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Negotiated Stopping – Award winning way of getting beyond ‘No’

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By Helen Jones |  October 7, 2015 |

Leeds GATE are delighted to win the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Change Champion award from the Lloyds Bank Foundation in relation to our 'Negotiated Stopping' work. We want to thank colleagues across Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Police, local businesses, residents groups and communities, and our members of course for their part in this fantastic achievement!

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Job Advert – Community Archivist

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By Ellie Rogers |  September 29, 2015 |

Leeds GATE are really excited to announce a new vacancy for the position of Community Archivist. The role will work with a heritage collection at Leeds GATE to catalogue, preserve, grow and develop engagement. The role will work closely with Gypsy and Traveller people to increase access to heritage items which have often been kept in inaccessible locations.

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Leeds GATE aims to be a ‘healthy office’

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By Helen Jones |  September 11, 2015 |

Leeds GATE exercise walk beginsWe have launched a new campaign to be a healthy office!

In our health development work we are always encouraging community members to exercise.  We talk about the benefits it can bring to your mental as well as physical health. But, do we practice what we preach?!  As staff who work in largely desk based jobs we are aware how hard it can be to work exercise into your daily routine, especially during the working day, but its increasingly difficult to ignore evidence that sitting for too much of the day is really bad for you.  So, in order not to be hypocritical, and to improve our own working environment and wellbeing we are thinking about how to build healthy activities into our routines as a team.

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Could you evaluate our Social Media activity?

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By Helen Jones |  September 10, 2015 |

Leeds GATE social media activityLeeds GATE invests time into its website, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube accounts as part of our communication activity. We need to evaluate the effectiveness of our social media activity and seek recommendations for improvement.

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Dementia in Gypsy and Traveller communities

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By Helen Jones |  September 7, 2015 |

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Dr. Mary Tilki is working with Leeds GATE raising awareness and understanding of dementia

By Dr Mary Tilki

Although dementia is generally understood as an older age-related condition, and, Gypsies and Travellers generally have a very low life expectancy, there is growing evidence of dementia in these communities.  Gypsies and Travellers (referred to here as Travellers for brevity) are known to experience extremely poor health. The nature of these illnesses such as cardio-vascular disease, depression and anxiety has the potential to increase the risk of dementia.  Social factors related to the living conditions and experience of travelling people add to these risks and make it more difficult for people with memory loss to cope with the condition.  Similarly these matters impact on the ability of family and community to cope, although their willingness to do so is strong.

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