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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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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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“We see ourselves as a recycling business as opposed to a clothing business” – Leeds vintage retailer expands into new premises

“We see ourselves as a recycling business as opposed to a clothing business” – Leeds vintage retailer expands into new premises

By Jamie Heron Queues gathered on Call Lane in Leeds city centre for the official opening of the new five-storey Blue Rinse vintage store this week. The shop has expanded across the road from its original store, which still remains open. Vintage clothing is seen to have massive environmental benefits due to re-using clothing products which would otherwise end up […]

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Ben Stokes’ Ashes heroics at Headingley shortlisted for BBC’s Sporting Moment of the Year

Ben Stokes’ Ashes heroics at Headingley shortlisted for BBC’s Sporting Moment of the Year

By Jamie Heron A local sports journalist has claimed that Ben Stokes’ heroic innings in the third test of The Ashes at Headingley Stadium this summer has re-ignited the life of cricket in Yorkshire. Soon to play for the Yorkshire-based Northern Superchargers, Ben Stokes’ legendary performance has been shortlisted for BBC Sport’s Moment of the Year. Will Ford, a journalist […]

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