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Coronavirus Third Sector Bulletin: Edition 44
 

Introduction
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:

  • Change in government restrictions
  • COVID-19 community microgrants
  • Mental Health Awareness Week
  • Dying Matters Awareness Week
  • Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week
  • Mover&Shakers
  • COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant women
  • COVID-19 vaccine minibus
  • COVID-19 vaccine surveys
  • Cancer screening research

Change in government restrictions
Leeds will move into a new phase of relaxing lockdown restrictions next Monday. A number of changes will come into place, including:

  • Care home residents being allowed up to five named visitors, and more freedom for visits out of the home without having to self-isolate when they return.
  • People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors.
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors, with overnight stays allowed.
  • Pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants will be allowed to serve customers indoors.
  • Indoor entertainment, such as museums, cinemas and theatres can reopen, as can sports stadiums.
For a full breakdown of the changes, visit the government guidance here.
 While these changes are exciting, it is important we take this next step safely and cautiously.
 
Washing your hands regularly, wearing a face covering in enclosed areas, keeping a safe distance from others and taking advantage of regular community testing (you can order
here) remain important for staying safe. Please also take the vaccine when invited.

COVID-19 community microgrants
Microgrants of up to £1,000 are now available to help local groups share information around COVID-19 and the vaccine with their communities.
 
Working with Public Health colleagues and Leeds CCG, these trusted local voices will help build confidence in COVID-19 messaging, testing and the vaccine programme. They will also help colleagues better understand the barriers diverse communities across the city face in accessing accurate health information.
 
A part of
the COVID-19 Community Champions project, which is support by Leeds City Council, Voluntary Action Leeds, Forum Central and Hamara, you can read more about the grants here. Apply today!


Mental Health Awareness Weekplants on a window ledge
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, which is focusing this year on connecting with nature to support your mental wellbeing. The Mental Health Foundation has shared some fantastic tips for how to do this.

MindWell Leeds has been running a nature campaign all week, highlighting the different ways we can spend time with nature to boost our wellbeing. They have also been promoting different nature groups and activities you can join across Leeds, green spaces to visit and ways you can enjoy nature from home. You can find out more at their Connect with Nature webpage or by following them on Twitter.
Public Health colleagues have been working with Leeds City Council’s children’s directorate to promote support available for younger people. They have launched a fold-out leaflet detailing different routes to support as well as signs a younger person may need extra support, and are developing a number of
new youth-led mental health projects for the city.


Dying Matters Awareness Week
Matters in Leeds website image of a child and older person

The focus of this year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week has been the importance of being ‘in a good place to die’.
Dying Matters Leeds wants people of all ages to be in a good place to die – physically, emotionally and with the right care in place. Getting there means having some important conversations and taking some careful decisions.
 
Make sure that you and your loved ones are in a good place to die. Resources are available to support you in having these conversations, visit the Dying Matters Leeds website
here.


Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week

12.3 million people in the UK have an increased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, but for many there are steps they can take to reduce that risk.
 
Type 2 diabetes know your irsk
This week is Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week, which aims to raise awareness for the condition, how to prevent it and the at-risk groups. It also encourages individuals to check their own risk, which can be done using the fast and simple Diabetes UK risk tool here.


Movers&Shakers
A new project has launched to get Leeds moving again as the city eases out of lockdown.
 
Woman moving in a roomHarnessing people power to make Leeds the most active in the UK, anyone can be a Mover&Shaker – no lycra needed! The project is looking for people of all ages and fitness levels who know it feels good to be active and want to support others to move more.
 
Mover&Shakers will be supported to use their ideas, and their networks, to inspire others in Leeds to get active. This could be by simply sharing information or by creating new opportunities to move, like community litter picks, walking groups or dance classes.
 
If you are interested in becoming a Mover&Shaker, sign-up on
the Get Set Leeds website or email moverandshakers@touchstonesupport.org.uk.


COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant women
Pregnant women are now being advised to go for their COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as people of the same age or risk group.
 
You can book through 
the national booking service from 13 May and will be directed to vaccination centres offering Pfizer and Moderna in line with JCVI Guidance. You can also speak to your GP practice or maternity service if you have any questions about the coronavirus vaccine or can talk to a healthcare professional at your appointment.

COVID-19 vaccine minibus
The NHS, Leeds City Council and voluntary and community organisations have teamed up to provide a mobile vaccination service to try and encourage people to take up the vaccine.
 
Next week, the vaccination minibus will be at Leeds Grand Mosque from Tuesday 18 May to Friday 21 May (10am to 3pm). Those eligible for the vaccine will be able to get their first dose, with healthcare professionals on hand to answer questions about the vaccine.


People aged 38 and 39 now eligible
for Covid-19 vaccination


From 13 May, people aged 38 and 39 became eligible for a Covid vaccination.

People in that age group are being sent text messages that allow them to access the national booking service with further invitations to follow in the coming days and weeks. 

Text invitations appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’, including a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment. People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.

The move to the next age group comes alongside nearly three quarters of people aged between 40 and 49 having had their first dose, less than a fortnight after they were offered a vaccination.

In Leeds, since December, 376,305 people have  been vaccinated, with 184,140 (49%) of these having received both doses of the jab.

In total, 44 million people in England have now had at least one dose of the vaccine and are benefitting from the protection it offers against COVID-19.

Second doses remain a priority. It is vital everyone books in for their second jab to ensure they receive the maximum protection from coronavirus.


Cancer screening research
New members of staff called Screening and Awareness Co-ordinators are working with local GP practices in Leeds to address the low number of people in the city who get screened for cancer. A team of researchers are looking at the impact of this approach, and they need your help!
 
If you live in Leeds and have experience of breast, cervical or bowel cancer screening services, or would not usually go for screening, join the online workshop on 18 May (11:30am to 1pm). If you are interested in taking part, fill out their form
here.


Hospital with paused symbolPaused treatments
Has your health and care treatment been paused due to the Covid-19 Pandemic? 

Healthwatch Leeds want to hear from people who have had their treatment/appointment paused or experienced delays to their care for non-covid related conditions over the last year. Please take the survey here. 
 


Useful Contacts

  • 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 www.111.nhs.uk.
  • 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.
  • 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 https://leedswomensaid.co.uk/. 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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