Thursday, 9 August 2012

Lord Mayor of Leeds congratulates Nicola Adams on her gold medal

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Ann Castle said:

“Massive congratulations to Nicola for her superb gold medal. Anyone who has had the privilege of meeting her knows how determined Nicola was to win gold in London, so to see her achieve her goal is absolutely fantastic.

“Nicola is such a lovely, grounded person so it is wonderful to see her do so well. Her smile really lights up a room and we look forward to seeing that smile beaming again with the gold medal around her neck. We are all thrilled for her and so proud she comes from Leeds.”

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Motorists warned of temporary closure of Wellington Street

Wellington Street in Leeds city centre is to close from Monday 13 August to Friday 24 August for essential resurfacing.

The road will be closed on weekdays only between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

The closures will be located from Aire Street to Northern Street and local diversions will be in place.

Access to Leeds train station will be maintained.

Although works are scheduled to finish on Friday 24 August, its anticipated that they will be completed before people start to make their way to Bramham Park for Leeds Festival.

Leeds City Council apologises for the disruption to traffic through the city centre. These works may cause delays and people are advised to allow more time for their journeys.


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Amanda Burn, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 395 1577

East Leeds children get the Olympics fever

Picture caption: "Taylor James Wright meets Olympic torch bearer Stephen 'Rocky' Whitehead at the mini Olympics at Manston Park."

Picutre caption: "On your marks, get set, go! Youngsters at the Cross Gates and Manston mini Olympics."

Families from across Crossgates, Manston and Swarcliffe took to the tracks last week in their own mini Olympics.

Organised by the local children’s centres over 60 mini Brownlees and Ennises took part in a host of sporting activities at Manston Park in Crossgates.

With races for children of all ages – including a 10 metre sprint for the toddlers, an Olympic torch relay and an obstacle race. Even adults could get into the competitive spirit with a parents/ carers race.

The mini Olympics brought the London 2012 Olympics closer to home and to encouraged people in the community to take part sport and other activities. All competitors, including adults, were rewarded with ‘Olympic’ medals awarded by local PCSOs

Other activities included parachute games, football, face painting and arts and crafts where children made their own medals. Parents and carers could also get information relating to healthy lifestyles.

The event was organised by Crossgates and Manston, and Swarcliffe Children’s Centres and was supported by PCSOs, Aire Valley Homes, Seacroft Manston SMART Team and David Young Academy and parent volunteers with special guest Stephen "Rocky" Whitehead one of Leeds' Olympic torch bearers.

Around 120 people from the local community attended the event. They also had the opportunity to hold the Olympic torch, have their photograph taken with Rocky and ask him questions about being a torch bearer.

One grandparent who attended the event said: “It’s such an honour to hold the Olympic torch and to talk to someone whose carried it we’ll never see anything like this in our lifetime again.”

A parent said: “It was a lovely event, the children have thoroughly enjoyed it and we’ve had so much fun.”

Meryl Paige, Swarcliffe children’s centre manager said:
“The event had a real sense of community spirit and pride and it was good to see so many children participating in sports from such an early age. By joining forces with our colleagues at Crossgates and Manston children’s centre we brought our communities together to encourage more people to have healthy active lifestyles and have lots of fun at the same time.”

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

Council tenants to get helping hand into work

Council tenants in west Leeds are getting the opportunity to get new skills to help them get back into work.

West North West homes Leeds, who look after the housing stock for Leeds City Council, is taking on the challenge to help their council tenants get into work.

The project, West North West Works (WNW Works), aims to help tenants and their family members, who are not currently in employment, to access work, work experience, apprenticeships and an innovative sector based Work Academy.

In partnership with Jobcentre Plus, West North West Works is soon to take on two ‘employment outreach workers’ to provide support for tenants and their family members in their search for work. The front-line staff will provide a supportive service, engaging people in the various projects that will be delivered through WNW Works, and helping them compete for jobs.

In the months ahead WNW Works will run a series of work experience placements; set up apprenticeships and take on a new ‘work experience mentor’; deliver a first sector based Work Academy commencing on 17th September; and explore how local lettings policies may help to encourage tenants in their search for work.

Cathy Clelland, Chair of West North West homes Leeds says:

“Giving our tenants practical support and the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, perhaps for the first time, is really important.

“We want people to take pride in their homes and communities, and we recognise that employment can be a real boost not just for the individuals who secure jobs but for whole neighbourhoods and the local economy.”

Councillor Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“As a council one of our main priorities is to protect and create jobs and employment capacity within Leeds.

“As a major employer in the area, WNWhL can contribute significantly to this agenda, both directly and as a facilitator of local partners. West North West Works has the potential to dramatically transform people’s lives and I welcome this new initiative.”


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450