Mentor excelling young people!

The Black Health Initiative (BHI) and Leeds University Student Union are presenting ‘Mentoring and supporting young people who are excelling in Leeds’ on 16th October 5.30pm – 7.30pm at the Hidden Café Common Room at Leeds University Student’s Union – book here!

The event features presentations from young people who organised the successful #SELFIE youth conference in Leeds about the challenges they face culturally and personally, as well as from Heather Nelson, CEO at BHI.

#SELFIE

#SELFIE

The #SELFIE conference was conceived, developed and facilitated by a team of 4 BHI Youth Ambassadors alongside BHI’s Teenage Health and Wellbeing Coordinator.

BHI Youth Ambassadors is a leadership programme in which young people aged 16-25 are given the opportunity to develop and deliver their own projects in their community whilst building their confidence and transferable employability skills.

Young people from a BME background are increasingly attaining strong GCSE results and going on to study in higher education institutes. Many initiatives often focused on young people that are disengaged or underachieving therefore, by default, those excelling are often ignored or left with little support. The aim of this conference was to initiate dialogue within Leeds amongst students from marginalised and disadvantaged backgrounds who are showing a level of high achievement in all/any areas of their education.

The conference sought to bring together a number of diverse young people, health agencies, charity organisations, businesses and the NHS to openly discuss ways forward to support students in regards to issues surrounding their mental health and well-being.

This issue of course does not just apply to young people from black and ethnic minority communities, so we will be exploring the issue for all young people in the City, including a presentation from students from the Leeds University Student Union on how their University experience is enhanced through the community projects they lead.

On Thursday, together, we will be exploring:
1. What makes a good mentor for young people?
2. What do young people need from mentors in the City?
3. How can we as Leaders for Leeds provide support?

Join us on Thursday 16th October 5.30pm – 7.30pm at the Hidden Café Common Room at Leeds University Student’s Union – reserve your place here!

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p.s. while you are there, why not follow Leaders for Leeds on twitter too!  @LeadersForLeeds

Creative, challenging and action based!

On Thursday 25th September it was great to see so many people turn out for a creative, challenging and action based Leaders for Leeds design session! Here’s what we discussed…

IncLucid pop up dry bar

IncLucid Bar crew! #IncLucid

IncLucid Bar crew! #IncLucid

Becky Malby updated us on the progress of the IncLucid dry bar project. It is hoped that IncLucid will have a permanent home very soon, until then a pop up bar took place as part of Light Night in Holy Trinty Church, Friday 3rd October and was a great success! IncLucid’s mission is create a dry bar in Leeds, free from alcohol which provides a safe and sociable environment for the increasing diverse customer base seeking new abstinent alternative venues. It is a great example of how the Leaders for Leeds network can be used to take an idea and make it real.

For more on the project visit www.inclucid.co.uk!

www.inclucid.co.uk #inclucid

#IncLucid #WhyWeAre

Flourishing Leeds
Revd Ian Johnson brought a new proposal to hold a series of high profile events focused on dialogue about the flourishing needed to make Leeds the Best city. The group discussion challenged and explored the proposal in more detail to shape the idea. Sheena Pickersgill kindly agreed to host a breakfast event for Ian to bring the idea to the wider network – more details to follow soon!

Sharing learning approaches in the spirit of Leaders for Leeds
There was a lively and challenging discussion about what Leaders for Leeds meant to each of us. This led Tim Cain to blog “The Leaders for Leeds values-based culture is about leading by example, energising creativity. It is achieved through individuals and communities helping each other to grow their ideas and foster opportunity, creating a climate of reciprocal trust.” As a result of the discussion we will be seeking more views from across the Leaders for Leeds community about how well leaders for leeds is meeting expectations – watch this space!

We will also be looking to increase the diversity of the sectors represented through the Leaders for Leeds network and will be encouraging people to be ‘connecting champions’.

Mentoring young people
The Mentoring and Supporting Young People in Leeds event is on 16th October 5.30pm to 7.30pm, you can book your place here!

This session provided in partnership with the Leeds University Student Union and the Black Health Initiative is focusing on ‘Mentoring and supporting young people who are excelling in Leeds’.
We will have presentations from young people who organised the successful #SELFIE youth conference recently in Leeds, and who are part of the BHI Teenage Health and Wellbeing group, about the challenges they face culturally and personally, as well as from Heather Nelson, CEO at BHI.
This issue of course does not just apply to young people from black and ethnic minority communities, so we will be exploring the issue for all young people in the City, including a presentation from students from the Leeds University Student Union on how their University experience is enhanced through the community projects they lead.
Together we will be exploring:
1. What makes a good mentor for young people?
2. What do young people need from mentors in the City?
3. How can we as Leaders for Leeds provide support?
Along with presentations from young people who organised the successful #SELFIE youth conference in Leeds! Book now!

The digital Leaders for Leeds network
Emma Browes outlined ideas to develop Leaders for leeds.com to create a more dynamic site, generating more conversations and diverse connections online. Watch this space!

Thanks to everyone who came along and contributed to the session!

Leaders for Leeds: Supporting young people

The next Leaders for Leeds session will take place on the 16th October from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Hidden Café Common Room at Leeds University Student’s Union.  Book your place here!
This session provided in partnership with the Leeds University Student Union and the Black Health Initiative is focusing on ‘Mentoring and supporting young people who are excelling in Leeds’.
We will have presentations from young people who organised the successful #SELFIE youth conference recently in Leeds, and who are part of the BHI Teenage Health and Wellbeing group, about the challenges they face culturally and personally, as well as from Heather Nelson, CEO at BHI.
This issue of course does not just apply to young people from black and ethnic minority communities, so we will be exploring the issue for all young people in the City, including a presentation from students from the Leeds University Student Union on how their University experience is enhanced through the community projects they lead.
Together we will be exploring
1. What makes a good mentor for young people?
2. What do young people need from mentors in the City?
3. How can we as Leaders for Leeds provide support?

From idea to reality!

Mocktail making!

Mocktail making!

Last night the IncLucid bar bar crew completed their cocktail making training and turned out some pretty tasty mocktails!

As part of Light Night the IncLucid pop up bar will be in Holy Trinty Church, Friday 3rd October from 6pm.

IncLucid bar crew

IncLucid bar crew

IncLucid’s mission is create a dry bar in Leeds, free from alchohol which provides a safe and sociable environment for the increasing diverse customer base seeking new abstinent alternative venues.

Watch this space for more on how this went from an idea,  pitched to the Leaders for Leeds network, to be turned into reality or call into the bar on Friday!

IncLucid dry bar

IncLucid dry bar

 

Where communities flourish

Tim Cain blogs on Leaders Connecting to Leaders – Everyone Working for Everyone to make Leeds a City where Communities Flourish Together.
Following our last Leaders for Leeds meeting I was prompted to ask myself why ‘Leaders’, if it’s not just for the people at the top? The following thoughts attempt to stimulate a dialogue about the concept of ‘Leaders for Leeds’.

What is Leadership?
Leadership in the context of this blog means the ability to act and influence action in others. It assumes that all the people of Leeds have ‘Response-Ability’ to lead. They are empowered to act as individuals and co-operatively toward a common purpose, identified through acceptance of city values. Leaders for Leeds is everyone working for everyone, it is the vibrant energy that innovates and inspires, within and between communities, guided by shared city values.

What are the City’s Shared Values?
The city of Leeds is a reflection of the values of: Diversity, Unity, Innovation, Endeavour, Honour, Honesty, Respect and Selflessness. These values are the core values of the city that resonate with everybody regardless of community. There are many other values within communities across the city, but the core values are implicit across all communities. Leaders for Leeds are role models of these values, regardless of social position. Their actions inspire others to live the values, creating a living, learning and ethical values-based culture.

How Does a Values-Based Culture Get Things Done?
The Leaders for Leeds values-based culture is about leading by example, energising creativity. It is achieved through individuals and communities helping each other to grow their ideas and foster opportunity, creating a climate of reciprocal trust. This creates a ‘contagion effect’ where innovation creates inspiration empowering communities to develop their own unique identity, connected by the City’s shared core values. The core values provide a guide for innovative action.
Leaders for Leeds are those people, from top to bottom across the City, with inspiration as well as those who help them innovate and achieve. The core values cannot be taught, nor can they be laminated, but they can be lived.

Tim Cain

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Breakfast Meeting – Thursday 22nd May 2014

Breakfast Meeting – Thursday 22nd May 2014 at O2, Arlington Business Centre, Millshaw Park Lane, Leeds, LS11 0NE.

Leeds – the gateway to brilliant service experiences

Host: Telefonica

Led by Paul Pattinson, Head of Service Management for the O2 network in the UK.

Register to book your place here!

 

Breakfast Meeting 20th June! City Ambassadors

Breakfast meeting – City Ambassadors

 20 June 2014 8.00-9.30am 

First Direct Arena

 Introduction from Steve Crocker and David Laycock followed by discussion and networking.

 We would love you  to join us at the spectacular First Direct Arena to discuss ‘City Ambassadors’ .  Find out about the ‘Leeds Welcome’ and how you can contribute.

Please register on Eventbrite here!  In the meantime please get in touch if you have any queries!

FREE Community Skillswap Event

BimjwmACEAAHMdaAre you a business looking to develop or introduce community partnerships or are you involved with a charity wondering how to access the business sector? Register for our free Community Skillswap event – an opportunity to meet and talk with companies, charities and education establishments already delivering community partnership working in a strategic way. More details at:- http://www.bitc.org.uk/news-events/events/leeds-community-skillswap

Leeds Poverty Truth – Nothing About Us, Without Us, is For Us

The principle of the Leeds Poverty Truth Challenge is that decisions about poverty must involve people who have directly faced poverty. What if people living in poverty could take the lead on challenging the city’s leaders to work with them on tackling poverty? Would it make a difference to the decisions that are being made? What things would change? Would new solutions to poverty be discovered? Would people listen and, if they did, would they better understand the challenges that poverty brings?

Watch the short “highlights” video of the Poverty Truth launch and read more about the challenge here.

National Intrapreneurship Conference – 23rd April

Over the last few years entrepreneurship has gained a lot of TV coverage through programmes such as Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice, featuring entrepreneurs such as Alan Sugar and Peter Jones who have become celebrities in their own right. Enterprise has also been promoted by government and political parties in order to get the nation out of the recession and remain competitive on the global stage.  Although this has encouraged people to consider starting up their own enterprises, it has not translated into inspiring the rest of the workforce which accounts for over 85% of the working population of 38 million. The challenge is to find effective ways to unleash the latent entrepreneurial talent of our workforce.

On 23rd April at Steelcase (Solutions Leeds) join us at the  National Intrapreneurship Conference that will bring together speakers, who will share how they delivered exceptional value for their employers. You will hear from business leaders that have been working quietly in the background solving key problems. This event is also a recognition and celebration of the achievements of intrapreneurs everywhere!

You can find out more about the conference here and download an agenda for the day here.