The Tenfold Leeds Learning Disability Awards took place on Friday 22 June and what a night was had by all! 


More than 300 guests, including Emmerdale’s Gaynor Faye and Karen Blick, Leeds Rhinos and New Zealand international rugby league player Nathaniel Peteru, and the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, were in the Ballroom of the Queens Hotel to enjoy an inspirational evening that celebrated some of the amazing people who work across Leeds to improve the lives of learning disabled people.

The evening was hosted by Big Ian Donaghy, who then entertained the audience with his 10 piece band, HUGE, until the early hours.

The winners were:
Special awards

There were also two special surprise awards handed out on the night.

Adam Ogilvie received a Special Recognition Award, for leading the work of the Leeds Learning Disability Partnership Board for many years as its co-chair.

A Special Achievement Award was awarded to Leeds Mencap to mark the hard work and commitment that resulted in the new Vinery Centre as well as the work they have done with families and children in Leeds for more than 60 years.

Awards Photos

You can look at all the photographs taken by our official photographer, Paula from Ollievision, by visiting the Ollievision website.

When you get on the website you will need to click on Client Photos and then click on Tenfold Awards and enter the access code: smile18

Copies of the photos are also available to buy and download and cost £1 each for watermarked web versions and £2 each for hi-res versions.

No need to panic – we have decided to extend the deadline for the Tenfold Awards to ensure there are as many nominations as possible!

The final deadline for making nominations has been extended to Tuesday 17 April at 12 noon please don’t leave it too late because the judges will be meeting to decide the winners after this date.

Who will you nominate?

A nomination can someone’s day so please think about making a nomination for a person, team or project that you think deserves some recognition within the world of Learning Disability in Leeds.

Nominations are open across six categories:

  1. Volunteer of the Year – sponsored by Chadwick Lawrence
  2. Employee of the Year
  3. Team of the Year – sponsored by Woodrow Mercer Finance
  4. Making a Difference – sponsored by White Rose Shopping Centre
  5. Going the Extra Mile – sponsored by Reed Health & Care
  6. Tenfold member of the year

Please have a think and get your nominations in. All the nomination details are on the Tenfold website and the deadline has been extended to:

Tuesday 17 April – 12 noon. 

In addition to the six categories that are open to nominations we will also present the Outstanding Contribution Award – as chosen by the judges – and are delighted to have Victoria Gate Shopping Centre sponsoring this award.

Get your Tickets

To be there for the Awards Ceremony on Friday 22 June buy your tickets

We expect the event to sell out again this year so please buy early to avoid disappointment!

For your £40 ticket you will get a three course meal with wine and an inspiring, emotional and fun evening.

We are delighted to announce that the White Rose Shopping Centre is the first sponsor confirmed for the 2018 Tenfold Learning Disability Awards. White Rose have been a supporter of the awards since their inception, sponsoring an award in both 2013 and 2015. This year they are sponsoring the ‘Making a Difference’ category.


If you are interested in sponsoring this fantastic and inspiring event,  we would love to hear from you – please get in touch by emailing

By sponsoring the award your company can expect to: • sponsor an Award category and be invited to present the Award on the night • receive publicity on our website • have your involvement promoted within our social media campaign • have a featured advertisement in the Awards brochure on the night • be invited to join the judging panel, and • receive 2 free tickets for the Awards ceremony on 22 June 2018.

The third Tenfold Learning Disability Awards are taking place on Friday 22 June at the Queens Hotel Leeds.

The evening will include a drinks reception, three course meal and of course the presentations to the award winners. The evening will mark the end of Learning Disability Week 2018, where a wide range of events and activities are held to raise awareness of learning disability.

Nominations Open!

If you know someone who you think deserves recognition please think about making a nomination. Nominations are now open across six categories: Volunteer of the Year, Employee of the Year, Team of the Year, Making a Difference, Going the Extra Mile and Tenfold member of the year.

Go on make someone’s day by nominating them! The nomination deadline is Tuesday 3 April, 9am

See full nominations details

The Tenfold Learning Disability Awards are back for the third time in 2018!

The Awards ceremony is scheduled for Friday 22 June at the Queens Hotel Leeds. The evening will include a drinks reception, three course meal and of course the presentations to the award winners. The evening will mark the end of Learning Disability Week 2018, where a wide range of events and activities are held to raise awareness of learning disability.

Tenfold first held the Awards in 2013 because they wanted to recognise and celebrate the amazing work done in Leeds to support and improve the lives of people with learning disabilities. The event was a huge success and the Awards were held again in 2015.

The Tenfold Awards provide an exciting opportunity to commend some inspirational people and celebrate the work they do to support people with learning disabilities in Leeds. The Awards are open to everyone in Leeds including: people with a learning disability, Tenfold members, third sector organisations, the public, health, education and private sector.

Sponsorship has been secured in previous years from: White Rose Shopping Centre and Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre, both managed by Land Securities; Morrish Solicitors; Yorkshire Housing and Morrisons. For the 2018 event seven sponsorship packages are on offer. Tenfold is a registered charity and runs the event on a not-for-profit basis any money donated is used to directly fund the event and subsidise the cost of tickets for people with a learning disability to attend the prestigious evening. If you are interested in sponsoring the event we want to hear from you – please get in touch by emailing

If you know someone who you think deserves recognition please think about making a nomination. Nominations will open in January 2018 across six categories: Volunteer of the Year, Employee of the Year, Team of the Year, Making a Difference, Going the Extra Mile and Tenfold member of the year. Watch this space for full nominations details.

IMPORTANT | As a partner in Forum Central Tenfold now no longer updating this website ( For all the latest news, events and updates on health and care in Leeds please visit the Forum Central website.

About Forum Central
Forum Central is the health and social care third sector network for Leeds. Its work is delivered by the partnership of: Leeds Older People’s Forum, Physical and Sensory Impairment (PSI) Network, Tenfold (the Learning Disabilities Forum) and Volition (the Mental Health Forum).

Forum Central’s mission is to be the collective voice for the health and care third sector. The service is delivered with a focus on four specialist areas of learning disabilitiesmental healtholder people and physical and sensory impairment.

The combined membership stands at almost 300 third sector organisations working across Leeds – large and small. Membership is free and open to all third sector organisations working in health and social care in Leeds.

Are you aged 18-24 and interested in getting your voice heard as part of Leeds’ bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2023?

The Leeds European Capital of Culture 2023 bid is now looking to recruit more young people to their young people’s engagement group: THINKLeeds2023.

The role would include:

They are looking for a group of around 10 and the first meeting will be early May, details TBC.

In 2016, the engagement group for 2023, chaired by Nic Greenan, discussed the need for a young people’s voice within the bid book (which is the book Leeds will present to the judges of the 2023 competition).

A city-wide call out followed to select four young people between the age of 18 – 24 to take part in a trip to visit a city currently hosting European Capital of Culture. A group were selected and went on a three day trip to Aarhus in Denmark who are hosting European Capital of Culture in 2017.

On the group’s return they decided to name the group THINKLeeds2023: The Heart, Imagination, Narrative and Knowledge of Leeds.

Apply to be part of THINKLeeds2023
The group is now looking to recruit more young people to join them.

If you are keen to join the group can you please fill out the application form, available to download below, and send to Helen Taylor at or post to Helen Taylor, Arts Development, Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD by Friday 14 April, 5pm.

We’re really excited to inform you that we’ve recently made lots of changes to the training services that we can offer. We’ve also had a review of the training pages on our website and made them much easier for you to use, dividing the courses into handy, clickable sections.

With over 20 years experience of tackling Hate Crime, we can provide you with some of the best training available anywhere in the UK, we are confident that the training we give will give you some great benefits, such as:

To help you find the right training for your needs, we’ve divided our training into handy sections below where we feel the training is more relevant to a particular area or service, these are:

There’s also a section all about our Bespoke Training, where the team can alter the structure and content, or change the way we deliver the training, to meet your objectives and get the best outcomes for those attending the course.

To find out all about the new training courses offered and new categories we cover, just click here.

If you’d like to discuss your specific requirements, you’ll find a link to contact the relevant Stop Hate UK contact on the course page itself, or you can email or call 0113 293 5100.

N.B. We’ve a few dates left for our March training courses, but you need to contact us ASAP to avoid disappointment.

We hope you like the new courses we offer and the way we have divided them into new and easy to use categories.

Rose Simkins, Chief Executive, Stop Hate UK

Can you help us to show that the Third Sector provides services and support that reduce the need for acute care?

Lucy Jessop, a postgraduate student at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Sociological Studies, is currently on an internship with Forum Central to carry out research with the objective of showcasing the range health and care services provided by third sector organisations in Leeds.
Please send any information to support the research to or send it by post to:
Lucy Jessop, Forum Central, Joseph’s Well, Suite C24, Hanover Walk, Leeds LS3 1AB.

If you are interested in being profiled as a case study, and would like further information, please  get in touch at the email above. We will be happy to set up a phone call or a meeting to discuss how you can take part. Deadline: Please ensure that all submissions are made no later than Friday 24 March.

About the research
In the context of current health reforms, what is the role of third sector organisations in providing high-quality, cost-efficient services that reduce the need for acute care? We are seeking information from you, the experts in the provision of such services.
It is our aim is to produce a piece of in-depth research that collates and showcases the provision of health and care services by third sector organisations in Leeds. Specifically, the research will seek to demonstrate that there are well-evidenced benefits in commissioning third sector organisations to deliver such services, both in terms of cost-efficiency and the quality of service provision. Case studies, highlighting good practice in Leeds, will be situated within a broader review of evidence, drawn from local, national and international sources.
What you can do
We are looking for any information that you are willing to provide about the provision of such services in Leeds. If you are currently delivering a service that clearly has a demonstrable impact on the need for acute care, we would like to hear from you. Be profiled as a case study, or simply help us build a better picture of what Leeds offers in this area. We will be happy to receive this information in a variety of formats: reports, evaluations, project outlines, films, and any other you consider to be appropriate.
The research undertaken by Forum Central will be used to prove the benefit of commissioning third sector organisations to provide health and care services. The research will therefore form an integral base for strategic meetings with health partners – such as Clinical Commissioning Groups – and will serve to both profile the sector and ensure that good practice is recognised. As the research will be made publicly available, it can also be used as a strategic tool in the preparation of your own funding applications.

What next?
The research is due to be completed by the end of June 2017. The outcomes will initially be shared at a Health Leaders Network meeting, with the full report becoming available shortly after.

Thanks for your help – Lucy Jessop

Purple Patch Arts is launching a new Lifelong Learning Programme in Leeds for anyone 18+ with a Learning Disability.

Purple Patch Programmes:
• Reduce social isolation
• Increase the amount of exercise people do
• Develop communication skills
• Increase engagement with adult education
• Increase peoples sense of belonging
• Support progression into education and training

Cost: Two FREE taster sessions then £35 per day.
Where: The Vinery Centre, Leeds Mencap, 20 Vinery Terrace, Leeds, LS9 9LU.
When: Every Tuesday during term time, 10am – 3pm.

Places are filling up fast so please do get in contact with our Programmes Manager Bronia at or call 07725 041801 if you would like more information or to book a taster session.

Spring Term 2017 | 12 weeks
Term begins: Monday 9 January
Half Term Holiday: 20 – 24 February
Term ends: Friday 7 April

Summer Term 2017 | 12 weeks
Term begins: Monday 24 April 2017
Half Term Holiday: 29 May – 2 June 2017
Term ends: Friday 21 July 2017

Do you love being outdoors, watching things grow and getting a little messy? Then the Outside the Box Green Fingers Gardening Group is for you!

They will be sowing lots of vegetable and herb seeds to fill their newly acquired allotment beds at Ilkley Moor Vaults.

If you are interested or know someone who would like to join this group for adults with a learning disability please get in touch with Emma Rogerson the Outside the Box Arthouse manager on or 07443 654409


About Arthouse at Outside the Box
Outside the Box Arthouse Project was established in 2014 after the success of the Outside the Box café to offer fun and creative activities for adults and young people with a learning disability. The service continues to grow.

Outside the Box café
2 Bridge Lane
West Yorkshire
LS29 9HN

An introduction to the skills required to live a more independent life.

This Independent Living programme is designed to support members to develop transferable skills for increased independence and improve their knowledge of the key components required to be more self-reliant both at home and out in the community.

The 12 week programme will introduce members to the different areas involved in living more independently, giving them the chance to learn lots of new personal and practical skills including: housekeeping, cooking, healthy eating, budgeting, personal care and shopping and travelling, as well as the necessary social skills needed to help members feel more confident when out and about in their local area.

The programme will start on Friday 21 April and will run every Friday morning 9.30am-12.30pm for 12 weeks at Outside the Box in Ilkley.

Find out more
For more information or would like to join the programme please contact Emma at Outside the Box email or call 01943 431173


About Arthouse at Outside the Box
Outside the Box Arthouse Project was established in 2014 after the success of the Outside the Box café to offer fun and creative activities for adults and young people with a learning disability. The service continues to grow.

Outside the Box café
2 Bridge Lane
West Yorkshire
LS29 9HN

Specialist Autism Services have been providing autism awareness training to organisations for the past decade and are now excited to announce the training is now accredited by Certa, a national awarding body.

This means that the courses are now certified to comply with CPD (Continuing Professional Development) principles.

In line with this Specialist Autism Services are running a series of half day training courses that are perfect for health professionals, parents/carers and anybody who may work or come into contact with individuals with autism.

Dates for training start in March 2017 and more information can be found on the Specialist Autism Services website

Autism Gifts UK a new social enterprise, supported by Specialist Autism Services, has been launched. The new website sells a wide range of gifts for everyone and shopping with them supports people with autism.

The initiative has a range of aims as it grows: first and foremost all profits will be reinvested and used to fund the support of adults with autism across Yorkshire; secondly, as it expands (and gets busier!) it’s hoped opportunities to provide meaningful work experience opportunities for adults with autism will be created.

At some point the is aim to support individuals on the autistic spectrum with self-employment, providing them a platform to exhibit and sell their work – whether that’s their artwork, photography or writing.

To learn more and to shop the range of gifts visit

Thanks to the success of the 2016 pop ups the Joint Care Management Team for Learning Disability within Adult Social Care are inviting Tenfold members to showcase their services at Meet the Provider ‘Pop Up’ sessions throughout 2017.

It’s a great chance for you to meet and have an informal conversation with the Care Managers, ask any questions you might have, market your services and share your promotional literature, and generally establish better working relationships.

The sessions will run once a month on Wednesdays, 12.30pm – 2.00pm (this includes time to set-up), on the following dates:

Space is limited to 5 providers/organisations at each session. The sessions are hosted in the First Floor Conference Room at Technorth, 9 Harrogate Road, LS7 3NB.

If you want to book a place on one of these dates, please get in touch with us at and Tenfold will co-ordinate with the Care Management Team. It is possible to book more than one session during the year, priority will be given to organisations who have not attended before.

What will transform employment prospects for disabled people and people living with long-term conditions?

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department of Health want your views. They are consulting now.

The .gov website has copies of the Green Paper Work, health and disability green paper: improving lives available to download

The Department of Health website is hosting the consultation, it closes on 17 February 2017.

Responding for the Third Sector in Leeds
Forum Central is intending respond to the consultation, and we would be grateful for your views or information on the points below. Gill Crawshaw at Volition is coordinating a response, so if you have views to contribute please email them to Gill at by the end of January at the latest.

The Government need to understand why disabled people and people with health conditions might be unable to get a job or keep one, and to recognise the wide range of conditions and circumstances they face. They want to hear from:

What is your experience?
Third Sector organisations are often at the sharp edge of dealing with the negative effects of the government’s welfare reforms, so any comments that draw on your experience are welcomed.

The government sees the third sector as key partners in delivering the changes set out in the green paper, for example delivering services and support to help people return to work.

The green paper states, “Our goal is to extend the reach of Jobcentre Plus into third sector groups which are already well established”. The third sector is seen as ideally placed to provide mentoring and peer support activities, such as job clubs.

The government recognises that the Work Capability Assessment needs to change. Questions being asked include:


To respond directly to the consultation



The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England. We register, monitor and inspect services to make sure they provide safe, effective, compassionate, high quality care, and we encourage them to improve.

We will shortly be inspecting services provided by Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust at the end of January.

 The inspection will be focused on:

 Community services for adults

We would be interested to hear if your organisation has received any feedback about this Trust from the people / organisations you work with, and if you would be able to send out the attached poster to the members/users of your organisation, through any e-mail list, e-bulletin, newsletter and website you may have.

Additionally it would be much appreciated if you could forward this on to anyone you think may be interested.

If you have any questions or would like any more information then please let me know.

Samuel Wallace, Senior Regional Public Engagement and Involvement Officer
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
CQC | 151 Buckingham Palace Road | London | SW1W 9SZ
Tel: 07747455180
Web: | Twitter

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances we have to postpone the Tenfold AGM which was scheduled for Friday 2 December.

We apologise for this and hope to re-schedule the event with a Market Place in January 2017.

We will send out further details when we have set a new date.

Beat It Night started in 2013 and slowly expanded to four venues across West Yorkshire at Leeds, Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield.

Beat It Night is a monthly event for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health conditions to get together and just have some fun.

We wanted to run a night where anyone would feel welcome, where people could sit and chat or get up and have a boogie.

Where people could listen to live music, a place where artists would have an opportunity to showcase their talents, musicians, dancers, poets, a place where people could meet old friends and make new ones.

A night that felt like a celebration. Most important of all a safe environment where people can have fun.


Our Website –

Our Facebook page –

Our Beat It Night Page –

Contact details

Telephone 0142 2363 817 to book your ticket which saves you money! BOOKED PRICE £5 PER PERSON!


Earlier this month Anne-Marie Stewart joined the Four Forums Consortium as LGBT+ Community Development Worker.

Anne will be undertaking a four month project to map and consult with LGBT+ infrastructure and networks in Leeds.

The LGBT+ population

The LGBT+ population in Leeds is large, dynamic and active and while there is a wealth of activity in the city there is no dedicated community infrastructure that brings it all together.

Mapping LGBT+ communities in Leeds

Taking an asset based approach this project will map LGBT+ communities in Leeds with consideration of both formal and informal networks.

This research will help identify how issues, areas, communities and people can be better resourced, supported and connected.

Project Aims

This project aims to understand capacity in the city, how different communities and networks knit together, and how to build on existing assets.

This project also aims to build a better understanding of the challenges and exclusions facing LGBT+ people and communities’ in Leeds and to provide an evidence base for future action.

Project Engagement

This project will engage an intersectional approach to the work, recognising that identities are complex and people are often facing multiple challenges related to their gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class and health.

Inclusive and participatory

This project is particularly interested in ensuring that the voices of those who are often at the margins are brought to the centre of this work and that the project is inclusive and participatory.


This work is funded by Leeds City Council and supported by Leeds Community Foundation.

How to get in touch and get involved

We are in the process of recruiting a Steering Group to help guide this work, all applications are welcome. Please email me if you are interested.

If you have any questions or would like to be involved in this project please email me at

As part of celebrations for Leeds Trinity University’s 50th Anniversary year, we are presenting Trinity Talks; a series of high profile lectures from successful alumni and associates of the University.

A Life in Public Service

On Wednesday 23 November, we are privileged to welcome Dame Louise Casey DBE CB with her Trinity Talk, “A Life in Public Service”, that will reflect on her career in public service within national government, spanning nearly 20 years.

As a British government official working in social care, she will explore her work with social policy including homelessness, anti-social behaviour and troubled families.

The talk begins at 7.00pm, with refreshments and networking from 6.00pm.

Power to the Periphery

On Thursday 24 November, we are also delighted to welcome Ruth Ibegbuna; founder and CEO of RECLAIM – an award-winning leadership project that supports young people across Manchester from areas of social instability.

Named as Manchester Peace Activist of the Year 2008 and having received Women’s Award for Outstanding Contribution 2009, Ruth is an inspirational leader. In her lecture, she will talk about her belief that disenfranchised, marginalised youth can be encouraged to develop their own leadership skills for the benefit of their families, peer groups, communities and in the wider political landscape.

The talk begins at 5.00pm, with refreshments and networking afterwards.

Both engaging and inspiring speakers, Dame Louise and Ruth’s talks will be of interest to anyone involved with children, young people and families, social policy, communities, politics and government. Please feel free to circulate this invitation among your colleagues, partners and anyone you think might also be interested in attending.

Both events are free to attend, but please book your place through our website at

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Charlie Jackett, our 50th Anniversary Project Officer on 0113 283 7248 or

Kind Regards,

Professor Margaret A House


For more information and events, please visit our 50th Anniversary website.

Diverse Fest is a new ability performance festival in music, dance and drama, for those with learning difficulties/disabilities of all ages.  The event will take place on Saturday 14th January (12pm-8pm) in the Royal Hall at the Spa in Bridlington and we hope that it will become a yearly event.


Our aim is to create a fun, safe and inspiring event where people of all abilities can come together and showcase their talents.  We want the event to grow each year and to bring people together from all communities across the region to support one another and make new and lasting friendships.

The festival is being run jointly by volunteers from ‘We are Theatre’ and ‘The Den: Bridlington Inclusive Youth Theatre’, with support from East Riding Council, and we are keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved with helping in general with the festival, either before or on the day.

There is a small group of adults and youngsters with learning difficulties in Bridlington who are already helping with the festival and they’d love to hear from you.

We aim to have a range of stalls and activities during the non-performance times and organisations/groups are welcome to have a stall to publicise their work, sell items (no food products) to raise funds for themselves or even run some activities and showcase skills.

It is just £5 to have a stall and these can be booked through We are Theatre.   It would be great if you could pass on this information to any groups you know who may like to promote their work.

We will also be running a karaoke-type session, where people can bring their own CD and sing along to a song or two onstage using the microphone and sound system.  There will also be a disco to end the day.  An initial outline for the day is below, though this is subject to change depending upon the number of performance groups.

The event is free groups who perform and just £3 to anyone else.  The £3 covers access all day (come & go as you want) and is available in advance from The Spa (01262) 678258 or on the door, subject to availability.

There will be access to dressing rooms for all performance groups before and after their performance time and we have access to the venue from 9am on the day for any stallholders or anyone who may wish to come along earlier and see the space.

We will be using the floor space in the Royal Hall for the main performances which will allow for both a flexible performance and seating space.  In theory we could accommodate a performance in the round.  If this is something of interest to you, please let us know.

The stalls (and any activities) will be located around the edge of the Royal Hall and we anticipate keeping the stalls open during the performances, though the activities will stop during this time.

There is no parking onsite but stallholders can drive up to the back doors to load/unload and there is an area outside the main Spa entrance for groups to be dropped off/picked up from. There are a number of car parks and on street parking nearby.

We have an official poster with timings on and we would appreciate it if you’re able to help us spread the word.  The event is open to everyone and we are keen to promote a real community connection.

We have a Facebook page for the event ( and there is also a specific twitter account @diverse_fest as well as our account @wearetheatre

All performers will be issued with a specific timetable, performance slot and wristbands prior to the event.  All stall holders will have wrist bands allocated to them as well.

Any further questions, please contact Directors Charlotte or Donna at or telephone 07521 364107.



Social Group for Disabled People who live in North West Leeds

D.R.E.A.M. aims to reduce social isolation and maintain the independence of disabled people aged 18-65 who are living in North West Leeds.

Meetings are held every Monday 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Activities include:

Address: c/o St Johns Church Barcorft Grove Yeadon Leeds LS19 7XS
07708 245 425
Email Address:

Hilary Benn MP, visited Holbeck-based social enterprise, People Matters (Leeds) CIC recently, to find out about their new enterprise project Nourishing People, which trains people who live with a disadvantage and have little or no experience of work to manufacture and sell wholesome snacks.

The project is set to expand and start collaborating with Leeds City College in the New Year. Hilary met with some long-standing members as well as several directors to discuss the challenges of starting a new social enterprise and how this may become more difficult in the future following the release of draft guidance from the Charities’ Commission earlier this year.

Starting from January 2017, Nourishing People will be developing opportunities for young adults to train and gain work experience from a community venue. Chief Executive Tina Turnbull, said: “We know that many young adults find it difficult to find work when they have never worked, particularly if they have a disability.

This new project will mean we can support people through training and into employment who are struggling to manage this step on their own. As People Matters is a member led social enterprise we already offer social, learning and support activities now it’s time for us to address work opportunities too”. Only 7.5% of people with a learning disability work and 15% of people with autism but many more (65%) want to.

It is this disparity which People Matters is aiming to combat as part of the new Nourishing People Project. Members in the pilot project working with Tina have already developed a range of snacks and a new brand. They have also conducted a sales trial and worked on a business plan. Now it’s time for financial investment and a new member of staff to lead the venture.

The group talked to Hilary about what life is like as an MP as well as the problems People Matters members are facing in Leeds. From the bedroom tax, DLA and the PIP claim process to even having instances where People Matters members have had to resort to using a food bank. In talking about his role as an MP Hilary touched on his views about Brexit and how although he had put considerable effort into the Remain campaign.

He was clear about the need to support the results of the referendum whilst making sure that the interests of his Leeds Central constituency were not adversely affected. Given his new role of leading the new cross-party select committee on Brexit the group were very interested to hear his views.

After presenting Hilary with a gift box of snacks the group discussed that starting a social enterprise can be hard, particularly to find start up finance. Recent Charities Commission draft guidance promises to make this even more difficult, banning Charitable Trusts from granting funds to social enterprises to cover core costs. Cllr Alex Sobel who was also present in his role from Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber offered to discuss investment options to support the project.

For more information on joining or supporting the group or how to purchase from the snack range please contact or tel: 0113 2346896

“Using the Care Act to get the right support” is a new short film made by the Family Carer Support Service (FCSS).

in the film are:

  1. Has the Care Act really changed anything?
  2. How do you use the Care Act to challenge decisions?
  3. How do carers benefit the most from the new Care Act?
  4. the Care Act and rights to Independent Advocacy.
  5. the Care Act, Personal Budgets and Direct Payments.

You can view the film at this link:

Are you aged between 19 and 23 and have learning disabilities?

Would you like the opportunity to develop employment skills while you are inside a business?

People Matters and Leeds City College are working together to provide supported internships working at a social enterprise which makes and sells snacks to businesses and the public in Leeds.

You would be a Leeds City College student but gain extended work experience at the People Matters social enterprise which is based in Holbeck.

You would be supported by a job coach and gain skills which will help you find work in both shops and other businesses.

Skills you will gain include, enterprise, customer service, sales promotion, food hygiene, stock control, independent travel, money handling, product design, production and quality control.

Please contact: Julie Sinclair or Sarah Young for further Information: (tel: 0782 7977924) (tel: 0113 284 6676)

Purple Patch Arts are launching a brand new Lifelong Learning Programme in Leeds for anyone 18+ with a Learning Disability!

Where: The Vinery Centre, Leeds Mencap, 20 Vinery Terrace, Leeds, LS9 9LU.

When: Every Tuesday during term time starting from 8th November 2016.

Time: 10am until 3pm.

Cost: FREE until Christmas, usual cost of programme £35 per day.

Purple Patch Programmes:

• Reduce social isolation
• Increase the amount of exercise people do
• Develop communication skills
• Increase engagement with adult education
• Increase peoples sense of belonging
• Support progression into education and training

Places are filling up fast so please do get in contact with our Programmes Manager Bronia at 041801 if you would like more information or to book a taster session.

Research capacity available that informs focus or evidences impact in your Third Sector organisation.

The TYPE of RESEARCH that can be done is pretty broad and the FOCUS of the RESEARCH is fairly flexible.

It has to involve individuals or communities in Leeds and it has to be a contemporary study; something that is happening now, not a desk based piece of research in to things that have happened in the past.

The objective is that it will help your organisation shape future focus and actions.

The research/work must be CONDUCTED between FEBRUARY and APRIL 2017 and will be carried out by Year 2 Sociology in Action students at the University of Leeds, with support from Graduate trainees working for Leeds City Council.

They will be able to offer a minimum of 50 hours work with your organisation.

The focus of the research is up to you. Together with the students, the LCC Graduate and colleagues from the University of Leeds and the Council, you will work out what type of research will be appropriate to deliver what you need and want.

You will need to register your interest in this opportunity by 14 November. Register your Interest by sending an email to Amelia Gunn: a couple of lines saying what you want to do is all that is required at this point.

If you have any queries contact Amelia or Pat Fairfax:

It may be that you or other organisations come up with ideas for research which don’t fit with this programme, but we are working with colleagues at the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett through the Leeds Academic Collaboration with the Third Sector, who have offered to pass ideas and proposals on to other more appropriate colleagues and programmes where these can be identified.


Welcome to the October update from Forum Central – the Third Sector network for Health and Care. Below you will find an update on some of our work as well as key dates for your diary.

Health and social care

Sustainability and Transformation Plan  
Ensuring the voice of the sector is heard in the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Leeds continues to be a priority, and we are supporting members to be involved in all the key discussions around data, digital, ways in which health and care services “work with” people and how the third sector gets involved at a West Yorkshire level too.

For example, Forum Central members are working with workforce leaders in the city to support them to understand what the third sector needs are and could be in a new health and care landscape. Members have recently taken up roles on the key workforce boards as below:

Leaders Network  
To support and lead all our work we have developed a Leaders Network, made up of Chief Execs and senior leaders from across the health and care third sector.

Led by the Leaders Network, we are currently developing a strategic plan for the health and care third sector, which will support partners to understand what the third sector does, what it could do in a new health and care landscape and how the city can enable and support this.

Don’t miss the next Leaders Network meeting on Thursday 10 November, 10am – 12 noon, when the draft strategic plan will be on the agenda as well an opportunity to meet and hear from Cllr Charlwood, new Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board.

Membership of the Leaders Network is open to all third sector health and care senior leaders, with 70 leaders already signed up. To join please email us at or call us on 0113 242 1321.

Health and Social Care Provider Network  
Aside to the STP work we are also engaged in strategic groups across Leeds, including the Health and Social Care Provider Network which was established following publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View.

The purpose of this Network is to consider how local provider organisations respond to the proposals of the Five Year Forward View, working closely with other partners/key stakeholders.

Third Sector Representative  
A third sector representative opportunity became available, and we successfully recruited Carol Burns from Moor Allerton Elderly Care and Heather O’Donnell from Age UK Leeds, who will fulfill this on a rotational basis.

Once Carol and Heather have had a chance to have their induction and attend their first meeting, we will start feeding back on this area of work.

Tenfold – Learning Disability  

Leeds and York NHS Partnership Foundation Trust Review of Learning Disability Services
Throughout the summer we have been involved in the Leeds and York NHS Partnership Foundation Trust Review of Learning Disability Services, sitting on the Review Board.

Services under review include dietary, psychology and psychiatry, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy.

Learning disabled people and their carers have been consulted with as part of the review, and we have arranged a workshop for the third sector to have their say on Tuesday 18 October, 1.00 – 2.30 pm at The Vinery Centre, LS9 9LU.

The outcomes of the review will be available at the end of the year, but we would like as many members to be part of this workshop as possible – get in touch with Kath at

We have also been hearing some sad tales about the implementation of the new Fairer Charging Policy, and especially how it is affecting some service users in an adverse way.

Tenfold Members Meet Up  
In light of this, and to help our members understand the process better, so that they can support people with a learning disability, we have arranged a Tenfold Members Meet Up onTuesday 15 November, 10 am – 12 noon.

A member of the Council’s Finance Assessment and Benefits Team will be on hand to explain the process in more detail and to answer any questions. We will also be joined by Janet Wright, who will give an update on the finance situation for Learning Disability Services. More details coming soon on the website and in our e-bulletin.

‘Pop Up’ Session
Finally, there will be another ‘Pop Up’ Session with the Learning Disability Care Managers Team on Tuesday 25 October, 12.30 – 2pm at Technorth.

These sessions have proved to be popular and spaces are limited, so please get in touch with Kath on 0757 695 2527 if you would like to secure a place for your organisation.

Volition – Mental health

Mental Health Framework
This is an important next phase for the Mental Health Framework in Leeds, and the priority work that has focused on better information, crisis, support to families and children and mental health services in the community. The framework is moving from development into implementation, and Volition member representatives are ensuring the third sector continues to influence and be an integral part of this.

One of the priorities, better information about mental health, is going live today with the launch of MindWell – the new mental health information portal for Leeds.

MindWell is a new resource designed for everyone in Leeds to understand mental health, find out tools and techniques about staying well, and signposting people where to go when they need help. The site will continue to develop over the next 12 months and beyond.

We will be sending out information about this to all Forum Central members, with information about linking MindWell to members’ websites.

Click here to see it in action

Members Meet
Within the city, the Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust also have a new Chief Executive, Dr Sara Munro. We have invited Sara to come and meet with members at the nextVolition Members Event on Monday 14 November, 1.30-4pm at The Vinery Centre.

There will also be an update on the latest strategic developments in mental health, as well as an opportunity to feed into the latest mental health needs assessment. Email us at to book a place.

World Mental Health Day – 10 October
It is also World Mental Health Day this week with numerous activities happening with our members in Leeds to mark this, click here to find out more. Within the Forum Central office, we will be holding a week-long series of lunchtime activities designed to help us take a moment and stay resilient within our own busy office working environment.

LOPF – Older People

International Day of Older People (IDOP) 2016 has been one of the main focus areas recently with eighteen local organisations in Leeds being awarded grants of up to £200 to stage community events. Staff members from LOPF are attending some of these events and we will be producing an online report by late October/early November.

We are also in the early planning stages of an update to the 2014 publication “Generations Together in Leeds” which highlighted some of the excellent inter-generational work being carried out in Leeds.

Any organisations doing inter-generational work who would like to possibly be featured in the updated version should contact Sean Tunnicliffe at ring (0113) 244 1697.

Leeds Transport Conversation
We have been working closely with Leeds City Council on the Leeds Transport Conversation concerning future bus and travel strategies in the city and will be involved in running two workshops with LOPF member organisations.

Homeshare Pilot Scheme
We have been working in partnership with Leeds City Council, St Anne’s Community Services and Care and Repair (Leeds) on a homeshare pilot scheme funded by the Big Lottery.

The scheme was launched in August 2016 and will carefully match an older Householder with a room to spare with a younger person, who will provide an agreed amount of support to the Householder and receive affordable accommodation.

Housing Strategy for Older People
Leeds Older People’s Forum and Leeds City Council are working in partnership to produce a Housing Strategy for Older People which will help them to live independently in their own homes and communities wherever possible or to make a planned move into an alternative home suitable to their needs.

PSI Network – Physical and Sensory Impairment

The PSI Network continues to develop as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), and is pleased to announce the addition of two more trustees to the board, starting from the October meeting.

The Network itself currently stands at 34 members, meaning a stronger voice for organisations working with physical and sensory impairments across Leeds. More members are welcome, so third sector organisations that work with and support disabled people should get in touch with Gill Crawshaw:

Public Transport
One issue that’s often raised by disabled people is frustrations with public transport, so we were pleased to promote the consultations going on across Leeds and West Yorkshire.

PSI & Tenfold Workshop
On 7 September the PSI Network and Tenfold hosted a workshop for members about the West Yorkshire Bus Strategy and the bigger Transport Plan, along with Leeds City Council’s transport conversation.

There was representation from organisations across the third sector, including a mix of people with physical and sensory impairments and learning disabilities. We were also joined by colleagues from Leeds City Council’s Transport Team and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Team.

The workshop was a chance for people who use services and organisations representing people with physical and sensory impairments and learning disabilities to contribute to these important plans for the city of Leeds.

It was an interactive session and the people writing the plans went away with lots of information about what needed to change and real life examples of where things were working well, or needed to improve.

It was a good workshop and we are confident that the points raised in it will be taken on board, fed in to the wider debate and have a positive impact on the changes that need to be made.

West Yorkshire Transport and Bus Strategy consultation
The West Yorkshire Transport and Bus Strategy consultation goes on until 21 October. Information about this can be found here online at

Working together

We have received funding for a LGBT+ Community Development Worker for 35 hours per week on a four months fixed term and LOPF are currently in the process of recruiting for this post.

The Community Development Worker will undertake a short intensive period of exploratory work from which further LGBT+ community development will grow. More on this shortly.

And finally…

You might have noticed a few differences in this Forum Central update. Did you spot the new logo? We’ll be using this on our upcoming website and publications.

You might also have seen the new email addresses, all ending You can still email us at our old addresses – we will get your messages. For general queries, you can now email

You can now find Forum Central on Twitter: @MyForumCentral. We’ll be tweeting from this week, so please come and follow us!

There will be lots more going on over the next month. We’ll be progressing with our upcoming website, getting our new logo out for everyone to see, making sure everyone knows our email addresses, and working on using one mailing list.

Watch out for our next update in November.


DALES runs a group for adults with sensory impairments including: deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and learning disability. (more…)

How time flies! We’re already in to August, so we thought it was timely to give you a quick Forum Central update.

As the Third Sector voice for Health and Care we’ve been busy supporting all our members across Leeds Older People’s Forum, PSI Network, Tenfold, and Volition.

Forum Central latest
Since we started our new role as Forum Central, there has been a lot going on in the world of health and care at a strategic level. We have supported Kerry Jackson, the new Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board representative, ensure the third sector has a voice in this group.

As Forum Central members you will have received our email updates on the STP (Sustainability and Transformation Plan) and we have also recently launched the Health and Social care leaders network – you are welcomed to get involved and have your voice heard in these important discussions.

We are pleased to now have Forum Central website holding page available visit it at:

Watch out for the Forum Central logo coming soon and we will be changing to use Forum Central email addresses in the near future. Keep an eye out for the announcement and details on this!

Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF)
Leeds Older People’s Forum held their AGM on Thursday 21 July, which was attended by 109 people, a mix of third sector and statutory sector workers and older people. Main speakers were Cath Roff, Director of Adult Social Care, Leeds City Council and Claire Turner, Interim Director of Evidence, Centre for Ageing Better. Kerry Edwards, Chief Executive of St Gemma’s also spoke briefly about her new role as Third Sector Rep for the city’s Health and Wellbeing Board

Find out more about LOPFs year in the LOPF Annual Report 2016

The International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) 2016 Community Grants have been allocated. Sixteen organisations have been awarded grants of up to £200 to celebrate IDOP between 29 September and 10 October. Some of these events are open to the public look out for details. The International Day of Older Persons was set up by the United Nations in 1990 and is celebrated worldwide on 1 October every year.

PSI Network
The PSI Network held its first meeting as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in June. 40 people representing 21 third sector disability organisations attended. Updates from Sinead Cregan, Adult Social Care Commissioning Manager and about the Forum Central partnership were followed by a chance to discuss ideas for the PSI Network’s work plan. The need to network and to better understand the range of third sector services for disabled people came through as top priorities. But action is also needed on issues including employment, social isolation and carers.

Since then, the PSI Network has been busy recruiting new members – more are welcome! Third sector organisations that work with and support disabled people should get in touch with Gill Crawshaw – email

As part of this year’s action packed Leeds Learning Disability Week, Tenfold hosted the Get Connected! Market Place event, held at West Yorkshire Playhouse. It was an amazing day with over 60 stallholders and an estimated 500 people attending the event. From the second the doors opened at 10am there was a huge buzz and energy, and the Playhouse was thronging with people all day.

The event hosted a number of pop-up activities, saw the launch of the Safe Places app and included this year’s Partnership Board AGM, with speakers representing strategy leads (Being Safe, Being Well and Being Connected), presenting highlights of the year’s achievement in the world of learning disability.

“I can’t believe how busy it’s been – we’ve never stopped talking to people all day!” 3rd sector stall holder

Volition members continue to be involved in all the development work going on to improve mental health services in Leeds. The work on the four priorities, led by Leeds North CCG is entering the next phase and Volition are keen to support the strong leadership we have in the city on mental health to continue.

There has been much work led by mHabitat, and funded by the Leeds CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups), to develop a new mental health information portal: Mindwell. The website aims to provide better information about mental health and the services on offer in Leeds – look out for opportunities to get involved.

And finally, date for the diary: 14 September, is the Volition AGM, all members are welcome invitations and more details coming soon.

Keeping you in the loop
We want to keep you in the loop about what is happening with Forum Central, and hope you have found this update useful. If you have any suggestions or queries, please let us know.
Get in touch by contacting us on the Forum Central main number 0113 242 1321 or email us at

Time to Shine is seeking a delivery partner to help gain a better understanding of how many older learning disabled people are experiencing social isolation in Leeds. They want to know what the barriers are for them in developing meaningful social relationships and how they would like to tackle their isolation and loneliness.

The project is being commissioned between now and September.

If you have any questions please contact Rachel Koivunen: or 0113 244 1697

Project Specification

The overall aim of the Learning Disability Community Development Project is to find socially isolated learning disabled seniors and work with them to improve their quality of life and reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. £70,000 is available over 3 years for delivery.

The Project will have two stages:

For more details download the Learning Disability Community Development Project Specification (pdf)

The exact number of older people (50+) living with a learning disability in Leeds is unknown. In 2014, almost 2,500 people 65 and older in Leeds were estimated to have a learning disability. With increases in life expectancy, the numbers are expected to grow by 26% by 2025.

Application Process
Please complete an return applications to by 5pm on Wednesday 7 September 2016.

The application process has been designed to help bidders develop their ideas and show how the suggested project will reach the most socially isolated older learning disabled people in Leeds.

Applications will be scored and applicants must score a minimum of 60% of the overall quality points available (i.e. 60 points out of 100). Applicants who do not meet this minimum threshold will be automatically eliminated from the process and not invited to the discussion.

The application form is available to download below and from the Time to Shine website

About Time to Shine

Time to Shine is a Big Lottery funded programme managed by Leeds Older People’s Forum to tackle loneliness and social isolation. The project is funded for six years through the National Lottery’s Ageing Better programme. Ageing Better is one of Big Lottery’s strategic investments.

The Time to Shine programme aims to ensure that loneliness isn’t an inevitable part of ageing and that through a test and learn approach we have evidence of the models which work in tackling and preventing loneliness in older people.

To find out more visit:

Forum Central is pleased to announce that Kerry Jackson is the third sector’s new Health and Wellbeing Board Representative.

Kerry is the Chief Executive of St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds, a community based charity providing expert palliative and end of life care to individuals with terminal illness and support for their families.

Kerry’s excellent strategic leadership skills, experience of representing the sector and working in a challenging and complex environment, and great interpersonal skills made her an ideal candidate for the role. She is committed to supporting improvements in health and wellbeing across whole systems, and sees the role as being a way to influence positive change by providing a voice for the third sector.

The Health and Wellbeing Board
The Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board is the key body overseeing improvements in health care, working towards improving the health of all people in Leeds, especially the poorest.

Kerry said:

“I am delighted to be appointed to this role and look forward to working with Forum Central and fellow third sector organisations to influence positive change for our communities.”

Forum Central – the single health and social care forum in Leeds – has been up and running for just over a month, and we want to let you know what we have been up to.

Hopefully you won’t have noticed any big changes to the services we provide, but behind the scenes we have been working hard to streamline and develop our joint approach across Volition, Tenfold, Leeds Older People’s Forum and the PSI Network.

We’ve been developing new shared systems and processes, looking at everything from our internal and external communications, IT systems, shaping the office culture and working out how our Board members are engaged in the governance of Forum Central. We are also working with our commissioners to develop a streamlined approach to monitoring.

As soon as we can we will have a new Forum Central brand, including a logo, and a website, which will make finding anything to do with the health and social care agenda in Leeds easier to find and be accessible anywhere as we plan to make the site mobile friendly. We will keep you posted!

Health and Wellbeing Board Representative
One of the key things we have already done is to recruit to the new third sector representative position on the Health and Wellbeing Board. There was a lot of interest in this strategic position for the sector, we are now meeting short-listed candidates, so look out for the announcement about who is successful soon.

Physical & Sensory Impairment (PSI) Network
Forum Central has been supporting the PSI Board to develop a new work-plan. One of the first tasks is an event for third sector disability organisations taking place on Monday 6 Juneplease book and find out more here

Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF)
Leeds Older People’s Forum and the Time to Shine Team had a celebratory event on 4 May at West Yorkshire Playhouse to mark the first birthday of the Time to Shine programme, and they also hosted a half-day event on consortia development at the request of a number of member organisations.

Coming soon from LOPF is the launch of International Day of Older People 2016 small grants, and their AGM on Thursday 21 July.

Tenfold supported the Leeds Learning Disability Partnership Board, and was a delivery partner in a big cross-partner event looking at employment, social opportunities and supporting friendships and transport issues for people with a learning disability.

For Learning Disability Week Tenfold is hosting a massive Market Place event called Get Connected! on Tuesday 21 June at West Yorkshire Playhouse – for more information and book a stall visit the event page

Volition has delivered a Crisis in Mental Health workshop, which brought together 50 member organisations all supporting people in Leeds to prevent mental health crises to influence the ongoing development of mental health services in Leeds. As lead partner for the new contract they are busy keeping on top of developing the new work arrangements.

Other events that you might want to make a note of include: a mini-briefing and scoping session looking at the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Leeds and West Yorkshire on Friday 20 May.

At this meeting there will be an overview of what the STP is but then a discussion around what are the third sector solutions to many of the challenges that the health system is facing, how could the third sector deliver the outcomes that a new health system needs etc. To book a place, please email:

Keeping you in the loop
We want to keep you, our members, in the loop about what is happening with Forum Central, and hope you have found this update useful. If you have any suggestions or queries, please let us know.

Get in touch by contacting either Tenfold, LOPF or Volition – or call us on the Forum Central main number 0113 242 1321.

The Stop Learning Disability Hate Crime Helpline is now available throughout West Yorkshire following funding from the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioners Safer Communities fund.

Provided by Stop Hate UK the service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is available for anyone who is affected by, or witnesses Learning Disability hostility to report incidents, where they will be provided with advice and support from our trained helpline operators.

Call 0808 802 1155

anytime, any day

Service users will also be offered the opportunity for onward referrals to partner agencies (where service users give consent to referrals) and the support of our own Hate Crime Advocate. For those people who do not wish to provide their personal details, anonymous reports can be made via the service.

Download a promotional poster below.

A new third sector representative is being sought to sit on the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board. The Health and Wellbeing Board is the strategic health and social care board in Leeds, which brings together leaders and influencers to provide strategic direction to health and care in Leeds.

An important role of Forum Central is to support the third sector representative on the Health and Wellbeing Board. Heather O’Donnell from Age UK Leeds has been fulfilling this role for the past 9 months but this was a temporary arrangement and we are now recruiting for a new person to take up this important position.

The role is open to Chief Executives, trustees or people in a senior management position within any third sector organisation that is a member of Forum Central (Tenfold, Leeds Older People’s Forum, Volition and the PSI Network) or Young Lives Leeds.

Find out more
If you would like more information about this important role, please contact us on 0113 242 1321 or come along to an informal open event in our office space, Suite C24, Joseph’s Well, Hanover Walk, LS3 1AB between 1pm and 3pm on Thursday 28 April.

For application details please download the supporting information:

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Wednesday 4 May and please return applications to

Entries are invited for the Leeds Learning Disability Week 2016 Photography Competition.

The competition celebrates the diversity of Learning Disability and encourages people with learning disabilities to show us what matters to them about their lives.

This year entries can be made under the 3 categories:

  1. Get Me?
    This category only includes pictures of someone with a learning disability, entered in their name, taken by them (a selfie) or somebody else.
  2. Artistic and creative
    In this category the photo must be taken by someone with a learning disability.
  3. Outdoors and nature
    In this category the photo must be taken by someone with a learning disability.

All photos should be sent by email to

Entries are being displayed within the Leeds Learning Disability Facebook page where you can also find photos from previous years.

“There is a lot that you can say with a photo, even if you can’t say it using words.”

For a competition flyer with more details of the rules please see below. Deadline: 1 June

We have some exciting news: the new single health and social care contract begins from 1 April 2016, we are pleased to let you know this will be delivered using the new name: Forum Central.

The new name will brand the work Volition, Tenfold, Leeds Older People’s Forum and PSI Network delivered under the new contract. The vision of Forum Central is: a better quality of life for people in Leeds and our mission is: to be a collective voice for the health and social care third sector

We are based under one roof at Joseph’s Well. To get in touch by phone you can use this number 0113 242 1321 and we are working towards other shared communications and marketing output.

Forum Central welcomes all our member organisations and we look forward to working with everyone in a more inclusive way. Watch this space for next steps!

A co-produced strategy – written by you

Leeds is bidding to become European Capital of Culture 2023 to make this possible the city needs to have an up to date Culture Strategy.

The competition offers Leeds a timely opportunity to review and update its existing, and somewhat dated Culture Strategy. To make this happen Leeds City Council wants to find groups, meetings, events, workshops and more to attend and talk about what a Culture Strategy could, should and would do for Leeds.

If you can find a space for them in your agendas or spare half an hour to tell them what you value and want to add your two penneth then please get in touch with Kat Handy at

Keep posted on the progress of the Culture Strategy and the bid at

Supported Internships are a new option for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities to get help into work. To find out more watch the video (above)

It’s free for employers to get involved in the programme and help is provided with funding and practical support.

Find out more by emailing: or visit

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund is open for a new round of grant applications.

The grants are provided using money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act within West Yorkshire. Local organisations and groups can apply for up to £5,000. Around £130,000 has been made available for this round of grants.

Grants are awarded in line with the priorities set out in the Police and Crime plan:

Bids close: 15 April 2016
Fund Awarded: 23 June 2016

How to Apply
Applications to the Safer Communities Fund can be made on-line or downloaded from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website.

If you’d like further information, please get in touch with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office

Phone: 01924 294000 (please leave a message and they will get back to you)


So far, over £1.2million has been given to 274 groups across West Yorkshire, and a recent review has shown that every council ward in the county has been impacted by the Safer Communities Fund!

Healthwatch Leeds has launched a new project aimed at getting feedback from service users about their experiences of using health and care services in Leeds. If you:

This is chance to provide feedback.

Let Take 10 Project Worker Jessica Duffy tell you more:

“Hello, my name is Jessica Duffy and I am the new Take 10 Project Worker. My job is to tell people all about the Healthwatch Leeds Take 10 Project and encourage you all to take part.

Take 10 is an opportunity for individuals, groups and organisations to take 10 minutes to share what works and what could be improved in your interactions with health and care services. Healthwatch can then take this information to the people who buy and deliver services in Leeds, to influence the way services are delivered.

You can take part in Take 10 by registering on the Healthwatch Leeds website, but if your group would like to know more about it first, that’s what I’m here for.  I can come along to one of your group meetings and tell you more about what Take 10 is and how you can get involved.

I’m only here for 6 months, so please get in touch as soon as you can – you can call me on 0113 898 0035, or email me at

My usual working days are Wednesday to Friday but I can be flexible so if your team or group meet on other days of the week or in the evening I’m happy fit around you”

Celebrating The Life Experiences Of People Who Have Learning Disabilities & Autism in photographs.

Until 10 April the National Media Museum in Bradford is hosting a free exhibition of photographs from the Great Interactions book by Polly Braden.

Photographer Polly Braden has spent the past two years working with some of those supported by the charity MacIntyre, capturing everyday moments, achievements and milestones. The subject is complex but the aim is simple: to highlight everyday interactions and life-changing experiences.

Polly’s photographs show the barriers faced in simply trying to have fair opportunities in life, but they are also inspiring. They are filled with moments that would have once seemed difficult – from finding employment and using public transport to gaining a measure of independence, graduating from high school and getting married.

Be part of it and win prizes

You are invited to share photographs of your own lives, using the hashtag #greatinteractions.

Upload images with people that are important in your lives celebrating the great interactions which enable people with a learning disability and autism to live the life they want.  You can do this using Instagram, Twitter or by uploading your image to the Great Interactions Facebook group.

Please also share your comments, either about the ‘Great Interactions’ photographs or about your own experiences of learning disabilities and autism – what are the little moments and experiences that mean something to you?

The aim is to highlight the lives of people with learning disabilities and autism, but photographs from all people are being accepted because its these small moments of meaning help us to understand what connects us.

All photos uploaded using the hashtag #greatinteractions will be entered into a random draw to win a range of prizes including: an Instax Mini 8 Polaroid camera, four copies of the Great Interactions book and four cinema tickets for the Picturehouse at National Media Museum.

Find out more at:

Nourishing People is a new natural snacks social enterprise promoting learning and employment for people with disabilities – launching soon!

The idea is being developed by, Tenfold member, People Matters CIC an organisation supporting people with learning disabilities. They are doing some market research for their new social enterprise: Nourishing People.

Give Your Views

What snacks appeal to you and which don’t?

Please help by completing a short survey to share your views and help make the new venture right.

The quick survey is at

It takes under 5 mins to do.

Please share with your contacts too so as much feedback can be collected as possible. Thank you very much for your help 🙂

Why is this important?
In Leeds people with hidden disabilities find it very difficult to find work. Only 7.5% of those with learning disabilites work. For those on the autistic spectrum its thought to be around 15%.

National programmes aren’t as yet seeing the success needed in Leeds. At People Matters are member led and people want to help themselves, learn and gain experience for their CV and then be supported to find employment elsewhere. This social enterprise needs to be something big for Leeds, our goal is to support 200 people by 2020, more if possible.

Want to get involved?
People Matters is collecting contact details of people and organisations who want to do more. Could you be involved in a focus group or maybe your work place could be a pilot sales site (this doesn’t involve any financial commitment). Interested – Let them know at the end of the survey.

Follow @Nourishpeople

Time for Change: The Challenge Ahead

May 2016 will mark the 5th anniversary of the Panorama programme which exposed abuse and neglect at Winterbourne View Hospital.

The new report calls on the government to appoint a Learning Disabilities Commissioner and says that the challenges of reforming support for the vulnerable are larger than first thought.

Commenting on the new report Sir Stephen Bubb said:

“I am calling for an office of a Learning Disabilities Commissioner to be established. Just as a Children’s Commissioner was established following the Victoria Climbie Inquiry, there is a firm argument for establishing this post. It would have a statutory duty to promote and protect the rights of all people with learning disabilities and their families.”

“I have spoken directly to people whose experience of these services goes back far beyond 2011 and Winterbourne View. So this report expresses the views and experiences of the people most affected by change. I am still shocked by the way we as a society have condoned poor or abusive treatment of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

Get the Report
A full and an Easy Read version the Time for Change: The Challenge Ahead report are from the ACEVO website.

A new legal duty

From 1 April 2016 the Accessible Information Standard becomes a legal duty.

What is the Accessible information Standard?
The Accessible Information Standard aims to make sure that disabled people have access to information that they can understand and any communication support they might need.

The standard asks that organisations make information accessible to the following people:

What is required?

There are five basic steps:

  1. Ask: identify/find out if an individual has any communication needs relating to a disability or sensory loss
  2. Record: record these communication needs in a clear and standardised way
  3. Highlight: ensure that recorded needs are highly visible whenever an individuals records are accessed
  4. Share: include information about individuals information/communication needs as part of existing data sharing processes
  5. Act: take steps to ensure that individuals receive information which they can access and understand and/ or the support they need

Who does it apply to? The standard applies to service providers across the NHS, Adult Social Care and publicly funded Adult Social Care providers. Commissioners must also ensure that contracts, frameworks and performance management arrangements with providers enable them to meet requirements.

By when? By the 1 April 2016 organisation must have made the necessary changes and be able to routinely identify and record the information and communication needs. By the 31 July 2016 full implementation of the standard is required.

Find Out More
For more information you can attend one of Leeds Adult Social Care’s briefing sessions on either:

15 March |  3pm – 4pm at Hillside in Beeston or

13 April | 10.30am – 11.30am at Pudsey Civic Hall.

To book a place and further information please call 0113 395 2822.

The NHS England website has further details about the Accessible Information Standard

Tenfold was invited to watch the Relaxed Performance of the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on 12 January and we can honestly say that it’s a truly fantasmagorical show!

The talented cast, amazing choreography, wonderful sets and costumes, and of course, the brilliant songs that we all know and love from the classic film, combine to make this a truly fantastic show. But the best thing about it was definitely the audience! With just a few small adjustments in production, including brighter house lights, slightly subdued sound and no strobe lighting, it meant that the dedicated team at the Playhouse put on a show that could be enjoyed by an audience full of children and adults with a learning disability.

The audience were keen to show their enjoyment and appreciation, cheering, clapping and joining in the songs. The smiles on the faces of the cast members told us how much they were also relishing this opportunity to get such an enthusiastic response, the raised house lights meant that the could see the audience throughout. There were plenty of laughs, in particular for the spies, and some booing for the child-catcher.

Best Show
Afterwards, we talked to several cast members who told us that it was the best audience they had played to in the whole run of the show, and for many of them, it was the first time that they had been part of a Relaxed Performance. Amy Griffiths who plays Truly Scrumptious said “It was amazing! The audience were totally loving it. You could see the joy on people’s faces, and that’s such a great thing for any actor to experience!”

We also caught up with aspiring actor, Liam who has a learning disability, he told us that he had seen the show three times now but the Relaxed Performance was the best by far! Liam enjoys attending First Floor, West Yorkshire Playhouse’s scheme for young people, including those with a learning disability, to take part in acting and the performing arts.

Award Winning
West Yorkshire Playhouse was the first theatre in the country to put on relaxed performances of their productions, and as well as running these for audiences with learning disabilities they now put on Relaxed Performances for audiences with dementia. In 2013 they won a very well deserved Tenfold Learning Disability Award in recognition of this innovative and important work.

“We are so proud of this scheme”, said Maria Thelwell who works in the Learning Disability team. “It is fantastic that we can bring these shows too such a wide audience, and it always makes my day to be part of it”

The show runs in Leeds until 30 January and the will also be touring – tickets are still available, find out more on the WYP website

We have been approached by the Joint Care Management Team for Learning Disability within Adult Social Care inviting Tenfold members to be part of an exciting new opportunity. They will be running Meet the Provider ‘Pop Up’ sessions every month, starting in February.

It’s a great chance for you to meet and have an informal conversation with the Care Managers, ask any questions you might have, market your services and share your promotional literature, and generally establish better working relationships.

The sessions will run once a month on Wednesdays, 12.30pm – 2.00pm (including time to set-up), on the following dates:

There’s space for up to 6 providers to attend each session. The sessions will be held in the First Floor Conference Room at Technorth, 9 Harrogate Road, LS7 3NB.

If you want to book a place on one of these dates, please get in touch with us on and Tenfold will co-ordinate with the Care Management Team.

Following Leeds City Council’s tender invitation in November 2015 we are delighted to share the news that with the other forums, we have been successful in securing the contract for a single health and social care forum for Leeds.

The four current forums: Volition, Leeds Older People’s Forum, PSI Network and Tenfold will be working together to deliver the contract and provide the best possible services for all our members.

The contract starts on 1 April 2016 and is for the next three years. We are looking forward to this exciting new phase in Tenfold’s development, and we will, of course, involve our members in the process as your views are really important to us.

In August Tenfold was approached by the Department of Work of Pensions (DWP) to ask if we could help find people with a learning disability willing to test the beta version of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) online application form. We put that call out and a group of 6 people was soon found. The user testing was conducted on a one a one-to-one basis and observed by members of the DWP team and each participant with a learning disability had independent support.

One of the people involved with supporting on the day was Thomas Chalk, here he tells us about the experience:

Thomas’ story

“I recently supported two people to help test a website for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). The website is for people to use to apply for Personal Independence Payments (PIP). The website is still in development and to make sure it is easy to understand, the DWP are testing it to see if there is still more work to do.

I supported one woman who can answer the questions if they are asked so that she can reply ‘yes’ or ‘no’, and another woman who gave full answers and typed some of them herself. The DWP wanted to test the website as it will actually be used – which for some people means having support from someone like me.

The DWP staff who were running the testing were very friendly and welcoming. It was clear they were very interested to find out what people think of the website. As well as watching us using the website they recorded what we were saying. This means they can listen to it again to see which parts of filling in the application were hardest.

We could tell that the questions had been made easier to understand than most benefits forms. But there were still some that were quite difficult to answer. What made them difficult was not usually the words that were used – it was the questions that asked about lots of different things all in one go.
Another thing we noticed was that it can be very hard to think about all the different things that someone might need support with. The questions help this a bit by asking about different parts of people’s lives. But it was still difficult and doing it properly needed a lot of writing.

While supporting one of the people to fill in the online application I realised that she often did not say the things that she needed support with. Her independence is very important to her and something she is very proud of. This means she wanted to say all the things she can do, not all the things she needs some support with. It also means she might say she needs no support with something when in fact she does have staff available – even if only on the phone. (An example of this is when she is out alone.) So I needed to suggest that there are some things where she is slightly less independent than she feels. If it was a real application I would have to do this to make sure she got the money she is entitled to.

It was really interesting to see the work that the DWP are doing. We hope that the testing we did with them will help the next version of the website be even better. More and more work is being done about easy information and about helping people with learning disabilities to be in control of things like benefits applications. If websites and other information get this right it is a kind of support for people to be more independent.”

Thomas Chalk, Involvement Coordinator, Specialised Supported Living Service, Leeds & York Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust

Joint review of investment in Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations in health and care sector.

Have your say
The VCSE Review wants to hear from people and organisations from across England who are involved in improving health, well-being and social care. They want to find out more about people’s experiences and to gather evidence of the contribution the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector makes. (links to consultation below)

In January 2015 VCSE Review started a year-long review of partnerships and investment in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. The purpose of VCSE Review is to:

Interim Report
In March 2015 the VCSE Review Interim Report (.pdf, 78 pages) was published with their findings to date and highlighting a number of areas for further consideration. The next stage in the review process is to gather views about the challenges identified and options suggested in the interim report.

In the report, VCSE Review set out their understanding of the issues and make some suggestions for improvement. They are now interested in hearing whether or not they have properly understood the issues, or if there’s anything that has been missed. They are also interested in hearing about any relevant evidence or examples of good practice that you are aware of.

The Review covers such a broad subject, there are many different areas being considered and not all of these will be relevant to all organisations / individuals. Please therefore only complete the sections in this that are relevant to you and skip any that you wish to.

Consultations Now Open

Two consultations feeding into the review process are now open until 6 November 2015.

1: Challenges for Investment and Partnerships
This survey asks for views from the voluntary sector and from those working in health and social care on the current state of investment, partnership working, and how closer collaboration could be fostered.
Complete the Challenges for Investment and Partnerships Survey

2: Investment Programme
This survey asks for views on the role and effectiveness of the government’s current ‘Voluntary Sector Investment Programme’ suite of grants. The audience for this is more limited. However, it is open to anyone to respond if you have a view on this programme and how it can be improved.
Complete the Investment Programme Survey

From January to March 2015, VCSE Review held a series of engagement events with the VCSE sector. The evidence gathered has been published in the VCSE Review Interim Report.

From August to early November 2015 options are being road tested and developed, and engagement is being sought with a wider audience including public sector organisations, cross-sector partnerships and academic departments. This combined evidence will feed directly into the recommendations due for publication in early 2016.

Commissioned by the Department of Health, NHS England, and Public Health England, the VCSE Review is overseen by its advisory group of representatives including those from the voluntary sector.

Angela Davies, Communications Officer at Tenfold and Aaron Wood, co-chair of the Leeds Learning Disability Partnership Board and Learning Disability Network Manager, NHS England share the story of a visit to London to discuss website accessibility for the redevelopment of the NHS Choices website.


On Tuesday 18 August me and Angela from Tenfold got the opportunity to go down to London for the NHS choices website Digital Accessibility Working Group. The aim of this group was to plan to make the NHS Choices website more accessible for people with a disability also to get different points of view how we could do this.

I had never been to London by train before even though it was a very early start for me to the day it was something I had been looking forward to all weekend and the week before. Me and Angela were happy to be working with two very inspirational blind professionals called Howard Leicester and Kevin Carey, both Howard and Kevin were very smart and spoke in jargon and used many technical terms and words.

In the morning we all got to know each other and explained what we all do for work also what our opinions were on what could be changed about the NHS choices website. At dinnertime we all got to socialise with each other and some of the team from upstairs came down to meet us and get to know a bit about us. All together the day was very inspirational and worth the earlier morning. I hope to join the NHS choice Committee who meet every 2 month I have now found a passion for helping to improve things for people with a disability at the NHS.


On 18 August 2015 Tenfold went to London for a meeting to discuss accessibility requirements for the new NHS Choices website. The digital team at NHS England are in the early stages of redesigning the website from the ground up. It was a fascinating day with some very interesting and thought provoking conversations debating the practicalities and realities of web accessibility.

Who was there
We were honoured to be invited to be part of a small working group being consulted with on accessibility requirements for the new website, in our case to provide a learning disability perspective. It was a small group that included the chairman of the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) Kevin Carey (who is blind), researcher and expert on web accessibility Dr Howard Leicester (who is deaf/blind), Vicki Nash Head of policy and campaigns at Mind mental health charity, Aaron Wood (who has a learning disability) is co-chair of the Leeds Learning Disability Partnership board and two weeks ago started a job with NHS England in Leeds and myself from Tenfold.

As well as the working group invited to give our views a number of NHS England colleagues were there to listen in and take notes, and upstairs listening in via a telephone link were members of the development team who also sent in questions via email.

Before we had even arrived Aaron was having a brilliant day, with lots of firsts. Although he had been to London before it had always been by car so this was the first time travelling down by train. On leaving Leeds he pointed out Elland Road stadium, but he is an Arsenal Fan. I knew the train may go past Emirates Stadium (home to Arsenal) on the way into London so made sure to tell Aaron who spent the journey looking out for it and sure enough we went right past and that made his day! The next first was going on the London Underground, a sensory overload at anytime so a lot to take in for the first time.

By the time we arrived at Waterloo about 11am, having been up since 5.30am we were ready for a rest, but the purpose of the trip was only just beginning! The aim of the day was to generate ideas for accessibility principles that the development team can try out and test on the new NHS Choices website and then eventually aim to apply to some of the 6,000 NHS domains that exist.

The morning was spent simply asking each of us to express our views on what we thought was important for web accessibility. The contributions from Kevin and Howard were at a very intellectual and demonstrated their high level of technical and practical experience. They are both very passionate and knowledgeable about the subject and also very articulate.

Before he spoke Aaron leaned over to tell me that he hadn’t a clue what either of them was talking about (there were some long words and technical terms being used) I knew what he meant but reassured him that the team would be just as interested in what he had to say. Whatever I said worked as Aaron made some very relevant contributions to meeting and felt confident to say what he thought at various points in the session.

Over lunch we met members of the development team who had been listening in and got to know the group a bit better. Also during the break the post-it notes that resulted from the conversations in the morning were sorted into categories, these were: Content, Technology, User Testing, Challenges, Access and Standards.

Developing Principles
The afternoon discussion was focussed on establishing some principles for the developers to take forward. There are many and varied challenges facing digital and online services and a clear point that came through is that the onus should be on the developers to build a solution that does not require the audience to develop new skills – to build better things. To be simple enough for all to use and allow people to what you want them to do. This brought us to the first principle ‘to have a clear proposition’. It should be explicitly stated what people will use the website with a focus on the audience need. Content and design needs to be focused on what the user needs to know not what someone in a suit it wants. It is important to avoid as Kevin put it “a homepage that is a map of corporate hubris”.

The second principle that came out was to make things easy ‘be simple first’. Starting simple but leaving the option for those that wish to delve deeper to layer on more detail. This idea resonates with the idea of “get it right for someone with a learning disability and you get it right for everyone” something that Tenfold have been saying for a while. Those that are most able are better placed to work things out and add to their experience, being simple first should avoid a situation where people who are less able are required to find the level of access that meets their needs.

With so little time and so much intellect in the room time ran out to discuss all the categories. It was an incredibly interesting day gaining an insight into the challenges facing the digital team at NHS England. The discussions are set to continue and we look forward to our continued involvement. The current NHS Choices website receives 43,000,000 visits every month so that’s a lot of people’s expectations to try and meet!

BEYOND is a new festival for Leeds in 2016 featuring music, dance, film, performance and visual arts across several venues and all created by artists with learning disabilities.

Leeds has many excellent artists with learning disabilities and many fantastic organisations supporting them with their work. BEYOND is a celebration of those artists and organisations. The festival programme and will be curated by a steering group made up of artists with learning disabilities and staff from each of the partner organisations. This is the first time a festival led by people with learning disabilities and which showcases the skills and talents of work by people with learning disabilities has happened in Leeds.

The launch event took place at Holy Trinity Church on 18 June 2015 during LD Week and the festival is planned for June 2016.

For more information on BEYOND and to keep up to date

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Leeds City Council Adult Social Care Learning and Development Calendar, July – December 2015 is now available.

A wide range of free training is on offer, including e-learning and classroom-based sessions. The training covers areas including: autism, safeguarding, understanding complex needs, equality and diversity, The Care Act, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and more.

For all the details download a copy of the Learning and Development Calendar below.

Councillor Judith Chapman is delighted to serve as Lord Mayor of Leeds for 2015 to 2016.

Councillor Chapman has a real interest in mental health and adult social care issues, especially in regard to helping people with learning difficulties. In line with this, she has chosen Tenfold member organisation Specialist Autism Services as her charity for the year.

Specialist Autism Services works exclusively for and with adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions. Their mission is to support adults with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome through the provision of health, education, training, sports, creative arts and counseling activities which promote their social inclusion, training opportunities and ultimately employability.

Over the year a host of charity fundraising events will take place and you can show your support for a very worthy cause via the Lord Mayors Charity.

International Day of Older People (IDOP) is on 1 October. The occasion is celebrated annually in Leeds, focusing on a different theme each year, the theme for IDOP 2015 is Health & Well Being.

Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) invites organisations to apply for grants of up to £200 to host events between 1–10 October 2015.

Interested organisations should apply through Leeds Older People’s Forum and are encouraged to apply with a view  to expanding their health & well being offer to include older people. All the details for how to apply are in the application pack (.docx).

The application deadline is: Friday 14 August, 5pm. There is a limited budget so it will not be possible to fund all applications. Last year LOPF funded 26 organisations and the events were attended by over 1,000 older people.

Queries and completed applications should be sent to: or post: Sean Tunnicliffe, Leeds Older People’s Forum, D17 Joseph’s Well, Hanover Walk, Leeds, LS3 1AB.

IDOP 2015 in Leeds
It is hoped that IDOP 2015 will have a central presence in Millennium square in collaboration with Sporting Memories and the Rugby World Cup, with the opportunity to place positive images on the big screen. If you have any positive images which you are able to provide please email them to Sean at LOPF (please make sure the subjects have given approval for the images to be used).

The Local Sustainability Fund has been launched by the Cabinet Office and Big Lottery.

Delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of the Office for Civil Society, the Fund aims to help medium sized Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises (VCSE) organisations to secure a more sustainable way of working by providing funding and support to help them review and transform their operating models.

Grants of between £20 – 100k will be awarded to around 260 organisations. It is aimed at organisations with an annual turnover of between £100k – £1.5m with a strong track record, but which are experiencing some difficulty with sustainability and who work directly with vulnerable and/or disadvantaged people.

To apply, organisations first need to register and complete an online diagnostic by 26 July 2015. 

The Local Sustainability Fund about encouraging VCSE organisations to think about their long term futures. The dedicated website contains a diagnostic tool to stimulate planning and transformation and an eligibility checker for the Local Sustainability Fund. Organisations wishing to apply to the LSF should complete both the diagnostic tool and the eligibility checker. To start this process you need to create an account at

Cafe Leep at Leep1 was officially opened by Hilary Benn MP on 12 June.

The Cafe is open Monday – Friday 8am – 2pm and serves a wide range hot and cold food, drinks and snacks to eat in or take away. Wi-Fi is available and access to computers for customers who need this facility.

Visit the cafe at: Unit A1, Unity Business Centre, 26 Roundhay Road, LS1 1AB – contact them on: 0113 243 6791 / @cafeleep



Wow – what a fantastic night it was at the Tenfold Leeds Learning Disability Awards 2015! The Queens Ballroom was packed and glowing in pink light with tables set for dinner as over 300 people attended this fabulous occasion.

Guests were greeted with drinks and offered delicious canapés, generously provided by Tenfold member Foodworks. There was also the opportunity to get snapped in the Pop-Up Booth with lots of fancy dress available, making the photos great fun! You can see for yourself on the Leeds Learning Disability Week Facebook page.

Dinner was served and the wine flowed as the room filled with anticipation and excitement for the awards presentation. Awards host Ian Donaghy (Big Ian) did an amazing job, getting the energy and excitement levels to go through the roof. If only we could have bottled the atmosphere as it was pure joy! Everyone was an equal, enjoying and celebrating the occasion and being part of something very special.

The winners’ trophies were handed out as the night by: Tenfold; the Awards sponsors, Morrish Solicitors, Morrison’s, White Rose Shopping Centre and Trinity Leeds; as well as Olympic hopeful Tom Bosworth; the Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson; Hilary Benn MP; Partnership Board Co-Chair, Susan Hanley and stars from Emmerdale.

The surprised winners made some brilliant speeches, and were impressive in the words they used to give thanks – a sure sign that confidence of the learning disability community is at an all time high!

Congratulations go to all the nominees and to the winners on the night. As well as the nominated Awards two special awards were given out on to mark the contributions of two people who have given so much.

A Lasting Legacy Award was presented in memory of Julia Piggott, founder of Pyramid of Arts, and a Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Frances Jones who established SLATE and has recently retired.

The winners on the night were:

(For photos of all the winners see the Awards pages.)

Following the presentation of the Awards the party got started when HUGE took to the stage with Big Ian on vocals joined by 9 band members – the dance floor was filled!

Tenfold is thrilled with the support we have received for the Leeds Learning Disability Awards 2015 and really delighted to hear how much people enjoyed the evening. Thank you to everyone who supported us. We plan to do it all again in 2017 – watch this space!

Official Photos
The official Tenfold Awards photos are available to browse and buy from the Ollievision website.

Dark Horse is excited to bring you Studio A, a brand new and dynamic theatre skills course for adults with learning disabilities.

The Dark Horse national touring theatre company based at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield is a company that develops the skills of actors with learning disabilities to a professional level, providing them with opportunities to work in theatre, TV and film.

Take your first step with Studio A. If you are keen to develop a great range of skills in voice, movement and acting technique then Studio A is for you. No previous experience required.

Who? Adults (aged 18+) with a learning disability
When? From October 2015 on Thursdays, 10am – 3pm during term time
Where? The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

How do I find out more?
For further information about Dark Horse and Studio A please contact Alison on:
01484 484441 or email

“Training at Dark Horse is the best thing I have ever done”
Toby Meredith, Dark Horse Actor.


We are delighted to announce that the host for the Tenfold Leeds Learning Disability Awards 2015 is Ian Donaghy.  Although you may not know Ian now, we can guarantee that by the end of the night you will be singing ‘Big Ian’s’ praises!

Ian’s infectious enthusiasm and humorous approach have made him a popular conference and motivational speaker all over the UK.  During a 20 year career teaching young people with learning difficulties, the Home Office asked Ian to set up in-school inclusion units for vulnerable students, focusing on the individual, and celebrating what they can do to raise their aspirations. Ian then took this ‘focus on the individual’ approach into the world of care, and quickly used his innovative teaching & learning styles to win Care Trainer of the Year at the British Care Awards in 2011.

Ian delivers bespoke learning through his business Training for Carers for clients as diverse as Yorkshire Ambulance Service, local authorities, large care providers, the NHS and village communities to help them become more dementia friendly. His book “Dear Dementia: The Laughter and the Tears” was published in 2014 and in under a year has reached 25 countries and is included on the Alzheimer’s Society Reading Well prescribed list of 25 books for dementia care. Angela Rippon OBE describes it as “An inspirational little book…A work of real love”.

Whilst doing all of the above, Ian formed the band HUGE in 1990. Since then the mighty nine-piece have sold out the Grand Opera House in York an amazing 30 times and have played with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Lulu & James Blunt.  Their clients include other big names such as Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Tim Rice and Peter Kay, who have all booked HUGE to perform at their parties, and the band also played for the Leeds Rhinos after winning the Challenge Cup.

Prepare to be entertained…Big Ian promises you a very Big Night!

Get your tickets
Tickets for the Tenfold Awards Dinner 2015 are on sale – buy here

Join us on Friday 12 June at the Queens Hotel, Leeds | 6.30pm til late for the Tenfold Awards Dinner!

It’s going to be one of the hottest nights in the Leeds learning disability calendar when the Tenfold Learning Disability Awards hit town on Friday 12 June – marking the start of Leeds Learning Disability Week 2015.

This year’s ceremony will be bigger and better than ever with the iconic Queens Hotel playing host to a fabulous evening of celebrating everything that is great about working in the field of learning disabilities. It’s going to be a real red carpet affair starting with a champagne drinks reception and canapés provided by Tenfold member, Foodworks, in the Ark Royal Bar.

Guests will then move into the impressive Ballroom, where they will be joined by a sprinkling of celebrities, and enjoy a sumptuous three course dinner, live entertainment, and dancing to HUGE the UK’s maddest party band and DJ until the early hours.

The Awards ceremony will be the centre piece of the evening, when we will honour and pay tribute to some of the amazing people and organisations we are lucky enough to have in Leeds – our host for the evening is Ian Donaghy, HUGE’s frontman and motivational speaker.

If you’re not one of the nominees, your luck could still be if you win one of the amazing raffle prizes on offer.

Tickets are on sale NOW – so don’t miss out on a great night out!

Buy your Tickets
Tickets £32 per person. Tables seat 10. Please Book Online
Dress Code: Evening Wear / Smart Casual

Please Book Online

If you have any queries call Kath on 07576 952 527

**Tickets on sale until 31 May**

More on the Tenfold Awards
Find out more including who has been nominated on the Awards Pages

Ideas that Change Lives offers business support and financial investment to support and encourage organisations and individuals to develop socially enterprising ideas that enable Leeds residents with care and support needs to remain independent. The types of activity they seek to fund include alternatives to traditional day care and support services; brokerage; health and well-being promoting activities; employment-related opportunities.

The fund has now re-launched and is seeking to support new beneficiaries. The current application round is open until 24 April 2015

Changes to programme

Grants Available

There are three types of grants as detailed below. Capital items or revenue costs can be funded. Support is available for pilot projects and start-up costs, or to contribute to expanding or developing your current trading or enterprising activity.

Community Capacity Grants Fund, £500-£2,000 – for individuals or groups to build the capacity of the local community to support people with additional needs to remain independent (e.g. setting up time-banks or groups of residents coming together to do community work which would also benefit people with care or support needs) or develop new peer support groups. This grant is for ideas that are driven by people or communities of interest rather than organisations.

Kick Start Grants Fund, £500-£5,000 – for organisations with a socially enterprising idea that supports people to live independently in their own homes but who need support to develop the idea into a full business plan. We are looking to fund new social enterprises / socially enterprising activities that can become financially sustainable beyond the end of the grant process, either through generating income; charging or being commissioned.

Development Grants Fund, £5,000 – £15,000 – for services/activities that support people with care and support needs to remain independent. We will not consider an application directly to this Fund unless you have discussed your idea with us first, so please either submit the Expression of Interest form or get in touch with us to talk more about your idea.

The current application round will close on 24 April 2015.

For full details on how to apply visit:

Ideas So Far

Since October 2013 the Ideas that Change Lives programme has awarded a total of £98,000 in grants, including seven to individuals and groups setting up a new social enterprise and 23 to pre-existing organisations expanding or improving a service.

The programme received:

The greatest number of grants benefited people with learning disabilities or mental health issues (both around 30%) followed by older people at (20%) and sensory and physical impairment (10 %). The types of activities funded have been alternatives to traditional day services, including creative/sensory experiences and outdoor activities; cafes or food based trading; self-management/advocacy or empowerment; support in the home/garden; PA related support and employment.

Thought it was too late to make a Tenfold Awards nomination? Well don’t panic, because it’s not – the deadline has been extended!

We want the Tenfold Awards 2015 to be bigger than last time so we are giving you more time to get your nominations in and extending the deadline for one more week.

Nominations will now be accepted until Tuesday 7 April – 12 noon

Don’t miss out – make someone’s day by giving your unsung heroes the chance to be recognised at this year’s ceremony.  We have an all new judging panel so if you made a nomination in 2013, and that person or organisation is still a star in your eyes why not update it for this time  – it will be the first time this panel will have seen it.

A big THANK YOU to all those who have already sent in nominations – tickets will be on sale soon for the ceremony on Friday 12 June at the Queens Hotel.

We are delighted to have a very experienced and talented judging panel for the Awards this year. All the judges are new to the panel and are:

On being invited to join the judging panel Sandie said:

“I am thrilled to be judging these prestigious local Awards because I know that the services in Leeds are innovative and forward thinking and the Awards will assist in showcasing the best to a wider audience. Social care gets regular criticism in national news stories and yet day after day excellent support is being given by committed and dedicated carers, supporting people to enjoy the best in life and participate fully in their local community. I look forward to seeing the rich array of submissions and know it will be a hard job to choose the winners. Good luck to everyone”

If you have yet to nominate – the deadline is 7 April, 12 noon  – as all the judges are new to the panel and to the Awards, if you made a nomination in 2013, and that person or organisation is still a star in your eyes, why not update and tweak your previous nomination for this time – it will be the first time this panel will have seen it.

The Tenfold Leeds Learning Disability Awards look set to be an amazing event this year and we are excited to share the latest news with you about the celebrations!

The awards will take place on Friday 12 June at the iconic Queen’s Hotel, right in the heart of the city, and we are hoping that more than 300 guests will join us for what will be a fun and inspirational evening, celebrating everything that is great about working within Learning Disability services in Leeds.

We are absolutely delighted to announce that our major sponsors include Morrish Solicitors and the the White Rose Shopping Centre, both of whom sponsored the awards in 2013. The big news is that joining them are Yorkshire Housing and Morrisons supermarket  – which is brilliant news!

A fun packed evening
The evening will start with a red carpet champagne reception, followed by a gorgeous three course meal with wine. The evening’s line up also includes entertainment from a live band and dancing to a DJ until the early hours.  We will also be joined by our friends from the cast of hit soap, Emmerdale; West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns Williamson; and Hilary Benn MP. And of course all the winners will be announced so there’s lots to look forward to!

A reminder that nominations are still open but only until 30 March – so don’t leave it too late – a nomination is a great way to give recognition and make someones day!

Tickets on sale soon
Tickets for this very special occasion will go on sale in April, and keep an eye out for more details about our special celebrity host, our judges and the other exciting things that will be happening on the night!

The 2015 Leeds Learning Disability Week photography competition is open!

Following on from the great success of the 2014 competition the Your Health Matters team had no hesitation in running the competition for a second year. There are three categories to choose from:

All you have to do is make sure you follow the rules in the photography competition rules – you can download a copy below or visit the Your Health Matters website.

Entries and any questions should be emailed to

The deadline is 1 June.

The Tenfold Learning Disability Awards are back for 2015!

The Awards recognise and celebrate the amazing work that is done in Leeds to support and improve the lives of people with learning disabilities. The Awards were first held in 2013, and as the event was such a huge success the intention was set down to host the Awards as a bi-annual event.

The Awards provide an exciting opportunity for individuals and organisations, working in the field of learning disability in and around Leeds, to get involved and have their contributions acknowledged. They are open to everyone in Leeds, this includes Tenfold members; third sector organisations; the public, health and education sectors; and the private sector.

In 2013 sponsorship for the event was secured from White Rose and Trinity Leeds shopping centres, both managed by Land Securities, and from Morrish Solicitors LLP, a Leeds-based legal firm. With continued support for the Awards in 2015 from Morrish Solicitors and White Rose shopping centre. This is a fantastic endorsement of the success of the first event, and we hope to be able to secure even more sponsorship in order to support the sustainability of the event.

2015 event
The Awards ceremony this year will be held on Friday 12 June. The evening will include a drinks reception, three-course meal and of course the presentation to all the Award winners. The evening will mark the start of Leeds Learning Disability Week 2015, during which a wide range of events and activities will be held across Leeds raising awareness of learning disability.

If you know someone who you think deserves recognition, then please think about making a nomination. Nominations are now open across six categories: Volunteer, Employee, Team, Making a Difference, Going the Extra Mile and Tenfold Member of the year.

To find out how to make a nomination please see details on the Awards pages of the website. The closing date for nominations is Monday 30 March, 9am.

Do you have a learning disability and are over 25?

Are you looking for fun and interesting things to do?

Why not join Mencap Me Time a free 8 week course for adults over 25. Me Time offers leisure and social activities where you can, meet new people, make new friends and do fun things of your choice.

Me Time offers a varied programme and you will be doing something different every week. Such as:

2015 Course Dates

Me Time runs in 8 week blocks, between 10:30am – 2:30pm on the following dates:

Wednesdays | 11 March – 6 May

Thursdays | 12 March – 7 May

Fridays | 13 March – 8 May


Wednesdays | 13 May – 1 July

Thursdays | 14 May – 2 July

Fridays | 15 May – 3 July


Wednesdays | 8 July – 26 August

Thursdays | 9 July – 27 August

Fridays | 10 July – 28 August


To find out more or to enrol please contact Mindy at Mencap by

Telephone 0113 2665200 or email

Tenfold member People Matters has received funding of nearly £50,000 from People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthAmaze through The Health Lottery.

From January 2015 People Matters will be providing sessions including art therapy and other activities three times a week for adults and young people with disabilities who may be particularly vulnerable and isolated across Leeds.

Members of the group will work together to lead their own drop in sessions, exploring a range of activities and subjects chosen by them, which include: art, dance and sport, crafts, art therapy, current affairs, fundraising, drama, personal safety and awareness.

Chief Executive Tina Turnbull, said:

“This investment will help us expand our work in the community with some of the most vulnerable people in Holbeck. Many people have never done art or performance so this project will give them a creative outlet that builds confidence and independence”.

Spaces are available at the project. People can refer themselves or alternatively referrals can come from friends, family health and social care professionals.

For more information about the project contact Sally or Lucy on 0113 2346896 email: or visit

Leeds Older Peoples Forum (LOPF) has been awarded £6,000,000, by the Big Lottery Ageing Better: Fulfilling Lives fund, over the next six years for delivery of projects and activities that aim to tackle loneliness and social isolation in Leeds. The Leeds bid was christened Time to Shine and LOPF is now seeking Time to Shine delivery partners.

Time to Shine delivery partners will be commissioned by LOPF between January and April 2015 for activities identified in the funding bid.

The commissioning process for each activity will involve a workshop, application form and interviews (for shortlisted applicants). Free workshops have been planned to support organisations wishing to apply.

Each workshop is an opportunity to:


The free workshops will be held from 10am – 1pm on the following dates:

More information about each project and deadline dates for each activity stream are given on Eventbrite booking pages, so please use the links above to find out more about each project and to book a place.

NB: Attendance at the workshops is not compulsory as part of the application process but is highly recommended.

Further details

The closing date for applications is three weeks from the date of each workshop so it is recommended to start preparation in advance.

Further information about Time to Shine and the application process is available from the Leeds Older People’s Forum website.






If you can’t read, why not listen instead?

Listening Books provides a postal and internet based audiobook service to over 36,000 members who find it difficult to read the printed word.

By joining Listening Books you will have access to thousands of fantastic audiobooks for leisure and learning, all available in 3 easily accessible formats! The library boasts thousands of fiction and non-fiction titles for both adults and children. Membership usually costs £20-£45 per year but people in Yorkshire can join for free!

To enquire about free membership please contact Helen Wheeler at Listening Books on 020 7407 9417.

Why not open up the world of books for someone you know cannot read. Find out more at

Leeds West CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) is seeking views from people with learning disabilities, their carers or parents of a person with learning disabilities, to see how they can improve their experiences at local GP practices (also known as primary care services) within west Leeds.

People with learning disabilites often have more complex health problems and may not always get equal access to healthcare, due in part to communication difficulties. There is evidence that shows people with learning disabilities have asked for better information to ensure that services are more accessible and health inequalities are reduced.

GPs, practice nurses and other healthcare professionals may need specialist skills and communication training, which service users with learning disabilities could support them with.

How to get involved

There’s three options for completing the questionnaire:

  1. Complete the online survey
  2. Download the Easy Read form (pdf) completing it and returning by freepost to
    NHS Leeds West CCG
    Suites 2-4 WIRA House
    West Park Ring Road
    Leeds LS16 6EB
  3. Request a hard copy from the CCG – call 0113 84 35475 or 0113 8435470 or email:

To take part complete the survey before Friday 9 January 2015.

Read more on the Leeds West CCG website

Leeds Mencap is excited to announce ambitious plans to build a brand new centre incorporating childcare and community provision at the heart of the East End Park local area. Plans have been drawn up following extensive research, consultation and feasibility work.

Thanks to Jimbo’s Fund, managed by Leeds Community Foundation, Leeds Mencap has secured a pledge of £1m which will provide nearly half of the costs needed to make this new centre a reality.  This pledge means that the next phase of the development work on the new centre can now go ahead.


The new centre will allow Leeds Mencap to expand from their current premises, which no longer meet their needs, into a new purpose-built space for children and adults with learning disabilities and their families, and also allow them to offer much-needed affordable childcare and space for other community groups and users in the area.

The overall aim of the new centre is to bring together the learning disability community and the local community of East End Park to share space, resources, and experience and work together to meet the needs of both communities.


The new centre will be built on Raincliffe Road (former site of Mount St. Marys Primary School) – this was the most popular site following consultations and will give better access by public transport and improved car parking and outdoor play areas.

What will happen to the current site?

It is intended that the current site will be sold for housing (subject to planning permission) and the proceeds investing in the new building. This would happen after January 2016 when the new building was ready to move into.

What will be in the new building?

It will be single storey, 1200 square metre new build with parking and include the following areas:

What Happens Next?

Want to know more?

Please feel free to speak to Bernie Gahan, overall Project Manager about this on-going work.

E-mail; Mobile 07789 724280 or direct dial 0113 8582034.

Epilepsy Action is looking for people with learning disabilities and epilepsy interested in joining a new focus group in Leeds.

The group is being created to find out what people think of the information Epilepsy Action provide for people with learning disabilities and epilepsy. The group will also be asked for their ideas for new information that Epilepsy Action want to create.

Plans for the new information are to create materials in Easy Read. To create videos of people with learning disabilities and epilepsy telling their stories to put on the website. The group will have the opportunity to be in the videos or to provide voice overs.

The aim is get the group set up and ready by March 2015. To have gained feedback by July 2015 and to have collected the video stories and voiceovers by October.

Can you help?
If you can help find people to be part of this group or want to find out more please contact Cherry Lander, Advice & Information Services Officer at Epilepsy Action

call 0113 210 8799 or email

Patient Empowerment Project (PEP) Leeds is a new social prescribing service in the West Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group area to help people take control of their health and well-being.

PEP opens up a world of possibilities for people to improve and maintain their health and well being. The project will support people to access groups, services, and resources to help them achieve a better life.

The PEP project is being led by four partners:

Nine new members of staff will start work in November. PEP will be promoted to GPs and a series of events are planned to introduce the project to the voluntary sector.

How will PEP work?

Referrals come either from GP practices or self-referrals. The PEP team aims to support people to achieve their goals.

Several agencies already have social prescribing services in some areas of west Leeds and PEP will seek to work alongside these established projects. There are lots of community activities and groups provided by the voluntary sector and PEP will link up with these to support individuals. PEP will also be able to spot gaps and inform commissioners where new services could be provided to meet the needs of the community.

Activities could involve joining an arts/craft or friendship group, finding a suitable physical activity, trying volunteering or setting up a peer support group. PEP can also help people balance their social life by supporting parenting issues and referring to an appropriate agency for advice about housing/benefit problems.

Contact PEP on 0113 279 5870, email:

Leeds’ most socially isolated older people are to benefit from a £6 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund which will also help pave the way for support for future older generations.

Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) has been awarded £5,985,918 over six years, to lead a partnership of voluntary, statutory and private sector organisations to help older people who are restricted to their homes thorough disability, dementia, physical or mental ill health, carers, living alone and coping with bereavement, retirement or poverty. The money will be available from July 2015.

The funding will enable the partnership to identify more isolated older people through neighbours, friends, volunteers, GPs or local businesses and create more opportunities for social contact.

The project will:
• Promote Leeds as an age-friendly city,
• Develop inter-generational links,
• Improve connections with older people from street level upwards,
• Provide support and friendships at home,
• Increase number of volunteers in local communities

It is an opportunity to build on the excellent work already being done across Leeds and focus on the more vulnerable, hard to reach people.
More people are at risk of becoming isolated as the population of older people grows, lacking contact with family or friends, community involvement or access to services. The consequences of social isolation are poor physical and mental health for individuals, less active citizens and a need for more costly services. With its Ageing Better investment, the Big Lottery Fund wants older people to be happier, healthier and more active, contributing even more to their communities.

Leeds is one of 15 successful areas (selected from an original pool of 100) in England to be awarded funding from the Big Lottery Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better programme. The programme is investing £82 million across the UK to reduce social isolation amongst older people.

Bill Rollinson, Chair of Leeds’ Older People’s Forum, said:

“Older people in Leeds need not become socially isolated as an inevitable consequence of ageing. This funding will enable us to identify many more isolated older people, whether this is through their neighbours, friends, GPs or local businesses, and create more opportunities for social contact. Our project, ‘Out of the Shadows: Time to Shine’, will support those most vulnerable to social isolation by providing a wide range of fun social opportunities, friendly visiting and volunteering opportunities in neighbourhoods and in the home.
“A city-wide campaign will raise awareness and reduce the stigma of loneliness and training will give both professionals and members of local communities the skills and knowledge to support isolated older people.
“Older people aren’t merely recipients of services, they manage many of our voluntary organisations by serving on management committees, by volunteering and others take on important roles such as caring for relatives. We want to promote and celebrate this contribution through our project and develop a city in which older people are valued.”

Leeds Learning Disability Week 2014 really was the biggest and best ever – with a whole host of amazing events and activities taking place across Leeds, on every day of the week.

It’s hard to pick out a single highlight as every event was such a success. As you can imagine, with so much that went on it’s impossible to mention it all here! We have however written a few words to try and sum up how fantastic the week was.

An Action Packed Week
Tenfold is obviously proud of the fact that Over to You! the Council Chamber Take Over, which we organised and kicked off the week, was a brilliant success!

This year, more than 150 people crammed in to the Chamber, with spectators over-spilling in to the public galleries, to listen to heart-felt and moving speeches.

The issues of Feeling Safe and Health received lots of votes, but it was Transport that topped the list this year as the theme that most people wanted to see improvements on.

This year we were delighted to be joined by some very special guests, including representatives from the bus companies, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, lots of Leeds Councillors, and Mark Burns Williamson, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, who will hopefully help us to make improvements in the areas the speakers highlighted.

We were also delighted that Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central, was able to join us, making an impromptu but impressive speech too! As usual, the event was expertly chaired by Susan Hanley with Partnership Board co-chair, Councillor Adam Ogilvie.

Monday’s Football World Cup was also a notable, and there was a real Brazilian Carnival vibe going on at Middleton Sports Centre where spectators cheered on their teams who represented various countries taking part in the tournament. Lucas, the Kop Cat was in evidence, and there was even a Russian Elvis Presley spotted in the crowd!

The first ever Customer Awards was a fantastic occasion, recognising and celebrating the achievements of so many people across the city who have made a personal contribution over the years. Let’s hope this event, which was held at the John Charles Centre for Sport, is the first of many such award ceremonies!

The celebrations continued at the Partnership Board AGM, where the achievements of the Board over the past 12 months were discussed, and where individuals were nominated in the ‘We’ve Got Pride’ Awards, which were co-ordinated by Connect in the North.

Topping off the week was the biggest and best Picnic in the Park ever held for Learning Disability Week. There must have been more than 500 smiling, happy people mingling in the Wedding Garden at Temple Newsam. The Off By Heart Choir, Yorkshire Dance and other stall holders helped to create a wonderful entertaining and fun atmosphere, and for once, the weather was kind to us with wall to wall sunshine all the way! Spectacular!

Lots of other events took place in the week including Leep The Bridge evening events Meanwood Fest on Tuesday evening, and a fashion show at Tiger Tiger which also celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Leeds Advocacy on Thursday evening. The week also hosted a Boccia Tournament, a sponsored walk around Burnsall and the Progress For Providers event.

Photos and hash tags
There’s LOTS of brilliant photo’s from all the events on the Leeds Learning Disability Week Facebook page – the photos really do bring the joy of the week to life.

Also take a look at the #LeedsLDweek hashtag to see what people said on Twitter during the week.

Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the week such a resounding success – we really are lucky in Leeds to have so many creative, enthusiastic and generous people working together in partnership to support initiatives like this. Well done everyone!!

To be first to hear about plans for next year please Like the Leeds Learning Disability Week Facebook page:

The Ideas that Change Lives (ITCL) programme offers business support and financial investment to support and encourage organisations and individuals to develop socially enterprising ideas which enable Leeds residents with care and support needs to remain independent.

ITCL offers two levels of grant funding:

Kick Start Fund
£500-£2,000 – for individuals or organisations that have an idea for a socially enterprising service that can support people to live independently in their own homes but need support to develop the idea further before a full business plan can be developed.

Start Up Fund
Up to £10,000 – for projects that support people with care and support needs to remain independent.We will not consider an application directly to this Fund unless you have discussed your idea with us first, so please either submit the Ideas form or get in touch with the team to talk more about your idea.

The initiative is part of Leeds City Council Adult Social Care’s “Better Lives” programme that encourages the development of services to help people to live independently.

The programme aims to help people living in Leeds who have care and support needs to remain independent and improve their health and well-being.

This may include groups of people such as:

Free Workshops
Free support is also available through the Enterprise Event Series delivering workshops and seminars to help those looking to establish a social enterprise or those in the early stages of development.

They will provide you with everything you need to know about starting, growing and running your own social enterprise.

Sessions coming up include Legal Structure & Governance, Marketing, Measuring Social Impace and more. For dates and information about what is available please visit:

All events will be held at Leeds Community Foundation, from 09.30am -12.30pm.

If you find a session you want to attend is fully booked, please email so you can be added to the waiting list.

The Leeds Learning Disability Community Support Service produce a video newsletter four times a year (March, June, September and December)

Watch the December 2014 edition on You Tube above.

About the service
The Leeds Learning Disability Community Support is managed by Leeds City Council and provides a range of support services to over 1000 adults with learning disabilities and their families and carers through the following:

For more information about the service visit the Leeds City Council website.

Land Securities has chosen Mencap and their sister charity Enable Scotland to be its official charity partner for 2014. This new partnership is great news for learning disability and will help increase awareness and funds for learning disability issues.

To launch the partnership, eight events involving some of Mencap’s celebrity ambassadors were held on Friday 25 April at Land Securities centres across the UK, including both Trinity Leeds and White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds.

At the heart of the campaign will be Mencap’s Young Ambassadors: people between the age of 16 and 25 who have a learning disability and use their various talents and life experiences to help break down pre-conceptions of learning disability.

In partnership with Mencap, Land Securities hopes to raise enough money to support and train 100 young ambassadors over the coming year.

Land Securities also sponsored the Tenfold Awards in 2014, and we continue to work with them.

Easy News is published monthly and there are occasional special editions.

The latest and past editions are available from the United Response website

About Easy News
Easy News is the first newspaper to be created specifically for people with learning disabilities.

The paper includes news stories which have been translated into an “easy read” format by United Response consultants and people with learning disabilities employed by the charity and Tenfold member United Response.

The first edition of Easy News, published in January, has a summary of some of the biggest news stories from 2012, for example the Queen’s Jubilee and the Winterbourne View scandal and the Paralympic Games. Future editions will focus on current and topical issues.

Easy News will be published every two months and is available in print and online. An audio version will also be available on CD.

To download or request copies of the paper visit the United Response website.

Read More
The Guardian published a feature about the Easy Read Newspaper on 23 January 2013 ”A newspaper for people with learning disabilities was a lightbulb moment

“Easy News is a project I am proud of because accessible news is vital to full participation in society, says Kaliya Franklin”

The National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) is the leading source of workforce intelligence for adult social care. It is managed by Skills for Care.

The NMDS-SC provides information on the size and scope of the whole adult social care sector

The NMDS-SC currently holds information on approximately 25,000 organisations and 700,000 workers.

It collects detailed information online about social care service providers and their employees.

Why used NMDS-SC
The NMDS-SC provides much needed information for national and local level workforce planning and future forecasting, with benefits for all employees and stakeholders including your organisation.

The information is used by government and strategic bodies such as the Department of Health and local authorities to help with policy planning about the social care sector.

If you are not part of the NMDS-SC your services and your workers are not counted!

If your organisation provides social care services register and create your own online account to contribute and be part of the NMDS-SC.

Register for the NMDS-SC here

Once registered you maintain and access your information online via the NMDS-SC website.

The dashboards have been developed with lots of input from employers in the sector to make your data really accessible to you.

For updates follow on Twitter @sfc_nmds_sc

A new and exciting programme of activities offering affordable day services and respite options for people with a learning disability, mental health needs or other support needs.

Courtyard Creativities from Creative Support offers a range of fun activities such as arts, crafts, cooking, gardening music, independent living skills and much more!

Support and activity options available include one off activities, support for half the day or for a full day.

Help is also available with transport.

Apply for a place
Referrals for people who wish to secure a place with the service are now being accepted.

Download a referral from below or for more information contact Jodie Shaw on 0113 258 1484 or email

The full programme starts on 10 February but don’t worry you can join at any time, if there’s space!

Venue: Courtyard Creativities, 96a Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 4AP


The Jungle Book – Relaxed Performance Review

On 14 January Tenfold was lucky enough to be invited to the Relaxed Performance of The Jungle Book at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Angela, ampoule Max, (our Leeds Trinity University Placement student) and I were also joined by Paul Scholey and Claire Watmore, our colleagues from Morrish Solicitors, and the sponsors of the Award for Innovation which West Yorkshire Playhouse won for their relaxed performances at the Tenfold Awards in June 2013.

The Quarry Theatre was absolutely packed with people of all ages and abilities. The atmosphere was electric, as the audience waited for the show to start and the anticipation was added to by the sounds of the jungle being played in the theatre.

Most of us may only be familiar with the Disney adaptation of The Jungle Book, so this was a great opportunity to see Rudyard Kipling’s original take on the tale, which focuses on the collision between the human and animal world.

The Relaxed Performance was amazing and hugely enjoyed by everyone, including a large number of carers and supporters. The cast themselves, said it was unlike any experience they’d ever had as they could see the audience reactions as the lights were kept up in the auditorium. The variety of action and humour made it suitable for both children and adults.

This was a great trip all round. With spectacular costumes, witty gags, great music and lots of audience participation. There was something for everyone and even a chance to meet the actors when the performance was over.

The show was fantastic and it was a great opportunity to experience first hand what the provision of Relaxed Performances means to people who would otherwise find it impossible to go to the theatre.

It could be you
So if you’ve never been to a Relaxed Performance, but have thought about it, make sure you go! It really does make going to theatre accessible to all.

Details of West Yorkshire Playhouse’s forthcoming productions are available on their website, with news about future Relaxed Performances coming soon for details visit

Do you provide unpaid help and support to a friend or family member who could not manage without this?

Carers Leeds can offer you free support.

Free sessions are available at health centres across Leeds, making it easier for carers to access information, advice and emotional support.

Carers Leeds can help by:

The sessions available
Regular weekly sessions are available by appointment, at a range to locations, Monday to Friday, as follows:

Afternoon | Woodsley Road Health Centre, LS6 1SG.

Morning | Sunfield Medical Centre (Pudsey)

Morning (fortnightly) | Seacroft Clinic

Afternoon | City View Medical Practice (Beeston)

Morning | Lingwell Croft Surgery (Middleton)

Morning | Morley Health Centre

Afternoon | The Reginald Centre (Chapletown)

Afternoon (fortnightly) | Kippax Health Centre

To book an appointment

Speak to the receptionist at the Health Centre/GP Practice
Call Carers Leeds on 0113 246 8338 and speak to Janessa or Tom

Groundwork Leeds is running a new project called Green for Go.

When and where
Sessions take place every Tuesday at two locations:

Lady Pit Lane Allotments, Beeston Hill, LS11 6ES


Osmondthorpe Lane Allotments, LS9 9EF

You can join Go for Green at anytime up to the end of April 2014 and it’s all completely free.

The Green for Go programme is very flexible and provides opportunities to get involved with activities like:

You can also suggest and work on your own projects.

What is Green for Go
Green for Go has been set up for adults (19+) who are unemployed and living in Leeds, and welcomes anyone with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, or mental health difficulties.

If you enjoy practical tasks, want to make new friends, need some time and space to do something for yourself, or would like to make a difference in your local community, Green for Go could be just the thing for you.

Join Green for Go and you could find yourself planting up an allotment, building a bird box, or taking part in a community tidy up. Don’t worry if you’ve not so much as picked up a spade before, the friendly Green for Go staff will teach you everything you need to know.

Get in touch
If you want to get involved please contact John Cummins at Groundwork on: 0113 238 0601 or email


Adults with learning disabilities in Leeds are in need of more consistent support from the local authority, a research project has found.

The research undertaken by the University of Leeds at Chapeltown Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), reveals how welfare reforms are making life harder for households affected by learning disabilities in Leeds.

It also finds that adults with learning disabilities in Leeds are in need of more consistent support from the local authority.

The research examined experiences of households affected where one or more adults has learning disabilities and evaluated existing services provided by Chapeltown CAB and Leeds City Council.

The findings highlight that the finance and support people currently receive often does not cover the costs incurred by those affected by learning disabilities.

Worryingly, the value social security and community care entitlements is anticipated to fall in real terms over the coming years making it even hard for households affected by learning disabilities to make ends meet.

The research also identified two key areas which Leeds City Council needs to address in order to meet its statutory obligations.

Firstly, taking account of disability-related expenditure when assessing the level of community care charges for service and client users.

Secondly, ensuring that a system is in place to ensure all those households affected by learning disabilities to receive good advice on social security, health and community care support – currently advice provision can be patchy.

Leeds City Council is working towards meeting these objectives.

Advice Service sets example of good practice
The research also highlights an advice service currently run by Chapeltown CAB targeted specifically at households affected by learning disabilities as an example of good practice.

The service, which is funded by Leeds City Council, provides crucial assistance which has:

Nick Morgan, Chief executive of Chapeltown CAB, said:

“This report highlights the fantastic achievements that this project has made and the real difference to lives that good advice can provide. Helpfully the research also points to areas that can be improved upon for the benefit of those in our communities that have learning difficulties or disabilities.

“With the current and forthcoming welfare reforms, the services provided by organisations like Chapeltown Citizens Advice Bureau will become even more important to protect those most vulnerable to social exclusion and deprivation.”

A copy of the research report is available to download below.

“Welfare Benefits and Learning
Disabilities – Reflecting on the achievements and lessons of a targeted advice service delivered by Chapeltown CAB under Leeds City Council’s Transforming Day Services Programme”