Coronavirus Third Sector Bulletin: Edition 48

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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

  • Staying safe this summer
  • Covid-19 vaccine and fertility
  • Second vaccinations brought forward to eight weeks
  • Walk-in vaccination clinics across Leeds
  • Changes to care home guidance
  • Ten Minute Shake Up
  • Leeds Says Thanks returns
  • Research into how work has changed for people with health conditions
  • Mental health in ethnic minority communities training
  • Mental health training for those working with older people

Staying safe in the summer:

With an end of to the government roadmap and restrictions in sight, let’s keep Leeds moving in the right direction by enjoying summer safely.
With Covid-19 rates on the rise in Leeds, there are simple things we can all do to help stop the spread of the virus and keep ourselves and our loved ones safe:
  • Washing our hands and cleaning surfaces regularly.
  • Wearing a face covering in enclosed areas.
  • Keeping a safe distance from others when out and about.
  • Meeting outside where possible.
  • Letting lots of fresh air into indoor spaces.
  • Taking the vaccine when offered it.
  • Getting tested twice a week, even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • Self-isolating and getting tested if you have symptoms.
  • Self-isolating if you are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace.

Covid-19 vaccine and fertility
pregnant womanAlthough many of you continue to have concerns that the COVID-19 vaccines could affect fertility, there is no evidence to support this for women or men or that it will affect your chances of becoming pregnant.
Like all vaccines, the Covid-19 vaccine teaches your body to fight the disease and to develop antibodies to do this. It does not contain any ingredients that would affect fertility.
For more information, visit NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) webpage on the Covid-19 vaccine and your fertility. If you have any concerns about getting vaccinated, please speak to your GP.
Additionally, the BBC Asian Network has produced translated videos around the Covid vaccine and fertility. The videos, available here, can be enjoyed in five different languages.

Second vaccinations brought forward to eight weeks:
To ensure everyone has the strongest possible protection from the virus at the earliest opportunity possible, second doses of the vaccine have been brought forward to eight weeks for all ages rather than at twelve weeks.
With the second dose being shown to be particularly important in protecting people against the Delta variant, evidence has shown that a gap of eight to twelve weeks between doses is likely to provide higher levels of protection than a shorter interval of three to four weeks.
Anyone who has an appointment booked for their second dose before 19 July should attend as planned. If you have an appointment after this date, and it has been more than nine weeks since your first dose, you will be able to bring them forward.
If you received your first vaccination through your GP practice, they will contact you to arrange your second dose, whilst those who used the national booking service will be able to bring their appointment forward using the ‘manage my booking’ option on the NHS website.

Walk-in vaccination clinics across Leeds:
There are several walk-in vaccination clinics across Leeds, most of which are offering drop-in first and second (if it’s been eight weeks since your first vaccine) doses.
The information on walk-in vaccination clinics is available on the NHS Leeds CCG website and is being updated regularly, so please remember to refresh the page to find a walk-in next to you.
If you’d prefer to make an appointment, you can do so through the national booking system, available on the NHS website.

Changes to care home guidance:
Important changes were recently made to government guidance on care home visiting.
All care home residents can nominate a friend or family member to be an ‘essential care giver’, allowing them to visit more frequently and for longer, including during outbreaks and periods of isolation.
Residents are also no longer required to isolate for 14 days after returning from visits outside or moving into a care home from the community. Exceptions include high-risk trips such as overnight hospital stays.
Want information or advice around care home visiting? Check out the council’s easy-to-understand guide to visiting or contact Healthwatch Leeds.

Experiences of visiting care homes?survey image
Have friends or family in a Leeds care home? We would like to hear from you about how you think returning to visit your loved ones is going.

Share your views by completing the online survey here to help care homes learn what is working well and what can be improved.

Ten minute shake up:

The Change4Life Ten Minute Shake Up campaign is back this summer!
 Disney lets shake images
Encouraging children to be more active, the campaign uses Disney characters such as Marvel’s Avengers, Elsa and The Incredibles as inspiration for fun activities which will get young people moving. Play the games here or speak to the Public Health Resource Centre for posters and leaflets.
Fun activities like the Shake Up is just one part of the free training programme being offered to those helping to deliver Healthy Holidays this summer.
Running throughout July, Street Games will be running sessions covering safeguarding, first aid and mental health support. Find out more about the training here.

Mental health in ethnic minority communities training:
Want to learn about work happening in Leeds to address mental health inequalities within minority ethnic communities?
Join specialists from the council’s Public Health team and Synergi Leeds on Wednesday 28 July (11am-12noon) for a free webinar on what is happening to improve access to mental health services and how we can work together to reduce stigmas in our communities.
Sign-up for the event here.

Mental health training for those working with older people:
Time ot shine Leeds image of people looking at a mapThanks to funding from Leeds City Council, Leeds Older People’s Forum have developed a programme of training and support for staff working with older people.
Offering information to help you offer mental health support to service users, alongside support for you and your colleagues’ own mental health, training is free but spaces are limited. Book your place here.

Useful Contactstelephone

  • Leeds Directory - the council’s online source of information about a range of local community care and support services, activities and events.
  • 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  the mental health website for people in Leeds, has lots of information and resources to help you look after your wellbeing and find support for your mental health.
  • 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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