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Leeds University Union launches campaign for kits for students to test safety of drugs

Leeds University Union launches campaign for kits for students to test safety of drugs

By George Arkley Leeds University Union (LUU) has launched its “Say Yes to the Test” campaign this week to make drug testing kits available to students. LUU welfare officer, Amy Wells, said LUU is lobbying the university to take a harm reduction approach through informative leaflets, support groups and testing kits. In 2018, 88% of Leeds students who take drugs […]

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Geese shooting protest arranged in Rodley after bird deaths cause public distress

Geese shooting protest arranged in Rodley after bird deaths cause public distress

By Molly Paul A protest is being staged this Sunday (December 15) after the shooting of Canada geese near a Leeds nature reserve caused public distress last weekend. Meeting near the Tiny Tea Rooms, Rodley at 1pm, members of the Rodley, Horsforth and Calverley Wildlife and Conservation group are protesting to protect the geese that were shot on land in […]

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Young people in Leeds care more about climate change than the Black Friday sales

Young people in Leeds care more about climate change than the Black Friday sales

By Anna Doherty Leeds Town Hall was the scene of the latest climate change protest on Friday November 29. All ages gathered for the YouthStrike4Climate from babies to elderly people, holding posters referencing climate change, the political climate as well as blaming capitalism as the main cause for environmental destruction. Leeds YouthStrike4Climate is a movement which grew in response to […]

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New project turning derelict scout hut into community workshop hopes to help the most vulnerable in Horsforth

New project turning derelict scout hut into community workshop hopes to help the most vulnerable in Horsforth

  By Ryan Cumberworth A Horsforth group that’s renovating a derelict scout hut to make it into a community centre is just £5,000 off its fundraising target in order to get the building up and running in Spring 2020. The aim is to use the new building at St James Church to host workshops that could help reduce isolation and […]

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Climate activists Extinction Rebellion campaign in Leeds to raise awareness of waste at Christmas

Climate activists Extinction Rebellion campaign in Leeds to raise awareness of waste at Christmas

by Emily Horner The climate protest group, Extinction Rebellion Leeds, has organised a series of peaceful protests in Leeds city centre during the 12 days of Christmas. Extinction Rebellion Leeds, who refer to themselves as XR, has called this The 12 Days of XRistmas, with alternative Christmas caroling, creating anti-airport expansion Christmas cards and staging die-in protests. They lay down […]

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Men’s mental health project, Man about Town, aims to tackle suicide risk in men by giving them new creative skills

Men’s mental health project, Man about Town, aims to tackle suicide risk in men by giving them new creative skills

By Emily Horner A mental health charity project, Man About Town, has been created in Leeds to give socially isolated men in their 40s and 50s a creative outlet in music and film. It is the latest project by Creative Frame, a charity which teaches art workshops, in alliance with music charity, Cloth Cat, both based in Leeds. The aim of […]

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Leeds loneliness charity OPAL hoping for final fundraising boost to finish turning derelict pub into vibrant community centre

Image by Sally-Anne Notley, Carer at OPAL

by Emily Horner A Leeds charity that helps elderly people suffering with loneliness says it hopes to finish converting a derelict pub into a community centre by June 2020. The charity, OPAL (The Older People’s Action in the Locality), established in 2002, supports the over 60s within the Horsforth area of Leeds to live their lives independently and without isolation. […]

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“Queer is not a buzzword”: LGBTQ journalists say media risks being tokenistic in efforts to increase diversity

“Queer is not a buzzword”: LGBTQ journalists say media risks being tokenistic in efforts to increase diversity

(Left to right: Zoya Ahmed, Maddie Brown, Rachel Sarah, Helena Webb ) By George Arkley Journalists from minority groups discussed the issue of tokenism in the industry at Leeds University’s media event. Leeds University’s three main media societies, The Gryphon, Leeds Society Radio (LSR) and Leeds Society Television (LSTV) organised the event, called Making the Media on your Own Terms. […]

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Horsforth community fight climate change by planting trees for a national campaign

Horsforth community fight climate change by planting trees for a national campaign

By Molly Paul HORSFORTH community groups have joined forces to plant 1,000 trees as part of a national campaign to help fight climate change. The campaign #BigClimateFightback attempted to plant one million trees in a day in association with the Woodland Trust. Plastic Free NW Leeds, local councillors, police cadets and members of the public met at Calverley Lane picnic […]

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Leeds Baby Bank launches Christmas appeal to support families in need

Leeds Baby Bank launches Christmas appeal to support families in need

By Richard Liddle Leeds Baby Bank has launched a Christmas appeal to help provide extra support to families over the festive period. The Baby Bank was set up in January 2017 in order to provide essentials such as nappies, wipes and baby food to families in need who are referred to the charity, and is run by volunteers who collect […]

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