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We would like your views on our proposals for Urgent Treatment Centre in Leeds

Click here to take the survey

We’re holding events where you can learn more, ask questions and give us your feedback:
Friday 8 February 2019
10am-12pm and 1.30-3.30pm
Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind, St Mary’s Street, LS9 7DP

Urgent care is care that someone feels is needed on the same day but their illness or injury is not life-threatening. We want to hear your thoughts and views on our proposals to establish five urgent treatment centres in the city of Leeds.


Brief summary of the project

As your local clinical commissioning group (CCG), NHS Leeds CCG has made some proposals for urgent treatment centres for the citizens of Leeds and we want to hear your views about these proposals.

Over the last few years we have spoken to local people who have told us that it’s not always clear who would be best placed to help you, or a loved one, when you’re not feeling well or have been injured.

This is especially the case where you feel you need to be seen quite quickly but you know it’s not an emergency. We know that the way services are currently designed to help you in this situation – which we often call urgent care services – are not easy to understand.

Urgent care is care that someone feels is needed on the same day but their illness or injury is not life-threatening.

This could include anything from cuts, minor injuries, bites or stings through to mild fevers, vomiting and diarrhoea etc.

We feel that our proposals will help simplify the system for you when you have an urgent care need.

To help you understand more about our proposals we have developed the following:

  • Our engagement document which provides you with a comprehensive overview of why we are proposing these changes as well as the survey questions which you can also answer online (please note this is a secure web-based survey)
  • An easy read version of our engagement document
  • An easy read guide providing a summary of our proposals and showing the ways you can feedback your views
  • An easy read survey that can be completed online (please note this is a secure PDF document)
  • We have also organised a number of events, you can find the details of these further below on this webpage
  • To see recent updates on the engagement and events in the city visit: #UrgentCareLeeds

If you work for a community organisation and would like multiple copies of the survey documents or would like us to come along to any events please do get in touch. You can either email us or call us on 0113 843 5470.

Who would we like to hear from?

We would very much like to hear from anyone who lives or works in Leeds as our urgent care services are designed to meet the needs of our diverse population as well as those visiting our city. It’s important that we hear from you whether you do so as a patient, a member of the public, a health and care professional or you may have a role representing the views of your local community.

What are we asking?

We want to hear your thoughts and views on our proposals to establish five urgent treatment centres in the city of Leeds. We want to know about how you currently access services when you have an urgent but not emergency care need, your views on our proposed sites and the opening hours for those urgent treatment centres which we refer to as ‘community-based’. We’d also very much welcome any other comments or suggestions you have that could help improve your experience of using urgent care services.

How can you give us your views?

We are using a survey to understand people’s views on this change. The survey is available in paper format as well as online (accessed from this webpage). In addition, we are working closely with Voluntary Action Leeds who will run some focus groups and one-to-one interviews with people across Leeds.

We have organised a number of events which we’d very much like you to attend if you can. These events will inclue a presentation followed by a question and answer session.

  • 8 February 2019, 10am-12pm and 1.30-3.30pm, Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind, St Mary’s Street, Leeds LS9 7DP
  • 25 February 2019, 1.30-3.30pm, Old Fire Station, Gipton Approach, Leeds LS9 6NL
  • 4 March 2019, 10am-12pm and 1.30-3.30pm, Seacroft Recovery Hub, The Green, Leeds LS14 6JL
  • 8 March 2019, 10.30am-12.30pm, New Wortley Community Centre, 40 Tong Rd, Leeds LS12 1LZ
  • 13 March 2019, 10am-12pm, Carriageworks Theatre, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD
  • 22 March 2019, 10am-12pm and 1.30-3.30pm, Hamara Centre, Tempest Road, Leeds LS11 6RD

Book your place If you’d like to come along to one of the above events you can either register online at or call us to book a place on 0113 843 5470

Drop-in events

In addition, a number of drop-in events will be held, including on evenings and weekends; these will be advertised on our social media channels – Facebook (NHS Leeds) and Twitter (@nhsleeds) and on this webpage.

At the drop-in sessions, you can turn up at any point and have a chat with our team, before you complete a survey or take a copy away.

Confirmed drop-in sessions:

  • 2 February 2019, 1pm -4 pm, Kentmere Community Centre, Kentmere Avenue, Leeds, LS14 1BW
  • 5 February 2019, 11am – 2pm, Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind, St Mary’s Street, Leeds LS9 7DP
  • 13 February 2019, 10am – 2 pm, Lower Floor, Merrion House, Leeds, LS2 8PD
  • 18 February 2019, 10am – 2pm, Seacroft Community Hub, Deacon House, 11 Seacroft Avenue, Leeds, LS14 6JD
  • 27 February 2019, 10am – 2 pm, Reginald Centre, 263 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 3EX
  • 3 March 2019, 7am – 12:30pm, Leeds/Bradford Airport Car Boot Sale, Greengate Farm, Leeds, LS18 5HY
  • 12 March 2019, 4pm – 8pm, HEART Centre, Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3HN
  • 17 March 2019, 7am – 12:30pm, Wetherby Racecourse Car Boot Sale, Wetherby Racecourse, York Road, Wetherby, LS22 5EJ
  • 26 March 2019, 10am – 3pm, Gledhow Wing, St. James’ Hospital, Leeds, LS9 7TF
  • 28 March 2019, 10 – 3pm, Jubilee Wing, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds, LS1 3EX
  • 30 March 2019, 10am – 2pm, Event Space, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 34 Ludgate Hill, Leeds, LS2 7HY
  • 4 April 2019, 10am – 2pm, Wharfdale Hospital, Newall Carr Road, Otley, Leeds, LS21 2LY
  • 8 April 2019, 8am – 1pm, Pudsey Craft Market, 1 Market Place, Pudsey, Leeds, LS28 7BE

Complete the survey (available from Monday 21 January)

What did people tell us?

We will publish the results from the engagement on this page soon after the engagement closes.

What did we do?

We will publish the results from the engagement on this page soon after the engagement closes.

Urgent Treatment Centres – Proposal and Survey

Urgent Treatment Centres – Poster

Urgent Treatment Centres – Poster with event dates

Urgent Treatment Centres – Engagement Plan

Clive Mason – Workshop (CPD)

Leeds  – Interpreting Workshop with Clive Mason


Part 1: Thinking Visually – Saturday, 19th January 2019.
Part 2: Visual Flair – Sunday, 20th January 2019

Venue: Leeds Society for the Deaf and Blind People, The Centre Street, Leeds, LS9 7DP

Time: 10:00-16:00
Trainer: Clive Mason
Suitable for: TSLI and RSLI – whether Constructed Action and Dialogue are new to you, or you would like a refresher.

Cost:  £120 per day – CPD 6 hours or
Special Price: £210 for 2 days – CPD 12 hours

Part 1: Thinking Visually: A Constructed Action Constructed Dialogue
If a picture paints a thousand words then interpreters are artists!
Conveying complex concepts in BSL can be a challenge and it can be hard to manage the unwanted influence of English when interpreting.

Part 2: Visual Flair: Mastering Constructed Action Constructed Dialogue
A follow up workshop for interpreters who have attended “Thinking Visually: A CA and CD Workshop”.
Say goodbye to words and immerse yourself in a visual world.

For further details and a registration form to book, please email:

Christmas Dinner & Christingle – Bradford

It’s not too late to join us for the Deaf Church Christmas dinner on Saturday 1st December  for Christmas Dinner & Christingle for all Deaf people and BSL Users from Yorkshire.

SATURDAY 1 December
Meet at 1.00 pm “The Old Pavillion” Toby Carvery in Bradford
244-246 Rooley Ln, Bradford BD5 8LB

Great food from Carvery Christmas Menu

Price is 2 courses for £9.99 or 3 course for £13.49 (you can decide which you want when we get there.

Booking Esssential: to book contact Mark Smith or Tracey Raistrick. You will be asked to pay a non -returnable deposit of £5. Places go fast if we don’t book so BOOK NOW

Mark: 07702 269608.
Tracey 07850 940079

……………………………………join us afterwards for Coffee , Carols, & Christingle Service at St John’s Church , Bowling, Wakefield Rd. Bradford. BD4 8QS

Lifts are available from Bradford Interchange to the Carvery and the Carvery to the Church. Let us know if you need a lift when you book.

If you have got his email, but did not get the previous newsletter with details of this event  it means I have your email address but not your correct postal address  – so you may wish to send me up to date postal details to ensure you get all information about Deaf Church events.
Cheers mark

Connecting Leeds – Transforming Travel

Engagement is now LIVE for Bradford to Leeds route proposals

Plans have started for a second round of public engagement on A647 bus lane proposals, Dawsons Corner improvements and enhancements to major junctions in Armley.

Our proposals aim to reduce bus delays between Bradford and Leeds by up to 15 minutes and improve bus reliability along the Stanningley Bypass route.

Design changes from public feedback within the initial engagement period have been incorporated into the scheme.

Let us know your thoughts on the updated plans and feel free to share this email to those who may be interested.




Leeds Parent VISION


  • Leeds Parent Vision will provide the opportunity for parents and carers of children and young people with visual impairment in Leeds to meet together regularly to get to know each other and to share stories, information and ideas.
  • Parents will get to meet representatives from organisations supporting children with visual impairment, and to find out about a range of events for both parents and children
  • There will also be an online network which will allow those unable to attend the group sessions to get involved.

Leeds Parent Vision will be run by parents for parents, with the support of Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind people who will provide a venue for regular ‘get togethers’ and who will offer ongoing support with organisation and communication.

Please come along to our launch event:

Christmas Coffee Morning here at The Centre on Friday 7th December, 9.45 till 11.45





To help with organisation, please let us know if you are coming along by contacting Ellen Maher at the Visual Impairment Team
Tel: 0113 3785296
or  Email:

If you are unable to join us but would like to be kept informed about future events and news, please contact Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind people using the details overleaf to be added to our email list, or check out

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This means that every purchase you make, Amazon will give money to support The Centre. This works in the same way as Amazon and every purchase you make will help our charity.

REMEMBER: go through the above address every time you shop and it will add to our account. The more you shop, the more your charity receives.
Thank you!

Annual General Meeting

Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People

The Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People are holding their Annual General Meeting in November. We would like to invite you to attend the meeting.

Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People AGM will be held on
Thursday November 15th
at 7pm
The Centre
St Mary’s Street

Please find attached our Membership Application Form and the Trustee Application Form.
There is a closing date for trustee applicants of Friday 9th November.

Membership Application Form

Trustee Application Form

Minutes 15 Nov 17

Agenda 2018

2017 – 2018 Final Accounts and Annual Report

‘This is Not a Safe Space’ – BSL interpreted Performance

This Is Not A Safe Space
Jackie Hagan

Shows: Friday 5th October 7.30pm (BSL Interpreted)

£10 Full
£6 Concessions
£4 Discounted
Call 01274 233200 or email
Get cheaper tickets when you buy online (tickets will be available online until 4pm on the day of the performance)

BSL interpreted performance.

Benefit cuts are hitting disabled people the hardest. Half of people in poverty are disabled or live with a disabled person. The future looks grim, so how can we get people to sit up, listen and care and not keel over with empathy-fatigue?

Award-winning poet and theatre maker Jackie Hagan’s way has been to make a new solo show that features the real voices of proper skint disabled people she knows. Jackie has conducted interviews with people from all over the country living on the fringes and the spaces in between.

These are not sob stories – they are well rounded lives full of the spiky humour and the complicated weirdness of being human. Jackie weaves these narratives together with poetry and anecdotes, celebrating the weird, the wonky, the unruly, and the resilient.

Expect audience interaction, DIY puppetry, poetic comedy, comedic poetry, and one underclass amputee steering the show.

Praise for ‘This Is Not A Safe Space’

‘Warm, welcoming and funny…this politically urgent show about disability and poverty is wryly humorous and affecting’ The Stage

‘a perfect antidote to programs like Benefits Street.’ Disability Arts Online

‘fierce use of humour teamed with passionate insight about working-class life’ Mancunion

‘honest, uncompromising, tough and tender – and funny – and rails against the vilification of the working class and the disabled, and their portrayal as either saints or victims’ Sabotage Reviews