Friday, 11 July 2014

Leeds City Council Public Health partner with Leeds Rugby Foundation

Leeds Rugby Foundation have joined forces with Leeds City Council to form an exciting partnership which will support Leeds Rhinos Fans to lead healthier lifestyles.

Leeds City Council has teamed up with Leeds Rugby Foundation and Leeds Rhinos to urge local fans to complete a new survey which will explore fans lifestyles to determine what support the club can offer. The survey will explore how fans travel to the games and what behaviours fans would like support with.

By filling in the survey you will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a signed Leeds Rhinos shirt. The survey can be accessed by clicking here.

One of Leeds City Councils key health commitments is to support people to choose healthy lifestyles.

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

“Leeds Rugby Foundation and the Rhinos have been showing great support to the council commitment to improve health in the city. I’m sure this commitment to work in partnership is just the start of a whole range of exciting opportunities which will highlight the fun healthy lifestyles can involve, particularly for the families of Leeds. A big thanks to all who have been involved!”

"The project will be a springboard to a successful partnership and the survey will give us lots of useful insight to support fans to choose healthy lifestyles. Working with a sports club as successful as Leeds Rhinos provides a great platform to deliver healthy living messages and encourage people to choose healthy lifestyles.” said Leeds City Council’s Health Improvement Specialist, Emma Strachan.

Leeds Rugby Foundation’s Dan Busfield commented:

“Leeds Rugby Foundation is delighted to announce our partnership with Public Health. We are committed to improving the well – being of our supporters and wider community through offering opportunities to change their behaviour towards health. We are keen to find out how our partnership can support individuals and families to make changes to their daily routine to improve their lifestyle.”

Leeds Rhinos legend turned Foundation Development Officer, Keith Senior recently took part in a 1000 plus mile cycle challenge from France to the UK, called Quest 14, and he realises how important it is to keep fit and healthy.

Senior commented:

"Being a professional rugby player for so many years, I realise how vital a healthy lifestyle is. Here at the Foundation we actively promote healthy lifestyles to families across Leeds and this partnership therefore fits into our ethos. I urge everyone to express their views within the survey and we can help change more people’s lives in the process.”

For more information on healthy lifestyles please visit: The website shows all available healthy living services such as smoking cessation, weight management and alcohol services.


For more information contact:

Phil Morcom

Communications and Marketing team
Leeds City Council

4th Floor West, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Mobile: 07891 276270
Tel: 0113 224 3602
Fax: 0113 247 4736


Jamie Allen
Leeds Rugby Foundation Communications Manager

Leeds Rugby Foundation, St Michael's Lane, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3BR
Tel: 0844 248 6651
Fax: 0844 248 6652

Civic reception to recognise 415 years’ service by Leeds head teachers

The dedication and commitment by head teachers who have clocked up a massive 415 years’ service between them are to be honoured at a special reception next week.

Thirteen head teachers from schools across Leeds are retiring at the end of the summer term, bringing to an end distinguished teaching careers and long-term associations with their current schools and schools across Leeds.

Leeds City Council’s children’s services has organised a reception to mark the occasion and say thank you for their service to the children and young people of the city. The reception will take place at Leeds Civic Hall on Monday 14 July. The head teachers will receive a gift and a certificate.

**********MEDIA OPPORTUNITY**********
Media are invited to attend the reception to mark the head teachers’ retirement at the East Room at Leeds Civic Hall on Monday 14 July at 2pm. Photography and interviews will be available.

The retiring head teachers are:

Head teacherSchoolYears' service
Alan WilleyHorsforth St Margaret’s 36 years
Caroline Robinson Austhorpe Primary 30 years
Fiona Woodall St Oswalds Primary 35 years
Kath Atkins Grange Farm 34 years
Kay Priestley Pudsey Waterloo Primary 32 years
Ken Cornforth Pudsey Grangefield High 36 years
Linda Clay Talbot Primary 28 years
Margaret Broughton Harehills Primary 35 years
Pat Holmes St Frances of Assisi 32 years
Phil Taylor Pudsey Bolton Royd 38 years
Steve Boothroyd Adel Primary 37 years
Susan Mudie Richmond Hill 40 years

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

New simplified pricing structure for community centres tabled at executive board

Proposals to simplify the pricing arrangements for Leeds City Council community centres are set to be discussed by senior councillors next week.

Included as part of a report submitted to the council’s executive board on Wednesday 16 July, councillors will be asked to support a recommendation which will see various facilities at community centres available for hire, placed into three different categories offering one overall set cost. The three different pricing points will cover the following facilities; Large Rooms generally Halls, Delivery space-all other rooms and Kitchen for food preparation.

The present pricing policy at some community centres is quite complex, and the introduction of the set charges split into two categories, commercial and community rates, would if agreed, address this problem, and ensure it is clearer and easier for groups and organisations when attempting to book the facilities. As before, Community Committees can where appropriate, allow free lets by community groups.

This proposal builds on work by the Resources and Council Services Scrutiny Board that earlier this year made a number of recommendations as to how the pricing policy and letting process could be made easier at community centres.

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

"Booking facilities at our community centres has sometimes been a complicated and complex process due to charges differing from building to building and often leaving the public perplexed. We have therefore decided to act by taking on board recommendations from the scrutiny board.

"We are simplifying things by dividing our facilities at community centres into just three categories with a set cost for each. These steps are intended to ensure that it is easier for people to book and know exactly what the rate is for community and commercial bookings. They will also soon be able to book and pay locally."

Notes to editors:

To find out more about the proposals, please see the following report to the executive board:

Not included in the arrangements are Blackburn Hall, Morley Town Hall and Yeadon Town Hall, due to the different activity that takes place in these buildings, compared to standard community centres. It has been proposed therefore that the arrangements for these buildings stay the same at the current time.

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

New ways of working set an example for healthier living in Leeds

People with mental health needs in the city are set to celebrate the anniversary of Positive Pathways, which has been helping 500 people across the city.

The scheme for helping people live successful, independent lives, which started in April 2013, is delivered by Community Links, who lead a partnership of five voluntary sector organisations; Leeds MIND, Touchstone, Leeds Irish Health and Homes, St Anne's Community Services and Leeds Federated Housing Association.

Councillor Bill Urry, Leeds City Council lead member in neighbourhoods, planning and personnel said:

“The service shows the benefits of joint working between the council and voluntary sector organisations. We’re seeing improved outcomes for vulnerable people living in Leeds by making access to support streamlined with a single point of contact.”

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

“The new ways of working are a perfect example of the way the city is increasingly coming together to deliver better health and social care. Over the past year people suffering from mental ill health have been helped to obtain and manage safe and stable housing and resolve housing problems; take up training, employment and volunteering opportunities and develop support networks. This has been achieved through befriending and peer support to overcome isolation and feel more involved.”

On Tuesday 15th July service users and workers will gather at the St George’s Crypt Centre to celebrate the successes achieved over the past year and people helped by the service will be sharing their experiences of the service.

Jon Woolmore, Chief Executive, Community Links, said:

“Community Links is extremely proud of what has been achieved by the Positive Pathways Service so far. We know from our experience that housing issues can be a crucial factor for people recovering from issues connected to their mental health. Positive Pathways Support Workers and Volunteers make a difference to peoples lives by helping them achieve independence through working with our partners in Leeds City Council and the Voluntary sector.”

One Positive Pathways service user said:

“Positive Pathways has helped me become the person I need to be in order to like my life now that mental illness is a large part of it. I’ve got the ability to recover from setbacks and move forward with my life.”

Notes for editors:

More information about Positive Pathways can be found here:

For media enquiries, please contact

Phil Morcom

Communications and Marketing team
Leeds City Council

4th Floor West, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Mobile: 07891 276270
Tel: 0113 224 3602
Fax: 0113 247 4736