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Coronavirus Third Sector Bulletin: Edition 34

Welcome to the latest Together Leeds bulletin, created by local NHS and council partners to provide an overview of the key messages local people need to know. Please share these messages through your own communication networks. In this edition:

  • National Lockdown
  • COVID-19 vaccine update
  • COVID-19 community champions
  • COVID-19 scam warning
  • Keeping healthy
  • Training
  • City-wide fostering campaign
  • Launch of Health inequalities Academy

National Lockdown 

We’re seeing small, but significant, decreases in the city’s overall COVID-19 infection and positivity rates. Whilst encouraging, the figures are still high and there are significant concerns about the spread of the new variant, and people becoming complacent once vaccinated. Estimates suggest the new UK variant is now the dominant form of the virus nationally, and accounts for more than half of Leeds cases, with an increasing trend. It’s important to note that control measures remain the same regardless of the strain of COVID-19 infection:

Read further information below:

COVID-19 vaccine update

covid vaccines save livesNHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as continuing to be there for everyone who needs care. The public has an important part to play to help do this:

  • Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we’ll contact you.
  • When we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments.
  • Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives – this also implies to people who have had the vaccine 

As we’re focusing on vaccinating people as quickly as possible, we’re not yet able to confirm where patients are on the list, or when they’re likely to be contacted. When it’s your turn, you’ll be invited to make an appointment. This could be a call, text or letter from your GP practice or a letter from the national booking service. A vaccination programme of this size and scale will still take some time to roll out in full but we want to assure you that there’s enough vaccination for everyone, and no one will be forgotten. The NHS is working hard to make sure people are vaccinated in the priority groups as set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).


Avoiding scams

You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

If you receive Action Fraud Logoa call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you’re suspicious about an email you’ve received, forward it to Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge. If you believe you’re the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting

COVID-19 Community Champions

Leeds has received a £141,000 share of £23 million funding to expand work to support those most at risk from COVID-19 and boost vaccine take-up. Read the full story here

Keeping HealthyHealthy and happy words

Physical & mental health
New data reveals that 80% of adults want to change their lifestyle in 2021, with 70% saying they’re motivated to make lifestyle changes due to COVID-19. This comes as Public Health England (PHE) launches its Better Health Campaign to encourage the nation to work towards a healthier lifestyle, whether it’s losing weight and getting active, looking after their mental wellbeing or quitting smoking, with the support of a variety of tools and apps, including the updated NHS Weight Loss Plan app.
Would you like some support in Leeds?
One You Leeds encourages anyone in Leeds wanting to improve their health - identifying your own goals and helping you be smoke free, manage your weight, eat well, move more or cook well. Call 0800 169 4219 or visit the website. MindWell Leeds is the mental health website for people in Leeds - bringing together information from the NHS, Leeds City Council and the third sector into one single 'go to' place. It provides quick and easy access to up-to-date information for all adults in Leeds, including GPs, employers and other professionals.
One million UK smokers improved their health by quitting in 2020. Will you join them in 2021? Start your quit journey today. One You Leeds offers a mix of behaviour support and free nicotine replacement therapy to help you quit. You’re 3 times more likely to stop smoking with help than if you go it alone. Over 70% of the organisation’s Be Smoke Free programme quit smoking within 4 weeks.
Call 0800 169 4219 or visit the
website. Read these FAQs, designed to answer questions people may have about quitting smoking during the COVID-19 pandemic.
People often reflect on their drinking habits during January. You might want to go all the way and do ‘Dry January’, or you might just want to cut down - this app from One You offers practical advice, and helps you to identify drink-free days.


Dying matters website link
At this time, many of us may find ourselves needing to support people planning for end of life or recently bereaved. Join members of Leeds City Council’s Public Health Team and the
Leeds Bereavement Forum on Wednesday 10th February, 12 to 1.30pm, for a session about the support and information available from the Dying Matters Leeds partnership. Find out more or to book your place here.

Could you be a foster carer?

Changing the lives of children in leedsDue to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, Foster4Leeds, Leeds City Council’s fostering service, is urgently seeking to increase the number of foster carers available to care for children and young people throughout the city. We particularly need families to come forward and care for children aged 11-18 and large sibling groups. Fostering is a rewarding and challenging experience, giving you a sense of purpose as you help change young lives.

By fostering with Leeds City Council, you allow children to remain in the area they know and ensure that the council uses its financial resources to directly support vulnerable young people in the community. To find out more about fostering with Foster4Leeds - including the financial and emotional support offered – call 0113 378 3538 or visit the

Health Inequalities Academy

Two men in turbans with the words Health Inequalities AcademyJoin us for the launch of West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership’s Health Inequalities Academy on Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 February 2021 (via Microsoft Teams). Hear from national and local speakers about the work taking place before and during COVID-19 to address health inequalities, and the Reducing Inequalities in Communities Programme - a collaborative approach to closing the health gap in central Bradford. The event aims to spark curiosity, embed understanding, share learning and accelerate our collective response to address health inequalities across West Yorkshire and Harrogate through a series of workshops held over three days. Book your place and choose your workshops here.

Covid has affected people's mental health in lots of ways. We are working with those who plan and run mental health services in Leeds to find out how it’s affecting you and how it has been to access services during this pandemic. We’d be grateful if you could take 5-10 minutes to answer these questions. Take the survey by clicking here

Telephone ringingContacts

  • Leeds Directory - the council’s online source of information about a range of local community care and support services, activities and events - provides an important link to essential services, such as trades that can help with urgent repairs in the home to keep residents safe and well. Please take a look at the easy-to-use website, try it out and spread the word.
  • Call the Leeds City Council helpline on 0113 378 1877 if you're self-isolating and don't have friends or family nearby who can help. Our volunteers can help you with shopping, transport to medical appointments, or a call to check how you are.
  • Call NHS 111 if you need medical help but it’s not an emergency. A trained advisor will help you access the best service to meet your need. You can also go online
  • MindWell has a coronavirus information hub with the latest information and resources to help people in Leeds take care of their mental health and is at this time. It’s also helpful if you’re concerned about someone or if you’re a professional supporting others.
  • MindMate is a trusted Leeds-based website specifically for children and young people, their families and the professionals who support them.
  • Leeds Domestic Violence Service helpline on 0113 246 0401. If calling is unsafe, a web-chat service is now being offered from Monday-Friday between 1pm-3pm via If you’re in immediate danger, call 999 (press 55 after the emergency number if you’re in danger and unable to speak).
  • West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Bereavement Support Line: FREEPHONE 0808 196 3833, and a live chat function is available on the website. The service is available 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm.

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