Thursday, 28 April 2011

A big welcome for all at Terry Yorath House

Terry Yorath House in Roundhay is having a celebratory open day next Tuesday to showcase the new service provided there for adults with physical disabilities and complex needs.

Saint John of God Hospitaller Services (SJOGHS) was awarded the contract to manage care and support services for people living and using Terry Yorath House (TYH) in April 2011. Leeds City Council continues to own the building.

The home provides long term residential care and support for 10 people with physical and/or learning disabilities, and two beds are available for people requiring respite care.

To celebrate being awarded the contract and as a way of building new relationships and contacts, SJOGHS is holding a ‘welcome celebratory open day’ on Tuesday 3 May between 4 and 6pm. The event has been planned and organised by the residents and their families, and is a great opportunity to share the vision for the home and the journey ahead to improve and raise standards.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member with responsibility for health and adult social care said:
“We are delighted with the service that St John of God are providing at Terry Yorath House, and this open day is a great opportunity to promote the good things that are happening there.

“Events like this really help to integrate people with complex disabilities into the wider community, which is beneficial both to them and the community as a whole.”

Julie Seehuber, head of strategy and operations for St John of God Hospitallars said:
“We are absolutely delighted and honoured to have been awarded this contract at Terry Yorath House. Through our collaborative working over recent months with many people, including those living at and using TYH, their families, friends, and Leeds City Council, we have a mutually agreed clear vision of the improvements we can make to improve the lives of the people we serve.

“People are at the heart of everything that we do, and we are looking forward to the future development and journey of this service, so that it meets the wishes and aspirations of our residents.”

SJOGHS currently support over 1000 individuals across the UK, including those with learning and physical disabilities, people with complex health and social needs, mental health problems, older people, people who experience drug and alcohol abuse, homeless people and other vulnerable groups.

Locally, in the Bradford and Calderdale district, SJOGHS provide a number of quality registered nursing services, registered residential services, nursing respite service, supported living services and an outreach service.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578

Leeds signs up for Chelsea success

Leeds City Council deputy executive member for leisure Councillor Lisa Mulherin (left) and head of parks and countryside Sean Flesher (right) with promotional signs put in place at Civic Hall supporting the council's Chelsea Flower Show entry - The HESCO Garden 2011.

The showgarden themed around water power and the power of nature will be on display at the world-famous event in London from May 24-29. For more information visit


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, leisure media relations officer,
Tel 0113 247 5472, Email:

Reminder re media access to May 6 elections counts in Leeds

Journalists are reminded that the deadline to apply for access to the local elections and referendum counts in Leeds next week is today (April 28).

Admission to the counts on Friday May 6 is by media pass only. Please apply via email to stating the name, media organisation and mobile phone number for everyone requiring a pass.

Please note if you have already applied you don't need to contact us again. Passes will be available to collect at Leeds Town Hall on the day on production of recognised media photo accreditation.

For further information on the local elections visit our elections website pages here Leeds City Council Elections May 2011

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