Stainbeck United Reformed Church is a member of Leeds Citizens
The Church’s representatives in Leeds Citizens are Helen Booth and David Wilson.
It is important to remember that we have a role in changing some of the systems that cause the disparity of resource we find in our society at this time. Is this where LEEDS CITIZENScan help us? Is this where our support of local FORUMS is important? Can we make a difference? Angela.
Leeds Citizens Together 4thJuly 2019 Roscoe Methodist Church
Several of us from Stainbeck URC attended the Leeds Citizens Togethermeeting in July. We began, as always, with lovely food and conversations with our fellow Leeds Citizens from other groups across the city.
Roscoe Methodist Church choir entertained us then various people from the groups shared the exciting new things that were happening in their part of the city – Holy Rosary and Roscoe Methodistworking together with the school to tackle traffic issues – meeting with the city council and traffic management to get speeds reduced, better timing of the lights and have a traffic survey done to reduce accidents; Holbeckwere tackling issues of prostitution and drugs; PACT– working with parents of children under 5 and parent champions for parents with children of any age to get the parents involved in schools, churches and other local services to prevent isolation; Christ Church Upper Armleyhad an away day for the PCC to get enthusiastic about meeting with people one to one and the problems and challenges of this; Stainbeckupdated on progress with Team Beckhills; Moortown Baptist Churchwish to take a similar approach to Team Beckhills on the Lingfield Estate.
We then heard stories from local actions and chose which group to go and find more about to help us move forward in our group.
We then got together in groups related to the area we are in to see what our next steps should be from what we’d learnt from the previous conversations.
For us this meant answering ‘What did you learn? And What is the next Action for North Leeds?’ Talking to people is the key to finding out what people are passionate about. Social isolation of parents with newborns, the environment and the use of space at Moortown Baptist Church (to use the building more widely for the community) were discussed. North Leeds meetings will be set up co-ordinated by Graham Brownlee (MBC).
We then heard about the citywide issues that Leeds Citizens are focusing on – Mental Health, the Living Wage and Youth Opportunities.
Improving Mental Health has the greatest momentum at the moment – 4 GP practices have mental health workers and LC is pushing for this to be extended across the city. There are three things they are working on:
Uncovering the personal testimony of people who are struggling;
Identify practical changes;
Take action to make Leeds a mentally healthy city.
People from the CCG’s have come onto the Leeds Citizens Group to hear the testimonies being shared. Here is how we can help
Have discussions using 4 key questions to get a collective voice for how it is for people in Leeds;
Submit the written testimony of people’s struggles and also of the successes of those who have got through hard times and what helped them through.
Ann Nicholl from the Leeds Church Institute is leading this work. Are we engaged enough to have a listening event at our organisation (and beyond) to find the answers to the key questions?
By the time you read this we will have assisted Chapel Allerton Baptist Church with their pop up ‘Blue Café’ at the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival in September.
We also have the opportunity to take part in Leeds Citizens training – some of which is free – to help us to engage better with our community and get more things achieved. Upcoming cluster training is on 21stSeptember, 26thOctober, 23rdNovember and 7thDecember 2019.
The next Leeds Citizens meeting is on 10thOctober 2019 at 6.30pm, venue to be confirmed.
If you want to know more about anything to do with Leeds Citizens, speak to Helen Booth or David Wilson, come along to the next Team Beckhills meeting (every second Wednesday) 9thOctober 6.30pm in the Stainbeck Community Café or sign up for the Leeds Citizens newsletter.
Founding Assembly at Elland Road, 07 July 2015
A good beginning as hundreds of people from across our city gather to celebrate all that unites us. Beyond the boundaries of age, gender, faith, tradition and culture our desire is to work together for the COMMON GOOD.
The meeting was chaired by:
Revd Graham Brownlee (Moortown Baptist Church)
Dr Ann Marie Mealey (Leeds Trinity University)
Imam Dr Dari Asim (Leeds Makkah Masjid)
Shammah Gwedegwe (David Young Community Academy)
and there were performances from New Testament Church of God and Rothwell Primary Academy.
The Priority Issues identified for 2015 are: