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Homelife – Supported Living & Accommodation

…Are you or anyone you know looking for supported living accommodation?

We provide supported living support and accommodation for Deaf adults with additional needs.
  • Deaf led organisation based in Leeds
  • 24 hour wellbeing support
  • Tailor made packages of care & support
  • Aids and adaptations in all of our properties
  • Signing environment
  • CQC registered
  • Development of skills to enable independence.

Contact us: Faye Dawson—Service Manager
Tel:          0113 443 3543
Mob:       07784 245 631
Email:      fdawson.homelife@outlook.com

Or

Edward Pollard—Registered Manager
Mob:       07817 282 826 (TEXT ONLY)
Email:      edwardpollard@live.co.uk

NHS 72nd birthday Video & Message from The Chair

Last week the ‘Trust Your Voice’ staff choir at the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, recorded a special virtual performance of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’. This was to mark the NHS’ 72nd Birthday yesterday, Sunday 5 July 2020.

You will see our very own Melissa Barker-Simpson, Registered Qualified British Sign Language interpreter, is featured in the video. We are sure you will agree the video is very moving and we were honoured to be a part of such a special video.

Thank you to all NHS staff and a very Happy Birthday to the NHS!

HAPPY 72nd BIRTHDAY TO OUR NHS – Thank you to the Leeds & York Partnership Foundation Trust Choir

COVID-19 UPDATE – 9th July 2020 Update

COVID-19 UPDATE: – 16th July 2020
NEW Walk-in Testing Centre

New Community Walk-In Testing Centre

A new COVID-19 walk-to testing facility has opened for people living or working within walking distance of the Bridge Street Community Centre, Rider Street, in the LS9 7BQ postcode area of Leeds. The walk-to testing centre is a pilot being led by the Department for Health and Social Care.

The centre is open to everyone in the area who is COVID-19 symptomatic, lives or works within walking distance of the site and does not have access to a car. Tests are only available by pre-booking and people have to walk to the site. No car parking is available. Please read the information leaflet to find out more

This easy read summary leaflet explains how you can book an appointment at the walk-to community testing centre.

To book a test people should call the Leeds City Council helpline number on 0113 376 0472. Line open 9am-5pm, seven days a week except on Wednesday when it’s 10am-5pm. This helpline is only for this walk-to facility. For any other testing sites / home testing kits please use existing processes.

Other options for testing

For anyone wanting to use a testing facility that you can drive to or to order a home testing kit please use the NHS online booking system or call 119.

Apply for a coronavirus test on GOV.UK if you:

  • are an essential worker, including NHS or social care staff
  • are asking for tests for the residents and staff of your care home
  • have a verification code from your employer​

Find out more about NHS Test and Trace.

COVID-19 UPDATE: – 9th July 2020

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COVID-19 UPDATE: – 23rd March 2020

We have been closely reviewing the latest NHS and government guidance documents and unfortunately have decided that the centre will close temporarily from Monday 23rd March 2020. This has been a very difficult decision, however we want to protect our staff and all our friends and service users. The best way to do this, is to support the government by ensuring everyone who can do, remains at home. We will still be delivering our services during this time.

We have been working hard over the past few weeks, to adapt our services to ensure we can continue supporting our community. The full staff team will now be working from home. Zoe, William and Alison will be home based providing their usual support and the interpreter team will be using other methods to support our service users to access interpreting services.

To confirm, the following groups / classes will remain closed at this time;

55+ Club

Deaf Social Club

Leeds Deaf Youth Club

Parent and Toddler Group

Friendship Cafe

Crochet Course

BSL Classes

If you do have medical appointments booked over the coming week, please do check before going as many have been cancelled. We will of course let people know as and when we are made aware of cancellations.

Latest NHS guidance can be found here; https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you need any help or assistance, please phone or text us on; 07775 444 032

Many thanks for your support and we send our best wishes to everyone at this difficult time.

Breaking News.

The Centre will close for large groups of people from  Monday 16th March 2020. We want people to be safe, and want to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. These groups are cancelled till further notice;
55+ Club
Deaf Social Club
Leeds Deaf Youth Club
Parent and Toddler Group
Friendship Cafe
Crochet Course

BSL Classes and Room Hire bookings will still go ahead.

Hand washing with Alcohol Handrub

 

 

Hand washing with Soap and Water

Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice

Information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus in China, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.

Number of cases

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty announces 12 new cases of COVID-19

As of 01 March at 9am, a total of 11,750 people have been tested in the UK, of which 11,715 were confirmed negative and 35 positive.

The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on this page every day at 2pm until further notice. This data is accurate as of 9am to ensure accurate data is published in a timely manner.

If more cases are confirmed in the UK, it will be announced by the Chief Medical Officer of the affected country.

Risk level

Based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the UK from low to moderate.

Returning travellers

Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people immediately if you’ve travelled to the UK from:

  • Hubei province in China in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms
  • Iran, lockdown areas in northern Italy or special care zones in South Korea since 19 February, even if you do not have symptoms
  • other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)
  • other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

In Scotland call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours. In Northern Ireland call 0300 200 7885.

Lockdown areas in northern Italy:

  • in Lombardy: Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano
  • in Veneto: Vo’ Euganeo

Special care zones in South Korea:

  • Daegu
  • Cheongdo

See maps of the specified areas.

This guidance is based on the recommendations of the UK Chief Medical officers. These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases. This list will be kept under review.

For areas with direct flights to the UK we are carrying out enhanced monitoring. Passengers will be told how to report any symptoms they develop during the flight, at the time of arrival, or after leaving the airport.

Read more about what you should do if you’re asked to self-isolate.

Information about the virus

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

The NHS website has more information about how coronavirus is spread and answers common questions about the virus.

Summary of action taken

On 10 February, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, announced strengthened legal powers to protect public health.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 have been put in place to reduce the risk of further human-to-human transmission in this country by keeping individuals in isolation where public health professionals believe there is a reasonable risk an individual may have the virus.

We have introduced advanced monitoring at airports with direct flights from China.

A team of public health experts has been established in Heathrow to support anyone travelling in from China who feels unwell. These hubs will bring in rotational teams of 7 clinicians, working in shifts, who will be on hand to support patients on arrival. This is in addition to medical staff who are already permanently in place at all UK airports and the advice issued to all UK airports for people travelling to and from China.

The government has issued clinical guidance for the detection and diagnosis of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and infection prevention and control.

The Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director at PHE and Medical Director at NHSE/I have issued advice via a CAS (Central Alerting System) alert to frontline staff to increase awareness of the situation and any actions to take.

Most people who develop symptoms will get them after leaving the airport and so the priority is providing UK residents and travellers with the latest information to make sure they know what to do if they experience symptoms, and the NHS and PHE have an established plan to respond to someone who becomes unwell.

China has also introduced port-of-exit screening so people already exhibiting symptoms are not allowed to leave the country.

Diagnosis and analysis

Based on current evidence, novel coronavirus (COVID-19) presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild. Those who have died in Wuhan appear to have had pre-existing health conditions.

The UK is now one of the first countries outside China to have a prototype specific laboratory test for this new disease. Healthcare professionals who are contacted by a patient with symptoms following travel to Wuhan have been advised to submit samples to PHE for testing. Individuals should be treated in isolation

After the experience of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, PHE developed a series of diagnostic tests to detect any member of the family of coronaviruses. These have been used for several years, and were able to detect the first UK case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in 2012.

With the first reported publication of the genome sequence of a 2019 novel coronavirus, PHE was able to rapidly develop further specific tests for this virus, working with WHO and global network of laboratories.

When a clinician suspects novel coronavirus (COVID-19), they take samples from the nose, throat and deeper respiratory samples, package and send them safely to PHE Colindale. PHE can provide a laboratory result from this specific virus on the same working day.

PHE also has the capability to sequence the viral genome and compare this to published sequences from China, if a case occurs. This will provide valuable information on any mutations in the virus over time and allow an improved understanding of how it spreads.

Leeds City Council – Regent Street Flyover

Dear Community,

We are writing to tell you about upcoming works taking place on the A64(M) Inner Ring Road, and A61 Regent Street. The work will focus on rebuilding the rapidly deteriorating Regent Street flyover.

The condition of the flyover means it now needs significant work in order to ensure public safety. Our extensive feasibility work has shown that the most cost-effective and beneficial solution is to replace the existing structure with a new one.

How will the work affect me?

  • The contraflow on the A64(M)/A64 will be implemented on 1 June. The associated works for installing the contraflow will start at 7pm on 31 May with the closure of the A64(M) until 5:30am the following morning. Some of the work is weather dependant and a contingency night is allowed for on 1 June.
  • The A64 (M) and part of the A64 will be reduced in capacity from four lanes to two from 31 May
  • The A61 Regent Street will maintain in its current capacity of four lanes under the flyover
  • There will be a handful of weekend/evening closures over the space of the works. The first one of these will take place on 27 June and run for 5 consecutive weekend’s

More information on the scheme and diversions in place can be found here.

We will continue to work with bus operators to ensure that buses can continue to operate effectively throughout the work for Leeds residents and those working in the city. We would urge people to plan their journeys in advance and expect delays for the duration of works.
The work is set to be complete by spring 2022.

LSDBP – Connect With Us

Click here for Word Version of Connect with Us

Friendly Contact Service

Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People

Keeping in Touch!

Friendly BSL OR Telephone contact

We use Facetime, WhatsApp for BSL Video Calling

Send your number or email we will do the rest!

Setting up contact for you or a family member as often as you want.

Contact us:

Text or Call: 07775 444 032 / 07563 382 618

Email: zoe.major@leedssocietyfordeafandblind.org.uk

If you are contacting us on behalf of someone else – please ask permission from them first.

Thank you, we look forward to connecting with you!

URGENT – Help ‘Save The BBC Red Button Teletext Service

Calling all Secretaries or Presidents of all Clubs, Groups, Societies, Associations, Institutes, etc. in the UK. Please, can you lend your support to SIGN our Petition to help SAVE the BBC Red Button Teletext Service from permanent closure in spring 2020. This is a vital service for many disabled and elderly people in the UK and is critically important in preventing further social isolation and loneliness in the community and should be kept on permanently.

To sign it contact Sarah Gayton by PM or by email: sarahgayton@yahoo.co.uk or by PM us or email to admin@nfbuk.org, NFBUK only need a YES from you and the NAME of your Club or Group etc. Sarah is coordinating this campaign for the NFBUK.

Many people think the red button teletext service was saved from switch off however this was only temporary and we still need to save in permanently.

The NFBUK will be meeting the BBC shortly to explain how important this service is and will re-submit this Petition. Thereafter the BBC will decide whether the BBC Red Button Teletext service will continue or be permanently closed down. To date the petition has 252 organisations supporting it from across the UK which include over 50 Age UK organisations.

Many people of all ages have contacted the NFBUK in desperation because they, or people they know, rely on this service for information. This included people who are visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, disabled, elderly and housebound etc. And also people who do not have Internet connection by means of computer, tablet or smart phone. Closure of this service will affect many people because it is a very easy to use format in a static text form.

Full details of the petition can be obtained by contacting Sarah or the NFBUK.

Individuals can also sign the petition by emailing the NFBUK.

Your contact details, if supplied, will not be passed on to a 3rd party by the NFBUK.

Your help to SHARE this post will be greatly appreciated!

The NFBUK website can be found at https://www.nfbuk.org.

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Northern Ballet – Geisha

 

 

 

 

 

 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WITH A VISUAL IMPAIRMENT TO TAKE PART IN A FOCUS GROUP WITH NORTHERN BALLET

We would like to talk about our audio described productions, how user friendly our website is & how you might find out about our performances

WHEN: Wednesday 15 April 2020

4pm – 5pm. Followed by an optional free talk with Pippa Moore (former Premier Dancer)

No prior experience of Northern Ballet or ballet is required

Refreshments will be provided

WHERE: Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PA

For more information and to confirm to your attendance please contact Nicola Phillips Tel: 0113 220 8000 nicola.phillips@northernballet.com

NORTHERN BALLET’s GEISHA AT LEEDS GRAND THEATRE

Audio Described Performance
Saturday 21 March, 2.30pm
Touch Tour Insight Workshop, 12noon on same day

To book call Leeds Grand Theatre Access line: 0113 205 3899

Crochet Club

Learn how to crochet during a 6 week course!
All abilities welcome!

When?
Every Thursday 1:30-3pm, starting from 27th February 2020

Where?
The Centre, St Mary’s Street, Leeds, LS9 7DP

  • All equipment provided!
  • Café open for drinks and snacks!
  • Transport can be provided from Leeds Bus Station to the Centre.
    Email or call to reserve your place
    Info@leedssocietyfordeafandblind.org.uk
    0113 243 8328
    Reserve your place now!
    £2 a session!

 

Patient Safety Alert – Risk of harm

Patient Safety Alert – Risk of harm to babies and children from coin/button batteries in hearing aids and other hearing devices

 

NHS England and NHS Improvement recently issued a National Patient Safety Alert relating to the risk of harm to babies and children from batteries in hearing aids and other hearing devices. If they are swallowed or inserted into nostrils/ear canals they can cause serious injury. While the alert targets NHS organisations, it is important that all organisations that provide hearing aids and hearing aid batteries take action to prevent this risk of harm.

While this won’t directly affect Local Engagement services it is important to be aware of the risks batteries can pose, especially to babies and young children, but also people with additional risk factors such as those with a significant learning disability, dementia or other cognitive or sensory impairment. Everyone who wears hearing aids should keep their battery supply in a secure location especially if they live with or care for any people who are more at risk of harm from batteries. If any service users are particularly concerned, they should be advised to contact their audiologist to discuss secure battery compartments. These can only be opened with specific tools and prevent unintended access to a hearing aid battery while it is in a hearing aid.

National Patient Safety Alert – Risk of harm to babies and children from button batteries in hearing aids

Peter and the Wolf and then The Snowman

 

An enchanting double bill of family favourites, full of old-fashioned magic.

Peter and his animal companions are brought to life before your ears by dancing strings, quacking oboes, fluttering flutes and prowling horns in Prokofiev’s charming tale of courage and compassion. Narrator Pui Fan Lee (former Teletubby and CBeebies star) will guide you through this wintery tale accompanied by stunning illustrations on the big screen.

Christmas also wouldn’t be complete without a screening of Raymond Briggs classic, The Snowman. Howard Blake’s much-loved music remains the soundtrack to every child’s dream Christmas. Now’s your chance to experience the iconic score performed live by a full symphony orchestra, and the unforgettable ‘Walking in the Air’, here sung live by a member of Opera North’s Youth Chorus

Programme:
Peter and the Wolf
Interval  (16:30 showing only)
The Snowman

Relaxed and audio described performance (2.30pm):
Our relaxed performance allows members of the audience to move around freely, leave or enter the auditorium as needed; lights never go completely dark and sound effects are softened. There is no interval. There’s also a quiet room (the Corson Room) away from the auditorium available throughout. For the 2.30pm performance, the building opens at 1.30pm, the auditorium itself opens around 2pm and the performance lasts a little over 1 hour.

To access live audio description for The Snowman:
Live audio description for The Snowman can be accessed via the Sennheiser MobileConnect app on your phone:

  • Before coming to the performance, find the MobileConnect app in your app store – it has a black S shape in a white rectangle – and download it.
  • As you enter the auditorium, put your phone into aeroplane mode, and go to the app. If you have an iPhone, you might be already logged on. If not, go to settings and browse for the MobileConnect wifi and click onto it. Then in the app, click on ‘audio description’.
  • You can alter the sound by moving the blue circle with the ear on it around until you find a sound you’re happy with – this changes the EQ balance and volume levels. Remember to bring your headphones!
  • You can also put the screen into dark mode which means the background goes black and blue, so there is less light coming from your phone – recommended for theatre settings.
Price

From £16.06 – £28.62

Venue
  • Leeds Town Hall

Timings
2.30pm performance – relaxed performance & audio described/ narrated (no interval)
4.30pm performance – standard performance (20 minute interval)

Price Details
Band A: £28.62
Band B: £26.50
Band C: £24.38
Band D: £21.20
Band E: £16.06

Over 60s: £1.50 off
Under 18s: £5 off

Conductor
George Jackson

Narrator
Pui Fan Lee

Orchestra of Opera North