75th Anniversary of VE Day – 08.05.20

The Government has announced revised plans to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May in a manner consistent with the current measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus, allowing members of the public to remember and give thanks to the Second World War generation from the safety of their own homes.

Details of the VE Day Programme can be found here,  and information on how to take part can be found here.

Thank you to all those who served and made so many sacrifices, both at home and abroad, to protect our freedom.

#VEDay75

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Coronavirus – Useful Information, Updates & Requests

The Parish Council continues to receive regular information updates from Leeds City Council – please click on the links below to be redirected to the important and useful updates/information received recently on the following matters:

 

Financial Support & Information

  • The Government is introducing a new fast track finance scheme for small businesses, providing loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders. The new Bounce Back Loans Scheme will bolster the existing package of support available to the smallest businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic by providing loans of up to £50,000. The scheme will launch for applications on Monday 4 May 2020. Click here to be redirected to the relevant .gov.uk webpage for more information
  • To see a a list of top tips for avoiding Coronavirus scams, courtesy of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, see LCC’s Tweet thread here
  • LCC recently shared an update on the number of business grants processed so far and answered some of the FAQs they’ve received – see their posts on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

 

Health & Wellbeing

  • Emergency Dental Treatment – Although regular dental services have been halted, dental practices remain open and accessible to patients, both for those who recently accessed the practice and those who do not have a regular dentist, in emergencies. If patients cannot access a Dental Practice, and for Out of Hours services, patients can contact NHS 111. Patients will be triaged and offered advice, support and analgesia/antibiotics as appropriate. Face to face care will be offered if urgent treatment is required.

 

Other Information

  • Leeds residents can sign up to get weekly e-mail updates from Leeds City Council with important updates, resources and  information on changes to their services. You can sign up for updates and read the latest newsletter now via LCC’s post on Twitter

 

#StayHome  #ProtectTheNHS  #SaveLives

Coronavirus – Useful Information, Updates & Requests

The Parish Council continues to receive regular information updates from Leeds City Council – please click on the links below to be redirected to the important and useful updates/information received recently the matters listed:

  • Child Friendly Leeds Ultimate Guide – A brand new blog site that brings together all local and national resources and activities for children, young people and families in Leeds while we stay at home. Visit the site here.
  • Leeds City Museum is calling on families to create their own museum windows and help make a citywide network of window-sill displays. See LCC’s Tweet about it here.
  • From NHS in Leeds: Ramadan Mubarak to all who are observing this holy month. We’ve issued guidance from Leeds GP @BeingMo and Imam @QariAsim about observing Ramadan safely during the Coronavirus pandemic. Please #StayHomeSaveLives.
  • From LCC: #ThisisPE campaign created by Yorkshire Sport Foundation has received national recognition from the Department of Education and has been listed as one of four ‘high-quality’ resources in physical education, alongside those put together by NHS, BBC and Disney. Read the new #GetSetLeeds blog piece to find out more about what the campaign involves here.
  • Employers should keep following government guidance to tackle Coronavirus, supporting staff to work from home. Some businesses can continue working if they are following the latest Public Health advice on social distancing. See LCC’s posts on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

#StayHome  #ProtectTheNHS  #SaveLives

Fare Deal for Young People – Seeking Feedback re Bus Fares – Ends 31.05.20

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) are running their “Fare Deal for Young People” engagement from 23 April 20 to 31 May 20, to seek feedback on their plans to improve the system for bus fares for young people.

This is the what WYCA have said about the engagement:

 

“We plan to introduce these changes from September 2020, at the start of the next academic year.

Young people have told us that access to transport is an important issue to them, and can be a barrier to getting to education, work and leisure opportunities.    

The cost of travel and the wide range of different ticket options means that some young people don’t always feel confident they are getting the best deal or value for money and have said that ticket prices should be straightforward and easy to understand.   

The Proposals

During 2020, we will be relaxing the rules on ID so that young people will only need to show identification to prove their age if they look older than 19 to enjoy travel discounts. We are also proposing a new simpler system for bus fares which means that under 19s will be guaranteed to pay:  

  • A maximum single fare for a short bus journey e.g. 60p for around a mile or three stops   
  • A maximum single fare of £1.20 for longer bus journeys

How can people have their say?

We are asking for feedback from young people (under 19s) and parents of young people in West Yorkshire.

Given the current restrictions in place due to Covid-19, engagement will be purely online via the Your Voice engagement hub. We are working with local youth services, youth councils, schools and colleges to raise awareness of the engagement.  We will also actively promote the engagement via social media channels.”

 

You can respond to the engagement:

Via email: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Via phone: 0113 245 7676

Via Q&A online: Click here to be redirected to the relevant webpage.

 

To be redirected to the Your Voice webpage about this engagement, click here.

 

LeedsFest 2020 Ticket Draw – Postponed

As far as the Parish Council is aware the 2020 LeedsFest is still going ahead. Members of ADPC had previously set the date for the ticket draw as 06.05.20, however, due to the current lockdown restrictions, Cllrs Hogg and McCready have decided to postpone it. A new date will be set in due course.

 

#StayHome  #ProtectTheNHS  #SaveLives

Coronavirus – Useful Information, Updates & Requests

First of all we have some good news to share – as of 20.04.20, over 250 patients who had been diagnosed with Covid-19 have been safely discharged to continue their recovery at home, as confirmed by the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust – to see their Tweet about this, click here.

 

For the latest information and updates the Parish Council has received from Leeds City Council, please click on the links below to be redirected as follows:

 

Education & Online Learning:

  • Earlier this week, the Education Secretary announced a new package of measures to support online learning to ensure vulnerable children and disadvantaged young people at vital stages of their education have access to essential resources at home. To be redirected to the LCC webpage on this, click here.
  • A brand-new enterprise called Oak National Academy has been created by 40 teachers from some of the leading schools across England, backed by government grant funding. It will provide 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects from maths to art to languages, for every year group from Reception through to Year 10.
  • BBC Bitesize has also launched its own education package across TV and online.

 

Health & Wellbeing

  • “Your NHS is here for you” – The NHS is reminding people to contact their GP surgery if they have any medical concerns, or to go to A&E/dial 999 in an emergency. Please do not put off seeking medical attention if you need it. To view the NHS’s campaign booklet, click here and download filename “NHS Campaign Coronavirus – A5 Booklet”.
  • To view LCC’s Tweet regarding the extended lockdown period, click here.
  • LCC recently issued a Coronavirus leaflet to all households in the city – to listen to the audio version on YouTube, click here.
  • Child Friendly Leeds shared their latest competition theme to share posts which spread the message to #StayActive and healthy during lockdown – click here to see their Tweet
  • LCC has thanked our sister city Hangzhou, China, for their donation of 10,000 face masks for frontline care workers across the city – view LCC’s Instagram post here and their Tweet here.

 

Ramadan 2020

  • Ramadan Mubarak to all Muslims. Please see LCC’s leaflet on how to safely take part in this holy month by clicking here and downloading filename “LCC Guidance for Ramadan during COVID-19”.

 

Other Information

  • A message from HMRC: We are aware of scammers claiming to be us offering financial support as a result of coronavirus. HMRC will never text, email or phone to ask for bank details, PIN or password. To see their Tweet, click here.
  • Brown bin collections remain suspended but will be restarted as soon as possible. In the meantime, for tips on how to reduce your rubbish, click here to see Zero Waste Leeds’ tips on this. The Yorkshire Evening Post has also shared a useful article detailing the current arrangements for bin collections on – see their Tweet here.

 

#StayHome  #ProtectTheNHS  #SaveLives

Coronavirus – Useful Information, Updates & Requests

The Parish Council continues to receive regular information updates from Leeds City Council – please click on the links below to be redirected to the important and useful updates/information received recently on the following matters:

 

Appeal for Carers:

  • Message from Leeds City Council: Leeds needs carers. We’re fast-track training and recruiting a range of adult social care posts. For interim work or the start of a new career. The next assessment day is 28th April. Email wecareacademy@leeds.gov.uk with your contact number, thank you #TogetherLeeds

 

Health & Wellbeing:

  • In a move that is hoped will bring significant comfort to patients in hospitals in Leeds, and their families, relatives can now send letters to loved ones in hospital by sending an email which will then be printed and delivered to the ward. The email address to send letters to is: leedsth-tr.letterstolovedones@nhs.net To see the Tweet from @PatientExpLTHT, click here
  • To ensure all communities in the city are able to access crucial public health information about coronavirus, LCC have made three YouTube videos focusing on spotting the signs of coronavirus, handwashing advice, and essential advice for households with possible coronavirus infection, in the following languages: Polish, Romanian, Urdu, Arabic, Czech, Punjabi, Tigrinya, Farsi, Slovak, Kurdish Sorani and Bengali. To be redirected to the videos, click here
  • The UK Government / Department of Health and Social Care has taken steps to try and reduce the pressure for those with learning disabilities and autistic people, who may be finding things difficult during this unprecedented situation. To see their Tweet, click here
  • While people should not be leaving the house at this time other than to get essentials, medicine, and for daily exercise, you ARE able to leave if you are seeking help from domestic violence. Refuge centres are still operating. To be redirected to the LCC Domestic Violence webpage, click here
  • Coronavirus affects us all in different ways, with many people feeling increasingly anxious and worried.
    • MindWell has an information hub with the latest information and resources to help people in Leeds take care of their mental health at this time. It’s also helpful if you’re concerned about someone or if you’re a professional supporting others.
    • MindMate is a trusted Leeds-based website specifically for children and young people, their families and the professionals who support them
    • The ActiveLeeds team has recently launched online resources for all ages, including home workout tutorials, guidance and information, and fun challenges to keep people #HealthyAtHome

 

Bereavement Support:

St Gemma’s Hospice and Wheatfields Hospice have launched a telephone support line for anyone in Leeds with family members or friends who are critically ill, or have died from, coronavirus. The line is staffed by trained bereavement workers who can:

–          Listen when you need someone to talk to.

–          Provide emotional support and let you express your feelings.

–          Signpost you to other services and resources if necessary.

Call St Gemma’s Hospice on 0113 218 5544 or Wheatfields Hospice on 0113 203 3369 during standard working hours if you would like to speak to one of the specially trained bereavement workers.

 

Financial Information:

  • Message from Leeds City Council: To ensure you receive your grant quickly, check eligibility here and enter your bank details ONLINE at here. If you are eligible and do not fill in the online form, a cheque will be sent to your business address; LCC WILL NOT contact you.

 

#StayHome  #ProtectTheNHS  #SaveLives

Coronavirus Scams Alert Leaflet – Issue 3

West Yorkshire Trading Standards have produced Issue 3 of their leaflet about Coronavirus scams.

To view the leaflet, click here and download file name “WYTS News Alert – Issue 3”.

Coronavirus – Useful Information, Updates & Requests

The Parish Council continues to receive regular information updates from Leeds City Council – please click on the links below to be redirected to the important and useful updates/information received recently on the matters listed:

 

Health & Wellbeing

  • Leeds Cancer Awareness has issued an urgent press release reminding people to visit their GP and follow-up on any signs and symptoms of cancer. To download the press release, click here and select the file called “GPs Urgent Media Release April 2020 – Cancer Signs & Symptoms”
  • Leeds Directory are reminding isolated people how to connect to social or support groups – see the information they posted on Twitter here. Their helpline is open Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm – 0113 378 4610.

 

Financial Information

  • For the latest information on funding opportunities for community projects, click here and download the file called “Funding for projects in Leeds (Coronavira pandemic related), April 2020”
  • LCC has issued an update on business grants – please see their posts on Twitter and LinkedIn
  • 100% Digital Leeds have a new fund available to support third sector organisations in their digital response to the outbreak – see their posts on Twitter and LinkedIn

 

Community Matters

  • If you’d like to share a story about what local people are doing for themselves and how they are helping their neighbours during the COVID-19 outbreak, go to the newly launched Together Apart website where you can share a story and add photos for others to see. To be redirected to the website, click here.
  • West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service request people do not use sky lanterns to show their support for the NHS – see their Tweet here.

 

Other Information

  • The central government has issued some new guidance regarding holding safe funerals. To be redirected to Leeds City Council’s webpage which contains details of these updates, please click here.

 

#StayHome  #ProtectTheNHS  #SaveLives

Draft Minutes of Parish Council Meeting – 17.03.20

The draft minutes from the Parish Council meeting held in March are now available. To download a copy, click here.

To view the 2020-21 Budget that was signed off at the March meeting, click here and download filename “Signed Budget 20-21”.

BUDGET UPDATE: Please note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there will be no hire costs or revenue for hanging baskets, and no revenue for LeedsFest tickets, for the year ending 2020-21.