm, Farnley Hall
Area Committee – Inner n 14 April, 5-7pm, venue tbc.
A schedule of area committee meetings is available by searching ‘area committee’ or ‘calendar of meetings’ at www.leeds.gov.uk.
Event aims to get more into volunteering AN event is being held at Pudsey Civic Hall as part of the 2010 Leeds Year of Volunteering activities. The event – on 6 March, 10am-2pm – aims to increase the number of people involved in a wide range of volunteering. The even features entertainment and refreshments and is organised by West North West Area Management team. n About Leeds is distributed throughout March. While we make every effort to distribute in Pudsey prior to the event, you can still get involved. For more see page 2 or visit www. leedsyearofvolunteering.co.uk.
Reward on cards
We’re listening LISTENING to your views is important to us. That’s why we are working hard on community engagement in west Leeds. To read more on our community engagement project, for west and north west Leeds, turn to page 8.
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THAT’S BETTER: residents now have gas-fuelled heating and hot water systems
UP to 380 homes in New Wortley have benefited from the mains gas network being extended locally. Former off-gas areas now enjoy gas-fuelled heating and hot water systems. New Wortley is the first of many areas to benefit from this benchmark project – the largest
of its type in England and the first under new Ofgem rules. At the time of writing, the project has now started in Rossefields and Snowdens in Bramley. The project is a partnership between Northern Gas Networks, Leeds-based community interest group Community Energy
Solutions and West North West Homes Leeds. On top of this, each week around 40 heating systems will be installed from January to the end of March by West North West Homes Leeds. They are also installing cavity wall insulation and, where suitable, air source heat pumps.
Warming meal brings community together A WINTER warmer meal brought together local people of all ages and backgrounds in Farnley and Wortley. The Community Centre, at the Heights Church, saw around 40 young and older people, plus their helpers, enjoy an evening of good food and good company.
They prepared, cooked and enjoyed a hearty supper of pumpkin soup, shepherds pie and apple crumble, followed by a quiz. It’s hoped the evening will be the start of more events. It was supported by Armley Juniors, Armley Helping Hands and Bramley Elderly Action.
COME TOGETHER: at the event
ARMLEY and Pudsey are running a reward card scheme – which offers monthly £50 prize vouchers for local, participating shops. Customers will have to collect six stamps from six different retailers and then hand their cards into the Armley One Stop Centre for the month-end prize draw. The scheme started in February and runs for 12 months.
Easter fun plan PUDSEY’S Easter extravaganza is on 2-3 April. It features street entertainment, such as Suitcase Circus, Punch and Judy (pictured), plus many other attractions. On the Saturday, an Artsmix market runs alongside the regular market. There’s also the highly successful Pudsey Easter Egg Hunt – which last year saw over 250 children competing for prizes.
12 About Leeds Spring 2010
Satisfied, but there’s more council can do MOST of you are satisfied with the area you live in and how Leeds City Council runs things, according to the results of our biggest residents survey yet. Every two years interviewers ask residents for their views on a series of topics in Leeds. In August and September last year, nearly 3,500 residents – from different neighbourhoods and backgrounds – took part. Nearly 90 per cent of you are satisfied with the area you live in, regarding safety and street cleanliness. And while fewer people say their area has drug problems, compared to 2007’s findings, the survey does make community safety a continued priority for the council. Seventy per cent of you are satisfied with the council – up from 61 per cent in 2007. Street lighting is getting better in many areas, reflecting our investment of recent years. Most people who visit our libraries, museums and other leisure services are satisfied. Many enjoyed our free events – like the Christmas lights switch on and Christkindelmarkt.
Chance for parents to get involved PARENTS can get involved with the services their families use daily. There are opportunities to get involved with your child’s school, or children’s centre, through being a parent governor or supporting the advisory board. A city-wide parents group meets every other month to look at issues affecting parents in Leeds. Parents can get involved in equality hubs, which help in ensuring the council is involving all of its residents in decisions to improve services and provide employment opportunities. For more information on having your say visit the ‘get involved’ section of www. leeds.gov.uk.
GET INVOLVED: parents can take part in local services
For school governors, specifically, visit the governors section at www. educationleeds.co.uk. You can also call Kerry Roling on 0113 395 7222 for the city-wide parents group. For the equality hubs call the council’s equality team on 0113 247 4190.
Greater focus needed on children’s services BIGGEST YET: the residents survey quizzed around 3,500 Leeds residents
One in five people want to get involved in local decision-making – something we are working on. You read the About Leeds newspaper and council website for council information. They are also the residents’ most trusted sources. Younger residents like to use social media – such as Facebook, blogs and text messages – to get council information. We’ll be looking more at this to get views on exactly what you want.
The full residents survey can be found at https://consult.leeds. gov.uk. Click on the ‘consultations’ link and then do an advance search for ‘residents survey’. n The council is committed to involving residents in developing our services. The ‘get involved’ area of www. leeds.gov.uk helps you have your say on council services, as well as informing you how we make decisions. You can go online for free at all of our 53 libraries.
LEEDS City Council and its partners are working well to tackle poor health and help older people live in their homes – but they need to make significant improvements to children’s services. That’s the verdict of a government watchdog report published by the Audit Commission. The report says Leeds is a good place to live for many people, that more are taking advantage of the city’s cultural and leisure facilities and the city has responded
well to the recession. Businesses have worked well through Leeds Ahead to help people in deprived communities to improve their skills and aspirations, most crimes have fallen and care for older people is good. However, burglary rates are high, housing and health are still big challenges and although many children do well at school, there is still more to do. Public services also need to work better to make sure some vulnerable children and young people are kept safe from harm.
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