Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Meals at home helping to keep older people SAFER

This month Leeds City Council’s meals at home service is linking up with West Yorkshire Trading Standards to support their ‘Scams and fraud education for residents’ (SAFER) initiative.

The initiative is aimed at preventing older people falling victim to fraud. The meals at home service will be part of a wider network of frontline care workers and volunteers acting as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community, identifying potential problems and keeping abreast of new scams.

Throughout this innovative project, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, meals at home staff will be working in partnership with West Yorkshire Trading Standards by taking part in training workshops. These will help to raise awareness of the types of scams that older people may be prey to, and also assist in identifying potential victims and helping them get support.

Throughout the coming months, staff will be providing information to people using the meals at home service, highlighting common scams and frauds, top tips to protect themselves and also delivering useful reminder pads reinforcing the need to check on callers and to be aware of unsolicited mail arriving through their letterbox.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult health and social care said:
“By linking with initiatives like SAFER helps promote a service that prevents many vulnerable people in Leeds not only becoming malnourished but also socially isolated. You simply cannot deny the overwhelming importance of this service as it provides support beyond just delivering a meal ensuring the customer is safe and well.”

Graham Hebblethwaite, chief officer of West Yorkshire Trading Standards said:

“I am delighted the staff at meals at home are becoming actively involved in the scams and fraud education for residents (SAFER) initiative. Community safety is an important message to all age groups, and their commitment is a good way of supporting work to help people in Leeds be safer in their own homes.”

Councillor Neil Taggart, Chair of West Yorkshire Joint Services Committee, which oversees the work of trading standards, said:
“We know that older people can fall victim to scams and frauds all too easily. Thanks to the SAFER initiative we will be able to work more closely with local communities to build resilience to bogus callers, doorstep criminals and fraudsters, to avoid residents becoming prey to rogue traders and increasing their confidence to say ‘no' to doorstep callers.”


Notes to editors
West Yorkshire Trading Standards

• The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
• BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since June 2004 BIG has awarded over £4.4bn.
• The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
• Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £28 billion has now been raised and more than 383,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.

Meals at home service

• The meals at home service deliver to over 450 people across Leeds seven day a week throughout the city.
• The service provides a hot lunch, a drink and a cold teatime snack.
• The service enables vulnerable people to not only access a hot meal, but have a health and well being check on every visit. The service provides an early warning to carers and relatives if there are concerns about a person’s health.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578
Email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk

James Bond suit for your eyes only at Armley Mills

Suits you Mr Bond... actor Daniel Craig in the 007 suit

Fans of James Bond will have a licence to thrill at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills this week as a unique piece of 007 memorabilia goes on public display as part of the Yorkshire Wool Week celebrations.

Ahead of the world’s most famous superspy reappearing on big screens in ‘Skyfall’ at the end of the month, a replica of the suit worn by Daniel Craig in the last Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace’ will be one of the must-see items on show as Armley Mills celebrates Wool Week from October 15-22.

The suit, created by star designer Tom Ford will be returning to its Yorkshire roots for the exhibition, as it was made with cloth produced by Taylor & Lodge of Huddersfield.

Other items on display will include the coat worn by television detective Miss Marple and a coffin made from wool by Hainsworth of Leeds as Yorkshire plays it part in the national celebration in the museum which was once the world’s largest woollen mill.

Aside from the exhibition, Yorkshire Wool Week will also offer free masterclasses in teaching age-old knitting and crochet techniques, as well as talks and workshops from some of the world’s biggest names in knitting including designers Debbie Bliss, Martin Storey and Amy Singer from Knitty.com.

The sessions are suitable for people of all ages and ability levels, with volunteers on hand to teach the basics of knitting and crochet to anyone keen to start.

There will be a look back at some of the classic novelty sweaters from the 1980s which inspired a trend, and a vision of the future too as a selection of garments designed by graduate fashion students from Huddersfield University will be displayed.

Keeper of Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills Nina Baptiste said:

The Wool Week celebrations with the exhibition, workshops, talks and masterclasses are going to be great fun so we are really looking forward to it. Showing off the James Bond suit in its native Yorkshire is going to be great so we hope lots of people come along for a look.”

Exhibits are included in admission to the museum during Yorkshire Wool Week, for full details and to book tickets for masterclasses and other events go to www.yorkshirewoolweek.co.uk

Notes to editors:

Yorkshire Wool Week has been organised by Armley Mills Museum, Leeds Fashion Works and Leeds-based knitting retailer baa ram ewe. The week is part of the Campaign For Wool’s Wool Week, of which HRH Prince Charles is the Patron. http://www.campaignforwool.org/

Armley Mills Leeds Industrial Museum:
Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a beautiful riverside setting. Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, which the city was world famous for. http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/armleymills.aspx

baa ram ewe:

Based in Headingley, Leeds but selling to knitters all over the world, British Wool specialist baa ram ewe is embracing its philosophy to be more than just a wool shop. It’s an active, varied community, committed to putting Yorkshire back on the wool map, as well as encouraging the use of British Wool. www.baaramewe.co.uk

Leeds Fashion Works:

The inspiration for Leeds Fashion Works emerged from Leeds status as a high fashion retail destination together with the deep heritage in the Yorkshire textile industry. Today one in three of the UK’s textile weaving jobs are based in the Leeds City Region along with 60% of the UK’s textile and fibre preparation and spinning. Leeds Fashion Works aims to bring together educational institutions, skills training and the undisputed interest that young people have in the world of fashion to promote the Leeds City region as a centre of excellence and innovation, and highlight Yorkshire Textiles.

For further information on the Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, visit the website at www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/armleymills.aspx or call 0113 263 7861.


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Senior communications officer,
Leeds City Council, Tel 0113 247 5472
Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk