Leeds Businesses Urged to Get Litter Picking

We recently received below from Forge Waste & Recycling, which may be of interest to you.

· Forge Waste & Recycling is supplying free litter picking kits to all interested businesses within their area of operation

· Forge Waste & Recycling is collecting the sacks of rubbish after the litter picking has taken place, free of charge

Forge Waste & Recycling has launched a litter picking campaign in Yorkshire, which encourages local businesses to make a positive impact in their local community.

Street cleansing costs UK taxpayers almost £1 billion per year in England alone, but it’s not just the public fund that is impacted; litter takes its toll on local business as well as mental health, community wellbeing, wildlife and the environment.

Forge Waste & Recycling will supply a litter picking kit to local businesses who request it, which is to include litter pickers, gloves and hi-vis bibs for each volunteer, as well as bags for the litter. The bags of litter will then be collected by Forge, free-of-charge.

MD of Forge Waste & Recycling, Harvey Mills said:

“Working in waste, we are passionate about litter. We have a ‘zero waste to landfill’ guarantee on waste we collect, and that is because we understand the devastation that waste can cause when left to its own devices. Litter not only looks ugly but it is really bad for local business, the environment, wild animals and human health.

“This campaign is an opportunity for businesses to easily organise a litter pick in their locality, clearing up unsightly mess, improving the look and feel of their local area, whilst also giving themselves bragging rights on their blogs and social media channels!”


Website: http://www.forgerecycling.co.uk/blog/community-litter-pick-yorkshire/


Leeds Homeshare

Leeds City Council has recently sent this, which may be of interest to you.

“A brief overview of the scheme is attached with our advert.

We are hoping that Homeshare may be a positive option for older people, particularly living alone, who are starting to struggle to live independently and are lonely or socially isolated and also offer an affordable accommodation options for younger people who are struggling to afford rents in the city. Homeshare is a great way of people coming together to give something of value, either accommodation or their time, whilst receiving something of value back. The ethos of Homeshare is of sharing lives and reciprocal support, very much about valuing what people have to offer. Website: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/homeshare

Kind Regards.”

Tribeca House, Leeds Shared Lives, Adult Social Care,
Leeds City Council
Central Mail Room, Westland Road.  LS11 5SB

Leeds drop in information and advice service for adults in Leeds with learning disabilities.

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People from Leeds with learning disabilities invited to attend new drop in information and advice service.

Through the Maze is an information advice and signposting service for adults with learning disabilities in Leeds. Through the Maze are start the year by inviting adults with learning disabilities from across Leeds to join them at their new drop in sessions.

If you have a learning disability or care for someone with a learning disability Through the Maze would like to invite you to join them on Monday afternoons between 1pm and 3pm.  You don’t need to book to come along, just turn up as the sessions are informal and relaxed.  To read more, please click here….Through the Maze Drop in Press Release

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Leeds Learning Disability Charity celebrates 20 years of success

ConnThrough The Maze Logoect in The North, a charity based on Balm Road in Hunslet is celebrating 20 years of creating change in Leeds this November. For the last 20 years the organisation has been working to enable people with learning difficulties to have the same opportunities and power in their lives as everyone else.

Over the years Connect in the North has run different projects in which people with learning difficulties have taken a lead, for example:

  • Making Your Days Better – a project that involved people with learning difficulties visiting alternatives to day services around the country. They wrote about what they’d learnt in a resource which was published by Pavilion and was a best seller.
  • Connect Work  – a project where people with learning difficulties first found out what training people with difficulties wanted personal assistants to have. They then developed and delivered training for personal assistants.
  • Developing the Building Our Power pack. Building Our Power is training to support the involvement of people with learning difficulties on governing bodies.

Company director Cathy Wintersgill said:

“We have seen a lot of changes over those 20 years – Meanwood Park Hospital finally closed down, more people getting the chance to choose who they live with, where they live and who supports them by using personal budgets and people with learning difficulties are now actively involved in planning services in Leeds.”

Connect in the North has played a part in these changes. With funding from the Leeds Joint Commissioning Service they run free training for people who work in Leeds. This supports the ongoing development and improvement of services for people with learning difficulties in the city.

Connect in the North’s directors, who all have learning difficulties, are involved in speaking out nationally through the Learning Disability Alliance. This is an alliance of individuals and organisations working closely with the National Forum (of people with learning difficulties) and the National Valuing Families Forum to promote the rights of people with learning difficulties.

“Connect in the North is a fantastic organization. We are a user led organization of people with learning difficulties, which is great because it gives people with learning difficulties control. It is a great organization to be part of. Over the years we have done many different things. ” said Vicky Hiles chair of Connect in the North and Board member since 2010.
Connect in the North also run ‘Through the Maze’ an information and signposting service for people with learning disabilities, careers and professionals. This information service helps people find activities, services and support they need to lead full lives and be part of their communities.

Notes to Editors:
Connect in the North is a centre for inclusive living led by people with learning difficulties. All our members and directors are people with learning difficulties. Connect in the North has its 20th birthday in November 2015.
We believe that people with learning difficulties should have the same rights, choices and opportunities as non-disabled people.

We work with individual people with learning difficulties supporting them to plan the life they want to lead with the support they need. We work with people moving from their parent’s home for the first time, people who want to return to Leeds after living elsewhere (at a residential college for example) and people wanting to move to have more control of their lives.

Connect in the North also provides training, often for support staff in using person centred thinking in their work. We also run training for people with learning difficulties for example our Streetwise course helps people with learning difficulties stay safe when they are out and about.
From 1st April 2015 we have been running Through the Maze, an information and signposting services for people with learning difficulties in Leeds.

Connect in the North is a charity and not-for-profit organisation.

[Press Release – Connect in the North ] Leeds Learning Disability Charity celebrates 20 years of success.

Cathy Wintersgill Director of Connect in the North

Cathy Wintersgill Director of Connect in the North

Vicky Hiles Director (Chair) Connect in the North

Vicky Hiles Director (Chair) Connect in the North