Wednesday, 3 October 2012

We’ll drink to that!

From left to right: Karen Oliver NACC chair, Emma Strachan NHS Leeds, Ayeesah Lewis NHS Leeds and Jacklyn Case from sponsors NH Case

Leeds Older People Matter Food Group picked up an award at the National Association for Care Catering Awards 2012 last week in recognition of its contribution to promoting good hydration and wellbeing to older people.

The event was a celebration of teams and individuals in the care catering sector that have demonstrated real excellence, dedication, innovation and achievement over the past 12 months.

Leeds Older People Matter Food Group scooped the new hydration award after impressing the judges with their campaign, which aims to ensure older people in the city are drinking between six and eight drinks per day at regular intervals, to reduce the risk of dehydration.

Dehydration is a major issue for older people, with nearly £2 million being spent in Leeds in 2009 admitting people to hospital with symptoms of the condition. In 2010/11, urinary tract infections cost services almost £5 million.

The Leeds campaign offers a resource pack for front-line health and social care workers to use to help them raise the importance of keeping hydrated to service users. People with dementia are given fridge magnets and marker pens to help them remember how many drinks they have had each day.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, the council’s executive member with responsibility for public health in Leeds said:
“I am delighted that this excellent campaign has been recognised by the National Association for Care Catering Awards 2012.

“Good hydration is really important in helping older people continue to enjoy a good quality of life, and also helps to prevent many illnesses, which can often lead to hospitalisation.

“I don’t think people necessarily realise the risk to their health of not keeping well hydrated, and this campaign has done a fantastic job of raising awareness in health and social care professionals, and older people themselves.”

Derek Johnson, principal catering manager for adult social care services in Leeds said:
“We want all front line health and social care professionals to take the lead in keeping older people properly hydrated. The free resources developed by this campaign will help us all to make a difference.”

Some of the warning signs of dehydration to look out for include people feeling thirsty, complaints of headaches, tiredness and a dry mouth, lips or eyes.

Keeping properly hydrated can help prevent (or assist in treating)
• Headaches
• Urinary tract infections
• Constipation
• Dizziness and confusion (which can lead to falls)
• Memory loss
• Kidney stones
• Poor oral health
• Pressure ulcers and skin conditions

Additional info
The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) is a progressive organisation representing professionals providing catering to the care industry. They are recognised by local authorities, independent providers, the charitable sector and government departments as a prime source of information and opinion on all aspects of catering within the care sector and whose primary aim is to improve standards.

The NACC works with a number of partners:
• To promote and enrich the standard of catering within the care sector, whether that catering be provided by social care departments or other caring agencies;
• To provide a forum for debate among individuals, companies and organisations of all kinds involved in catering for the care sector;
• To facilitate the exchange of information, experience and expertise;
• To promote the development of professional standards among those involved in catering for the care sector;
• To commission research into matters relating to catering for the care sector; and
• To publish guidelines, policy papers and authoritative statements on all aspects of catering for the care sector
For further information and images contact: / 0870 748 0180 or / 07508 146 118.

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

Light Night projections look to make striking impression

Caption: The haunting image 'The Others' by Shanaz Gulzar will appear on Millennium Square on Light Night

Striking projections onto two major Leeds landmarks will be among the must-see attractions as Light Night takes over the city centre this Friday.

Among the weird and wonderful events and activities taking place from 5:30pm until late on Friday 5 October in a celebration of creativity and talent in the city, two large-scale ambitious projections are sure to catch the eye.

The first is Jane Wood’s ‘Evanescence’, which will see a black and white projection of a woman’s torso appear on the tower on the technology building of Leeds Metropolitan University. The hands and arms will slowly reach out to welcome the audience before returning to rest by her side.

The second projection will appear directly onto Millennium Square and is entitled ‘The Others’ by Shanaz Gulzar. Reflecting the theme of this year’s Light Night which is ‘Dead of Night’, the projection will appear to be rising from below the surface and will echo imagined creatures which appear in dreams and nightmares.

The projections are two of more than 50 attractions and activities taking place at venues and locations across the city centre. Organised by Leeds City Council’s arts development team in partnership with organisations and individuals from across the city, Light Night in Leeds is now in its eighth year, with every activity being open to all with some particularly suited to children and young families. All those attending are encouraged to wear fancy dress reflecting the ‘Dead of Night’ theme.

Events and activities begin at 5:30pm and run until 12 midnight, with the peak time for attractions from 7-9.30pm while there will also be street food available throughout the evening.

Full details including the map and programme plus the Light Night Leeds 2012 Trail can now be seen at Smartphone users will also be able to make use of the LightNightLeeds browser-based application which gives details of every project and event, performance times and links directly to a map showing the locations.

The app can be accessed from the Light Night website or directly from

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“Another Light Night is upon us and we are looking forward to another night in Leeds where you will see things you are guaranteed you will not see on any other night of the year.

“Light Night continues to get bigger every year and it would be great as in previous years to see lots of families and people of all ages coming along to enjoy all the events and activities going on.”

For more information about the event visit or email or call 0113 224 3523.

Notes to editors

Some Light Night events must be booked online in advance, and because some of them are in small or confined spaces, audiences may have to queue.


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Senior communications officer,
Leeds City Council,Tel 0113 247 5472