Friday, 17 July 2009

Breeze on Tour is back – and it’s bigger and better than ever!

Picture caption: Young people enjoy the Breeze action at one of last year's events

Stuck at home this Summer? Strapped for cash in as the credit crunch bites? Breeze on Tour is back – just in time to offer young people, children and families the best free, fun and exciting events in Leeds.

As a taster to the main events Mini Breeze events are coming to Allerton Primary School on Tuesday 21 July and Otley Wharfe Meadows on Wednesday 22 July.

Mini Breeze at Allerton kicks off the biggest Mini Breeze programme ever with something for everyone; everyone’s heart will melt when they meet the rescue donkeys from the Elisabeth Svendson Trust, and for those older teens who can’t resist a challenge how about challenging yourself or your mates on the Youth Services giant climbing tower.

Moving across the city to Otley, Mini Breeze will be in the beautiful setting of the River Wharfe, where young people will have the chance to try a new and exciting range of arts activities including making their own jewellery and exploring the bizarre and scary special effects make up workshops.

Not had enough? For those bitten by the Mini Breeze bug and want the full Breeze on Tour experience the first main event is happening at Scott Hall Playing Fields on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 July. Brand new at this event will be a celebration of young people’s culture – with exciting and original workshops. Learn to spin on your head with break dance experts or twirl those pom poms in the cheerleading workshops. New competitions will be running across the activities with chances for all to enter and win.

Councillor Alan Lamb, lead member responsible for Youth Services, said:
“Breeze on Tour gets bigger and better every year and the line-up of activities for this year looks really impressive. They are fantastic events with something for all young people in Leeds to enjoy, so make sure you go along and don’t miss out on all the fun.”

Breeze has Talent is back again with a whole host of hopefuls, heats will take place at each Breeze on Tour event with a finale at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in October.

To find out how this year’s Breeze Has Talent performers get on, turn up in the Performance Marquee at 3pm every day and you might just see the birth of a new Leeds star!

With the return of the ever popular giant Breeze inflatables and lazer quest, and the introduction of unique and original new activities there really is something for everyone.

Children and young people aged 8 to 18 can just turn up with their Breezecard and can get in for free at every location on every day. There's a whole load of different activities including dancing, arts and crafts, music, football, giant inflatables, DJing, movie making, performances from international and local artists and bands, competitions …and so much more. If people can’t make it to Breeze on Tour they could try one of the mini Breeze events – it’s just like Breeze on Tour only a little bit smaller!

All Breeze on Tour events take place between 12 noon and 5pm:
Thu 23rd July - Fri 24th July Scott Hall Playing Fields
Wed 29th July - Thu 30th July Fearnville Leisure Centre
Wed 5th August - Thu 6th August Cross Flatts Park
Wed 12th August - Thu 13th August Armley Park
Wed 19th August - Thu 20th August Kirkstall Abbey

All Mini Breeze events take place 1 – 5 pm unless otherwise stated
Tues 21 July Mini Breeze Allerton CE Primary School
Wed 22 July Mini Breeze Otley Wharfe Meadows Park
Mon 27 July Mini Breeze Garforth College
Tues 28th July Mini Breeze Banstead Park
Friday 31 July Mini Breeze Springhead Park, Rothwell
Sat 1st Aug Mini Breeze Windmill playing fields Belle Isle 12- 4 pm
Mon 3 August Mini Breeze Scratcherd Park, Morley
Tues 4 August Mini Breeze East Ardsley Recreation Ground
Mon 10th Aug Mini Breeze Bramley Fall Woods
Tues 11 Aug Mini Breeze Swinnow Green
Mon 17 Aug Mini Breeze Iveson Primary School
Tues 18th Aug Mini Breeze Cragside Recreation Ground Hawksworth Wood
Wed 26 Aug Mini Breeze Dance Explosion West Indian Centre/Mandela Centre 3 – 7 pm

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For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council Press Office, on (0113) 2474713

Green light for ‘Lifetime Neighbourhoods for Leeds’

A city-wide commitment to securing major investment to support regeneration in the city has been given a boost with a share of £1.7 billion from the government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Leeds has been given approval to participate in the latest bidding round for Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Credits and is now in line - along with 10 other councils - for a share of the money earmarked for the regeneration of neighbourhoods and to increase the supply of affordable rented housing in the UK.

The Leeds proposal, ‘Lifetime Neighbourhoods for Leeds’ will deliver hundreds of new homes across the city. Quality and adaptable modern homes will be provided for families and older people giving them the choice to stay in their own homes and remain independent longer.

The Council will now enter into the next stage of the bid process and will work up a more detailed business case including the confirmation of locations across Leeds for redevelopment and improvement. The project will link into wider regeneration initiatives and service improvements for older people.

Councillor Les Carter, Executive Member Neighbourhoods and Housing said:
“We are delighted to get the go-ahead to progress with Lifetime Neighbourhoods for Leeds.
“In order to create truly sustainable communities we need to be able to respond to the needs of all our residents providing high quality, modern homes supported by excellent local services.
“With an increasing ageing population, the needs of older people is key to the success of this project. This will be looked at in a way that values the contribution of older people to creating mixed, vibrant neighbourhoods.”

David Curtis, Regional Director of the Homes and Communities Agency said:
“We look forward to working with our partners in the Leeds City region to deliver local ambitions and to help create homes that people can afford to live in.”

Notes to editors:

Lifetime Neighbourhoods for Leeds

Lifetime Neighbourhoods for Leeds is an ambitious programme, led by Leeds City Council, which will deliver c700 new homes for families and older people across Leeds. The project is responding to a need for quality, modern homes that support independent living at all stages of live to help achieve sustainable communities that are mixed, cohesive and better integrated.
Partnership arrangements
The project is a partnership between Leeds City Council (Housing, Regeneration and Adult Social Care) and NHS Leeds.

The Homes and Communities Agency
The Homes and Communities Agency is the single, national housing and regeneration agency for England.

Our vision is about creating opportunity for people to live in homes they can afford, in places they want to live and for local authorities and communities to deliver the ambition they have for their own areas.

This will be achieved by:
• Acting as the bridge between national targets and local ambitions, with a strong regional presence.
• Through a process of 'single conversations' with local authorities, RDAs and sub regional partnerships.
• Working effectively with the market, housebuilders, investors and other stakeholders.
• Understanding the needs and aspirations of people and communities.

The HCA brings together English Partnerships, investment functions of the Housing Corporation, and the Academy for Sustainable Communities, with major delivery programmes of Communities and Local Government.

For media enquiries please contact:
Val Smith, Leeds City Council (0113) 247 8125