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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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Leeds and Huddersfield fans march together in support of local foodbanks

Leeds and Huddersfield fans march together in support of local foodbanks

By Jamie Heron Fans of Leeds United and Huddersfield Town have organised a charity walk in support of local food banks over the festive period. The walk is 13 miles long and will see fans from both clubs walk all the way from Elland Road to The John Smith’s stadium ahead of Huddersfield Town vs Leeds United this Saturday lunchtime. […]

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Owner of Pontefract’s first eco-friendly bistro launches a memory window as Christmas card alternative

Little Green Bistro, Pontefract

By Grace Pritchard Pontefract’s first eco-friendly and vegan takeaway bistro, Little Green Bistro, has launched its memory window as an alternative to sending Christmas cards. Owner of Little Green Bistro, Debbie Maizey, launched the window yesterday (December 4) so that customers can display a handmade representation of someone they might otherwise send a card to or who they will be […]

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Blinking Brilliant! Alwoodley resident’s bright idea for St Gemma’s Hospice

Blinking Brilliant! Alwoodley resident’s bright idea for St Gemma’s Hospice

By Zoe Peck A resident of Alwoodley in north Leeds has switched his Christmas lights on for charity for the ninth year in a row. Jeff Norman, 62, said: “Initially it started when my daughter was growing up and we used to put the lights outside for a bit of fun and it sort of escalated from there.” Jeff is […]

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Santa Fun Run fundraiser: Leeds Trinity staff and students raise money for a good Claus

Santa Fun Run fundraiser: Leeds Trinity staff and students raise money for a good Claus

By Richard Liddle Staff and students at Leeds Trinity University have taken part in a Christmas-themed fun run to raise money for charity. The runners turned up in festive outfits and were given Santa hats to wear as they ran the 5km course beginning and ending with a lap on the university’s running track. The first runner to cross the […]

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Leeds: St George’s Crypt praises the work of their volunteers this Christmas

Leeds: St George’s Crypt praises the work of their volunteers this Christmas

By Alice Young Leeds homelessness charity St George’s Crypt has highlighted the work of the volunteers as crucial to their operation this Christmas. Olivia Quick, development officer, said their volunteers will be at the heart of Christmas day – St George’s Crypt will serve a traditional Christmas dinner, hand out presents and host a volunteer live band. The charity encouraged […]

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Candidates discuss maintaining a “clear communication flow” with constituents at York Outer hustings

Central Hall, location of hustings

By Grace Pritchard Candidates standing in the election for the Outer York constituency were questioned at a hustings event at the University of York on Wednesday night (December 6). The York Outer constituency includes University of York students. Julian Sturdy (Conservative), Keith Aspden (Liberal Democrat) and Anna Perrett (Labour Party) all took part in the panel, together with Tom Franklin […]

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