Friday, 10 January 2014

Life-changing £90,000 cashpot available to help projects make a difference

A £90,000 cashpot is being made available to groups in Leeds that could change the lives of vulnerable residents.

This month will see the return of the Ideas that Change Lives grants programme, funded by Leeds City Council’s adult social care department and part of their Better Lives project.

The grants programme, which begins with a launch event on January 20, will invite innovative organisations across the city to apply for grants of £500 to £10,000.

The money will help support the work groups do to help residents with care and support needs to live independently in their own homes.

Successful applicants will also get a full support programme including workshops and one-to-one sessions with experienced business advisors.

Projects which could benefit from the grants include those working with older people, groups helping those with learning or physical disabilities or mental health support projects.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care said:

“One of the council’s key priorities is to look at new ways of providing care and support for people with specific health needs that will help them remain at home for longer.

“We know there are already lots of innovative ideas out there which can enable people in Leeds to live better, more independent and healthier lives.

“The Ideas that Change Lives programme will provide vital start-up funding and practical support to help turn some of those ideas into pilot projects or wider programmes so they can then start providing important and practical support to vulnerable people in our communities.”

Ideas that Change Lives has now been in operation for three years.

A new tender was awarded in November 2013 to Leeds Community Foundation working with social enterprise consultancy SEE Ahead.

The foundation will be working with the council to manage the programme and provide support to potential applicants.

Attendees at the launch event, which takes place at the St George’s Centre Great George St, Leeds from 10am-12pm, will hear more about the project and will be asked to come up with some ideas to tackle key issues in health and social care including the personalisation agenda, social isolation and community transport.

The event is free of charge and light refreshments are available.

To find out more about the programme or book a place at the launch event please go to


-For further information please contact Leeds Community Foundation by email at or telephone 0113 242 2426.

- Stuart Robinson
Communications Officer
Leeds City Council
Tel: 0113 224 3937

Le Tour Grand Départ trophy goes on show in Leeds

(Picture caption) The Grand Départ trophy

(Picture caption left to right): Chief executive of Leeds City Council Tom Riordan, Leader of Leeds City Council Cllr Keith Wakefield and Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity with the Grand Départ trophy at Civic Hall

One of the symbols of the Tour de France went on public display in Leeds today as the city prepares to host the start of the world’s largest annual sporting event this summer.

The official Grand Départ trophy is held each year by the area or city hosting the start of the legendary cycle race, and has now gone on display in Leeds Civic Hall as the city and Yorkshire gears up for the race start on Saturday 5 July.

The trophy created by the Tour de France organisers Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) was presented for the first time to the island of Corsica which hosted the Grand Départ of the centenary Tour last year.

At the conclusion of the race, won by Britain’s Chris Froome, the trophy was officially passed over on the finish line on the Champs-Élysées by President of the Executive Council of Corsica Paul Giacobbi to Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity who led the bid to bring the Tour de France to Yorkshire.

With less than sixth months to go now before the start of the 2014 race, the ornate trophy featuring the Tour de France logo and inscribed with the names and years for Corsica and Yorkshire is now on display outside the council chamber in Civic Hall to further raise the anticipation level around this year’s event.

As well as being on display in Leeds, the trophy will also be seen in locations along the routes of the two Tour stages in Yorkshire in the coming months before returning in time for the start of the Grand Départ in July.

The start of the 2014 Tour de France will take place on The Headrow in the shadow of Leeds Town Hall on the morning of Saturday 5 July. The world’s leading riders will then follow a route out of the city centre through Moortown and Alwoodley before heading through the historic Harewood Estate and on to Otley, Ilkey and Skipton before a loop through the Yorkshire Dales on the way to the finish of stage one in Harrogate.

Stage two takes the riders on a challenging hilly route from York to Sheffield, while the final day of the Tour in the UK starts in Cambridge and finishes in London.

As well as start of the race itself, Leeds will also host the annual Team Presentation event at the new Leeds City Council-owned first direct arena on Thursday 3 July, while the countdown to the Grand Départ will feature a 100-day cultural festival celebrating the best of culture and the arts in the region.

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said:

“The interest and media coverage in the last couple of weeks to mark the new year and six months to go is an indication of how excited everyone is getting around Leeds and Yorkshire hosting the start of the Tour de France.

“We are honoured to host the Grand Départ trophy and hope lots of people come and see it and are inspired to get involved and support what is sure to be amazing event when the Tour comes to Leeds in July.”

Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity said:

“This is a great chance for everyone to see the trophy up close and personal. It’s wonderful to see Yorkshire inscribed on this impressive trophy and our county associated with the Tour.

“It also brings home the fact for many that the Tour de France really is coming and we are just months away from a historic moment for Yorkshire and its people.”

For the latest information on the Grand Départ including interactive route maps visit


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde,
Leeds City Council communications,

Orchestral delights set to arrive at Leeds Town Hall this month

A feast of orchestral delights featuring three world class performances, are all set to light up Leeds Town Hall this month.

Beginning on Saturday January 11, first up will be the Manchester Camerata under the baton of its Permanent Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer. A range of popular pieces will be performed, including Pachelbel’s Canon and Gigue, Purcell’s Chacony, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 3 which was the original theme tune to the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 4, Telemann’s Tafelmusik Part III and Overture: Water Music.

Next to take to the stage on Saturday 18 January will be the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Andris Nelsons. Set to feature will be one of the most sought-after soloists of his generation, Dejan Lazić, who will perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No 1. Also on the programme is Prokofiev’s lively Symphony No 1 (Classical) and Stravinsky’s Petrushka.

Topping off a fantastic start to the New Year at the Town Hall is the English Chamber Orchestra, who under the baton of 2005 Leeds Conductors Competition winner Alexander Shelley, will perform on Saturday January 25. Set to thrill the audience will be a performance of Mozart’s stunning Piano Concerto No 24 by highly respected pianist, Imogen Cooper in a programme which will also feature Mozart’s Symphony No 41 (Jupiter) and Wagner’s beautiful Siegfried Idyll.

Tickets for these concerts are priced £12.50 - £31.50 and available from the Leeds Town Hall Box Office on 0113 224 3801 or book online at 50% discounts are available for students, under 18s and jobseekers, with people under 26 also able to purchase tickets for an orchestral concert for just £5 in the seven days before the concert.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"It is always a fantastic occasion to be in the crowd for an orchestral performance at Leeds Town Hall, and I am delighted to say that this month there will be three world class performances to enjoy.

"The line-up at each concert really is superb, and we would urge anyone who is interested in attending to book their tickets as soon as possible."

Notes to editors:

For further information please contact:

Alison Stockwell
Music Officer
Arts Planning Team
Leeds International Concert Season
Tel. 0113 247 8336
Fax. 0113 247 8334
Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD
Follow us @LeedsConcerts

Listings information:

Saturday 11 January, 7.30pm.
Manchester Camerata
Nicholas Kraemer - conductor
Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)
Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online

Saturday 18 January, 7.30pm.
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons - conductor
Dejan Lazić - piano
Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)
Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online

Saturday 25 January, 7.30pm.
English Chamber Orchestra
Alexander Shelley - conductor
Imogen Cooper - piano
Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)
Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Healthy changes with Smart Swaps

Public Health experts in Leeds are kicking off 2014 by supporting Smart Swaps – a national campaign to help families cut sugar and saturated fat from their everyday snacks, drinks and meals.

Throughout January, Leeds is supporting ‘Smart Swaps’, the new Change4Life campaign which encourages and supports families to cut sugar and saturated fat from their everyday snacks, drinks and meals by making easy, healthy ‘like for like’ swaps to their diets

As part of the campaign, a roadshow will be visiting Trinity Leeds on Saturday 11th January between 9am and 5.30pm, with activities, cooking demonstrations and a Sign up zone, where people can sign up to Change4Life and receive a free goody bag and information on healthy eating.

Change4Life is calling on families across Leeds to join others across the country in signing up to the smart swaps campaign and make one easy change – like swapping to a healthy school meal or swapping takeaways to cooking from scratch. Families who sign up to the national campaign will receive a free smart swapper full of healthier swap and meal ideas, money off vouchers and fridge magnets.

Emma Strachan, Leeds City Council Public Health team Health Improvement Specialist, explains how you can get involved locally:

“In Leeds we are running a local ‘smart swapathon’ to coincide with the national campaign which will run from Monday 13th January until Friday 24th January. We have also made some suggested swaps that we are encouraging in Leeds to help you get started:
• Sign up for the totalizer challenge: Your school, organisation, staff team, or other group can sign up to the campaign at to enter our totalizer challenge
• Make drink swaps – swapping fizzy pop for sugar free juice, milk or water.
• Make breakfast swaps – swapping no breakfast to healthy breakfast to start your day.
• Make school meals swap – swapping to schools meals.
• Make cooking swaps – swapping takeaways and ready meals to cooking from scratch –the Leeds Lets Change website ( has lots of advice about support, including Jamie’s Ministry of Food Leeds based in Leeds Kirkgate Market.
• Make Activity Swaps – finding new ways to be active – by joining Leeds Let’s Get Active ( you can get free gym and swim sessions across the city seven days a week, as well as other activities in community venues including walking and family multisports.”

The Smart Swaps totalizer is a little bit like a money box and includes counters to measure the swaps made. Once registered organisations will be sent a totalizer and for every swap people pledge to make a counter can be added to the totalizer.

The New Year will see campaigns targeting a range of public health issues, including obesity, alcohol abuse and tobacco harm, as well as communicable diseases and air pollution. Linking with national campaigns and tackling areas which need most support will be underlying aims behind activities in 2014 as Leeds faces up to widening inequalities, an increasing young and older population and reduced public sector funding.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Chair of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, said:

“January always makes us want to eat healthily and Change4Life’s Smart Swaps campaign makes it easy to make a change to our lifestyles and feel better for it. Leeds has been making some real progress on health and wellbeing, and we’re determined to do more to reduce the life expectancy gap between communities. But we know that we face a challenge in coming years as we deal with the impact of financial constraints.
“As well as Smart Swaps, our teams are offering help with stopping smoking, sexual health issues, cancer, obesity and alcohol, along with a wide range of other issues. We know that investing in health protection and prevention will save lives and save money, and we are committed to helping people live healthier, longer lives.”

The Leeds let’s change website has information, resources and advice which can help you have a healthier, happier new year.

Notes for editors

Smart Swaps event venue:
Ground Floor (outside Marks & Spencer) - Trinity Leeds, Albion St, Leeds, Yorkshire LS1 5AT
Date: Sat 11th Jan
Opening Hours: 9am – 5:30
Supermarket Zone – with Supermarket Scanner game and Rowing Race
Cooking demonstrations with fun, healthy recipes

• All schools should automatically be receiving a “Smart Swaps” school resource pack with lots of creative ways in which the campaign can be embedded into the curriculum.
• Smart Swap is a registered trade mark of the Licensor and is used under license
• To sign up for Smart Swaps this January, Search Change4Life online
• Those who sign up to the campaign will receive the Smart Swapper tool, fridge magnets and a tailored programme of support

Issued by:

Phil Morcom
Communications and Marketing team – Public Health
Leeds City Council
4th Floor West, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Mobile: 0772 227 5370
Tel: 0113 395 0393
Fax: 0113 247 4736