Posted on 08 March 2017.
GSAL Jazz Club vocalist Niamh Hendron
GSAL Jazz Club at The Grammar School at Leeds is holding a special gig to raise money for Breast Cancer Haven, Yorkshire, on Friday 17th March, 7.30pm in the school’s theatre foyer.
Talented student vocalists will team up with a professional jazz ensemble consisting of Adrian Knowles (double bass), Jason Scott (piano), Alex Hogg (guitar), and Gordon Kilroy (drums). As well as classics from the Great American Songbook, there will be interpretations of familiar pop tunes.
Sponsored by Daleside Brewery, this is the second year that the Jazz Club at GSAL has raised funds for Breast Cancer Haven, which exists to improve the quality of life for people affected by breast cancer by providing emotional, practical and physical support.
Tickets (£7/£5) are available from www.gsal.org.uk/event/jazz-club-arts17/
Posted in Charity, Education, Sound & Vision
Posted on 03 March 2017.
Children from 15 primary and secondary schools across Leeds, will come together during Fairtrade Fortnight on Thursday 9th March to run an afternoon of workshops which they have planned around the theme ‘Take a Break for Fairtrade’.
The aim is to educate each other about Fairtrade and how it is enabling farmers around the world to earn a fair wage and lead dignified lives. Supported by Leeds DEC and the city’s Fairtrade group, the seventh annual Fairtrade School Celebration is taking place next Thursday 9th March at Leeds Civic Hall. The official opening is at 1pm with speeches by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and Councillor Mulherrin.
During the event the children will run workshops, including child slavery in the cocoa trade, Fairtrade trivial pursuit, chocolate tasting and learning about the journey of the cocoa bean. Throughout the afternoon, they will be thinking about effects of unfair trade and at 2pm will symbolically break a giant paper chain covered in words relating to exploitation.
For some of the participants this will be this first time they have organised peer-education activities, for others they enjoyed it so much last year they are taking part again!
“It’s really exciting to run a workshop at the Civic Hall and work with other children”, said Poppy Fletcher (8) from Ireland Wood Primary School.
Fairtrade Fortnight occurs in February/March every year and people all over the UK raise awareness about the positive difference it makes. Leeds is a Fairtrade City and many organisations and businesses support Fairtrade. More widely, Yorkshire led the way to become the UK’s first Fairtrade Region in January 2013.
Posted in Charity, Education, Food & Drink
Posted on 03 March 2017.
Julie Russell and Jackie Roberts
Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice’s Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards are all about unsung heroines – ordinary women doing extraordinary and inspiring things.
This year the awards take place on Friday 12th May at the Royal Armouries. Inspirational women across the region have been nominated in the categories of Business, Education, Sport, Young Achiever of the Year, the Jane Tomlinson Award for Courage, and the Community Impact Award.
There are also two exciting new categories this year – Arts, and Science and Technology. The Arts category recognises women in areas such as music, theatre, dance, art and literature; the Science and Technology category areas such as I.T. engineering, research and development, environmental work and the manufacturing industry.
Jackie Roberts won last year’s Jane Tomlinson Courage award, said the event was a unique occasion. A prominent supporter of the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) UK, Jackie has raised thousands of pounds for the charity following the drowning death of her daughter Megan in 2014 and has helped others who have suffered similar losses.
“Megan was a student when she suddenly lost her life in the river”, said Jackie. “I took all my energy and love for my child and channeled it into doing something positive. You have to do whatever gets you through and that felt right for me. The Awards ceremony was amazing. It was one of the most emotional moments of my life. I was so shocked, tears in my eyes. It was overwhelming”.
Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice’s Women of Achievement Awards are one of Yorkshire’s most celebrated regional events. Each year the hospice spends £4.4m to provide specialist end of life and palliative care to people living in Leeds and receive only 44% in statutory funds for the care services it offers.
Booking for the event is now open. Tickets cost £60 each or £550 for a table of ten. For more information, contact Faye Cryer on 0113 203 3338 or visit www.sueryder.org/YWOA
Posted in Charity, Community News, Featured, News
Posted on 15 February 2017.
Every year in March, Marie Curie, the charity which cares for people living with a terminal illness, hold their annual Great Daffodil Appeal. This year Marie Curie is appealing for support in Leeds.
Marie Curie nurses care for people in Leeds in their own homes from 10pm until 7am. They provide hands on care and emotional support as well as allowing loved ones some much needed rest. The charity has also launched a telephone support line and has lots of information about living with a terminal illness available on their website mariecurie.org.uk/help
Jen Aspinall, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie in Leeds, is asking people across the city to support the Great Daffodil Appeal in whatever way they can this March; “Marie Curie are appealing for support in Leeds so that we can continue providing services, which are completely free of charge to people living with a terminal illness and their families, when they need it most.”
How can you help?
- Sign up to volunteer for two hours or more at Great Daffodil Appeal collection. Marie Curie has a huge street collection planned in Leeds City Centre on Friday 31st March and lots of others across the city. You can sign up online on our website mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil/daffodil-2017 or contact the fundraising team on 01274 386190. Why not bring your friends, family or colleagues with you and challenge each other to raise the most for Marie Curie? Will your employer allow you time away from work to volunteer as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility policy? Does your employer run a match funding scheme where they match whatever you raise for charity? Or do you know someone who can sing, dance or has a talent to entertain the public at one of Marie Curie’s street collections? If so we would love to hear from you!
- Would your organisation have a box of daffodil pin badges on their reception? For a small donation your colleagues and customers can purchase a daffodil to raise vital funds and awareness of Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal in March.
- If you have an idea of your own, or need a little inspiration to raise funds in your own way you can order a fundraising pack full of ideas online at mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil/fundraising. Your local Community fundraiser will be more than happy to support you, provide materials and advice to make whatever you plan a huge success.
For more information please contact Jen Aspinall, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser on 01274 386190 or email Jennifer.email@example.com.
Posted in Charity, Community News, Health & Fitness
Posted on 15 February 2017.
William Merritt Centre Gamers, are gearing up for a charity challenge on 24th – 25th February, to raise money for people with disabilities. They will be playing video games continuously for 24 hours as part of GameBlast17, the UK’s largest gaming marathon weekend, and are aiming to raise £1,000 for the charity SpecialEffect, which uses technology to help people with disabilities benefit from the fun and inclusion of video games.
The William Merritt Centre, was established 35 years ago to enable disabled people to live as independently as possible. It is the only such centre in Leeds and is the largest in the region. It provides impartial information, advice and assessment on equipment and practical aspects of daily living for people with a disability.
The William Merritt Disabled Living Centre also adapts toys so people with a disability can use them. They also adapt controllers so that everyone can play computer games, and regularly host sessions where people play games.
Anyone can go along and take part in the event. More information regarding GameBlast17 can be found at www.gameblast17.com To sponsor the team, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/WMC-Gamers
Posted in Charity, Sound & Vision
Posted on 14 February 2017.
Zurich Insurance Company signing up with Catherine Storey, Leeds Mencap
The Leeds Mencap Apprentice challenge is back for a fourth year and seeking creative, entrepreneurial teams to battle it out for the top spot. Just how much money could you make in seven weeks with just a £50 loan?
As well as providing a fantastic opportunity to improve team working and fulfil corporate social responsibility aims, taking part in the challenge also raises much-needed funds to support people with learning disabilities.
Winston’s Solicitors 2016 Apprentice Challenge winners
Several teams have already signed up and are raring to go. Last year’s winners, Winston’s Solicitors, have entered for the fourth time hoping to retain their crown. Joining them are the HSBC Service Recovery team, Zurich Insurance Company, a Leeds Mencap team, and Re:Work an office furniture company. With more teams to come, the competition is going to be tough!
“This challenge is an enjoyable and fresh way for businesses to make a social impact, meet their internal engagement objectives and do something for a worthwhile cause,” said Mark Goldstone, Head of Business Representation & Policy, West & North Yorks Chamber of Commerce and Judge on Leeds Mencap Apprentice. “I would urge chamber businesses to get a team together and get involved.”
Leeds Mencap is inviting both large and small businesses to take part. For further information, call 0113 235 1331, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Posted in Business, Charity, Community News, Competition
Posted on 10 February 2017.
Local Xercise4Less gym has set-up a series of healthy community initiatives throughout February in support of registered blood cancer charity ‘Anthony Nolan’.
The month-long fund raising mission invites members of the general public to use the gym facilities and take part in a variety of fitness challenges with the chance to win free gym memberships. A £1 (minimum) donation is required to enter each challenge. All proceeds go towards Anthony Nolan.
Anthony Nolan works to save the lives of people with blood cancer through their donor register, securing donations of blood stem cells or bone marrow to provide people with blood cancer and blood disorders with vital transplants.
Xercise4Less Leeds will be inviting members and their friends to see if they could become a potential match on the donor list in a bid to save more lives. The gym will donate £1 for every new member that joins the donor registry.
Challenges will be set on ‘Special Monday’s’ from 5-8pm, and those participating will have the chance to win a free gym membership.
Monday 13th Feb: The wall sit challenge (£1 donation to enter. Hold this pressure position for as long as you possibly can for your chance to win a 3 month gym membership).
Monday 20th Feb: Super He-Row Challenge – Dress up and sport as your favourite super hero for the day as you take on the Xercise4Less rowing challenge. £1 donation to enter. Winners get a free 6 month gym membership.
Saturday 25th Feb: Nationwide ‘On Yer bike’ Spinathon (Group exercise challenge in support of the charity Brain Tumour Research). Ask at the front desk for more details.
Monday 27th Feb: The protein hold. Hold out 2 tubs of 1kg protein, arms stretched, for as long as you possibly can for your chance to win a 3 month gym membership.
Xercise4Less Leeds Gym,
1 Kirkstall Industrial Estate,
Kirkstall Road, Burley,
Tel: 0113 887 8111
Posted in Charity, Community News, Health & Fitness
Posted on 08 February 2017.
The Adopted Teens Identity (AT-iD) project recently screened its independent film ‘Voices’ at Hyde Park Picture House.
The featurette was produced to raise awareness about the challenges and misconceptions around adoption for older children. It highlights the impact of adoption and its effect on building relationships with families, friends and peers.
The event featured a talk from Mark Owers, Professional Adviser to the Adoption Leadership board, and a Q&A session with the teenagers and group leaders from the film.
“The feedback we have had following the showcase has been quite astounding”, said Tanya Killick, AT-iD project lead from PAC-UK. “Especially regarding the bravery of the teens getting up on stage and answering questions from the audience after the film was screened. We are all extremely proud of those involved and thank everyone for their support on the day.”
“Adopted children represent a minority in society and across the education system, which can leave them feeling misunderstood and isolated among their peers and the adults they interact with”, said Peter Sandiford, CEO of PAC-UK. “The messages in this short film clearly illustrate the complexities of adoption and should be compulsory viewing for all professionals adopted young people might come into contact with. I am proud of the hard work and personal commitment that went into the film – both in front of and behind the camera – and delighted that PAC-UK could play a part in the project.”
AT-iD, a project set up by Yorkshire & Humber Adoption Consortium and delivered by PAC-UK– It was created to provide adopted teens aged between 11 and 18 with a community that offers information and an insight into the experiences of adopted teenagers. The project aims to give a voice to adopted teenagers by providing them with a safe and secure way to discuss problems and issues with their peers or project workers.
Posted in Charity, Community News, Younger Life
Posted on 02 February 2017.
On Saturday February 11th, Headingley HEART is hosting a day of live jazz performances and workshops in aid of several refugee charites with some of Yorkshire’s finest jazz musicians are coming together to help raise desperately needed funds for people fleeing war. This is a great opportunity to support this worthy cause and enjoy some incredible music.
The line up for the day is listed below. Tickets can be bought for individual shows (£5) or a full day pass (£20). Events in the cafe are free entry but a donation would be gratefully appreciated.
12-12.45pm – Al Morrison Trio (Cafe)
1-1.45pm – Joe Boyes Trio (Main Hall)
2.15-3pm – Bassa Bassa (Main Hall)
3-3.30pm – Inside Out Duo (Cafe)
3.30-4.30pm – George Macdonald Trio (Main Hall)
4.30-5pm – The Irrelevance (Cafe)
5-6pm – Louie Mcdonald (Main Hall)
6-6.30pm – Sam Dunn (Cafe)
6.30-7.30pm – York Youth Jazz Orchestra (Main Hall)
7.30-8pm – Aleks Podraza Trio (Cafe)
8-9pm – Leeds Jazz Orchestra (Main Hall)
9-9.30pm – Phil Green’s Sky High Jazz Trio (Cafe)
9.30-11pm – Kate Peters Quartet + Jam (Main Hall)
John Marley – Jazz Bass Time -1pm
Sam Dunn – Jazz Guitar Time – 4.30pm
Aleks Podraza – Jazz Piano Time TBC
Posted in Arts & Culture, Charity, Community News, Sound & Vision
Posted on 31 January 2017.
Ways to end homelessness will be discussed tomorrow, Wednesday 1 February at Leeds Trinity University by an international charity which provides help for homeless and disadvantaged people of all ages around the world.
The free talk will be delivered by Mark McGreevy OBE, Group Chief Executive of Depaul International. Currently based in Chicago, USA, Mr McGreevy works with the Institute of Global Homelessness; an academic institute founded in partnership between Depaul International and DePaul University in Chicago.
Mr McGreevy will talk about the different challenges we face when examining homelessness as a global phenomenon, and suggest ways to reduce and end homelessness.
“Homelessness is a growing globally as a result of political unrest, natural disaster and urbanisation,” he said. “The strategies to deal with this problem are complex and one size doesn’t fit all. However, there is an evolving global movement of researchers, practitioners, policy makers and advocates thinking creatively about how we might tackle this issue in both the developed and the developing world.”
The topic is particularly pertinent with the latest release of figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government which show more than 4,000 people a night have been sleeping rough on England’s streets which is a 16% increase on last year.
Mr McGreevy is the first speaker for Trinity Talks; a prestigious series of high-profile lectures for Leeds Trinity’s 50th Anniversary. Other speakers include author Gervase Phinn and former Minister of State for Faith and Communities Baroness Warsi.
An engaging and inspiring speaker, his talk will be of interest to anyone involved with homelessness, social policy, psychology, charities and community – but everyone is welcome to attend.
His talk begins at 7.00pm on Wednesday 1 February with a light buffet and refreshments beforehand, and will conclude with a Question and Answer panel sessions.
The event is free to attend, but guests are asked to register their attendance at www.leedstrinity50.co.uk/events.
Posted in Charity, Community News, Education