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Health Advocacy - saves money, changes lives

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By Ellie Rogers |  July 20, 2017 |

We are excited to share this learning from our recent Health Advocacy project. This reflective evaluation follows a formal evaluation and cost benefit analysis submitted to funders (South & East Leeds CCG) at the end of the project.

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Mary Street Residents Meet MP Imran Hussain

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By Helen Jones |  October 21, 2016 |

Last Friday a group of residents from Mary Street Caravan Site in Bradford visited MP for Bradford East Imran Hussain.

‘We had just had enough,’ said resident Ruth, ‘it didn’t matter what we did or said we were just being ignored, it felt like we didn’t have a voice’. A few months ago in total frustration residents rang Leeds GATE to see if we could help in any way.

GATE visited the site and together with residents made a short film which highlighted some of the issues faced by people living on the 28 pitch council site which is located in BD4.

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Tunnels and Bridges - Accessing GP surgeries

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By Ben Chastney |  June 22, 2016 |

Leeds GATE have been toying with a concept to explain access to services and thinking about how different routes to these work or don’t work.  We got thinking about this when doing ‘asset mapping’; looking at what assets our members have and how we might use these.  What becomes clear is that some paths are smooth and clear, such as to x and y, and we can call these roads.  Some of the roads are broken though, such as to health services, and here the tunnels and bridges come in as differing approaches to the problem.

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Getting things done – Self-advocacy and Gypsies & Travellers

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By Ben Chastney |  July 6, 2015 |

Self-advocacy and Gypsies and TravellersGATE helps people to help themselves.  That has always been one of our key values, though often easier to support in theory than apply in practice, particularly in relation to advocacy.  The temptation, or perhaps pressure, is to simply complete the task at hand.  Too often that means both advocate and member alike focus on completion of a single task, at the expense of building up longer term self-advocacy skills.  It is therefore so positive to see many examples recently that this is not always the case.

We have at GATE been seeing a number of instances of members doing things for themselves, with or without our prior support.

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As easy as ABCD! (Asset Based Community Development)

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By Helen Jones |  October 7, 2013 |

Asset Based Community DevelopmentFlourishing communities are those where everyone has someone to talk to, neighbours look out for each other, people have pride and satisfaction with where they live and feel able to influence decisions about their area. Residents are able to access green and open space, feel safe going out and there are places and opportunities that bring people together. –from A Glass Half Full – How an asset approach can improve community health and wellbeing (I&DEA)

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