Coronavirus Third Sector Bulletin: Edition 40

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Coronavirus Third Sector Bulletin: Edition 40
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.
  • Shielding update.
  • A year like no other.
  • South Asian COVID-19 resources.
  • Shaping the city centre COVID-19 recovery.
  • New contact tracing service.
  • Creative activities for people living with dementia.
  • UK disability survey.
  • Mental health and smoking.
  • Access to trusted services.
  • Training & development.

National lockdown
Next week we see further relaxation in national lockdown rules.

  • You can meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households.
  • You can take part in formally-organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities will reopen)
  • Childcare and supervised activities will be allowed outdoors for all children.
  • Formally-organised parent and child groups can take place outdoors for up to 15 attendees. Children under 5 won’t count in this number

Whilst the national lockdown is gradually being lifted, there’s still a need for extreme caution. Only then will we protect ourselves and those we love and be able to continue moving forwards out of lockdown. It’s essential we all remember the key messages around face coverings, social distancing, getting tested if you have symptoms, and handwashing. Where can I get a COVID-19 test in Leeds?

COVID-19 Vaccine Update
doctor with ShieldThe COVID-19 vaccine programme continues to be rolled out at pace across the city. People aged 50 and over are being invited to book appointments at their nearest mass vaccination centre. If you prefer to wait for an appointment closer to home, GP practices will contact this group over the coming weeks – you don’t need to contact them. NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group website has a wealth of resources about the COVID-19 vaccine, including information for local communities.
You may have heard that a few European countries have temporarily paused the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a precautionary measure, following reports of blood clots in a small number of people who had recently had the vaccine. However, there’s no evidence that the vaccine caused this and the UK regulator, the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority, has said it’s confident the vaccine is safe. This is supported by both the European Medicines Agency (the European regulator for medicines and vaccines) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).   
20 million people in England have been vaccinated. It’s very important that people still have their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so. The national booking service is also sending invitations and reminders to some people by text. These will be sent using the Government’s secure Notify service and will show as being sent from ‘NHSvaccine’ with a link to the website.
The NHS in Leeds would like to hear from people about their experience of having the COVID-19 vaccine. Feedback will be shared with vaccination teams to inform others about what to expect when going for their vaccination, and help improve the vaccination experience for everyone in Leeds. Complete the survey
The resources below address ongoing anxieties and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine:

Shield blocking covidShielding Update
More than 3.79 million clinically extremely vulnerable people in England will no longer be advised to shield from Thursday 1 April 2021.They’ll all receive letters setting out practical steps to follow to reduce their risk of catching the virus, including continuing to maintain strict social distancing and to keep their overall social contacts at low levels, such as working from home where possible. Read the full government announcement here.


COVID-19 Pandemic: A year like no other
This new government report provides an analysis of data from a variety of sources on the way life, society and the economy changed during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the period compares with other years.

South Asian COVID-19 resources
Mental health tips New video content from the BBC is now available in 5 South Asian languages. This includes lockdown mental health tips,  vaccine scams, lockdown rules explained, Test and trace, Vaccine explainer, vaccine Q&A and vaccine myths busting.

Shaping the city centre recovery from COVID-19
Leeds City Council wants to hear your views and thoughts on the changes that are taking place in our city and local centres due to COVID-19. You can complete the survey here.

New contact tracing service to reduce spread of COVID-19 in Leeds
Leeds Contact Tracing Service – consisting of Leeds City Council, Better Together Leeds and the NHS – aims to stem the spread of COVID-19 across the city by working closely with contacts of those infected. The telephone-based service – led by Leeds City Council – traces contacts and offers guidance and support including help with shopping, collecting prescriptions and financial advice. Representatives from Better Together Leeds – who are experienced in community health development and have a thorough understanding of the communities they work with - will knock on doors in local neighbourhoods to follow up residents the contact service can’t reach.

Creative Activities for People Living with Dementia in Leeds  
Picture of people paintingA group of actors from Leeds have partnered with the Global Brain Health Institute to create an amazing new play about the artist & scientist Anne Adams and the composer Maurice Ravel, and how primary progressive aphasia may have affected them and their creativity. The play is followed by a panel discussion. Watch it here until 31 March. Meanwhile, new music sessions for people & carers living with dementia from South Asian backgrounds, are held 1pm to 2pm every Monday. For further information contact
UK Disability survey
The Government is calling for your views and opinions on its National Strategy for Disabled People. Helping to understand the barriers that disabled people face, the strategy will help improve the lives of disabled people across the country. The survey closes on Friday 23 April, and all responses will help implement the strategy. Anyone can take part, with different options in terms of accessibility on the government website. Complete the survey here.
Mental health and smoking
A new Public Health England study indicates that benefits to mental health can be seen as soon as six weeks after stopping smoking and are maintained even a number of years afterwards. This now feels even more significant as we start to recover from the effects COVID-19 - especially Mental Health. For dedicated help and support in Leeds, visit or call 0800 169 4219.
Access to trusted services
Leeds Directory can support you, or someone you know, to live well by connecting you to checked and rated local services and tradespeople. We have an online presence and our telephone service 0113 378 4610 is available, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
New telephone advocacy service
Leeds Refugee Forum has launched a new telephone helpline service. Staff, including interpreters, can be contacted on Tel: 0113 244 9600, Mobile: 07483 127 082, or Email:
Training and development
New recordings of recent webinars from the Leeds Public Health team are now available to watch. Topics include working with bereaved children and young people; community engagement with the Covid-19 vaccine; and the We Are Undefeatable campaign on physical activity for people with health conditions. Upcoming Public Health webinars can be viewed and booked here. Pending sessions include the Covid-19 vaccine; Long Covid; and Gambling Gaming and Young People.

How do under-55s feel about getting their COVID vaccination? 

As the COVID vaccination programme continues, we want to hear how people in Leeds aged 25 to 55 feel about getting their jab.

We would be very grateful if you had 5 to 10 minutes to answer the following questions about whether you plan to get vaccinated and what information you need.

Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts. They will be used to help shape the city's vaccination programme so that it is right for you.
Take the survey herePlease share with everyone aged 25 - 55!

Telephone ringingUseful Contacts

  • Leeds Directory is the council’s online source of information about a range of local community care and support services, activities and events. During the COVID-19 pandemic the directory 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.
  • West Yorkshire Mental Health Helpline: 0800 183 0558. The service is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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