Saturday 23rd April
March a Million 2022 is just around the corner. Come and join us this year and help us to create a Sensory Garden in our grounds.
Register by email or on Facebook and a support pack will be emailed out to you.
Contact us on:
07721 422 261
Children from 0-4 years old
Deaf parents with deaf children
Hearing parents with deaf children
Siblings are welcome
The Centre, St Mary’s street, Leeds, LS9 7DP
Patient Befriending Service
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, working in partnership with The Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People are providing BSL video befriending calls for all BSL users staying in hospital.
- Feedback tells us hospital stays can be especially isolating for deaf people.
- Befriending calls are available for anyone wishing to access these during a hospital stay.
- Ask the ward staff to arrange to connect you to us via the JusTalk app on the ward ipod.
Due to Covid-19, hospital visiting restrictions are in place. By working together, we can ensure patients stay connected.
…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
Edward Pollard—Registered Manager
Mob: 07817 282 826 (TEXT ONLY)
COVID-19 UPDATE: – 16th July 2020
NEW 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.
- 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.
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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;
Deaf Social Club
Leeds Deaf Youth Club
Parent and Toddler Group
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.
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;
Deaf Social Club
Leeds Deaf Youth Club
Parent and Toddler Group
BSL Classes and Room Hire bookings will still go ahead.
Hand washing with Soap and Water
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
Summary of action taken
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.
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.
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.
Text or Call: 07775 444 032 / 07563 382 618
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!
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 email@example.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
Learn how to crochet during a 6 week course!
All abilities welcome!
Every Thursday 1:30-3pm, starting from 27th February 2020
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
0113 243 8328
Reserve your place now!
£2 a session!