York Road Local Care Partnership covers the geographical area running up the A64, York Road, from Saxton Gardens, Cross Green, Richmond Hill and Osmondthorpe through Killingbeck to Cross Gates.
We have a diverse Local Care Partnership that includes local GPs, Councillors, community health services, Public Health, Adult Social Care and a broad range of Third Sector and community groups. We also have partners from the Department of Work and Pensions, Employment Services and Housing.
One of our aims is to develop a strong identity as “York Road” to ensure that we provide services and support that meet the needs of people living in this area. Before COVID-19, this included holding our partnership meetings in different community venues to learn more about our doorstep resources. We now have ‘virtual hosts’ who start the meeting by telling us about their service. You don’t need to be a regular attendee at partnership meeting to be a virtual host. If you offer support in our area and would like to be a virtual host, get in touch – we’d love to know more.
Joining up care for people with health needs.
We are looking at how we can work better together to provide support to people who have health needs that mean they need to see different health and care professionals at different times. We want to make sure we have a joined-up plan to work with people as one big team. We also want to make sure that having a health condition doesn’t stop anyone from enjoying life – so as part of this work, we look at what is important to people and make sure they can access things that interest them and socialise (in a COVID secure way!).
We are starting this work with some of the older people in our community that experience breathlessness, but this is a way of working that we want to adopt for anyone with a health condition.
This is a project aimed at supporting people interested in getting back into employment and who would like to try volunteering or want to be more connected to their local community. We take small groups of people through a 12-week course that looks and health and wellbeing and helps people develop skills that they need to help them get into work.
Developing You starts with a one to one conversation, which gives you the chance to decide whether the course is for you. At the start, you are supported to think about what you want to get from the course, and this is how we judge success. You get the chance to meet up with people in a similar position to yourself and can go at your own pace.
Community Health Equalities Project.
COVID-19 has highlighted that where we live, where we work, our age, our ethnicity and a host of other factors can affect our health. People living in our area have challenges that impact health, which more affluent Leeds areas do not have. The Community Health Equalities Project is looking at how local health and care workers can start a conversation with local people about the things that have the biggest impact on their physical health and how they feel. We want this to be the start of a new way of working together, where local people work with local services to shape support that helps them live a healthy life.
In December 2020, the LCP, spearheaded by Active Leeds, was successful in a bid to the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Partnership for money to implement and embed 15-minute neighbourhoods; a behavioural change that gets local people to swap quick car journeys for walking, cycling or scooting to key destinations, such as town centres, medical services including pharmacies and local green spaces, which are in the region of 15 minutes away. Not only will this have an environmental impact but have positive impacts on the health and wellbeing of local people. This project is in the scoping stage and looks to involve community voice and influence from the get-go.
Pop-up Warm Lunches
At the end of 2020, the York Road LCP were successful in a bid to the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Partnership for money to hold a series of pop-up warm lunches across the York Road locality. Referral pathways will be via primary care and other local partners, including the COVID support hubs, memory support workers, learning disability specialist providers and the neighbourhood networks.
Lunches will be for small groups (up to ten people at a time) of individuals in a COVID secure environment. If you know of people that you think would benefit from the chance to chat with peers and enjoy a warm lunch in their area, you can email us for more information. We also want to hear from any local organisations that may want to host a lunch themselves (we can help with the venue).
How to get involved
We are keen to include more partners across the patch, in particular those who can support our current priorities and community groups. If you would like more information or to join us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.