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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

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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!

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!

 

Friendship Cafe Christmas Update

News Update
The Friendship Café

Saturday 7th December  from 2pm till 4pm.
Free glass of mulled wine and a mince pie
Our wonderful Evin will be hosting it.

2019 Friendship Cafe poster
The Friendship Cafe will be open for Deaf people and Blind people on Sunday 3rd February 2019  between 2pm and 4pm.

Come down and have a chat and laugh with some familiar faces…..and make some new friends.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Click here for poster: Friendship Cafe 2019 poster

UK national eye health and hearing study: case for investment

6 August 2019
Source: UKNEHS

UK’s first vision and hearing survey aims to capture vital data on UK issues

A lack of accurate data is contributing to a £58billion bill for vision and hearing loss in the UK, according to a report published today that calls on the Government to support the first ever national survey of the UK population’s sensory needs.

It is estimated that around 2 million people in the UK are affected by partial sight loss, and this is expected to rise to 2.4 million by 2024. The number affected by hearing loss is estimated at 11 million, and this is also rising.

These issues cost the UK economy £58billion in total every year. This takes into account, medical costs, for example falls and fractures caused by visual impairment, an increased risk of dementia due to hearing loss, service costs, and reduced employment. Around 50 per cent of all sight loss is believed to be preventable.

Researchers and charities have now come together to campaign for the first ever UK National Eye-health and Hearing Study (UKNEHS). The data generated by a detailed survey will help cut the cost to the economy and better inform policy makers and service providers, with a focus on prevention.

Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, Chair of the Executive Board of the UKNEHS said “The UK has not invested effectively in collecting population data for vision and hearing loss. The UKNEHS is of vital importance to current and future generations if we are serious about providing quality, evidence-based services in these areas.”

The case for investment, published today by Vision UK, which works with organisations in the eye health and sight loss sector, outlines the details of the study. It would see 25,000 participants undergo an eye and hearing examination and complete a standardised general questionnaire.

Lord Colin Low, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Eye Health and Visual Impairment, stated: “If the UK is serious about reducing the levels of preventable visual impairment and hearing loss, then we must have the data that the UKNEHS will provide.

“If we don’t fund this kind of research we are saying that we accept that people living in the UK will lose their vision and hearing due to preventable causes, and that it is OK for them to live with hearing and vision loss that is treatable.”

The study will determine the prevalence and causes of vision impairment, blindness and hearing loss in the UK population aged 50 and over.

The study will also measure the detection and treatment coverage rate of major eye diseases and associated conditions, such as diabetes, in order to understand the effectiveness of current services.

Professor Rupert Bourne of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), Chief Investigator of the UKNEHS, said: “Growing demand from an ageing population and increasing incidence of long-term conditions will exacerbate existing issues in the system. However, policy makers are completely in the dark about the scale of the problem because no comprehensive survey has ever been done in this country.

“Other countries across the world regularly survey their populations, allowing them to make informed decisions about care and treatment, identify trends and take action.

“We know the costs – to the NHS and the UK economy – of these issues runs into the tens of billions of pounds every year, so it is imperative that we understand more about our eye and hearing health, so that we can better address people’s needs and reduce costs.”

The UKNEHS brings together a number of partners including ARU, The Thomas Pocklington Trust, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the College of Optometrists.

The report has been submitted to the UK Government. The UKNEHS needs the public to ask their MPs to support the project – e-mail contact@UKNEHS.org.uk to find out how.

Ends
Notes to Editors
ARU is an innovative global university, brimming with ambition. Students from 177 countries gain qualifications with us in four continents. Students, academics, businesses and partners all benefit from our outstanding facilities; we’ve invested £100 million over the last five years and plan to invest a further £91 million over the next five years.

ARU’s Research Institutes and four faculties bridge scientific, technical and creative fields. We deliver impactful research which tackles pressing issues and makes a real difference, from saving lives to conserving water. Our academic excellence has been recognised by the UK’s Higher Education funding bodies, with 12 areas classed as generating world-leading research.

We are ranked in the world’s top 350 institutions in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and in 2016 we featured in a list of the 20 “rising stars” in global Higher Education compiled by strategy consultants Firetail.

For more press information please contact:
Jon Green on t: 01245 68 4717, e: jon.green@anglia.ac.uk
Jamie Forsyth on t: 01245 68 4716, e: jamie.forsyth@anglia.ac.uk

Say Yes to the Dress

Hello! Are you looking for the perfect wedding gown? Whether you know exactly what you want, or don’t know where to start then you’re in the right place!
The show is being fronted by leading fashion consultant Gok Wan who will offer his knowledge and wisdom to the lucky brides. Each bride featured on the show is given the opportunity to try on wedding gowns; some of their own choice and some others selected by the stylists who have been specifically briefed on the bride’s requirements.
The bride-to-be’s family and close friends are invited to join them at the appointment and asked to share their thoughts on the look and style of the dresses they try on. At the end of each appointment, brides are asked if they have found their perfect dress and if they want to ‘Say Yes to the Dress’.
The show is celebratory and inclusive, and we are keen to represent a wide range of people with inspirational stories from a wide array of backgrounds. I was wondering therefore, if you might be able to help us to find some incredible brides-to-be who might be interested in taking part in the show.
Calling all Brides, click here for more info
Calling all Brides, click here for more info

We are looking for brides-to-be to be part of an exciting new series.

If you would like to find out more, please click on the link below and it will take you through to a short application form.  We can’t wait to hear from you!

Apply Now

Alternatively, if you would prefer to send us a direct email, please get in touch via brides@truenorth.tv

Good luck!
The Casting team
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British Blind Sport – 43rd Metro Games 2019

43rd Metro Athletics Open 2019

22 June 2019

Date: Sat 22nd June 2019  Venue: Mile End Stadium, London, E14 7TW

Click here for a Metro Games Entry Form 2019

Hosted by London Borough of Tower Hamlets and GLL, supported by Carmen Butler Charities Charitable Trust and the Roden Family Foundation.  

Metro Blind Sport – Welcomes athletes of all ages and experience throughout the UK to join us in our annual competition’s ‘43rd year! 

The morning ‘Come and Try Coaching Session’ will once again provide those new to the sport a brilliant opportunity to try out running, jumping and throwing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, supported by qualified coaches. If you haven’t tried an event before and want to compete in the afternoon, or are looking to improve your performance this is the place for you.

The 2019 programme will be run under UKA/IBSA rules and is open to males and females of all ages. The athletics competitions are principally for registered blind and partially sighted people.

Every competitor will receive a free t-shirt along with either a medal and/or performance certificate. Free packed lunches will be provided for all competitors, coaches, officials and volunteers. *Guide Runners may be arranged with advance notice, you will need to provide an estimate of your track times.

Guest competitors are welcome but no medals or certificates can be awarded.

Entry form and Information

  • Entry:FREE including packed lunch, t-shirt, medals/performance certificate
  • If you would like help to complete the entry form then please telephone Charlie on 07956292046
  • The closing date for Entries is Saturday 01st June 2019, if you require Accommodation the closing date is 31st March 2019

 

Come and Try Session starts 10.00am – 11.30am, open to all ages, an ideal opportunity to access specialist coaching in track and field disciplines.

Competition starts 12.00 noon, listed below are all events grouped under the relevant age ranges. Results will be uploaded to Power of 10 as soon as possible. 

Event closes after final Medal Ceremony – 5.00pm  

 EVENTS 

  • Under 12 (Age at 01.01.2019) – Boys and Girls (4 events only) 60m, 100m, Standing Long Jump, Ball Throw, For B1 athletes only)
  • Under 14 (Age at 01.01.2019) – Boys and Girls (4 events only) 100m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin, (For B1 athletes only – called 60m),
  • Under 17(Age at 01.01.2019) – Boys and Girls (4 events only)100m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin, (For B1 athletes  only – called 60m),
  • Senior Ladies and Men (18 – 34)100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin
  • Vets Ladies and Men (Over 35) 100m, 800m, 5000m, Long Jump, Shot

 

The track (Mile End Stadium) and the accommodation (Queen Mary University) are within walking distance of Mile End Tube Station (Central and District line).

  • Athletes aged Under 12, 14 or 17 may take part in up to four individual events in any one day.
  • Senior Athletes may take part in a maximum of five events. These will consist of either 3 track and 2 field, or 2 track and 3 field on the day.
  • Electronic timing will be used on all track races.
  • B3 and B4 athletes are reminded that competition rules do not allow any concessions to assist performance. (No Guide Runners)
  • ALL B1 ATHLETES MUST PROVIDE AND USE THEIR OWN SHADES. Time permitting there will be a Fun Relay for all competitors during the afternoon including parents and coaches.
  • Photos: A gallery of high resolution photos will be available in the week after this event. We will share a link with you where you can view and select, following a donation of your choosing, the photos you would like to keep. Please take note of the number/s and send these to wynne@metroblindsport.org. Saul will setup an individual WeTransfer link (available for 7 days only) for you to download the Digital High Res Photo/s you have chosen to your pc. Photo requests are on a first come, first serve basis only and will be processed when time allows. Donations can be made via the website donate button http://bit.ly/MBSDonatePage

In order for as many events as possible to take place, it may be necessary to merge sight categories thereby ensuring the maximum number of individual ‘event requests’ are met. We recognise this could lead to a miss-match in functional sight levels, however our aim with the ‘Metro Athletics Open’ is to always offer the widest range of opportunities for athletes to compete. We view this as a preferable option to cancelling events with low numbers.    

 The closing date for Entries is Saturday 01st June 2019, if you require Accommodation the closing date is 31st March 2019.

Accommodation: This will be available on Friday and Saturday night (21st and 22nd) at the aforementioned Queen Mary University of London.  Please note there is a further reduction for those under the age of 18. A separate form is available for accommodation requests, please email charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org